Midfield star Declan McNamara has added his name to the history books, winning the Royals’ league fairest and best award in a premiership season. McNamara returned to the Lions this season after living in Perth in recent years. He claimed the club’s top gong on Friday. McNamara played a vital role in helping the Lions win back-to-back premierships and also received his first selection in the Great Southern Football League team of the year, named in the starting midfield. He played all 12 games and booted 13 goals to claim his first league fairest and best with the Lions. McNamara finished with 76 votes to edge out livewire Jayson Ford on 66 votes and add his name to a list of players who have won the honour in a premiership year. Tom Maslen, Ryan Kinnear and Hamish McMorran rounded out the top five. McNamara, above, was recognised for his superb display in the two finals by also winning the best in finals award, and he claimed the Weld Award with his consistency. Brett Hooper won the league rookie award and Nathan Powell received best team man honours. Colin Pass walked away with the reserves’ fairest and best, while Carson Flower was crowned the colts’ fairest and best and Ryley Valli claimed the 16s’ top honour. Wayne Benson received life membership for his dedicated service to the Lions, and Adam Powell received the Ma Manea award.