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FOR the first time in its history, the Peter Leis Medal has been shared.
Club stalwarts Michael Roberts and Danny Burke shared the 2006 version, finishing well clear of the field on August 29 in the count on the Dolphins presentation of trophies evening.
Durable second-rower Burke also created history by becoming the first player to take out two medals in a row.
Burke and Roberts also shared the major award of $1000 each thanks to Con Searle of Searles Garden Products.
"The grand final was the best day of my life," Roberts said. "And this is not far behind it. It's an honour to share the award with the blokes who have won it before. There's far too many people to thank."
Burke paid testimony to his teammates and thanked Searles for their sponsoring the player of the year award.
Lock Grant Flugge finished third in the medal counting after surging to an early lead.
Flugge polled 17 votes in the opening five rounds to lead from prop Pat Gardner (10).
Gardner overtook the lead in rounds six to 16 to have 24 points, three ahead of Flugge and half Marty Turner (16).
Roberts came into his own in rounds 11 to 15 and sat on 29 points, still six behind Flugge and two ahead of Burke (27).
In rounds 16 to 22, Burke polled 17 votes and Roberts 15 to finish tied while veteran Adam Starr gained 15 to finish fourth.
The medal is decided by coach Anthony Griffin and two guest judges, who register their votes each week.
Griffin paid tribute to retiring forward Starr. "It's been a privilege to be involved with Adam over the past two season," he said.
"He is a coach's dream, and we won't realise how much we miss him until he's not there."
In other major awards, Logan Sullivan collected best forward in Colts, Matt Gillett best back Asher Elemani best and fairest.
Tim Yee won Dick Turner's Patron's Colt of the Year prize.
In A grade, Scott Gillis was judged best forward, Mitchell Simpson best back and Dominic Fallini best and fairest.
The Clubman of the Year award, sponsored by Redcliffe Travel, was presented to Henry Holder, along with a trip for two to Hawaii.
The Ian 'Bunny' Pearce Chaps Menswear Perpetual Trophy winner for most points scored during the season was presented by Michelle Feron to top grade centre Greg Bourke.
MICHAEL ROBERTS 44
DANNY BURKE 44
GRANT FLUGGE 35
ADAM STARR 32
GREG BOURKE 29
PAT GARDNER 28
NICK EMMETT 27
MARTY TURNER 26