Tuggeranong Vikings star Tim Cree will use a hat-trick of individual accolades as the perfect boost to chase a premiership three-peat when the John I Dent Cup finals begin on Saturday.
Cree capped his outstanding campaign with three awards on Friday night, claiming the Macdougall Medal for the premier division's best player, the ACT representative player of the year prize and was also the first XV highest try-scorer.
The Vikings begin their bid for a third consecutive premiership when they play Royals in the major semi-final at Viking Park on Saturday.
Vikings coach Brad Harris said the back-rower was a ''standout'' during another dominant season.
The Vikings have been the best team in the competition for three years and have only lost a handful of matches in their time at the top.
Cree's awards boost and the return of attacking centre Rodney Iona will give them extra confidence as they chase a spot in the grand final. Iona was with the ACT Brumbies squad in London that won the World Club Sevens earlier this week.
Despite arriving back in Canberra on Thursday, Iona will be injected straight into the starting XV.
''It's great that Rod's got that opportunity to head over there and showcase his talents on that stage. He's certainly capable of playing at the next level,'' Harris said.
Royals captain Craig McMahon said his team, undefeated in six games, is not looking to change much for Saturday's game after earning a slight victory over their opposition 38-36 four weeks ago.
Past results will mean little for Saturday's clash, said McMahon, who is close to cementing a mammoth 13th season with the club. ''It's excitement but it's also a reality that a new mini-season starts now and we've got to focus on that,'' he said. ''Everyone starts from zero again pretty much.''
The Royals will continue their campaign with their only Brumbies star Siliva Siliva leading from the front line and the skipper is hoping Siliva will maintain his wonderful contribution to the team's success this season.
''He's got a really positive attitude towards the club and the boys feed off that because it's always good to play with boys who want to play with you,'' McMahon said.
The 32-year-old fly half McMahon is still uncertain what the off-season holds but is adamant he will still have what it takes to go if he opted to run out for the Royals once again next year.
''I'm getting pretty long in the tooth. At the moment my body's fine. I love playing for the Royals and if I could it's something I'd do forever but I've got a young family now,'' McMahon said.
Major award winners
■ Macdougall medal: Tim Cree (Tuggeranong Vikings)
■ Club championship: Queanbeyan Whites
■ ACT Griffins player of the year: Tim Cree (Tuggeranong Vikings)
■ ACT women’s sevens player of the year: Sharni Williams
■ Highest try-scorer: Tim Cree (Tuggeranong Vikings)
■ Highest point-scorer: Tim Small (Wests)
■ Best under-20s player: Tom Cusack (Royals)
■ Coach of the year: Russell Ingram (Royals)