ST Brigid's College French exchange student Valere Barlerin has learnt the art of AFL football quicker than most.
Barlerin, who is from the city of Nancy 384 kilometres east of Paris grew up playing tennis, soccer and basketball.
The 17-year-old never imagined during his six-week stay in the Wimmera that he would be boundary umpiring for the past month in a sport he had never seen before.
"I haven't had too many hard decisions to make. I think I've done pretty good so far,"Barlerin said.
St Brigid's College deputy principal and senior Wimmera Football Umpires Association umpire Kingsley Dalgleish said it had been a smooth transition for Barlerin.
"They've been impressed with his boundary work," he said.
"His boundary throw-ins are spot-on it was just about making sure he knew the rules.
"He has picked it all up very quickly."
Less than a day after arriving in Australia, Barlerin visited the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch his first game of AFL between Richmond and Fremantle.
Within a week, he had been to an umpires training session and was involved in his first of five Horsham District Football League matches.
Barlerin said a highlight was umpiring in host father Dalgleish's 200th match between Rupanyup and Pimpinio reserves at Rupanyup Recreation Reserve, alongside host family members Seb, Hayden, Alex and Olivia.
"It was really fun," he said.
The year 11 student will spend two more weeks in Horsham before heading back home to France.
He will take back fond memories with him, along with a brand new Port Adelaide guernsey given to him as a present for his 17th birthday on Monday.