HORSHAM College student Jarrod Berry was a standout for Victoria Country at the School Sport Australia national football championships in Darwin.
The Horsham Saints young gun was selected in the School Sport Victoria under-15 side for the Darwin national carnival, which ran between August 11 and 17.
Berry immediately set about making an impact and was named among the best players in Victoria Country's thrashing of the Northern Territory in the first pool match.
He helped the side have follow-up wins against Queensland and New South Wales to finish atop pool B undefeated.
Berry saved his best game for the biggest stage, being named the second best Victoria Country performer in the team's first final against Western Australia. It was not enough to get the side over the line however, with Western Australia posting 18 scoring shots to 10 to win by 38 points and advance to the grand final.
Victoria Country went into a play-off for third place, which it lost to a resurgent NSW outfit by 29 points.
Berry's strong play comes on the back of his excellent play for Horsham Saints' under-17 side this season and for the Wimmera in the V/Line Cup competition.
Wimmera V/Line Cup coach Kingsley Dalgleish said Berry's good form at the championships was the result of hard work.
"It certainly is a great result for him and it's not surprising, given both his performances in the V/Line Cup this year and his games for Horsham Saints," he said.
"I think there's certainly been a bit of maturity over the past 12 months in his football and I think he's a little bit more focused with where he is at and where he could go."
Dalgleish said if Berry continued to work hard and play well, he could find himself on the North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup list for next season.
"From there, the rest is up to him," Dalgleish said.