HORSHAM-born teenager Taylor Crabtree and his South Australian team-mates made history at the School Sport Australia national football championships in Darwin last week.
The emerging midfielder showed plenty of promise in the under-15s carnival, which South Australia went through undefeated to claim its first nationals title since 1979.
South Australia defeated Vic Metro by one point, West Australia by 18 points and ACT by 70 points on its way to the semi-finals.
It followed it up with an 18-point triumph over NSW, before a thrilling decider against Western Australia where the South Australians won by 10 points.
Taylor said he enjoyed the experience of testing himself against the nation's best young footballers.
"It was great to see what I'm actually up against and how good I have to be to make it at the top level," he said.
The 15-year-old played the majority of the carnival in the midfield and wing, but it was the grand final where he shone across the half-back line. "I think I got better as the carnival went on," he said.
"Coming into the first game against Vic Metro, I didn't really know what to expect.
"I'd never really experienced anything like that before, but I adjusted to the pace."
Taylor's SANFL season is over, with his district club Norwood's under-15s and under-16s teams out of the finals race.
But he said he was looking forward to September action at home club Payneham-Norwood Union as it attempted to avenge last year's North Eastern Metro Junior Football Association grand final loss.
"We haven't lost a game this season so I think we're a pretty good chance," Taylor said.
The year nine Rostrevor College student hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Payneham-Norwood products George Horlin-Smith, Geelong, and Alex Forster, Fremantle, and play AFL.
His father Brett coached former Horsham District Football league side Goroke and was also an assistant coach at Horsham United.