WIMMERA footballer Jarrod Berry starred in the opening round of the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships on the Gold Coast on Friday night.
Berry collected 29 disposals and was named best on ground for Vic Country against South Australia at Metricon Stadium.
But it was South Australia who claimed a 7.23 (65) to 8.9 (57) win .
The Horsham Saints utility played off a half-back flank and collected 10 kicks and 19 handballs, plus eight tackles and eight rebound 50s.
Vic Country coach Paul Henriksen said it was an outstanding performance.
"He was a shining light throughout the whole night," he said.
"He's a very competitive individual and it stands out every time he takes to the footy field."
Henriksen said Hopetoun product Sam White went off the ground early after a head collision, but returned to play roles up forward and down back.
Vic Country will face Western Australia on Tuesday.