Horsham brothers Ammaar and Aaqib Khan performed admirably at the CLFA Country Championships at the weekend.
The pair represented Ballarat in their respective age groups at the three-day Aubury-Wodonga event, that welcomed the state's best country soccer teams.
"It was tough, the best players from all around were there, and you had to compete with them," Ammaar, 14, said.
"Especially because club soccer is mostly about coming to have a kick for fun, but this tournament was really serious."
It was the first time the brothers had played outside of the Horsham and District Soccer Club.
Ammaar's under-14 team won two games, drew two and were pipped in three, losing only to the competition's eventual top three clubs.
Ballarat coach Charlie Payton said Ammaar had a bright future ahead of him.
"I was calling him Usain Bolt because he spent the whole weekend sprinting down the wing," he said.
"Of all the years I've been coaching Country Championships; this is probably the best group I've had.
"I've already introduced Ammaar to the under-16 coach for next year as well."
Ballarat's under-12 side won three, drew one and lost only two games at the championships.
Aaqib, 11, said it was great to be a part of a packed weekend.
"It was quite hard because I'd never played with players like that before, but it was great," he said.
"It was huge. It was tiring, but it was fun."
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