Horsham Demon Ben Hobbs has added another impressive accolade to his promising young career, winning Victoria Country's under-16 best and fairest.
Hobbs was rewarded for a remarkable campaign with Vic Country at their vote count on Friday night, winning the award one vote ahead of second place.
Hobbs said he was proud of the achievement.
"Last year I was able to win the under-15s best and fairest as well, so winning the 16s this year is good to continue on with that," Hobbs said.
It is something that I'll always remember from this time of my life.Ben Hobbs
"It is something that I'll always remember from this time of my life."
Victoria Country's AFL National Championship season finished with their third and final game against South Australia on Friday.
Playing at the Gabba in Brisbane, Hobbs booted two goals and was named Victoria Country's second best in his side's 11.13 (79) to 10.3 (63) victory.
Horsham Saint Sam Breuer was also named in Victoria Country's best in the contest.
Hobbs said travelling with the team to Brisbane and the Gold Coast was a great learning experience.
"It's pretty much like being away and playing an interstate AFL game, which is a good experience - you learn how to be a professional athlete," Hobbs said.
"We also went to the Gold Coast Sun's AFL facilities, which was awesome to see."
The Victoria Country program also encouraged Hobbs and Breuer to find passions outside of football.
"They told us it's a good idea to have a back-up plan," Hobbs said.
"Also to have something else you like to take your mind off footy, because it does get pretty hard being around it all the time."
Since proving his ability at the under-16 level, Hobbs has also been approached to play some under-18 matches with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels in the back half of the season.
"That will be a really good opportunity to see how I go and what I will be up against in the next two years," Hobbs said.
"Not many have done that or get that opportunity."
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