Star in the making

June 08, 2018

The future looks bright for talented young junior footballer Joe Berry.

Joe Berry may be small, but he’s showing huge talent out on the football field.

The Under-12s Benalla Green player was one of 26 juniors named in the Victorian Country Squad, after first being selected out of 100 at the Hume Regional Trials.

Joe then attended the School Sport Victoria Under-12 trials at Trinity Grammar Sporting Fields in Melbourne, where he came up against the best 80 players from Metro and Country areas of the state.

Although Joe wasn’t picked in the combined Vic Metro and Country side, the St Joseph’s Primary School student can say he was one of the best under-12 country players in Victoria.

‘‘It was really fun and I learnt lots,’’ Joe said.

‘‘I love getting out there and having a kick.’’

The huge Carlton fan dreams of one day following in his idol Chris Judd’s footsteps.

Joe’s dad Bart Berry, who coaches the Under-12 junior side in Benalla, said Joe’s mum, sister and himself were the young footy star’s biggest fans.

‘‘Both myself and my wife Jacinta and daughter Matilda are all very proud of Joe,’’ Bart said.

‘‘As a coach I enjoy watching not only Joe, but all the juniors play football.’’

One of the last juniors from Benalla to make a combined School Sport Victorian team was Harry Morrison, who has since gone on to become a defender for Hawthorn.

Joe looks to have a bright future in footy ahead of him, but for now he’s happy running out every week with his mates for Benalla.

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