A SIGNIFICANT change in on-field roles has been instrumental in Louis Herbert landing the Adam Goodes Trophy as North Ballarat Rebels’ best and fairest for 2013.
Herbert’s shift from up forward last season to a spot across half-back saw him clinch a convincing victory in yesterday’s vote count at St Patrick’s College. The 19-year-old polled 237 votes throughout the Rebels’ under-18 TAC Cup campaign to finish clear of runner-up Lachlan Cassidy (212 votes) and Josh Webster (183 votes).
Herbert, originally from Warrnambool, said the move down back, with stints in the middle, helped him show his best form.
“I was a bit up and down and a bit inconsistent last year,” Herbert, who was named at half back in the TAC Cup team of the year, said. “I had some really good games and some really poor games, where as this year it has been more consistent. I played as a forward last year so to make the move this year has been good.
“I can display my attributes better on the half-back flank rather than playing deep forward, like my pace and foot skills and stuff like that.”
Herbert, who is studying teaching at University of Ballarat, was one of four Rebels that took part in last week’s AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne. He joined teammates Sam Bennett, Matt Crouch and Dallas Willsmore at the four-day camp, which included testing and interviews under the eye of AFL clubs.
Herbert now has his sights set on getting picked-up by a club at the AFL National Draft on November 21,” he said. “I think I have a chance, but then again I am not going to get my hopes up like I did last year. I’ll be going to the night free-minded and hopefully my name gets called out.”
Rebels coach David Loader said Herbert’s move from forward to down back had just shown prospective AFL clubs that he could play all over the ground.
“He turned into a backman predominately this year and found his feet probably two or three rounds in and played great footy,” Loader said.
Adam Goodes Trophy – best and fairest – Louis Herbert
Best and fairest runner-up – Lachlan Cassidy
Best and fairest third – Josh Webster
The Sewell Trophy – Best first-year player – Josh Webster
Coach’s award – Kyle Hendy and Mitch Bowman
Players’ award – Sam Hooper
Tony Frawley Trophy – best club person – Damien Ross
Community award – Will Austin
Graeme Alexander Memorial Award – outstanding service – Dr Bernie Fensling
State representatives – Matt Crouch, Dallas Willsmore, Louis Herbert, Kyle Hendy, Ned Mabon (NSW/ACT), Darcy Tucker (under-16), Shane McAuliffe (NT).