Pokemon master in training

EXCITED: Ethan Pearce only got into the card game at Christmas last year when he took part in Guf Ballarat tournaments. They are held every Sunday.
EXCITED: Ethan Pearce only got into the card game at Christmas last year when he took part in Guf Ballarat tournaments. They are held every Sunday.

Ballarat has its very own Pokemaster – or at least an aspiring one.

Ethan Pearce placed 14th in the junior division of the Pokemon Oceania International Championships.

The trading card game competition is one of the largest in the 2017 season, with high championship point payouts and a prize pool value of up to $100,000. 

Mother Trish Pearce said only one other Australian placed higher than her 10-year-old son, making him the second best junior in Australia.

“This was his first championship, so I threw him in the deep end,” she said.

“We skipped other leagues and tournaments such as regionals.” 

As part of his prize pool for making the top 16, Ethan received championship points and two Pokemon booster card packs – which Ms Pearce said sell for $170 each.

Pictured left to right: Ethan Pearce (14th), Jed McPhan (26th), Charlton Hand (16th) Don Carter (23rd).

Pictured left to right: Ethan Pearce (14th), Jed McPhan (26th), Charlton Hand (16th) Don Carter (23rd).

Ballarat had four junior players in the top 30 with 39 competitors overall. 

Charlton Hand placed 16th, Don Carter placed 23rd, and Jed McPhan placed 26th.

Meanwhile Nicholas Kan came first in the Pokemon Video Game Challenge.

The event took place at the Melbourne Park Function Centre on Friday, March 10, Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12.