Hamish Ellem, 11, runner-up in the Grafton Tigers' under-13 best and fairest.
Hamish Ellem, 11, runner-up in the Grafton Tigers' under-13 best and fairest. Adam Hourigan

Junior kicks above weight

LOCAL Aussie rules junior Hamish Ellem was named runner-up for the under-13s Best and Fairest Award on Sunday.

It caps an extraordinary year for Ellem, 11, following his first representative selection and an invitation to train at the Sydney Swans Academy at Coffs Harbour.

Not bad considering he's two years younger than the rest of the players.

"It's been a great year for him," proud mum Janelle Ellem said.

"He's been playing since he was six years old and now he's living his dream."

Hamish was invited to train with the Swans Academy earlier in the year, a commitment that has become more frequent as time has gone on.

"It started off as once a fortnight and now it's up to twice a week," she said.

"He's done really, really well."



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