SASI hockey stars to hit Melbourne camp aiming for a bright future

It's all systems go for a quartet of SASI athletes, and possible future hockey stars, as they prepare for a key learning block at the Hockey Australia National Junior Hockey camp in Melbourne beween February 1 and 5

THE new year is about to crank up for at least four SASI athletes when they travel to Melbourne for a National Junior Hockey camp between February 1 and 5.

Lachie Busiko (men's), and Miki Spano, Hattie Shand and Amy Hammond (women's) were selected for the camp after outstanding efforts at the under-21 nationals in 2018. The camp will be intense and gives the athletes a chance to kick start their various hockey programs with plenty of confidence.

For Hattie, 19, it will be an ideal chance to learn about her game and to bond with athletes in the squad.

"I'm feeling pretty fit and and excited to get back into training and then playing," Hattie said.

The camp also will give the attendees a chance to watch Australia's men's and women's team, the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos respectively, who will be competing in the world-first FIH (International Hockey Federation) competition. That will involve nine men's and nine women's teams playing in matches around the world for the next six months at least.

SASI Hockey Head Coach Tim White also is the national women's junior coach.

During the camp the senior Australian teams will be battling the Netherlands on Saturday, February 2 and Belgium on Sunday, Febraury 3, at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne.

Hattie said watching the international event would be a buzz.

"It's really good timing for us to be able to see how the seniors train and play - I can't wait," Hattie said.

After the camp Hattie will focus on the premier league season with Adelaide and prepare for the under-21 national titles in July this year in New South Wales.

Hattie, formerly of Naracoorte but now living in Adelaide, is studying animal science at Adelaide University this year after trying exercise and physiology last year.

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