TANIA Jachi says she is preparing herself for a big step up, but you get the feeling it’s one she has been ready to take for a while.
The James Sheahan Catholic High School student has been selected in the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) open hockey side.
Come June the 16-year-old will travel to Newcastle for the New South Wales All Schools Hockey Championships.
There Jachi will face some “pretty tough” opposition.
But, if the volume and quality of hockey the year 11 student is playing week in-week out is any indication, she will revel in the competition.
A regular with high-flying Kinross-CYMS in the Premier League competition, Jachi is also a standout in the Orange Under 18s representative side.
The attacking weapon earned selection in the NSW CCC side via a two-day tryout in Newcastle in March, with her efforts in a series of games giving her the tick of approval by selectors.
“I’m sure it will be a big step up and pretty tough,” Jachi said.
“Most of the girls there will be pretty good, but I will just try to do my best.”
Jachi will be able to lean on the experience of Kinross-CYMS club-mate Georgie Williams, who 12 months ago was chosen for the opens team.
Williams, though, has graduated to more senior levels, leaving Jachi as Orange’s sole representative in the side.
The youngster has just two goals for the championships.
“I just want to play well and hopefully win our games.”