YOUNG hockey talent Bailey Ferguson will, on Saturday, begin his first national championship campaign in Melbourne, and the 12-year-old is looking forward to the challenge.
Ferguson was a stand-out with Orange at the under 13s boys field state championship in Taree, using his speed in front of goal to secure a place in the 50-man squad destined to take part in an eight-hour high performance camp on the Central Coast in July.
Impressing further, the Orange star then made it into the NSW under 13s side set to tackle the nation’s best up and coming hockey talent over eight days from September 28.
Originally aiming to make the state’s development side, Ferguson was rapt to go one step further.
“I was excited to be picked,” the young striker said.
NSW is in Pool A at the championship alongside the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia.
The ACT, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia will compete in Pool B.
The NSW boys take on South Australia in their first game of the tournament and Ferguson was expecting the level of hockey to be way above what he’s used to.
“I think it’s going to be a lot harder,” he said.
NSW will fly out for Melbourne on Thursday before taking part in a coaching clinic run by the Kookaburras, Australia’s men’s hockey team, on the Friday.
NSW UNDER 13s: Bradley Paterson (Port Macquarie), Connor Welch (Sydney), Angus Baird (Sydney), Luca Brown (Far North Coast), Addison Coutman (Tamworth), Wade Harry (Manning Valley), Lain Carr (Central Coast Jnr), Miles Davis (Sydney), Jordan Denniss (Newcastle), Charlie Dorman (Sydney), Bailey Ferguson (Orange), Jared Flanagan (Macarthur), Reece Gaddes (Grafton), Jarred Papworth (Macarthur), Ky Willott (Newcastle), Zac Young (Grafton).