Aggression and speed.
That’s what spurs Tiff Davis’s love of hockey.
The 17-year-old will hope to channel both the things she loves about her sport into her game while representing Australia Country in the Hockey5s Intercontinental Cup beginning Wednesday in Sydney.
The tournament will fit between games at the Oceania Cup, which will feature the Hockeyroos playing the likes of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Davis has never played the Hockey5s before, which is held on a half-sized field and features only five players and three substitutes.
But not only has Davis never played before, she’s not sure of the rules, or the ins and outs of the game.
“We don’t know exactly what sort of hockey it is, but apparently it’s a lot like indoor hockey,” she said.
“I think it’s only half a field, and has boards on the side [like indoor hockey], but with only five on the field it’ll be hard.”
It's really exciting playing an international tournamentTiff Davis
Davis thinks she’s the second youngest member of the side, but she only knows one other member of the side, from Bathurst, with the rest “complete strangers”.
“It’s a bit scary not knowing anyone and you get there and you’ve got to adjust, and you have to adjust where you going to play,” Davis said.
Davis has been playing since she was 5 years old, and while originally a defender, she has played offence in recent times.
However, she doesn’t know what position she’ll be playing in the tournament.
Davis has represented Australia in international games before, playing for the NSW Bushrangers in Japan, and has played games in New Zealand.
In January she also represented the Australian Country side in Malaysia.
She wanted to thank mum Charlie Howarth and dad Tony Davis for their support – and for “paying for everything” – as well as Adam Hurford from Sports Power for helping supply her with gear.