To hear Jess Healey describe it, goalkeeping sounds like the best thing in the world.
"You get see everything, it's like you get a free pass to watch the game so that's always fun," the 14-year-old said.
"You get the opportunity to watch great players and coaches and see how they interact and that always teaches you things."
Well, that is until people start whacking balls in your direction.
"Oh yeah, that can be nerve-wracking," she said, revealing a massive bruise on her knee from her most recent training session.
Healey will have a front-row seat - albeit a seat where people fling shots your way - to the 2020 Hockey State Under 15 Championships next month after being picked as the NSW goalkeeper, a nod she said she wasn't expecting.
"In under 13s we normally have to go up to have the opportunity to be put in an under 15s squad - I missed out on that chance last year but worked really hard this year and I got an email asking if I wanted to join the squad," she said.
"Having the chance to represent the state, hanging out with my good friends - it's going to be really fun."
She loves being able to play in goals, having made the "small change" from an on-field striker to wearing the pads four years ago.
"The Orange rep side needed one and I was like 'alright, I'll play'," she said.
"It was meant to be for one game and it turned out for the rest of my life."
She regularly has a hit with some of the premier league players around Orange, having been a part of the Confederate's squad for the past three years and by training with the Western Region Academy of Sports under 18s squads.
"They can hit balls hard, they're scary," Healey laughed of her WRAS teammates.
She also had a run with Feds last year, including lining up alongside the "brilliant" Eva Rieth-Snare, who played for the Jillaroos this month against Japan.
"It's a lot of pressure because you think 'dear god I have to stop this' but you end up closing your eyes a lot of the time and hoping for the best, that's how it goes," she said.
"But it's a lot of fun. They're all in it for the laughs and the good times and the fun."
Healey's looking to follow Reith-Snare into the national arena, hoping to one day end up in goals for the Hockeyroos, but is also looking to try her hand at coaching one way to keep pathways and options open.
"I'm really happy everyone in my life's supported me, friends, mum and dad and nan," she said.
Healey's NSW Blues side will take to the pitch from April 17-23 in Bathurst.
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