Dubbo's Lilli-Rai Campbell is set and ready to back her NSW Blues team in hopes of securing another title win at the 2020 Indoor Hockey Australia Championships.
The Dubbo Hockey goalkeeper, who's also played for Bathurst's St Pat's side, is no stranger to representative duties, but will be making her NSW Blues Indoor Hockey under 18s debut on Monday when her side goes up against Tasmania in the opening round fixture of Pool A.
The championships, held in Illawarra this year, are already well underway, with Dubbo's Emma Corcoran and Courtney Hogan featuring in the NSW representative Under 21 sides.
Campbell, who normally fills the goal-keeping duties and has done so for both her school and club, isn't dreading the nerves that come with the position.
"I'm feeling pretty prepared, excited too, I had about a year off playing for any NSW side, so it's good to be back and wearing the blue," Campbell said.
"It should be a harder, faster game than I usually get to play, which will be good."
Campbell is one of the older, more experienced players in the side, and while training's been going well, she's still getting used to some of the newer faces in the line-up.
"I've met a few at training already of course and got to know them, but in terms of the others, I only really know about two or three of them," Campbell said.
"A lot of the girls this year are younger and are making their debuts."
While Campbell's overall raft of experience is impressive, her indoor hockey experience is probably lacking in comparison to the other players from around the region, as the indoor sport isn't played as much in Dubbo.
"It is a bit harder when you go to training and all the girls are from Sydney and they know the whole game in and out, they know the structure like the back of their hand and they know all the terms so well, but it's good to learn and get the experience," Campbell said.
"It'll be good to get back to playing representative indoor again and click back on to those different structures, so it's a great opportunity, it'll definitely build up my game in the indoor side of things."