Young hockey star "buzzing"

Lachie Busiko in action for SA's under 18 men earlier this year. The talented local teen has been selected to represent Australia next year in Germany.

Lachie Busiko in action for SA's under 18 men earlier this year. The talented local teen has been selected to represent Australia next year in Germany.

LACHIE Busiko has featured highly at State level on the hockey field during his young career, but 2015 will bring something new.

The 16-year-old from Benayeo has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys Hockey team to tour Germany in May next year for a six-nation tournament.

Busiko, already an Australian Hockey League development squad member and SA Sports Institute scholarship holder, was selected after good performances for SA at the School Sport Australia Boys Hockey Championships in Adelaide earlier this month, the sole Croweater in the 16 man side.

"It's pretty good," he said.

"It's my first overseas trip."

SA finished fifth at the championships, only one win off third place, and Busiko had a good individual tournament in the backlines - a position he has played in representative hockey since under 12s even though locally he's used to playing at the other end.

"In Naracoorte I usually play up front as a striker," he said.

"But back in the under 12s (for SA) I was put back there in that position (defence)."

In the Naracoorte and District Competition Busiko plays for Redlegs - who are in the midst of a finals campaign.

In the under 16s they have qualified directly for the Grand Final - with Busiko scoring two goals in their win on the weekend over West Wimmera.

Also playing for the Redlegs' men's side, Busiko and his teammates have a playoff this weekend with West Wimmera to see who makes the grand final.

Busiko has also played a lot of hockey for the Naracoorte Rams in the Lower SE competition, although a busy schedule has caused problems this year.

'Every weekend I've been going to Adelaide this year (for hockey)," he said.

"It hasn't affected Saturdays because I leave Saturday nights but I've only played five games for the Rams this year."

Busiko's busy life will only get more hectic next year with another under 18 championships and the Germany trip on top of Year 12 study commitments.

"I reckon it will get a bit difficult," he said.

Busiko is this month's Scott Petroleum Sportsperson of the Month and receives a $50 fuel voucher - also going into the running for the Scott Petroleum Sportsperson of the Year at the end of 2014.

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