Lachie Busiko has taken another step towards his ultimate goal of representing the Australian men's hockey team.
The former Naracoorte hockey player, now based in Adelaide, captained the Australian under 21 team at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia last month.
It was 21-year-old Busiko's third time at the international tournament but first as captain.
The team didn't perform as well as in past years, finishing fifth from six matches, but Busiko was satisfied with his own form and was thrilled to be named captain.
"It was a bit of extra excitement leading the country," he said. "When you're out there with the national anthem playing, it doesn't seem real."
Busiko scored two goals and was named player of the match in Australia's last game of the tournament, a win over New Zealand.
"We had not the best results, we had a pretty young team and inexperienced. Some of our fundamentals didn't work."
The tournament was another step in the right direction for Busiko as he works towards senior national representation.
His next goal is to win selection in the national development squad, which is a stepping stone into the Australian men's senior team the Kookaburras.
Seeking higher honours may require a move interstate in the future, possibly to WA where the Hockey Australia national high performance centre is located.
Being the off-season at the moment, he is doing a gym and running program to prepare him for the start of the next Adelaide Premier League season playing for the Seacliff Tigers.
He's also working hard to generate increased interest in hockey as a development officer for Hockey SA.