HOLLI Wheeler from Old Bar will represent the Australian Country women's hockey team for the third time when she tours New Zealand next year.
Wheeler, 23, was named following the Australian Country championships held in Geraldton, Western Australia, where she was co-captain of the winning NSW team.
She first played for the national open country team in New Zealand two years ago and in Singapore and Hong Kong earlier this year. She has also represented at under 21 level.
Wheeler isn't sure of the tour format.
"I think we're playing in a tournament and the New Zealand national team will also be there,'' she said.
"And I suppose there could be other invitational sides there, but we haven't really been told yet.''
Wheeler said she felt 'pretty good' about her chances of retaining her place in the team after the successful tour earlier in 2013.
NSW defied some odds to retain the mantle of Australian champions in WA.
"We virtually had a new team,'' Wheeler explained.
"We had 10 rookies in our squad. I thought just to make the final was a great thing, but winning the final was the best experience I've ever had on a hockey field.
"And we beat Queensland in the final and that's always good.''
However, it was a hard fought affair. The teams were locked at 2-2 at the end of normal time. There's no extra time these days, with five players from each side instead selected to go one-on-one with the goal keeper.
"Our goal keeper saved our backside,'' Wheeler said.
"She saved three goals. Our players scored four from five.''
Making it even more satisfying was the fact that four of the five NSW players involved in the one-on-one were rookies.
Wheeler wasn't one of the five.
"I was a very nervous spectator,'' she smiled.
The rep season is now over for Wheeler and she'll concentrate on Tigers' premiership defence in the Manning division one competition.