Lachie's on top of the world with Burras
31 Oct 2017
IT'S been a whirlwind year for Lachie Busiko as he reflects on an outstanding season in field hockey.
Lachie, 19, recently returned from representing Australia at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia where the Burras successfully defended their title won in 2016, this time beating Great Britain 2-0 in the final.
The only SASI scholarship holder in the team, Lachie made his debut at international level where he scored his first goal in a round-robin match against Great Britain - the Burras only loss during the competition.
India, Malaysia, Japan and the US rounded out the six-team competition with Great Britain losing its only match in the final.
Lachie said he was thrilled with his selection and being involved at that level.
''Being named in the 18-man squad to play at the Sultan of Johor Cup was an amazing feeling,'' he said.
''Then to go over and win the tournament just capped off everything.
''Going in not knowing many of the athletes and coaching staff was a bit daunting but after the initial nerves I got to know everyone and made some great friends.
''The standard of hockey was incredible. Each team was incredibly strong and skilful - especially the Indian and Japanese teams who had great basic skills and counter attack abilities.
''Scoring my first international goal was a moment I won't forget. It's not every day a half back gets into the circle so when I saw the opportunity I took it and thankfully it paid off.
''While being away I learned so much about different structures as well as how international teams function so as to perform at their best throughout a major tournament.''
SASI head hockey coach Tim White said it was a fantastic result for Lachie and the team.
''He's had a big season and it was such an exciting opportunity for him and to score his first goal as a defender - he's loved it,'' he said.
Before his selection in the Burras team Lachie, formerly of Naracoorte and now playing for Seacliff domestically, was chosen in the Australian Futures Group for athletes aged between 16 and 18 with potential to play for Australia.
He also caught the eye at this year's national under-21 competition in Wollongong.
Lachie's next hockey commitment is a National Junior Squad training camp in Canberra in December.