Cade Banditt
Cade Banditt David Nielsen

Hockey prospect is all set for Australian debut

ONE of Ipswich's most exciting hockey prospects will look to make his mark when he makes his debut for the Australian junior hockey team.

Cade Banditt will join almost 100 players from Hockey Australia's Futures Squad next week for an intensive training camp and a series of international matches against Japan and New Zealand.

The 17-year-old goalkeeper said he was thrilled to be heading to the Gold Coast and don the national colours for the first time.

"I'm really proud of the chance to represent my country and the chance to test myself against other countries like Japan and New Zealand," he said.

Banditt was one of four Queensland players selected for the camp after last year's national under-18 championships in Melbourne.

The Kholo teenager will have access to multiple training sessions, specialised coaching and conduct fitness testing.

Banditt said he's feeling fresh and keen to make the most of the elite opportunity, which is designed to aid the development of players identified as potential national representatives.

"I want to use this experience to absorb as much as I can and improve because at the end of the day these camps are the places where you're going to get better," he said.

The St Edmund's College student said the camp would be his chance to push his case for future selection.

"Anyone could be watching so it's important I put my best foot forward so I can be selected for more of these sides in the future," he said.

"If I perform well next week, it will be give me the confidence I need when I trial for the under-21 Queensland team and compete in the under-18 national championships."

Away from hockey, Banditt, who started playing the game when he was 12, is a promising cricket player.