HIGHEST LEVEL: Coraki junior hockey ace Bailey Powell is celebrating after being chosen in the Australian All Schools under-16 hockey team to play in South Africa next year.
HIGHEST LEVEL: Coraki junior hockey ace Bailey Powell is celebrating after being chosen in the Australian All Schools under-16 hockey team to play in South Africa next year. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Top of his game

BAILEY Powell is the latest sensation to come out of the Coraki Hockey Club.

Powell, 15, has been selected in the Australian All Schools under-16 hockey team to travel South Africa next year.

It is the highest level that Powell has reached in hockey after finding his way on to the turf as a three-year-old.

"I've been playing since I was three-and-half, my brother is two years older than me and I wanted to play with him," Powell said.

"I've never been overseas with hockey and I've been aiming for this for a while now.

"I didn't think I would make the team to be honest.

"I've always wanted to play for Australia but whether it would happen or not was another thing.

"A few of my mates at school didn't believe me when I said I made the team at first."

Bailey was selected off the back of his performances playing for the winning NSW side at the Australian under-16 Hockey Championships in Hobart.

St Mary's Casino student Jackson Gwynne was also is the side as goalkeeper but missed out on further selection.

Powell is an attacking midfielder and has played a key role in the Coraki men's A-grade side this year.

The Australian team will play the South African under-18s in a four-match series.

He is also looking forward to some of the other activities they will do on tour.

"We'll be doing some training camps for some of the poor kids over there," Powell said.

"I think that part of it will be a really good experience along with the travelling.

"We should go pretty well in the series too."

Powell has represented NSW Schools three times with eight players from the 2013 team selected for the tour.

"I hope to play with the Australian team in the Olympics one day," Powell said.



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