Tattersall will make her NSW Country debut.

SINCE Maddy Tattersall first padded up for Bathurst City she has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League Hockey, but now she faces a new challenge.

Come this Friday, Tattersall will compete at the Australian Country Championships for the first time.

DEBUT: Bathurst City goalkeeper will represent NSW Country for the first time this year. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

DEBUT: Bathurst City goalkeeper will represent NSW Country for the first time this year. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

She earned New South Wales Country selection after impressing for the Bathurst women’s open side at the state titles earlier this year.

Amongst her team-mates are a number of fellow Premier League players, including fellow City star Kelsey Willott.

The talented forward is delighted to have Tattersall with her for the Townsville based tournament.

"She's a fantastic goalkeeper, so I am surprised this will be her first time. In saying that though, I think this has been her best year yet,” Willott said.

"She has gained a lot of confidence, I'm not sure if that's because she has played with City now for a number of years and has got confidence under her belt.

"But honestly, she is playing some of her best hockey and is a fantastic goalkeeper. In Premier League I have got all faith in her to keep it out of the goal, and I'm sure she'll be solid when we go away.

"It's good to have Mads there, knowing how she plays and having her know how I play. It's good to have that support there.”

The Australian Country Championships run from this Friday until August 19. NSW begins its bid against Queensland Country. 

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