TAMSIN Bunt and her NSW side begin their Open Women's Indoor Hockey National Championship defence this Thursday.
Bunt will be one of the veteran players for NSW in the tournament at Goulburn, and they have a strong record to try and maintain.
Across the 10 men’s and women’s national indoor championships – from under 13s through to Opens – NSW won all but two in 2017.
NSW will be hoping to get their tournament off to a stronger start than what they did last year, when they gave up a 3-1 lead against Western Australia to go down 4-3.
Bunt and her side will aim to come out more focused this time against Tasmania, a team NSW thrashed 12-0 in the previous tournament.
The remaining games for NSW will be against Western Australia (Thursday), Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory (Friday).
The tournament will be a crucial warm-up event for Bunt and fellow NSW players Kyah Gray and Lisa Farrell for the upcoming Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin.
The men’s and women’s open tournaments run from January 4-7.
It will give Bunt exactly one month turnaround before the World Cup gets underway in Germany.
The Under 21s Men's and Women's Indoor Hockey National Championships start shortly after, running at the same venue from the 9th to 12th.
Bathurst’s Sarah Watterson has been named in the NSW women’s team for the event. As just one of two 21-year-olds in the team this set to be her last attempt at the age group.