JOCELYN Bartram is determined to “keep” her name in front of national selectors after a successful debut in goal for the Hockeyroos.
The Border export received her maiden Australian cap in a 3-1 victory against China in Perth.
Bartram kept a clean sheet as she and Audrey Smith alternated quarters in goal with coach Adam Commens using the one-off Test against China as a chance to blood young talent in preparation for the future.
“It was an amazing feeling,” she said.
“It’s something you work so hard for and you hope it will happen one day and when it does it’s a little bit overwhelming but it was so exciting at the same time.
“You couldn’t ask for a better start.
“It was definitely a step up with speed and intensity and just the thoroughness of players that take shots.”
The 22-year-old goalkeeper is an outside chance for selection for the Rio Olympics but with Rachael Lynch and Ashlee Wells established in the Hockeyroos squad, Bartram is more focused on preparing herself for Tokyo in 2020.
It was an amazing feelingJocelyn Bartram
Bartram is now based in Perth, where she is a member of the Hockeyroos’ high performance squad and also plays for Suburban Lions.
“They wanted to give me the opportunity to play against China because they’ve been really happy with how I’ve been training since I moved over to the high performance program,” she said.
“The feedback from the game was good so I feel like it’s a step forward.
“I’ll just go back to training hard now and be ready to prove myself when the next opportunity comes my way.”
Bartram said she was determined to keep the pressure on Lynch and Wells, who got the nod for the Hawke’s Bay Cup in New Zealand from April 2-10.
“I’m really enjoying being the youngest goalkeeper in the squad and the experience of being around the Olympic squad in their preparation for Rio,” she said.
“Hopefully when the next Olympic cycle comes around in 2020 I’m more prepared and more aware of what’s going on and what happens during that time so that I know what’s expected of me to help give myself the best opportunity.
“I’m quite a bit younger than (Lynch and Wells) and quite a bit more inexperienced but I guess making a good first impression always helps.
“They’re the more experienced players but they also like to take players that are in form so you never know.
“If one of them gets injured, you never know what’s around the corner.
“I will be nipping at their heels, training hard and trying to help them improve as well as improving myself at the same time.”
Commens said Bartram had earned her Hockeyroos cap and had impressed national coaching staff since moving to Perth.
“The game against China was a late inclusion in our program and gives us the chance to provide opportunities to players just outside our senior group, and a few of those in with a chance of selection for Rio,” he said.
“Jocelyn Bartram joined the centralised program this year and has progressed well in training, making steady improvements.”