Albury hockey young gun Noah Erdeljac had the chance to play with and against Canberra's best players after he was selected in the Hockey ACT All Stars game on Thursday night.
The 20-year-old Albury-Wodonga Spitfire played in defence for Avalanche which went down 8-2 to Blizzard at Canberra's National Hockey Centre.
Former Kookaburra Glenn Turner scored a hat trick for Blizzard, with fellow national representatives Ben Craig and Kiel Brown also featuring in the contest.
The fact Erdeljac earned a call-up was impressive given the Spitfires couldn't contest the Capital League season due to COVID-19.
Erdeljac said the score didn't reflect the game with Hockey One rules in place, meaning any scorer from general play earned a one-on-one shot with the keeper for an extra goal.
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"I felt like I held my own and a few of the guys said I played well, so I'll take away a bit of confidence from the experience," he said.
"I've played against all of them at club level and with a few of them in under-21s, so I'm used to the way they play.
"Not having our regular Capital League comp this year doesn't really get you ready. You can be fitness ready, but there's game fitness and it's another level."
Erdeljac's next major goal is to break into the Canberra Chill squad, which competes in Hockey Australia's premier domestic competition.
Former Falcons player James Jewell featured in the Blizzard side.