Woonona's Flynn Ogilvie will be looking to add a Junior World Cup crown to his Youth Olympics gold medal after being selected in the Australian under-21s team that will head to India in December.
Ogilvie, 20, is one of seven players returning from the Youth Olympics squad that won gold with an extra-time victory over Great Britain in February and said experience would go a long way towards bringing the World Cup home.
"We've been training all year leading up to this," Ogilvie said.
"We've had a squad for the whole year and they picked different players to go to each tournament so everyone in the squad has played together a lot. That's going to be helpful."
The Burras will be among the favourites for the tournament, but Ogilvie said there is no room for complacency in the unknown of age-group hockey.
"We haven't really talked about it [favouritism] much," he said.
"A lot of teams in juniors are not as well known, so any favourites tag is just going off the seniors. We're not paying attention to that too much. In our pool we have Argentina, France and Spain, but we've never played them as a junior team. Spain or France have been going pretty good in Europe and Argentina have always been good in juniors.
"We've definitely got a good team - we just need to gel and play well together as a team and we should go fairly well."
Part of the squad's preparation involved a "super camp" with the Kookaburras in Perth and Ogilvie said it was a great insight into what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
"We had one camp in Perth where we played as a team and had a tournament between each other, which was good," he said.
"The big thing to come out of that camp was that we were just as fit and we could run just as much as them, but they just controlled the ball better. Their basics are just so much better, so we've been focusing on that going into this tournament."
The Kookaburras also gave the squad an insight into playing in hockey-mad India.
"From what we've heard from some of the senior guys they do love their hockey and are pretty fanatical," Ogilvie said.