Ready for Main event

Frank Main hopes to play a big role for Australia in the Junior World Cup.
Frank Main hopes to play a big role for Australia in the Junior World Cup.

Despite playing with Australia A in the past, the December 6 to 15 under-21 tournament will be Main’s first official representation. The Burras will play against Argentina, France and Spain in Pool B.

‘I am most looking forward to seeing the culture in India,’ Main said.

‘I have never been to India before so I am preparing for a culture shock within a vibrant, bustling city with thousands of passionate hockey supporters.’

The 21-year-old said he had been working towards making the Junior World Cup team for the past three years. Main started playing hockey for the UWA Hockey Club at age 11 and still plays first grade with the local club.

He said his goals for 2014 included making the WA Thundersticks and winning a premiership with UWA.

Burras head coach Paul Gaudoin said it was hard to prepare for playing in India.

‘It’s a high-quality facility with a good turf but the environment is very different to what the athletes will be used to,’ Gaudoin said.

‘The noise will be terrific and the crowds are highly passionate and very partisan.’