Ruby might only be early in her hockey career, but she’s already aiming for the top.

The 10-year-old has just returned from her first School Sports Australia national championships, picking up a bronze medal as part of the under-12 Victorian team.

The Caroline Springs forward held her own against some much older players.

“The trials to get into the team were very hard, playing against the best players in the state, but I just tried hard and I got in,” she said.

“It was my first time playing for Victoria, and the nationals were the hardest but most rewarding games I’ve played.

“Playing against the other states and in front of some big crowds was a lot of fun.

“I came so close to scoring a goal, but just missed out, but getting my medal was really cool.”

While she missed out on hitting the scoreboard for the tournament, the learning experience of playing against the best has inspired Ruby to get to the top.

She is currently training in the Hockey Victoria under-13 Indoor Accelerated Program, and plays in the top grade of club hockey for her age group.

“It was a great experience to be a part of, and I’d love to do it again,” she said.

“My big goal is to play for the Hockeyroos in the Olympics, so at this stage I’m on track I guess.”