Rays gun down opposition at Indian competition
LOCAL players featured in the Ranchi Rays team that won the Hero Hockey India League after defeating the Jaypee Punjab Warriors 3-2 in a grand final shootout.
The Warriors also featured several Perth locals in a triumph for Western Australian hockey in the Indian competition.
Kookaburra Trent Mitton, of Leeming, who plays for Wesley South Perth, joined fellow team members including Nick Budgeon, of the Curtin Trinity Pirates, get their team to the ultimate victory following a 2-2 draw with the Japyee Punjab Warriors team, also packed full of Australian stars.
In all, 11 Kookaburras took part in the grand final. Showcasing seven past and present Kookaburras, the Jaypee Punjab Warriors were in the driving seat with goals from Australians Kieran Govers and Chris Ciriello, of the Wesley South Perth club, despite having suffered a setback when their captain Jamie Dwyer missed the final due to a hamstring strain. But the Rays fought back to equalise twice to send the match to a shoot-out.
Other locals in the Warriors were Mark Knowles (Curtin Trinity Pirates) and Simon Orchard (Fremantle) of Victoria Park, and Vic Park club member Jake Whitton.
The third place play-off between the Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards had the Waveriders finish atop, 2-1.
The Waveriders featured Australians Matt Gohdes (Hale), of Kardinya, Tristan White and Jason Wilson with the Wizards showcasing George Bazeley and Eddie Ockenden.
Members of the Jaypee Punjab Warriors team, which was defeated by the Ranchi Rays in the Hero Hockey India League, featuring many locally trained hockey stars.