Rays gun down op­po­si­tion at In­dian com­pe­ti­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal -

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.

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