Aus­tralians ga­lore

The Hockey Paper - - HOCKEY INDIA LEAGUE -

EVER won­dered what’s the fa­vorite pas­time of the Aus­tralian hockey fra­ter­nity? A visit to In­dia, is seems, is high on the pri­or­ity list these days.

Sign­ing a short-term con­tract to play, coach or get in­volved with the lu­cra­tive league has caught the at­ten­tion of those Down Un­der.

And the en­dorse­ment of the HIL by Hockey Aus­tralia was cen­tral to that be­ing the case.

In Fe­bru­ary 2015, the In­dian and Aus­tralian hockey fed­er­a­tions signed a con­tract that en­sured In­dia’s men’s team would tour Aus­tralia for three years from 2016. In re­turn, the Aus­tralian play­ers re­ceived the green light to join the HIL.

Even the team bus driv­ers are get­ting used to the Aus­tralian slang. We won­der if Da­bang Mum­bai coach An­drew McDon­ald and video an­a­lyst Greg Drake were sur­prised that the per­son col­lect­ing them used jar­gon pe­cu­liar to Aus­tralians.

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