Kelly king in hockey World win
GRAFTON'S Peter Kelly starred in a World Series Hockey exhibition match between the World XI and the India XI yesterday, scoring two goals in his side's 7-2 thumping of the host country.
The World XI, captained by Grafton hockey legend Brett Livermore, dominated possession throughout, sealing the win with five second-half goals.
Two of those came from the stick of Kelly, who scored two quick-fire goals to put the match beyond doubt.
Kelly's first goal came in the 55th minute and the local boy completed his brace four minutes later with a splendid shot to beat the Indian 'keeper.
The lucrative World Series Hockey tournament - hockey's answer to cricket's Indian Premier League - was due to commence last week.
However, a controversy regarding the Indian players, who would be ineligible to trial for the nation's Olympic team had they played in the tournament, forced organisers to delay the start of the series until February 28.
To counter the delay, series organisers hastily arranged the exhibition match between the World XI, featuring many of the international stars who had travelled to India for the series, and the Indian XI comprising the top domestic stars.
Livermore, Kelly and Robbie Green - all former Clarence Valley residents - have been signed to play in the series which features a number of innovations designed to make hockey more exciting and appealing to a wider audience.
Games will be played in quarters, instead of halves and a rolling substitution rule ensures extremely fast match-play.
The World XI scored through Joseph Reardon (10th minute), Roderik Huber (32nd), Connon Grimes (38th), Pheiie Maguire (40th), Peter Kelly (55th, 59th) and David Seddon (67th PC).
The Indian XI remained in touch in the early stages of the match with goals from Deepk Thakur (17th) and Dhanraj Pillay (28th).