Rocky's Jamie Dwyer is World League’s best

ROCKHAMPTON'S Jamie Dwyer (pictured) has been named Player of the Tournament at the World League hockey finals in India.

The Kookaburras secured the first World League hockey title, after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the final at Raipur.

Accepting his Player of the Tournament award, Dwyer, who plans to retire from international hockey in 2016, following the Olympic Games in Rio, thanked the Indian fans.

"This is the last time I'll play in the green and gold in India so thank you to all my fans here," Dwyer said.

Goals from Kookaburra young guns Jeremy Hayward and Matthew Dawson sealed the maiden World League hockey crown for Australia.

Man of the match Hayward's unstoppable shot into the top-right corner early in the second quarter put Graham Reid's men in front before Dawson's drag flick doubled their advantage midway through the third period.

Belgium scored a late consolation goal with an overtime penalty corner rebound.

Kookaburras' coach Graham Reid will announce his Olympic training squad in 10 days' time and said he'd been given plenty of food for thought from the tournament.

"We've gathered a lot of good information while we've been in India," he said.

"We've got out of it everything that we wanted and it was fantastic to bring the whole squad here to play some Tests against India, before the World League started."



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