AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 07:  Head Coach Mark Hager during the New Zealand Olympic Games women's hockey team announcement at Auckland Grammar Hockey Turf on July 7, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images for NZOC)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 07: Head Coach Mark Hager during the New Zealand Olympic Games women's hockey team announcement at Auckland Grammar Hockey Turf on July 7, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images for NZOC) Phil Walter

Hager steers Kalinga to first Hockey India League title

MARYBOROUGH hockey legend Mark Hager has provided his golden touch to the Kalinga Lancers.

Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai 4-1 in the Hockey India League final played in Chandigarh early Monday morning (Australian time).

Hager, a former Australian Olympic player who is also the coach of New Zealand women's Black Sticks, coached a team which boasted five Australians.

The Kalinga team featured Australian Kookaburras players Matthew Dawson, Tom Craig, Andrew Charter, Aran Zalewski and Glenn Turner, the competition's equal top goal scorer.

It is a remarkable turnaround for Kalinga, who lost last year's Hockey India League final against Jaypee Punjab Warriors 6-1.

The Hockey India League is a month-long professional competition featuring six teams and the world's best players from India, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, Austria, Belgium and England.

Hager and the Kalinga Lancers players will share in around $482,000 (Australian) in prize money.



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