Aussie ace gives Lightning the Wehebe-jeebies

Wehebe Darge celebrates scoring the game winner against Milton Keynes. Picture: Tom Scott
Wehebe Darge celebrates scoring the game winner against Milton Keynes. Picture: Tom Scott
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Match-winner Wehebe Darge admits firing Phantoms to English Premier League Cup final first leg success was one of the best moments of his career.

The Australian ace pounced in the final period as Phantoms roared back from behind to beat Milton Keynes 2-1 at Planet Ice last Sunday.

And Darge is confident the city men can finish the job of capturing silverware in the second leg this Saturday.

Darge said: “We knew we could work harder than Milton Keynes and that’s basically what it came down to.

“Scoring the winning goal is definitely one of the highlights of my career, but it’s all about this weekend now and winning the trophy.

“I’ve been lucky enough to win trophies in Australia and North America – and I would love to win one in England as well.

“There is no doubt in my mind we can do it. We’ve put all the pressure on Milton Keynes now.

“We know we’ve got the lifeline of overtime if we need it, just as we had in the semi-final against Telford, but I don’t think we will.”

Darge is enjoying an impressive debut season in British hockey.

The Adelaide man has racked up 39 points in 45 appearances.

He is delighted with how he settled into the second tier of the English game and has high hopes of returning next term – even though the import limit has been slashed from five to three.

Darge added: “Peterborough gave me a fantastic opportunity and I’m very pleased with the way I’ve seized it.

“I just hope I can be back next year because this is a great place to play hockey.”