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Canberra Brave father-son duo keen to lift Goodall Cup together

10 August 2018 5:55 AM
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Dave won the Goodall Cup with the ACT in 1998 just before Jayden was born and now he wants to finish his 23-year career with a second trophy alongside his son.

"It was definitely a big drawcard for me to come back and play this year, having the chance to spend that extra time with him and it's pretty good seat in the house to watch him play," Dave said.

"For a long time I didn't think he'd play, when he was about eight he showed some interest but then gave it up and went back to soccer and rugby union.

"Then it wasn't until about five years ago that he came to me and said 'Do you think it’s too late to play hockey'.

"I didn't think he'd developed as quickly as he's done but he's playing for the Brave and has made national junior teams. I'm pretty proud of the boy."

Dave (right) was playing when Canberra won its last Goodall Cup in 1998 and wants to retire a two-time champion.

Jayden has spent the past two off-seasons playing in Finland and enjoyed a stint with a Canadian while he was in high school.

The teenager has played for the Australian under-20 team and featured in a one-off game with his dad for the Brave in 2015.

Jayden said it was a dream come true to play regular shifts with his old man and at the same venue he spent countless hours rinkside growing up.

"I was always going down and watching him play as a kid so it's kind of surreal to be playing with him now," Jayden said.

"It's been great, just having him around to help me out with little things and being in the same locker room as him is different but good," Jayden said.


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