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    2018 - 07.03

    HOCKEY
    Nanjing Night Net

    After taking back the Illawarra hockey crown last season, University have no intention of allowing arch-rivals Albion Park to take revenge when they renew hostilities on Sunday.

    The grand final opponents opened the season in impressive fashion in the season opener, with the Students producing a 10-1 demolition of Dapto and Albion Park winning 8-nil against Fairy Meadow.

    Representative and six-time Illawarra premiership player Heath Ogilvie expected a backlash from Albion Park when they meet again at University fields.

    “I’m sure they’ll be fired up, we love playing against each other,” he said.

    “We’re all pretty good mates off the field, so there isn’t a lot said between the boys, but it’s a big rivalry once we start playing.

    “We’ll be missing three or four players and it’s early in the season, so it will be an opportunity for a few young guys to play against them.”

    Australian junior representatives Brock McCracken and Cameron Park have shown their impressive potential this year, becoming a key part of Uni’s plans this year.

    Ogilvie is also looking forward to the return of Tristan White, who he expects to be a big part of Uni’s campaign when he returns from the Kookaburras program in Perth.

    While Uni put 10 past Dapto, Ogilvie said it was a decent hitout to start the season.

    “The first 20 minutes they made it really hard for us,” he said.

    “It took us a while to find our feet and get on top.”

    Ogilvie said early season results counted for little, as he knows Uni and Albion Park will meet again when the pressure of the finals series approaches.

    “We’re aiming at trying to be where we want to be by the middle of the year,” he said.

    “We’ve got a few different players in the squad this year, but for the most part its the same guys involved,’ he said.

    Meanwhile, Albion Park Hockeroos star Casey Sablowski has been left out of an Australian squad for a challenge series against China, while playing in Europe.

    Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens named the squad on Wednesday for the series starting April 2.

    However, Sablowski and Anna Flanagan are currently in the Netherlands playing in the domestic competition.

    Sablowski will also miss a series to be played in New Zealand next month, with Australia grouped to play the USA, China and India.

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