Devils' veteran sees silver lining in hockey loss to Uni

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Wests veteran Paul Burns maintains last week's 6-2 loss to University wasn't all doom and gloom for his squad.

The Devils were outclassed by a young, fit and fast Students line-up in round three of the first grade competition but Burns saw a lot in the defeat.

"It is always good to play those teams to know where you are at," Burns said.

"We certainly weren't focusing on the score. We were more focusing on some aspects of our play that we have been trying to work on.

"There were some positive signs throughout the match that we can definitely use."

Defender Al Jamba celebrated his 50th match for the Devils with a strong performance that saw Corey Harding and Flynn Ogilvie both slam doubles past Wests' keeper Daniel Joliffe.

Despite the goal haul, Burns said the custodian's performance was impressive.

"Our young goalkeeper Joliffe, has come up essentially from third grade had a very good game for us," Burns said.

"He played second grade and then filled in for first grade and he really stepped up to the mark, which was pleasing."

Wests continue their run of high-profile matches this week against Robertson.

The Southern Highlands side claimed a 3-1 win against neighbours Mittagong.

"It is always a tough game when we play Robbo. They are a very fit and a very fast team," Burns said.

"It is important that we control the tempo and are switched on from the start of the game because they are the sort of team who comes out hard.

"It is important not to let them score a couple of goals early because it is difficult to come back against a team like that."

In other round four matches, Albion Park meet Mittagong on the back of an 11-0 trouncing of Dapto, who face another tough assignment against University.

In round three of the Women's first division, Wests Illawarra defeated Falcons 2-1 while University beat Avondale 1-0.

Figtree Unanderra and Jamberoo shared the points in a 1-1 draw as Albion Park did likewise with Railways Greys in a 2-2 result.

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