THE Heat needs to win at home today, says foundation Cooloola Heat Hockey player Dom Stephens.
The Heat will clash with Maryborough Roos at 5.30pm at Ramsey Park and are hoping for a huge crowd to cheer on the local team.
Stephens said the Heat had won only one game after the first three matches of the Wide Bay Premier League.
Stephens said a win today was crucial if the side was to have any chance of figuring in the finals.
The Heat lost its first game against Granville Tigers 7-0, won its second game against Bundaberg Arrows 8-1 and lost its last game to the Bundaberg All Blacks, 5-3.
Stephens said the Heat had to control the ball a lot better to stop the inconsistent results.
He said Roos were a tough side and the Heat would have to take its chances in the attacking zone.
"If we can hold the ball and keep our heads in attack we should be able to take our chances," Stephens said.
"I am expecting the game to be rough and tough.
"The Roos are a very physical side and we have warned our younger players they will need to take a step up and toughen up to match it with them."
He said the team trained well on Tuesday night when they beat the Gympie Veterans side in the practice match.
"The boys looked good and they are raring to go this weekend," Stephens said.
Gympie Hockey Association president Ian Wenzel urged everyone to come along and support their local team.
He said the Dribblers Bar would be open and the barbecue cooking.