Heat women need win against Buderim Rebels
THE Cooloola Heat women will aim to secure a win at home against the Buderim Rebels tomorrow to remain in third position heading in to the pointy end of the season.
Tomorrow will be the Heat's last home game for the year and the girls are hoping for the support of a big home crowd.
Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick said the competition is tight with only a couple of points separating the teams.
"We need to win to keep our position," he said.
The Heat is sitting in third with only two points separating them from Rebels in fifth.
With four games to go in the Sunshine Coast Hockey season, the next few games are crucial if the Heat want to compete in the finals.
The team will miss experienced players and mothers Belinda Baker and Lesley Fitzpatrick as they will be attending an under-11 carnival in Brisbane this weekend.
Karlie Browne will also be away for tomorrow's game as she will be supporting her brother playing in the national carnival. "It will make it tough but we are used to having a couple out," he said.
"It does not matter who is out ... everyone steps up."
Fitzpatrick said this will probably be the youngest side the Heat has fielded all year. Last Wednesday night, the team focused on attack, passing and ball movement at training.
"We need and want to get better and quicker," he said.
"Hopefully we can cause them a few problems."
Fitzpatrick said the Rebels are another young attacking team in the competition and play a strong structure. "It might be a matter of who takes their chances best," he said.
The Heat lost to the Buderim Rebels twice before this season but in the last game, they defeated their rivals 3-1 several weeks ago.
He said Annie Collins will return this week but was missed in attack last week when the Heat played the second-placed Nambour side, losing 1-0.