Cooloola Heat too much for Caloundra in 5-1 thrashing
HOCKEY: The Cooloola Heat men found their rhythm against Caloundra on Sunday, defeating them 5-1 in Buderim.
By half-time the Gympie side had already gained a reasonable lead over Caloundra, sitting two goals in front (3-1).
Player Ben Fitzpatrick said the Heat played well during the first-half but got sloppy in the second, only scoring the next two goals nearing the end of the game.
"It was difficult playing against deep defence."
"We needed to be patient and move the ball around which we did well in the first half," he said.
Fitzpatrick said the player to stand out at the weekend was Codey Warhurst, who controlled the game well in midfield.
The Heat scored two goals off corners and the other three off some quality passes.
"We did not do it enough," he said.
"It gets frustrating when they (Caloundra) hold back".
Caloundra had not won a match all year and hence loaded up its defensive half, he said.
This Sunday the Heat will play Flinders in Buderim, but will be without some of the younger players.
It will make for a tough game with Alec Lee, Matt Hurrell and Kalum Warhurst heading to the under-18 Queensland state championships.
Fitzpatrick said he would also miss out on the match as he would be coaching the U18 side.
He said whether Dean McKewan would return this week as he was still suffering a knee injury was not yet known.
Last time the teams played the Heat was able to defeat Flinders 2-0, but prior to that had lost 4-1.
When the Heat was defeated earlier in the season the Gympie side was struggling for numbers and was far from full-strength after another carnival had disrupted the team.
Fitzpatrick said he expected the team would practise defence and passing at training this week.
Overall the team needed to be more consistent throughout the game, not just having good patches, he said.
"I think we will be competitive but it will make for a hard game," he added.