Cooloola beats Hervey Bay at home

Cooloola Heat attacker Daniel Naismith heads toward goal on Saturday.
Cooloola Heat attacker Daniel Naismith heads toward goal on Saturday. Judy Stephens

THE Cooloola Heat men’s hockey side showed they could be a force in the 2010 season with a dominant 2-0 win over Hervey Bay on Saturday.

The Heat had never defeated the Fraser Coast side before the weekend and new coach Ben Fitzpatrick said he was really happy with the effort put in by his young team.

“The boys came off the field totally buggered so they must have run pretty hard,” Fitzpatrick said.

“They played the game with speed and used their fitness well."

The Heat took the lead in the first half when player of the match Nathan Stephens slotted the ball into the corner of the goal box.

Fitzpatrick said the team was unlucky not to score more goals in the first half, but the second goal came from some good team work in the second half and was finished off by striker Dean Walker.

The coach said the Heat’s defence was solid under pressure and the team’s attack created plenty of scoring opportunities.

“The new forward setup was good, but our first touch (of the ball) let us down a few times, especially up front.

“There was a bit too much hit and hope in the attacking 25 with the boys trying to bash the ball into the circle instead of working it in.”

Sponsor Tony Stephens Refrigeration is backing the TSR Player of the Year award for the 2010 season.

Each player and coaching staff vote for who they think played the best game of each round. Fitzpatrick said 13 of the 15 players polled points in the first game and he said it was hard picking the best player.

Nathan Stephens took the first three points on offer while Codey Warhurst and Drew Wenzel shared the remaining points.

The Heat takes on Brothers next weekend in Maryborough at 3.30pm. Brothers beat Hervey Bay 4-1 in the first round of the Premier League so the Heat will be in for a tough match.

Gympie Times