Cooloola Heat captain Dom Stephens (left) said today’s game is vital.
Cooloola Heat captain Dom Stephens (left) said today’s game is vital. Craig Warhurst

Cooloola Heat chasing home win

THE Cooloola Heat won't let top dogs of the competition Granville step onto their home turf without a challenge captain Dom Stephens said yesterday.

After posting disappointing results in the last few fixtures, the Heat know they need something to turn the season around and today's match could be the changing moment if they come away with the win.

Labelled the benchmark of the competition, Granville will be wanting to secure the points after being knocked off by Maryborough's Wallaroos two weeks ago.

Stephens said it would unquestionably be a tough match and the key to winning is simply to score more goals than the opposition.

"We are producing the chances but we just can't get the ball past the goalkeeper," he said.

"After our opening 7-0 win against All Blacks we haven't had a game where we scored more than two goals.

"In my opinion if you want to be winning games you need to be consistently scoring three or more and we will be looking to Nathan Stephens and Ben Fitzpatrick to do that."

Currently sitting on fourth place, Stephens said the Heat's position isn't likely to change before finals start.

"In all honesty, it's going to be the last three games that determine our overall position this year," he said.

"We will have play-offs against the other teams and we have the potential to beat any side."

The only thing the Heat are lacking is confidence said Stephens.

"That's why we want to win [today's] match - to start gaining some confidence before the finals," he said.

"With confidence comes goals and with goals comes wins so [today's] game is vital.

"If we can come away with a win we know we can definitely go all the way and make the grand final."

With only four games remaining before finals, this will be the last home game for the Heat this season.

Cheer on the Heat as they take on the competition leaders at Ramsey Park today from 5.30pm.

Gympie Times


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