Cooloola women turn up the heat on rivals
COOLOOLA Heat women's coach Ben Fitzpatrick is proud of his team for bouncing back after their horrific loss last round to defeat Maryborough 5-0 on Saturday.
Playing on the Doon Villa fields in Maryborough, the local side looked to dominate from the start, holding a majority of possession and producing several chances in the first few minutes.
Fitzpatrick said after a hard week of training correcting last weekend's mistakes, the side was able to overcome their Maryborough opponents.
"We worked on linking up and holding possession which is what the team really lacked last game," he said.
"While holding possession the girls made sure to keep it and not turn it over like we were previously doing."
A sensational display from goal-scorers Lesley Fitzpatrick, Robbie Gunning and young gun Kelly Pagel, saw the team take the lead in the first half and maintain dominance for the full length of the game.
Fitzpatrick said the majority of goals had come from penalty corners.
"Three of our five goals came from corners and it's something we have been working on this season."
With the team coming away from the game unscathed, they will charge into this weekend's match against the Bundaberg Arrows with confidence.
Fitzpatrick said being a new side to the league, he was unsure how the girls would fair against the Bundy team.
Working on marking, communication and positioning in this week's training session, the women's Heat will be eager to get back on the playing turf this weekend.
Playing at home, the men's Heat had a closely fought match with Maryborough coming away with a 2-all draw.
Captain Dom Stevens said the Heat dominated possession for the first half of the game missing several scoring opportunities early on.
"If we capitalised on our chances in the first half we definitely could have came away with a win," he said.
"The boys played exceptional and really deserved the win."
Maryborough broke away early in the second half with a runaway goal to capture the lead 2-1 with the Heat struggling to strike the equaliser.
Stevens said the play was back and forth with each team putting pressure on the opponent's goal keeper without any prevail.
Luckily in the dying moments, the local side struck back with a goal from Nathan Stevens to equalise.
Although the team didn't lose, Stevens said the team walked away from the match knowing they could have done better.
"It's a good result but you can tell the boys were disappointed we couldn't snatch the win," he said. "Special mention to Jordan and Kalum Warhurst along with goal-scorers Dave Innis and Nathan Stevens who helped the side keep composure from start to finish."
The Heat will rest and recoup taking advantage of a bye this weekend.