Neil McKean moves into centre forward for the Heat when they play Granville today.
Neil McKean moves into centre forward for the Heat when they play Granville today. Craig Warhurst

Depleted Heat play Granville

A PLAYER shortage will see the Cooloola Heat hockey side take on Granville in Maryborough today without two of their star strikers.

Former Australian representative Dean Walker and current Queensland rep Drew Wenzel will out along with Joey Collins and Nedd Edgar.

Wenzel and Collins are in Western Australia on state duty while Walker and Edgar have other commitments.

Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick is also out after failing to recover from bronchitis. From his sick bed yesterday, Fitzpatrick said the team needed to perform for the full seventy minutes if they were to topple top of the table Granville.

“The boys are capable, they just need to believe in themselves,” he said.

A positive for the Heat is the return of midfielder Dave Innis after injury.

Neil McKean will jump into the striker’s position for today’s clash and will be joined by his young nephew, Jack, up front.

Speed machine Mitch Kuether will need to step up and lead the way around the forward line if the Heat is to win.

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