To win the Heat will have to rely on great play and desperation by young players like Jack McKean.
To win the Heat will have to rely on great play and desperation by young players like Jack McKean. Craig Warhurst

Do or die for Heat

TODAY'S match against Bundaberg Cities will be a replay of last year's Wide Bay Premier League grand final for the Cooloola Heat.

The only difference is the Cooloola Heat need to win to progress to the semi-finals, but so do Cities.

Both teams are in equal fourth spot on the ladder with 15 points and the winner will progress to next week's finals series.

The Heat has had an amazing back end to the premier league season winning the past five matches.

The fact the team has performed so well is testament to the players' attitudes and teamwork.

They have lost nine players from last year's grand final losing side, but young up and coming players combined with some older experienced mentors have melded into a formidable line-up. Heat Captain Dave Dixon said he was happy the team's destiny was in its own hands.

"We don't have to rely on any other results, if we win we are in," Dixon said.

Dixon said it would not be easy to beat Cities.

The team is full of some very strong attacking players.

"We have to maintain a really strong defence and not let them have any shots on goal," Dixon said.

"We have to dominate the midfield, hold possession and when we have the chance up top, make the most of it."

The Heat does have one other option and that is to draw the game.

If the game is drawn the Heat will go through because of their better for-and- against record.

The Heat plays in Maryborough at 6.10pm and is hoping for as many supporters as possible to come along and cheer on the team.

Gympie Times


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