Cooloola Heat banks a week’s rest
THE Cooloola Heat has the weekend off after a narrow loss to Hervey Bay last Saturday.
The Heat went down 3-2 when Hervey Bay scored the winner off a penalty corner after the final hooter.
Coach Neil McKean was upbeat after the game saying the Heat had played pretty well on Hervey Bay's home ground.
"We were playing on grass," McKean said.
"They play on it all the time and it took our boys a bit to get used to it," he said.
The Heat's best player was goalkeeper Brad Morgan who pulled off some amazing saves on the uneven surface.
"Petrol (Morgan) kept us in the game," McKean said.
The Heat's women's side had better luck registering their first win of the season downing Hervey Bay 4-1.
Despite having the weekend off most of the male Heat players will be in action in Brisbane today and tomorrow at the State Championships playing for Gympie.
The Gympie boys led by coach Ben Fitzpatrick played their first game of the carnival against the Gold Coast yesterday afternoon at 3.30pm.
The Gold Coast is a well drilled side.
The are led by ex-Olympian Brett Livermore and play in the Brisbane Hockey League together, week in and week out.
Fitzpatrick said the boys had played well but unfortunately lost 4-1.
A 3-0 first half by the Gold Coast caught the Gympie side napping.
But Gympie regrouped for the second half and kept pace with the Gold Coast side.
A nice goal by Drew Wenzel and another from the Gold Coast attack saw the game finish 4-1.
Fitzpatrick said the boys would be better after yesterday's match now they are used to the pace of the higher level of competition.