Daniel Naismith in action for the Cooloola Heat. The Heat’s season is over following a sudden death defeat at the weekend.
Daniel Naismith in action for the Cooloola Heat. The Heat’s season is over following a sudden death defeat at the weekend. Craig Warhurst

Heat bows out of 10 hockey season

A 4-2 hockey loss to Roos on the weekend has ended the dreams of the Cooloola Heat making their first ever grand final.

Coach Ben Fitzpatrick said the Heat had an off night and the better team won on the day.

He said his team was in the game up until the end but missed chances early in the game cruelled their chances.

The score was locked at one all at halftime.

The first goal was scored by Roos off a penalty corner, but the Heat hit back within a minute of the restart of play when Dean Walker scored a marvellous goal.

Fitzpatrick said the Heat were dominated early in the second half and had three goals scored against them.

A goal by young Ned Edgar with ten minutes to go gave the Heat a chance to get back into the game.

“I thought we could still win from there,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We put a lot of pressure on Roos but just couldn’t score.

“We were very disappointed the boys didn’t play as well as we could or what we had hoped.

“The boys had put in huge effort during the season, and we thought we were a genuine chance of winning,” he said.

Fitzpatrick has been weighing up his options for 2011 saying he would love to coach the talented team again, but would see what happened.

He paid tribute to goal keeper Clancy Adams who had his best game for the 2010 season.

The coach is calling on all supporters to come along to the Heat TSR Player of the Year awards night on October 16.

Tickets are $30 including entertainment and a three course meal and are available at Dribblers Bar or call Fitzpatrick.

Gympie Times


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