Drew Wenzel (second from left) is congratulated by team mates Ned Edgar, Codey Warhurst and Dean Walker after scoring the Heat’s second goal.
Drew Wenzel (second from left) is congratulated by team mates Ned Edgar, Codey Warhurst and Dean Walker after scoring the Heat’s second goal. Craig Warhurst

Heat consolidate season with win

AN inspirational first half effort by young gun Drew Wenzel has seen the Heat hockey team sneak home to win 2-1 against Brothers at Ramsey Park on Saturday.

The Queensland under-16 representative tore into the Brothers defence early in first half setting up one goal and scoring another.

For the first goal, Wenzel combined with Heat speed machine Mitchell Kuether.

An incisive run and deft pass by Wenzel put Kuether in front of the goalkeeper and the striker made no mistake slamming home the first goal.

The Heat’s second goal came about five minutes later.

Wenzel ran onto a pass and into space in the goal circle.

Wenzel’s first shot was saved by an advancing goal keeper, but he regathered the ball, beat the keeper and put it in the back of the box. The home side went to the half-time break with a 2-0 lead.

In the second half it was a lacklustre Cooloola side that returned to field.

Brothers started strongly, scoring a goal to get within one of the Heat.

As the game got closer to full time tempers flared and an altercation with five minutes left on the clock saw two Brothers players sent from the field.

The Heat held on to win the game.

Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick was full of praise for Drew Wenzel’s first half performance and said Lachlan Mount and Nathan Stephens played well too.

“In the second half no one played well,” Fitzpatrick said.

“The boys took the foot off the pedal, they had a lot of missed chances. “Hopefully next week we can play for 70 minutes.”

Gympie Times


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