Heat destroys Colts
THE Cooloola Heat hockey side was hot on Sunday, so hot they scored five unanswered goals in the second half against Maryborough Colts.
The Heat won 8-1 dispelling any rumours they might be undermanned for the match.
The Cooloola team travelled to Maryborough with just 12 players and a stand-in goalkeeper because the match was held late on Sunday afternoon.
The game was scheduled for Sunday because the Wide Bay Premier League final was held on Saturday between Granville Tigers and Bundaberg Cities.
Granville ran out convincing winners in the final 7-0.
Cooloola captain Dave Dixon said it was a good result for the Heat on Sunday especially with the team playing little hockey since its early exit from the premier league.
They now play the rest of the season in the Maryborough competition.
Dixon said the big positive in the game was how well the younger players performed.
"Players like Ben Marshall, Kalum Warhurst and Jamie Austin all went well," Dixon said.
He also made special mention of Drew Wenzel.
The striker scored four goals following up his seven goal, player-of-the-carnival performance at the state schoolboys titles.
"Drew was really good," Dixon said. "We certainly dominated the field play and possession and we had a million shots on the goal.
"Their keeper played quite well I thought. It was good to bounce back with a win after the disappointment of premier league." The Heat will have next week off.
The match against premier league champions Granville is to be rescheduled.
Two Heat players are selected in the Wide Bay open side to play in the Queensland Hockey Super League this weekend.
Drew Wenzel and Joey Collins will join fellow Gympie players Nathan Stephens and Patrick Barnes in the side.