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Heat downed 3-1 by Granville

Ben Fitzpatrick will return for the Heat this weekend in their do or die game against Bundaberg Rovers.
Ben Fitzpatrick will return for the Heat this weekend in their do or die game against Bundaberg Rovers. Craig Warhurst

THE Cooloola Heat is walking a Wide Bay Premier League finals tight rope coming into the last round of the competition after losing 3-1 to Granville on Saturday.

The Heat were sitting on top of the table, but two losses in a row have seen the hockey side drop to fourth and a loss this weekend will see them tumble out of finals contention.

Coach Ben Fitzpatrick said this weekend’s home game will be do or die for the team.

“If we lose we are out,” Fitzpatrick said.

“Even if we win we may be out, it depends on other results and for and against, “he said.

What will make things harder for the Heat is six players will be unavailable for the match. Five players including Nathan Stephens, Jordon Warhurst, Drew Wenzel, Clancy Adams and Joey Collins are playing in the Wide Bay side at the state titles in Townsville while Matt Hughes has a knee injury.

Fitzpatrick has called in some old guns to fill the void and hopefully the team will be able to do enough to win the match against Bundaberg Rovers and make the Wide Bay Premier League finals for the first time.

Gympie Times