Nathan Stephens dives for the ball while ex-Heat and now Cities’ player Murray Wenzel tries to outrun him in the Heat’s loss to Cities on Saturday.
Nathan Stephens dives for the ball while ex-Heat and now Cities’ player Murray Wenzel tries to outrun him in the Heat’s loss to Cities on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

Heat extinguished by Cities

IT was big brother against little brother on Saturday night when the Cooloola Heat took on Bundaberg Cities in Maryborough.

Heat youngster Drew Wenzel found himself up against older brother, ex-Heat and now Cities’ player Murray in the premier league clash.

But it was big brother Murray who took the family bragging rights when Cities downed the Heat 5-2 in the top-of-the-table clash.

Both teams had lost only one game prior to Saturday night, and the win puts Cities clear at the top of the Wide Bay premier league table.

Underneath them is a log jam of teams, including the Heat, Hervey Bay, Brothers, Granville, Roos and Rovers, all struggling to make the top four for the finals.

Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick said the team was still in the game with 10 minutes to play, the score balanced at 3-2 to Cities.

Dual goal scorer Mitchell Kuether made a clean break down the right side heading for another shot on goal before being taken out by a Cities’ defender.

“Mitch got taken out deliberately. It should have been a send off,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We had the momentum and a weak umpiring decision changed it,” he said.

“We’ve talked about discipline all year, but when something like that happens it is hard to keep the mouth shut.”

After that, Cities scored two late goals to win 5-2.

The Heat has only two games to go until the final series, and play arch enemies and defending premiers Granville this weekend, before taking on Rovers.

The Heat has only beaten Granville once, but the premiers were left reeling by a 7-0 loss last weekend to Rovers, and the deduction of three points for failing to supply an umpire.

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