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Heat suffer loss to Wallaroos

Lachlan Mount in action for the Cooloola Heat against Wallaroos at the weekend. The Heat lost 3-1 despite holding a lead in the second half.
Lachlan Mount in action for the Cooloola Heat against Wallaroos at the weekend. The Heat lost 3-1 despite holding a lead in the second half. Craig Warhurst

A DISAPPOINTED Cooloola Heat hockey coach Ben Fitzpatrick was left scratching his head in disbelief after a 3-1 loss to Wallaroos on Saturday.

The Heat went into the second half leading 1-0 after a set move on a penalty corner saw Mitchell Kuether guide the ball into the goal box.

But a second-half collapse saw the Heat surrender three goals in a half the coach said was the worst he had seen the Heat play.

“The less said about that half the better,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It was just ordinary.”

“Basic skill errors, like passing and trapping and dumb decision making, cost us the game.

“It was the worst half of hockey played all year.

“We have lost games 5-0 but have played a lot better.

“I don’t mind losing but it is the way we lose.

“It was like the team didn’t want to win.”

The coach warned last night’s training session was going to be a hard one .

“Every position is now up for grabs,” he said.

“No one is guaranteed a spot.”

He said Jordon Warhurst was the Heat’s best player on the field.

“There was not much else happening on the field - the game plan went out the window.”

The Heat will have a chance to redeem themselves this weekend when they take on Brothers in Maryborough at 3.30pm.

“Hopefully we can get the side back on track,” Fitzpatrick said.

Gympie Times