Heat gets ready to beat the best
A HUGE 8-2 win for the Cooloola Heat over the Maryborough Colts at Ramsay Park last Saturday should bolster their confidence for tomorrow night's match against defending premiers Granville Tigers.
The Colts went down to the Heat in what was a game-long domination by the home side.
With goal number one to the Heat scored in the first minutes, coach David Dixon said they were all over the bottom-ranked Colts.
A strong first half for the local side ended with a 6-2 lead.
The Heat slowed the points-scoring in the second half and the loss of the Queensland Schoolboy Hockey rep Drew Wenzel to a knee injury hurt the side, but not enough to cut their lead.
Dixon said the win was a good effort by the Heat, but it will be tomorrow's Granville game that will really demand their skill.
"This game will let us see where we sit in the grand scheme of things," Dixon said.
Dixon said he expected Granville, a massive step-up in competition from the Colts, to bring their full physical force tomorrow, but the Heat was looking forward to the test as they prepared for the finals.
"If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best," Dixon said.
He said while training had seen the boys up the pressure in attack and maintain their strong defensive skills, if they wanted to win they would have to break a bad habit and keep their A-game running all the way through the second half.
Dixon said the plan was to keep defence strong, control the ball and keep the pressure up in attack in order to get more balls into the net.
Wenzel will take this week off to rest his knee and capable replacement Nathan Stephens will take the reins in the midfield.
Stephens will team with midfielders Daniel Naismith and brother Dom.
The Heat plays Granville Tigers at 6pm tomorrow at Ramsay Park.