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It's do-or-die for Cooloola Heat

In form midfielder Dave Innis is out of the Heat’s line up to play Roos today and is in doubt for tomorrow’s clash against Brothers.
In form midfielder Dave Innis is out of the Heat’s line up to play Roos today and is in doubt for tomorrow’s clash against Brothers.

TODAY’S home game at Ramsey Park is do-or-die for the Cooloola Heat heading into the final series.

The Heat need to win against Wallaroos today to show they are capable of being a force in the Maryborough hockey finals.

The Heat have had an up and down year with some inspirational matches, but have also fallen away when the pressure was on.

Coach Ben Fitzpatrick is hoping his boys will be full of run when they hit their home field at 5pm today.

“We need a big crowd to cheer on the boys and celebrate our new artificial field funding win,” he said.

Fitzpatrick said the match would be a tough one.

“We have struggled against Roos all year, but need to win five of our last six matches to reach second spot.

The absence of inform midfielder Dave Innis due to a hamstring injury has dented the team’s momentum for the game.

“It is a big blow losing Dave, but we have the players to still win the game,” Fitzpatrick said.

The coach is looking for the Heat to replicate the intensity and attitude of their last game against Granville.

“We have the skill and the fitness, we just need to get our heads right,” he said.

The Heat have to head to Maryborough on Sunday to play Brothers as part of the double header weekend and Fitzpatrick is taking a bus for the trip.

“We still have some seats available if any would like to come, it leaves at 1pm,” he said.

A women’s curtain raiser between the Gympie Vets and an invitational side will be played before the main game today and all Dribblers Bar facilities will be open.

Gympie Times