Cooloola Heat coach Peter Chatman
Cooloola Heat coach Peter Chatman Craig Warhurst

Heat is on for top spot

COOLOOLA Heat coach Peter Chatman says his men’s hockey side is on track to take Maryborough’s minor-premiership after a two nil win over Maryborough Brothers, Saturday night in Gympie.

He said the Heat needed to win only one more match to clinch top spot and give the Gympie side the best chance of making their first ever Maryborough grand final.

The Heat started the game well against Brothers controlling possession and keeping the Brothers defence under plenty of pressure.

The Brothers defence held strong until the 30th minute when Heat midfielder Nathan Stephens opened the scoring.

The Queensland representative beat two defenders before entering the circle and back sticked the ball in to the top left hand corner of the net.

Stephens’ goal saw the Heat go to the half time break leading 1-0.

In the second half the Heat continued to control the game before Codey Warhurst stepped up to score.

Warhurst ran onto a square ball from brother Jordon and shot from the top of the circle.

The ball beat the keeper and landed in the right hand corner of the box.

The Heat attack had numerous other chances to score but was restricted to only two goals by a courageous Brothers defence.

Chatman said the Heat was buoyed by the return of ace goal keeper Aaron Duff.

Duff has been unable to play during the middle of the season due to dual registration problems, he now has that sorted and is able to play for the Heat again.

Chatman said Duff’s inclusion in the team was a real confidence booster.

“He saved everything he had to,” Chatman said.

The coach said the best on the field was Drew Wenzel followed by Codey Warhurst, Nathan Stephens and Duff. “Drew was outstanding, he ran himself into the ground.

“Codey and Nathan were great in the middle and they both scored goals.”

He said the team, except for a few minor glitches, was playing his new game structure really well.

“We have a couple of things we have to work on at training,” Chatman said.

“We need to get all the players on the same page.”

Another issue for Chatman is that some young players haven’t been committing to the youth competition.

“They can’t play for the Heat unless they play youth,” Chatman said.

“We will address that commitment at training,” he said.

The Heat will now play Granville this weekend in what should be a tough encounter.

Granville will travel to Gympie to play at Ramsey Park and Chatman is hoping for another huge home crowd to cheer the boys’ home on Saturday at 6pm.

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