Codey Warhurst has the water flying in the Heats draw against Brothers last year.
Codey Warhurst has the water flying in the Heats draw against Brothers last year. Craig Warhurst

Heat looking for consecutive wins

COOLOOLA Heat hockey coach Ben Fitzpatrick is hoping for a perfect start to the 2010 season when his team takes on Brothers in Maryborough this afternoon.

Fitzpatrick said his young team is capable of beating the Maryborough outfit after a good win against Hervey Bay last weekend.

“To win two in a row would be great for the team,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Heats 2-0 win over Hervey Bay in Gympie showed the coach glimpses of how he wanted the team to play.

“We are trying to get the strikers to roam a lot more and put a lot of pressure on the opposition defenders and keep them guessing,” Fitzpatrick said.

But the Heat forwards have been dealt a blow before the start of today’s game with experienced striker Dean Walker ruled out of the game.

Walker who scored the second goal in last weeks win will be replaced by 15-year-old Jack McKean who will make his debut in the Heat colours.

McKean’s debut follows the debut of Ned Edgar and Matthew Hughes last weekend and the three will hold down the bench today.

Fitzpatrick said the Brothers team were similar to the Heat in they are both young and fit.

“They will match us for speed, but I think our boys are fitter this year and we should be able to wear them down,” he said.

Brothers will be coming off a 7-0 flogging by last years premiers Granville this weekend and Fitzpatrick said they should be looking to get back into the winners circle.

“They will put our defence under more pressure than last week,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We have had the defence working on their team work and had the forwards working on moving the ball around in the circle and having more patience.

“We rushed it a bit last week and should have scored more goals.

“Our first touch was a bit scratchy last week, but I think the boys will improve with the run under their belts,” he said.

Heat team list: 1. Clancy Adams, 2. Joey Collins, 3. Dave Dixon, 4. Jordon Warhurst, 5. Dom Stephens, 6. David Innis, 7. Drew Wenzel, 8. Codey Warhurst, 9. Mitchell Kuether, 10. Nathan Stephens, 11. Daniel Naismith, 12. Matt Hughes, 13. Ned Edgar, 14. Jack McKean.

In other men’s hockey news the first round of the new men’s competition has been heralded as a success by Gympie Hockey Association president Ian Wenzel.

“It was very successful,” Wenzel said.

“We had a lot of positive feedback from every one.

“The whole concept worked well

“People turned up to umpire, work the bar, the control room and for the catering.

“It was wonderful seeing men playing hockey in Gympie again.

“It is good seeing a lot of people re-engaging with the game.

Results for Thursday night’s round of men’s matches are: Goldfields Pharmacy won 2-1 against Outdoor Power and Koolewong par 3 defeated Gympie Regional Realty 3-1.

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