Heat performs under pressure
COOLOOLA Heat has hit form at the right time of year, winning two matches in a double-header weekend of hockey.
The Heat wowed a home crowd at Ramsey Park on Saturday afternoon, coming from behind to beat Wallaroos 3-2 in the final stages of the game, and backed up Sunday to tear apart Brothers in Maryborough 4-0.
Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick was ecstatic with the effort of his team, especially their come-from-behind win on Saturday.
“It was one of our best wins ever,” Fitzpatrick said. “But we were a bit scrappy in our win on Sunday.”
The Heat took to the field in front of a huge home crowd and an ever- present racket of vuvuzela horns, the type made famous at the soccer World Cup.
But within two minutes of the game, the Heat was behind one-nil after Heat goalkeeper Clancy Adams lost sight of a Wallaroos’ shot in the afternoon sun.
The Heat responded just before half-time with a goal by Nathan Stephens from a penalty corner and went to the half-time break with the score locked at one-all.
Fitzpatrick said the Wallarooos had dominated the Heat in the first 10 minutes of the game, but was proud of the way the Cooloola side worked its way back into the match with some solid midfield play.
Unfortunately for the Heat, ’Roos scored a second goal off a penalty corner to lead 2-1 early in the second half and it wasn’t until the last 10 minutes of the game the home side hit back.
A pin-point pass by midfielder Daniel Naismith found Dean Walker on top of the circle and the striker rocketed the ball past the keeper to even up the game.
Then, with about three minutes left on the clock, centre half Codey Warhurst ran on to a good pass by Stephens.
Warhurst then beat the keeper only to have his shot ricochet off the goal post. He then regathered the ball on the back line and passed backwards to Naismith, who delivered a nice ball back to Stephens.
Stephens’ shot was saved by the ’Roos’ keeper, but bounced into the path of Jordon Warhurst.
The right half then won the game for the home team by scoring in the top left-hand corner of the goal box, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Fitzpatrick said he was happy with the way the Heat fought back after trailing twice in the game.
“We controlled the game pretty well,” Fitzpatrick said.
“It was pleasing coming back into the game twice. It shows we have a bit of ticker and the crowd was awesome.”
Fitzpatrick singled out Codey and Jordon Warhurst as the team’s best.
“They both controlled the game well. Clancy played well in goal and our forwards put plenty of pressure on the ’Roos,” he said.