THE Cooloola Heat’s chances of beating Roos tonight took a blow Thursday night when veteran midfielder Dave Innis injured a quadricep.
Innis playing for Goldfields Plaza in the Gympie men’s competition strained the muscle in the second half.
Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick said Dan Naismith would move into the midfield to cover for Innis.
The loss of Innis and Dave Dixon (2nd week) for the 7.30pm game means, the Heat will have only one player over 21 in the team.
Fitzpatrick said his team may be young, but had plenty of skill to win the game.
“We plan to put a lot of pressure on their older slower backs,” Fitzpatrick said.
“I think that’s their weakness.”
“We need to continue to improve our finesse with the ball and our finishing under pressure.”
The coach said he was looking for continued improvement from striker and speed machine Mitchell Kuether.
“Mitch is starting to get his touch back,” Fitzpatrick said.
“I am looking for a big game from him.
The game tonight is double points for the Heat, meaning the points are counted in the Wide Bay Premier League as well as the Maryborough competition.
Fitzpatrick is asking for supporters to come on bus trip to Bundy next week for the clash against Arrows.
Any one interested can Call Fitzpatrick on 0427 720 563.