VETERAN: Neil McKean shows the value of playing in front against Maryborough Brothers.
VETERAN: Neil McKean shows the value of playing in front against Maryborough Brothers. Contributed

Heat ready to scorch Tigers

Cooloola Heat was on a roll last Saturday, producing a massive win against the Maryborough Colts.

The Heat enjoyed a 9-1 at-home win against the Colts and coach David Dixon said the trouncing had definitely put the Heat back in the winners' circle.

Midfielder Dom Stephens and full-back Joey Collins were pillars of strength in the Heat's Colts clash and their performance was complimented by a strong combination of forwards, who were able to maximise opportunities at goal.

Dixon said the team played well despite still settling in after some changes in the line-up, including the inclusion of Codey Warhurst and Nathan Stephens.

Due to game clashes with their University of Queensland team, Warhurst and Stephens will miss tomorrow's guaranteed cracker against Granville Tigers in Maryborough.

Stepping on to the field for the remainder of the season will be local hockey veteran Neil McKean.

"We certainly will be utilising his services and experience as we head towards the finals," Dixon said.

McKean has just been included in the Queensland Masters hockey team and will be a key strength to the Heat.

The Granville game at Maryborough tomorrow will see the Heat take on the competition's decade-long defending premiers.

Dixon said while Granville would present a tough game, the Heat had both the players and the game plan to win. The Heat can find confidence in knowing they've beat the Tigers before, bumping them out of the semi-finals in the Wide Bay Premier League in the first half of last year.

Dixon said the teams had history together and the tables were turning to favour the Heat.

The team

1 Jamie Austin

2 Joey Collins

3 David Dixon

4 Mitchell Kuether

5 Ben Marschall

6 Jack McKean

7 Neil McKean

8 Daniel Naismith

9 Laclan Robertson

10 Dom Stephens

11 Dean Walker

12 Kalum Warhurst

13 Jed Webb

14 Drew Wenzel

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