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Heat slump to sixth

Cooloola Heat Coach Ben Fitzpatrick is still positive about team prospects despite losing their third match in a row.
Cooloola Heat Coach Ben Fitzpatrick is still positive about team prospects despite losing their third match in a row. Craig Warhurst

THREE weeks ago the Cooloola Heat hockey side was equal first in the Wide Bay Premier League and looked almost certainty for the final series, but Saturday the team slumped to its third straight loss and fell out of finals contention.

The Heat lost two goals to one against Bundaberg Rovers at home in an action packed game.

Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick said the Heat would have won by plenty had it not been for the heroics of the Rovers’ goal keeper.

“He stopped a shot by Mitchell Kuether in the first 30 seconds and kept pulling them out of the air for the rest of the game,” Fitzpatrick said. “He had a blinder.”

The Heat were without Wide Bay representatives Nathan Stephens, Jordon Warhurst, Drew Wenzel, Joey Collins and Clancy Adams, but Fitzpatrick said the team played really well and had enough good scoring shots to score 10 goals.

“We should have scored heaps, we controlled the ball, but they took advantage of their opportunities.”

Rovers scored the first goal in the first half of play before Scott Reedman, in his first game for the Heat this year, got one past the Rovers keeper to even the match.

Fitzpatrick said the Heat then pushed forward in search of the needed win, but Rovers managed to score their second goal late in the game. “Their goalie was the best player on the field by a country mile,” Fitzpatrick said.

For the Heat, Lachlan Mount playing in left half got the votes for the TSR Heat Player of the Year competition. The coach said Scott Reedman, Neil McKean and Bradley Morgan played well for the Heat in their season debuts.

The Heat returns to the Maryborough competition for the remainder of the season and Fitzpatrick said all signs are the Heat are heading in the right direction.

“Once we click someone will get a touch up,” he said.

Gympie Times