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Cooloola striker Mitch Kuether on the attack at the weekend against Wallaroos.
Cooloola striker Mitch Kuether on the attack at the weekend against Wallaroos. Craig Warhurst

A MUCH needed win is what the Cooloola Heat hockey side is after this afternoon when they take on Maryborough Brothers in Maryborough.

The Heat have hit a hole midway through the season with four losses on the trot - the worst a demoralising display against Wallaroos last weekend.

The Heat, after leading one nil at half time, self destructed and let Roos score three unanswered goals in the second half.

Coach Ben Fitzpatrick said basic errors like trapping and passing cost the team and set about trying to rectify the problem at training during the week.

Instead of hockey balls for training, Fitzpatrick produced tennis balls for the Heat to hit and trap with.

The idea was to try and replicate the bounce of the Maryborough’s artificial surface on Gympie’s old sand based surface and to teach the players to have soft hands while trapping the ball.

He said he hoped the training would help the team keep better control of the ball in their match today.

“The boys are still really positive and working really hard during the game, we just have to find the next level,” Fitzpatrick said.

Midfielder Dave Innis will make a return to the side today after recovering from a foot injury.

His experience and control with the ball should be a calming influence on the young team.

Gympie Times