Heat's big wake-up call
IT WAS a testing weekend for Cooloola Heat when they copped a severe - and shock - 7-2 hiding from Maryborough Brothers on Saturday, but then backed up to stomp the Maryborough Wallaroos 4-2 Sunday.
Saturday's 7-2 disaster at the hands of Brothers was low point for the team, who hung their heads in the second half, but it was also a wake-up lesson for the side as they head towards the semi-finals.
Heat player Dom Stephens said Brothers presented an impressive line-up, thanks to new team members and fresh coaching. He said Brothers, a side the Heat convincingly beat earlier this season, has transformed into a highly organised and well-structured outfit.
"They had a really good structure and set-up.
"They've been on a really good roll lately.
"They blew us away," he said.
The Heat's form on the day was no match for Brothers' intense, planned attack, with Stephens saying the Heat's pre-match preparation wasn't up to scratch.
He said Brothers were in the game from the beginning, while it took the Heat half the game to "wake up".
"We didn't prepare properly, our heads weren't in it.
"We ended up dropping our heads and they took control.
"We had a serious talk after the game and drew a line in the sand and said we didn't want to play like that again," he said.
The Heat turned their game around for Sunday for their game against Wallaroos.
"We went out guns blazing," he said.
Not only did the Heat increase their opportunities at goal, but they capitalised. The Heat was up three-nil by half time and held the Wallaroos off for a 4-2 win.