History on the line as Cooloola Heat looks for maiden premiership
HOCKEY: If the Cooloola Heat women's hockey team wins their Sunshine Coast Division Two grand final against Maroochydore today, not only will it be the first premiership for the team, it will be the first piece of silverware for the club.
Gympie's season has been one of hardship and triumph.
Serious doubts were raised at the start of the season as to the Heat's ability to even form a team.
A severe lack of numbers saw a core group of veteran players band together with a pool of seriously talented juniors.
The combination has proved a winning formula in the second tier competition, according to Gympie striker Rosie Friske.
"It is exciting because we didn't know if we were going to get a team at the start of the year,” Friske said.
"We love playing in this competition.
"It would mean everything (if we won).”
There are 52 years difference between the Heat's youngest player, Piper Treeby, 13, (pictured) and oldest player, Kathy Worth, 65.
Treeby was instrumental in her side's semi-final win last week, scoring four out of five goals.
Friske said the team's mixture of up-and-coming talent and veteran experience was unique, and could prove the difference today.
"I come from the old school where (as a younger player) you are told what to do.
"The younger players in our team have taken that (mentality) in their stride.
"They have all just been little sponges (taking in everything we have told them).”
"If the younger players perform the way they have been, then we will be a tough team to beat,” Friske said.
Play starts at 3.45pm in Buderim. today.