Cooloola Heat midfielder Nathan Stephens gets crunched in a tackle by an Arrows’ defender in the team’s 5-0 win on Saturday.
Cooloola Heat midfielder Nathan Stephens gets crunched in a tackle by an Arrows’ defender in the team’s 5-0 win on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

Sluggish Heat beats Arrows 5-0

WINNING five goals to nil would be cause for celebration for the Cooloola Heat hockey side normally, but coach Ben Fitzpatrick said the win was one of the worst games he had seen the team play.

The Heat travelled to Bundaberg to take on Arrows on Saturday.

From the outset the Heat dominated attack, with the Bundaberg side happy to camp all 11 players in their defensive zone.

The Heat scored two first half goals to lead 2-0 at half time after Mitch Kuether and Nathan Stephens both scored off corners.

But it was the Heat’s eagerness to score that upset the coach.

“We lacked patience,” Fitzpatrick said.

“And because of that we turned over too much ball.

“We tried to score every time we had the ball.

“They had 10 blokes in the circle defending. We needed to hold the ball and draw them out before attacking,” he said.

Despite talking about the problems at half time, things didn’t get much better for the Heat in the second half.

“We only scored our other three goals in the last 10 minutes,” Fitzpatrick said.

Drew Wenzel added the third goal to the score sheet before Kuether scored two more for a hat trick.

Kuether’s second goal was the best, after out-sprinting the defence he found himself one-on-one with the goal keeper and hammered the ball past him.

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