KEY PLAYER: Striker Jack McKean (falling) was the standout player in Sunday’s defeat of Caloundra at Buderim.
KEY PLAYER: Striker Jack McKean (falling) was the standout player in Sunday’s defeat of Caloundra at Buderim. Craig Warhurst

The Heat regains its fire against Caloundra

THE Cooloola Heat men found their mojo against Caloundra on Sunday, defeating the side 5-0 at Buderim.

Player coach Dom Stephens said after a couple slow weeks they had turned their fortunes around with this week's win.

Despite having two key players out - Neil McKean with a broken toe and Mitchell Kuether with a ruptured ligament in his knee - the Heat was able to come away with the points.

"Our main focus was to get back to basics and force as many penalty corners as possible," Stephens said.

Matt Hurrell got the ball rolling after making a solid stick shot which beat the goal keeper.

"We had plenty of chances to extend our lead but couldn't find the goal," he said.

Later in the first half, with the score still a little too close for comfort, Cooloola Heat striker Jack McKean forced the first penalty corner of the match, where mid-fielder Nathan Stephens was able to slot a drag flick goal to put the Gympie side in the lead at the break.

Stephens said the team started off the second half well as the Heat was able to force multiple short corners.

They didn't stop there. Full-back Dean McKewan slotted two nicely positioned goals to push the team out to a 4-0 lead.

It would be captain John Daly who scored the fifth and final goal, flicking the ball high into the net.

Dom said standout player of the match was Jack McKean.

"He was everywhere on the field and was causing Caloundra's defence all kinds of problems," he said.

"It was good to see Jack up and about - he was one of our key strikers last year and is starting to hit form which is good for us."

Stephens said as it stood, the competition was close at the top of the ladder.

"We are currently tied for second place with Maroochydore, and Flinders are only one win ahead."

The Heat will not play this coming long weekend, however the following week they will have to bring it to Flinders who stuck it to the Heat when they last played, 4-1.

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