The heat’s on Cooloola men after ‘ugly win’ against Caloundra
HOCKEY: "It was ugly." That was the phrase Dom Stephens used to describe his team's 3-0 win on Sunday at Ramsey Park.
"It was an ugly win, I don't know what really else to say," Stephens said.
"We won three nil but it's not how we want to be playing at the back end of the season."
The Heat played bottom-of-the-table Caloundra at home but never really got into the match.
An early goal by Nathan Stephens, off a penalty corner variation, got the Heat off to a good start but despite doing all the attacking they scored a second goal only just before half-time.
Lachlan Robertson popped a ball into the box after a good lead-up by young gun Alec Lee.
"There was no intensity from both teams," Stephens said.
"We fell down to their level and just stayed there."
The coach spoke to his team about the issue at half-time.
"We were all really frustrated, we spoke about what we wanted to do but it didn't happen, we fell down," the coach said.
To Caloundra's credit their defence held strong in the second half.
It was only a last-second Lee deflection into goal, after a nice pass from Ben Fitzpatrick, which gave the Heat the 3-0 scoreline.
Stephens said he spoke to the team after the game and they all agreed they needed to step up the pace for this week's match against Maroochydore.
"There is just five games left in the season and we need to win four to guarantee second spot and two bites at the grand final cherry," Stephens said.