Daniel Naismith was the Heat’s only goal scorer in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Granville Tigers.
Daniel Naismith was the Heat’s only goal scorer in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Granville Tigers. Craig Warhurst

Tigers maul Heat in 5-1 drubbing

WITH the score line poised at 1-0 at half time, the Cooloola Heat thought they were still in the match against Granville on Saturday. But four goals by the Tigers in the second half left the Heat reassessing their game.

The Heat went into the encounter without key strikers Dean Walker and Drew Wenzel, but their form during the first half was nothing short of sensational. They had all the play and numerous shots on the Granville goal.

“The boys played some of their best hockey ever,” team spokesperson Craig Warhurst said.

“We were unlucky not to have scored at least three goals.

“One passage of play the boys strung about 15 passes together, they were definitely the better team.

“Granville were getting worried and resorting to just belting the ball out of their own half,” he said.

It was one of the belted balls that led to Granville’s first goal.

“They gathered the ball on their left and had a nice pass to the right side to their winger hanging on the goal post – he just knocked it in,” Warhurst said.

The Heat came off at half time still confident of a win, but Granville stepped their play up a gear and the Heat failed to respond.

They scored two more goals before Daniel Naismith scored a sizzling goal for the Heat to take the score to 3-1. From there the Heat lost their shape in defence and Granville scored another two goals to win 5-1.

The Heat play Brothers next week in the major semi final. Their season is over should they lose.

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