Unlucky day derails finals dream
THE Cooloola Heat men's hockey side could have been forgiven for thinking they had run over a Chinaman on Saturday, after bad luck cruelled their finals run.
The Heat lost the game against Brothers 2-1, but the side's dramas started earlier in the day when Heat spokesperson Craig Warhurst received a phone call to say the team bus had broken down.
Warhurst set about ringing around the players to notify them of the change of schedule, but got even more bad news when he rang Heat goal keeper Kieron Anderson.
“When I rang Kieron he said he was in Nambour hospital with suspected broken collarbone or arm after falling off the back of a truck at work,” Warhurst said.
“That put a real spanner in the works and we had to get Heat fullback Lachlan Mount organised with goalie gear to fill the role,” he said.
With the team reshuffled, the Heat made their way to Maryborough for the knock out semi final.
“The boys were still pretty confident, we only needed a draw to get through and Lachlan plays pretty well in the box,” Warhurst said.
But the bad luck was set to continue for the Heat when 10 minutes into the match, Heat fullback Ben Fitzpatrick got whacked in the nose with a hockey stick.
“Fitzy was bleeding pretty well from the nose and he couldn't go back on to the field until the blood flow had stopped,” Warhurst said.
Unfortunately for the Heat, Brothers scored while Fitzpatrick was off the field and went to the break leading 1-0.
The Heat came out firing in the second half with Daniel Naismith attacking well and it was only a couple of good saves by the Brothers goal keeper that stopped Dean Walker and Mitchell Kuether from scoring.
The bad luck continued for the Heat when Dave Dixon copped a ball to the forehead splitting him open.
Once again the blood rule kept Dixon from the field and Brothers scored while he was off, taking the score to 2-0.
Codey Warhurst produced a nice play minutes later to put Dean Walker into space and goal to make the score 2-1.
The Heat played all over the Brothers team in the final eight minutes, but numerous shots on goal missed the target.
“It just wasn't our day,” Warhurst said.
“It was disappointing, but on reflection we have had a great year - we have beaten every team in the competition. Our young players have been unbelievable and I thank the older guys for putting in a huge effort.”