The heat is on for the semis
The Cooloola Heat had a point to prove against Flinders on Sunday, putting up a strong fight against the benchmark team, resulting in a two-all draw.
Although the Gympie men's team has already sealed second position on the competition ladder behind Flinders the side was determined to be competitive in preparation for this week's semi-final ,also against Flinders.
Player coach Dom Stephens said the Heat came out firing in the first half with Nathan Stephens slotting their first goal with a slap hit off a penalty corner.
Soon after Kalum Warhurst made a 50m pass to find Mitch Robertson in the clear.
Robertson beat the goal keeper and drilled home the second for the match.
Stephens said Flinders did have a couple of shots on goal but the Heat's keeper, Patrick Barnes, denied them with some great saves.
"The biggest positive from the first half was our strikers work rate, they were getting into some dangerous spots and caused the Flinders defence plenty of headaches."
Flinders made a couple of positional changes at the start of the second half which worked well for them.
"They were camped in our defensive 25m for long periods of time and eventually pinned a goal back."
Stephens said minutes later one of the Flinders players was running the ball along the back line and Barnes came out to make a tackle.
The umpire called a stroke which shocked both teams.
Flinders then tied the game by converting the stroke.
Some inconsistent calls from the umpires allowed the game to get out of control and it ended in a 2-2 draw with two annoyed teams and a frustrated crowd, Stephens said.
"There were definitely some positives to come out of the game," he said.
"I think the twins - Lachlan and Mitchell Roberston - were best on ground.
"Closely followed by Neil McKean who led well from up front.
"Although we let the game slip in the second half I think we showed enough in the first half that we have the ability and talent to be more than competitive in the finals.
"I still believe we have not played out a full match this season and I do not think it is necessarily a bad thing.
"We have the big game players in our team now and I know we can turn it on when needed."
This week's training will be spent sharpening up on some set plays and going over the game plan, Stephens said.
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