Heat on Tweed facing top three
AN understrength Tweed-Border Heat will be gunning for a semi-finals spot when it faces competition heavyweights Brisbane Swifts tonight at Murwillumbah.
The Heat sits third on the table after the first four games of the Southern Cross representative tournament, but now faces the competition's top three teams in closing games.
It will be without Ebony Philip, Candice Philip, Perrea Dunn and Amy Parrow tonight, who are unavailable because of Amy's 21st birthday celebrations.
Tweed-Border Hockey Association president Richard Philip said the Heat needed to pick up two to three points in its final games to progress.
After the Swifts, the team takes on Toowoomba tomorrow at the Gold Coast before finishing the tournament's round-robin section against the Brisbane Scorpions.
Philip said the team's destiny was in its own hands.
"That's either a win or two draws," he said.
"It's going to be tough be- cause we are up against the best teams, but we have got a realistic shot of making it."
So far, the Heat has won two of its three games, beating the Sunshine Coast Warriors 5-4 last week and Ipswich 4-0 in its opening game. Its only loss was against the Gold Coast, 4-1.
A full round starts at Murwillumbah's hockey fields today at 4pm (NSW), with Toowoomba playing the Gold Coast in the opening game. Then Ipswich takes on the Sunshine Coast at 5.30pm, before the Heat plays Brisbane Swifts at 7pm. - ADAM WRATTEN