Tweed-Border Heat defender Kim Crane holds off the challenge of an Ipswich rival during the opening round.
Tweed-Border Heat defender Kim Crane holds off the challenge of an Ipswich rival during the opening round.

Heat run hot in opening round

TWEED-Border has started the representative hockey season in scorching fashion with a Kelly Moore double steering the Heat to a 4-1 triumph over Ipswich at Toowoomba on Saturday.

Lorrelle Morrissey and Bobbie Phillip joined Moore on the scorers' list as the Heat came from behind to win its first clash of the Southern Cross competition.

Tweed-Border Hockey Association president Richard Philip said despite going down to an early goal, the team backed itself, turning in a memorable display against their more-fancied rivals.

"They didn't lose faith, they took over control (of the match)," Philip said.

"They remembered going down to Ipswich last year .?.?.? (and) they really wanted to win this one."

The result reversed a 2-1 loss to Ipswich in last year's competition, when a goal in the dying seconds killed off Tweed's hopes.

"A diving goal to Moore in the 26th minute and then a hard drive from Morrissey in the 31st and another to Moore had us up 3-1 at half-time," Philp said.

"A final goal to Bobbie Philip sealed the game."

He said fullback Perrea Dunn was in great form.

"With her reach and balance she made every tackle a winner and her passes found Tweed sticks every time," Phillip said.

"(Apart from Perrea) the reason there were no real stand-out players was because we had the maximum of five reserves which meant we were able to sub every player at regular intervals which made all our players fresh and able to perform to their best."

Tracey O'Flanagan was solid in the net for the Heat while Candis Philip and Kim Crane had strong games at the back.

Bobbie Philip and coach Sharon Buchanan also impressed, working tirelessly in the midfield.

Kingscliff forward Morrissey, in her return to representative action, led the line well alongside Moore.

Coach and four-time Olympian Buchanan has compiled an experienced side keen to perform.

"We are the only team in this comp to use only local players.

"It shows we are really thinking of our future with the long-term view of performing better at the state championships later on this year.

"All of the other teams have drafted state players."

The team was without Buchanan and Sam Stanford for last night's back-up clash against the Gold Coast at Brisbane.

Debbie Dolan and Nicole Clarke were drafted in as replacements.

The Gold Coast, who drew 2all with Brisbane Swifts on Saturday night, has not missed the finals in recent years and is again expected to be one of the powerhouse teams in this year's competition.

In Saturday's other game, Brisbane Scorpions defeated toowoomba 4-1.

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