Heat pre­pare to face their des­tiny

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

THE Townsville Heat are not fooled by Lo­gan Thun­der’s lowly stand­ing on the QBL lad­der.

They know the true test of their cham­pi­onship cre­den­tials starts now. For­mer Townsville Crocs play­ers Michael Cedar and Mitch Young re­turn to the Fur­nace to­mor­row night for a game which could de­cide whether the Heat fin­ish top of the men’s com­pe­ti­tion.

To­mor­row’s game is the last reg­u­lar sea­son fix­ture Townsville plays at home be­fore next week­end’s South East Queens- land triple header, and a win to­mor­row will give the Heat a per­fect plat­form to launch their c h a l l e n g i n g but achiev­able bid for top spot.

The mantra of “des­tiny is in our own hands” is do­ing the rounds at train­ing, and while Lo­gan head north placed 7th, com­pared to the Heat’s cur­rent third, Townsville point guard Josh Wilcher is wary.

The Thun­der play Cairns tonight in the first leg of a North Queens­land double, but even then Wilcher says Lo­gan will be tough to break down. STEPHEN Moore ad­mits he was fight­ing to con­vince him­self he could make the 2019 World Cup while his body was telling him other­wise.

Moore ( pic­tured) will re­tire from in­ter­na­tional rugby at the end of the year and has re­lin­quished the Wal­la­bies cap­taincy, with Michael Hooper ex­pected to be con­firmed soon as the new skip­per. The 34year- old hooker will play one more sea­son of Su­per Rugby with the Queens­land Reds be­fore hang­ing up his boots.

Last month, Moore was adamant he could con­trib­ute as a Test player for the next two years be­fore mak­ing an ap­pear­ance at what would have been his fourth World Cup.

But Moore said it even­tu­ally dawned on him that he should call it quits.

“I think you def­i­nitely go through that pe­riod where you do fight it,” he said. “You think, ‘ I’ll be fine, I’ll be able to do it’... but I just got that feeling, prob­a­bly in the last month or so, that it was the right time.”

Moore will play out the re­main­der of the 2017 sea­son with Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing the three Bledis­loe Cup Tests, the Rugby Cham­pi­onship and their Euro­pean tour.

“I think the lad­der po­si­tion doesn’t do them jus­tice, they’re a re­ally tough team,” he said.

“The same us as, they didn’t start very re­ally well but they’ve picked it up and to me they’re a top four team on paper. Their start­ing five are re­ally tough in re­gards to de­fence, and they have a pretty good bench for the QBL as well com­pared to other teams.”

Heat coach Rod­ney Anderson said lim­it­ing Cedar and Young would be cru­cial, with Young sink­ing 28 points in Lo­gan’s 99- 82 win against Ip­swich last week­end and Cedar hold­ing a bank of knowl­edge when it comes to the Heat.

“Their inside- out­side combo is one of the best in the league, and even though they’ve been a slow start­ing team they’ve been one of the best teams of late,” he said.

Mean­while the Townsville Flames will play an un­changed line- up to that which lost to Glad­stone last week, and Darcee Garbin hopes to wipe the slate clean from her for­get­table out­ing. She gave up eight turnovers in an off night.

“I hope that will never hap­pen again in my ca­reer. It was pretty em­bar­rass­ing to say the least,” said Garbin, who takes on a Lo­gan team fea­tur­ing for­mer Fire team­mate Kate Gaze.

“She ( Gaze) al­ways comes back up here and has a big game, so she’ll be ready to go.”

Tip- off to­mor­row for the Flames is at 6pm and 8.30pm for the Heat.

Mitch Young.

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