Heat turned up at Coolangatta

THE Northern Heat Development Program for the 2023/24 summer wrapped up with the boys and girls playing a match in Coolangatta against the Blues.

This was the first time the Heat program had a girls group and the hard work the girls put in over the summer came to fruition in an exciting last quarter at Lean Peak Oval.

The girls started nervously, conceding the first four goals of the match but once they got into their stride began to wrestle momentum their way.

At the last break the Heat girls trailed by 15 points but armed with a fitness program they’d been completing since December, ran over the top of their opposition kicking four goals to grab a seven point lead.

The Blues produced one final effort to kick a goal and drag the margin back to one with less than a minute to play but the Heat girls marked their inaugural match with a win.

The summer of 2023/24 saw the Northern Heat development program have its first girls group. This is the team that played against Coolangatta on 23 March 2024.

The boys match started in the only rain of the day and despite dominating territory with strong clearance work and a high press, the Heat were inaccurate in front of goal and despite leading by 17 points at the first break didn’t get full value for their strong play.

The second term, played in drier conditions, saw Coolanagatta’s boys turn the contest into a strong battle and the Blues kept neck and neck with the Heat leading into the main interval.

After half time the Heat showed a fitness edge and kicked nine goals to one in the second half including five goals to nil in the last term while kicking into the wind.


NORTHERN HEAT 0.1 2.6 3.7 7.7 (49)

COOLANGATTA 3.2 4.3 6.4 7.6 (48)


NORTHERN HEAT 2.5 3.7 7.7 12.9 (81)

COOLANGATTA 0.0 1.0 2.2 2.3 (15)