Heat 1 have taken an important step towards their finals aspirations in Section 1 after a comfortable 17 goal victory over Heidelberg 1 at La Trobe Sports Stadium.
Winning every quarter, Heat set the tone for the night with a 14 goal to seven first term and never looked back as they sealed a 46-29 win, their sixth victory of the season.
With a bye next week, the Tigers will finish the 2022 winter campaign on the bottom of the ladder but can hold their head up high after some spirited performances this year which included a three-goal win against Bundoora 1 and a narrow five goal defeat against Heat back in Round 3.
Tahnysha Salanoa led the scoring for Heat with 29 majors to move to outright second on the competition’s goal shooting leader board with 163 goals. Michelle Kneale also contributed nicely for 12 goals to make it 95 for the season.
Alana Keith, Simone Turner were also brilliant, both playing key roles in the Heat’s defensive end and keeping the Tigers to their lowest score of the season.
Heidelberg’s top scorer this season Arna Moore, led the way again up forward for her side, finishing with 15 goals.
Heat made their intent known right from the opening whistle with a scintillating 14 goal to seven first term. 10 of those majors were courtesy of Salanoa.
With a seven-goal lead at quarter time, Heat continued to attack but it would prove to be Heidelberg’s best term of the match, scoring another seven goals themselves while keeping their opponents to just eight majors in the same period.
Heat put the foot down in the third term with a game high 13 goal quarter. Salanoa moving from goal attack to goal shooter didn’t make much of a difference from the scoring end, shotting another 10 goals to help her side lead by 14 goals heading into the final quarter.
The Tigers had their highest scoring quarter in the last term, with Moore scoring six of her side’s eight majors to make it 12 for the second half and 15 for the game.
But with Heat putting through another nine majors, it sealed the side’s first triumph in the competition since Round 4.