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Wildcats roar into top four with first win

MOVING UP: Aaron Bakker in action for the Bundaberg Wildcats in the Premier League.
MOVING UP: Aaron Bakker in action for the Bundaberg Wildcats in the Premier League. Paul Donaldson BUN081016FUTS6

FUTSAL: The men's Bundaberg Wildcats team believes it is a genuine top four side after beating Peninsula away from home in the South East Queensland Premier League.

Playing for the first time away from home this season, the side controlled the game from start to finish to record an 8-5 win over the Redcliffe-based team.

After opening up a four-goal lead at half-time, the Wildcats were able to survive a late surge from Peninsula to record their first victory in the newly developed competition.

Talking after the match, coach Lucas Read said he was proud of how the team controlled the game.

"It was a very physical game where the referees let a little bit go,” he said.

"Our boys stood up to the contest well and it was good to get away with the win.”

Pleased with the defence as well, Read said that was the difference in the end.

"We ran out of legs in the end with only three subs compared to their seven,” he said.

"Our young players played well and defensively we were a lot stronger than last week.”

With Bundaberg holding up well so far in the competition, with four points out of a possible six, Read said the team was among the best in the league.

"This result proves we are a top-four team,” he said.

"We should be pushing for that now.”

Read though remains cautious on their overall chances so early in the competition.

"Until we play South Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, we won't know where we are at,” he said.

"They are the top two teams and the next level at the moment.”

The focus now though is on Arana this weekend with Read describing the side as a "tough team and a difficult contest”.

The Wildcats will face the north Brisbane outfit at 4.15pm this Saturday at the Norville State School as part of six matches to be held on the day as part of the competition.

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Meanwhile a strong Peninsula side on the counterattack has cost the women's Bundaberg Wildcats a win on Saturday in the South East Queensland Premier League.

In a high-scoring contest between the two winners in round 1, the Wildcats struggled in defence in a 13-7 loss to the Redcliffe outfit.

After going down early the side never recovered despite some good attacking plays during the contest.

Despite the loss, player Madelyn McCracken said they improved in areas from the week before.

"We had no high expectations (for the season) and we matched areas we did well in from the week before,” she said.

"We attacked well and there were parts where we were really fluid in attack and defence.”

With players out as well, McCracken said they would improve again when they face Arana this weekend.

"We had a couple players from our U16s step up to play,” she said.

"With five on the court at one time it's hard to play well as a team with no experience between the players.”

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