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Bulls charge to playoffs

BASKETBALL: First-time coach Adam Curran is poised to lead Bundaberg Bulls to its first Queensland State League playoffs in three years.

The new helmsman has successfully navigated Bulls to third place in the Central Queensland pool of the competition and is now readying his team for a last-minute stampede for the finals.

With only four games remaining before the playoffs, Bulls must break into first or second place in the pool to be eligible.

“It's not going to be easy but if the guys keep training hard and playing hard we're in with a good shot,” Curran said.

The Bulls' finals charge gathered momentum last weekend with a defeat of Maroochydore Clippers and a 10-point loss to Northside Wizards.

“The guys are on the right path so it's a matter of keeping our focus and building on all the hard work we've been putting in,” he said.

“Last weekend gave the guys confidence and re-enforced the belief that we're still in with a good shot.”

Curran has been running a tight ship at Bulls home court Century 21 Stadium with training sessions stretched out to three hours and increased to three times a week and strategy sessions with analysis of footage of recent Bulls' games added to the players' itinerary.

The team vowed to earn supporters some finals action at the beginning of the season and Curran said now was the time to deliver.

“We want to make the playoffs for our fans, the local association and ourselves,” Curran said.

The feat will be made easier by the final four games of the regular season being played at Century 21 Stadium.

“It's going to help having the crowd on our side but it's still going to be hard work,” he said.

“With the season slipping away fast, we need to act quickly so the pressure is on the guys to do everything possible to notch up some wins.”

Bundaberg Bulls will play Gold Coast Goannas 2pm at Century 21 Stadium.

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