WINNERS: Wildcats Lucas Read (top left), Aidan Norris, Cohen Read, Nicholas Chatfield, Dean Bourne. Patrick Stromquist (bottom left), Connor Morrison and Nicholas Jackson.
WINNERS: Wildcats Lucas Read (top left), Aidan Norris, Cohen Read, Nicholas Chatfield, Dean Bourne. Patrick Stromquist (bottom left), Connor Morrison and Nicholas Jackson. Contributed

Craig Foster Cup success for talented Wildcats

FUTSAL: Down to their last energy reserves in the final, the Bundaberg Wildcats produced an incredible performance to win the Craig Foster Cup.

The side was level 1-1 at half time, but down on players and subs in the competition against Redlands.

They scored four unanswered goals to stun the opposition and claim the crown after being forced to play the second half with the bare minimum of five players on the pitch.

Wildcats coach Lucas Read said it was great to win one of the largest tournaments in the state.

"I said to them at half time 'it's not about skill any more it's about how big your ticker is',” he said.

"They played out of their skin and did well to finish them off.”

The win was the perfect way to end an unbeaten campaign in which they won three games and drew 2-2 with Gold Coast in the group stage.

For the Wildcats it was their second win at the event after claiming the under-14 title in 2015.

Read said this group had done well to win back-to-back titles.

"They've been together for so long and we've had changes along the way,” he said.

"They are all friends, they all fight for each other and they are a great unit.”

The coach said goalkeeper Connor Morrison and Nicholas Jackson were players of the final.

Jackson, who scored a hat-trick in the decider, said he was just happy to contribute.

"The hat-trick was very unexpected,” he said.

"To get three goals, including one that chipped the goalkeeper, was really good.

"I'm really thankful for joining the team.”

The side will now aim to defend their title in the under-18s next year.



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