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Reasonable cricket just the start: coach Paulsen

Hornets coach Geoff Paulsen expects it won't be long before the team are celebrating with wins once again.
Hornets coach Geoff Paulsen expects it won't be long before the team are celebrating with wins once again. David Nielsen

PUMP the brakes on worrying about the Hornets just yet, says first grade player-coach Geoff Paulsen.

The team has struggled in its opening one-day matches, with consecutive losses to Valleys and Northern Suburbs.

The last-start loss was particularly concerning on face value, as the Hornets managed to take just two scalps.

But Paulsen maintains perspective is required, as the Hornets open their campaign against teams stacked with Queensland-level talent.

"Not really too concerned just yet, obviously the bowlers have to get their plans and execution right, but we're still working on those things,” Paulsen said.

"We're not playing great cricket, but we're playing reasonable cricket.

"We're playing the five best one-day teams over the last two years, so it's not overly concerning just yet.”

Things do not get any easier this weekend, when the Hornets travel to WEP Harris Oval to take on University before hosting Sandgate the following day.

Uni boasts a handful of top-tier talent, including 2014-15 Burge medallist Scott Walters.

The opening partnership of Scott Henry and Michael Philipson will provide another strong test of the improvement in the Hornets' bowling stocks.

But the outcome is of little concern to Paulsen. He just wants to see an improved performance from his bowlers and the middle order.

"We just spoke about bowlers executing better when batters start going after them, we're not quite getting that right at the moment,” Paulsen said.

"If we do these few things better, we win these kinds of games.

"It's something we need to be ready for, ahead of the two-day cricket. That's our big goal.

"We're trying a few different positions for guys and we'll do that again this weekend, trying to give some guys more exposure to first grade.”

Second grade opened their 2017/18 campaign with a win at Northern Suburbs. Third and fourth grade begin their seasons this weekend.

The thirds host Gold Coast at Ivor Marsden Oval as the fourths travel to the Gold Coast to make their Brisbane grade cricket debut.

"We're excited with how we should perform this year, especially in the twos and threes,” Paulsen said.

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