“It is a historic moment for the PNGRFL, our partners and everyone in the country for the Hunters to be the first team in the ISC grand-final,” said PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka.
“On behalf of everyone in the country, I congratulate Michael Marum and the team for delivering this result.
“The time, effort and sacrifices you, your coaching staff and players put in has resulted in this historic result and we congratulate you all for this,” Tsaka said.
“As you mentioned to me, the job is not over. I assure you we are behind you all in your preparations for this historic grand final appearance.”
PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, added on acknowledging the support of its partners, including major naming rights sponsor SP Brewery.
“Without our partners, we would not be here at this point. The support you have all given has contributed to the success so far and I wish to thank you all – SP Brewery, PNG LNG, NGCB, Air Niugini, Boroko Motors, Moore Printing, Trukai, Prima Smallgoods, 9 Mile Farm Digicel, Coca-Cola, Post-Courier, Pacific Palms Properties, Melanesian Services Trust Ltd, Oil Search Ltd, National Football Stadium management, the media and everyone - for your continued support.
“I would also like to thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government for their undivided support to Papua New Guinea’s national sport. We value your confidence and support,” said Rau.
Rau said the Hunters will depart for Brisbane next week to prepare for the 2017 Intrust Super Cup grand final at the Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
“Coach Michael Marum has indicated there will be an Open Training Day for fans and supporters to attend and wish them luck before they leave.”
The Hunters will meet the winner of this weekend’s preliminary final between the Redcliffe Dolphins and Sunshine Coast Falcons.