He said the Government’s investments in building sporting infrastructure in the country, was not wasted but have proven to be successful.
O’Neill made these remarks, when welcoming the SP PNG Hunters this afternoon, at the Jacksons international airport in Port Moresby.
“When we tried to put a team into the Australia’s National Rugby League competition, many critics criticized us, saying we are not fit to play in such tough competition.
He said many times we have been always being criticized and always told that we could not do this and that.
“When we build stadiums, we were told that we will not deliver such outcomes.
“Just see how our Hunters has delivered and won such a competition.
“Our Government has always been committed in such infrastructure and will always continue to support our sports men and women in the country.”
He said the win by Hunters have confirmed that PNG can do anything in the world.
“We must believe in ourselves and don’t listen to negative criticisms.”
He further thanked the players and commended them for the commitment and sacrifice they have put towards winning the ISC trophy.
He also thanked the fans and supporters who have been rallying behind the Hunters since the beginning of the competition four years ago.
O’Neill also acknowledged the Queensland Rugby League, for giving PNG the chance to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition.
He added that this is just the beginning with many more wins are yet to come.
The Hunters will play the NSW Intrust Super Cup champion, Penrith Panthers, on Sunday in Sydney before the NRL grand final.