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Mone vows to work hard

Mone will partner Charlie Simon in the round one clash on Sunday against the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

Mone has shown unbelievable patience in the Hunters camp since 2017, playing only a few minutes in his only match against the CQ Capras in Round 11 in 2018.

Mone has been an understudy to the Boas brothers as well as Charlie Simon last year, while patiently waiting for an opportunity.

When announced as the halfback, Mone was relieved and happy.

Five SP Hunters debutants named

Joe Joshua becomes Hunter No. 67, Brendon Nima (68), Gairo Kapana (69), Daniel Tapol (70) and Junior Rop (71) have been named in the starting line-up.

On the extended bench are Nicky Hasu and Joe Frank who become Hunters 72 and 73 respectively, if named in the final 18 man travelling team.

Adex Wera will lead the side for the first time and will be playing his 101st ISC game for the SP Hunters.

Five SP Hunters debutants named

Joe Joshua becomes Hunter No. 67, Brendon Nima (68), Gairo Kapana (69), Daniel Tapol (70) and Junior Rop (71) have been named in the starting line-up.

On the extended bench are Nicky Hasu and Joe Frank who become Hunters 72 and 73 respectively, if named in the final 18 man travelling team.

Adex Wera will lead the side for the first time and will be playing his 101st ISC game for the SP Hunters.

Adex Wera is 2019 SP Hunters skipper

The announcement was made on Friday evening during the launching of the 2019 season at the National Football Stadium.

The 28-year-old from Simbu is Hunter number 6.

Wera started off as full back when the SP Hunters club started in 2014. He also plays centre, or wing, and has scored 8 tries in the 2018 Intrust Super Cup season.

Wera said he was surprised when told that he would captain the 31-man side.

SP Hunters, Broncos ‘trial’ match cancelled

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the Brisbane Broncos management and new coach Anthony Seibold cancelled the ‘trials’ last weekend.

“The trial was former coach Wayne Bennet’s plans,” Rau said. “However when new coach Anthony Seibold took the reins last December, he and his staff and management had their priorities and the trial match against the SP Hunters was not one of them,” Rau said.

Rau said initially it was suggested that a Broncos development squad would come to Port Moresby to take on the SP Hunters.

Final cut pending for SP Hunters

More players are expected to be dropped as the team works towards a final squad for the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season.

60 young men with big dreams were called to try out for the SP Hunters team in November 2018.

Unfortunately, nearly half of the squad was released for personal reasons, failing medical or fitness tests and ruled out with injuries.

SP Hunters assistant coach, Nigel Hukula, said it was a difficult task as the clusters of players brought in had truly showed their worth over the 6-week period.

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32 to resume SP Hunters training

SP Hunters coach Michael Marum said the 32 players will return to camp on Sunday in Port Moresby. “In consultation with the coaching staff, we are now trimming the squad to those players who can fill the positions and sustain a long season,” Marum said.

To those players that have been released, Marum said: “We have given them programs to continue training and have advised them on areas they need to improve on.

“We hope that they share what they have experienced in the Hunters program with their respective clubs and continue to improve and better their standards.”

More players released from SP Hunters

Coach Michael Marum said training is getting intensive and the different methods they underwent showed these six players were carrying injuries and therefore have been released.

The six players released with injury concerns are:

  1. Maya Clark
  2. John Stanley
  3. Kong Mogan
  4. Raphael Robert
  5. Jerome Mura
  6. Swahzer Kandaki

Marum has added Jerry Teme from Hela Wigmen to the pre-season training squad.

This leaves 45 players in the train on squad.

The squad will be trimmed to 30 by December 23, 2018.

Former SP Hunters stars leave for new clubs

Putt and Brawa left on Sunday afternoon, while Gebbie had left earlier for Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

PNG internationals Gebbie and Brawa have signed with Wynnum Manly Seagulls while former teammate Nixon Putt has joined the Norths Devils.

23-year-old Koiari man Gebbie has attracted attention with his energy and swift play – a large feat considering he’s a debutant in the Intrust Super Cup 2018 season.

His performance has earned him a Hunters rookie of the year award.

60-man training squad announced

This includes Brendon Nima, Edward Ipape and Woods Kawage, who were in the PNG Kumuls squad for the recent England Knights tour.

They join 15 players retained from last year’s squad.

Three former SP Hunters players – William Aquila, Junior Rop and Bland Abavu - have also been included.

Players from the Southern and Highlands Confederates as well as local leagues POMRFL, UPNG and one from Alotau RL are also included and given an opportunity.

SP PNG Hunters Train On Squad 2019