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Penrith Panthers applaud new stadium

Panther Jamie Soward branded the facility as world class, even better than most rugby league playing grounds in Australia.

Soward kicked two conversions to help his team to victory against SP PNG Hunters 20-12 in the trial match at NFS on Saturday.

He said his team was honored and had a fantastic experience opening the stadium.

“The new stadium looks great and it is true that the facilities meet the standard of NRL stadiums and even better than some of the rugby league grounds in Australia.

Minor damage to new stadium fence

The fence at the grand stand was damaged by fans who wanted to meet the New South Wales Penrith Panthers players after the game.

Fans rushed the waist high fence forcing it to give way.

Security guards quickly stepped in and cordoned off the area.

A diehard fan and resident of Tete settlement, Philip Rex who witnessed the damaged from the outer stand facing the field towards Bisini couldn't believe what he saw.

He said the stadium was built to international standards but how could this happen?

Penrith Panthers farewelled by local fans

The 24 players and their officials arrived at 12 noon to check in at the Jackson’s International Airport today and were farewelled by a small group of fans waiting outside the terminal.

The players looked relaxed and were all smiles as they stopped to take pictures with fans and waved as they entered the departure room.

They said despite the hot weather, they really had a great time during their three day stay.

Panthers defeated Hunters 20-12 during the trial match at the National Football Stadium.

Hunters coach blames loss over simple errors

Marum expressed disappointment and said simple errors like ball handling and missed passes caused Hunters the game.

He said the team must work on these errors and improve before the start of the 2016 Intrust Cup season next month.

Marum said despite the loss, it was a good experience for the young players to taste international level of play.

Panthers coach Steve Georgallis was pleased with the overall performance for both teams as it was a good quality match and a great game for PNG and rugby league in the country.

National Stadium set for grand opening

The stadium will play host to the trial match between SP PNG Hunters and New Sales Wales Cup Penrith Panthers.

It will be officially opened by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill at 5:35pm with the match official kick off at 5:45pm.

The K170 million infrastructure looks ready with red and gray colored seats at the north, south and eastern stands sitting a total of 10,000 people.

The main grand stand has 3184 seats and canopy roofing.

The green playing turf is ready for the players with perfectly trimmed grass.

Teams take time off training before trial match

The home team had a morning walk and is now relaxing in camp at the PNG Institute of Public Administration while the Panthers are based at the Holiday Inn Hotel.

PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Bob Cutmore said it is tradition that teams take time off from training to prepare mentally and maintain team spirit before a game.

He said both teams did well in their captain’s run yesterday at the NFS and are focused and looking forward to the match.

They’ll make their way to the stadium at 4pm.

Hunters name squad to face Penrith Panthers

Coach Michael Marum has started with an experienced side as he works towards finalising his team leading up to the Intrust Super Cup season.

Included in the squad for this weekend are key players Stargroth Amean, Thompson Teteh, Adex Wera, Ase Boas and Adam Korave.

All SP Hunters players including the newcomers are endeavouring to impress to ensure they make the final squad of 25 players to gain the Intrust Super Cup at the end of season 2016.

New faces include Benjamin Hetra, Justin Olam, Philemon Kimisive, Tuvi Lepan and Nickson Borana.

Hunters players down nursing injuries

The players, Enoch Maki, Anderson Benford and Brandy Peter have recently undergone surgery.

Maki is faced with a knee injury while Benford is struggling with an injured foot and both have had surgery in Australia and are now back in Moresby undergoing rehabilitation to get back on track.

Peter was faced with a fractured hand and also had an operation last week and will be on the bench for three weeks.

Coach Michael Marum said they are on the road to recovery and should be back on the field before the season kicks off.

Hunters squad for 2016 named

The team was announced today by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Bob Cutmore.

There are 8 new faces in the side: Ishamel Baikawa, Benjamin Hetra,  Justin Olam, Watson Boas, Sailas Gahuna,  Anderson Benford,  Philemon Kimiseve and Tuvi Lepan.                  

The Hunters squad will assemble in Port Moresby this week to finalise preparations for their third season in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

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