SP PNG Hunters

Hunters team named for Mackay clash

The round 24 clash will see utility Noel Zeming brought back into the centres after being rested last weekend.

Ase Boas will be rested with Atte Bina expected to take his place and start at halfback with Roger Laka on the bench to share the responsibilities.

Nickson Borana will take the field in the run on side as he joins Kato Ottio in the back row.

The Hunters will arrive in Port Moresby on Thursday from Kokopo and fly to Cairns the same day. They then board a bus for the 12 hour drive to Mackay.

The team:

Hunters still in contention for minor premiership

But this all depends on favourable results.

The Hunters are still in second place on 39 points. Newcomers, Townsville Blackhawks who are also on 39 points,  continue to hold first spot on the ladder.

The two teams are only separated by points for and against with the Blackhawks on 476 compared to the Hunters on 211.

The Hunters will play the 8th placed   Mackay Cutters this weekend and then the 9th placed Burleigh Bears the weekend after which is the last game before the finals.

Hunters fry Seagulls

It happened in front of a crowd of more than 15, 000 at the Sir John Guise stadium this afternoon.

Trailing 13-6 at half time, the Hunters came back strongly to leave the Seagulls scoreless in the second 40 minutes.

The Hunters began their assault in the 55th minute of play when a penalty saw captain Israel Eliab opt to go for the two points.

The ball was given to kicker Ase Boas who converted to put his team within five points of the Seagulls lead.

Hunters smash Seagulls 36-13 in second half blast

Seagulls lead 13-6 at half time.

But the fumbling and penalties given away in the first half became just a bad memory as the home team got their act going and ran in 30 points to nothing in the second half.

“Freight Train’’ Willy Minoga starred with busting runs up the middle and the rest of the team shared in the points barrage late in the game.

More to come from Troy Taule soon.

300 grandstand tickets left for Hunters game

Rainbow Stop N Shop is the only outlet that is still selling tickets.

Only grandstand tickets are available.

About 300 tickets are left.

Speaking to PNG Loop about 30 minutes ago, Store Manager, Andy Olleres confirmed that tickets at all other Stop N Shop outlets in the city have been sold out.

He said about 11, 700 outer stand tickets and 3, 100 grandstand tickets had been sold across all outlets.

The game kicks off at 2:30pm tomorrow.

Tickets for Hunters game on sale Friday

The Hunters management announced that tickets will be sold at all Stop N Shop outlets in the city with pricing at K50 for the main grandstand and K25 for the outer stand.

No tickets will be sold at the gates this Sunday.  The gates will open at 11:30am with the kick off at 2:30pm.

This will be the second Intrust Super Cup game that will be played at the Sir John Guise stadium this season.

The first game was back in June when the Hunters demolished the Souths Logan Magpies 34-12 in front of a crowd of 15,000.

Hunters make it 14 in a row

The Jets started out strongly and asked questions early on in the opening minutes of play.

After gaining some possession, the Hunters were given a penalty and opted to kick taking a 2-0 lead from the boot of Noel Zemming in the 8th minute of play.

The Hunters registered more points minutes later when quick hands sent Stargroth Amean over to score. Zemming added the extras to take the  lead to 8-0.

Straight from the kick off, the Hunters raced away through a line break and looked certain to score out wide.

Hunters aim for win against Ipswich Jets today

Both teams are in the top 5.

The Hunters are on 35 points in second place while the Jets are in close pursuit in third spot with 32 points.

For the Hunters, a win for them could cement top two positions.

A loss for the Hunters will allow the Jets to close in on second place with only one point separating the two.

From their last three encounters, Hunters won two matches.

The Hunters are undefeated in their last 13 matches and the late inclusion of utility Noel Zemming will provide a further boost for them.

Hunters weary of the Tigers

In previous encounters, East Tigers have beaten the Hunters twice and drew one.

The Tigers are also coming off a big 56-22 win over the Central Queensland Capras last weekend and will be looking to dish out the same treatment to the Hunters in front of their home crowd.

This will be the Hunters final home game in the Intrust Cup competition.

But the Hunters were just as impressive last week beating first placed Townsville Blackhawks in a nail biting 28-26 match.

Coach Michael Marum says preparations are going well for Sunday with a good feeling in the camp.