SP PNG Hunters

One more step from another record

At a captain's training run this afternoon at the Guildford League's club, the Hunters were in great spirits.

Tomorrow's curtain raiser clash against the Penrith Panthers is just one more hurdle to jump before the Hunters wrap up their 2017 season.

Willie Minoga, David Loko and Wartovo Puara Jnr all had a good run this afternoon.

Skipper Ase Boas was out to get his kicking game right while brother Watson Boas is well and fit to play after being stretched off the field at Suncorp last week.

The dynamic duo of brothers

The Albert brothers were part of the Penrith Panthers Club for 3 seasons and will be no strangers to the team when they face off on Sunday.

Wellington will be playing in the front rows while brother Stanton will be backing him up in the curtain raiser of the 2017 NRL grand final.

The SP PNG Hunters have been fortunate enough to take out the Queensland title at Suncorp and this time, they will make a grand final appearance at the ANZ stadium in Sydney, ahead of the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland cowboys match.

Hunters arrive in Sydney

Hunters team and management arrived in Sydney on Friday afternoon and are settling in well.

A little jet lagged, Queensland champions SP PNG Hunters arrived at the Parkroyal Hotel in the Suburb of Parramatta just outside Sydney.

Hunters have put in the hard yards and although the Queensland Intrust Super Cup challenge is done and dusted, the journey goes further than that for these local heroes.

Upon arrival, coach Michael Marum was his usual cool, calm and collected self when checking in at the Parkroyal Hotel Parramatta.

O’Neill: PNG is ready for the NRL

Following the success of the PNG Hunters on and off the field, PM O’Neill said the case has been strengthen for a Papua New Guinea team to enter the National Rugby League competition.

“On behalf of our nation I again congratulate the PNG Hunters on their historic achievement in Brisbane,” the Prime Minister said.

“The Hunters are truly the pride of our nation.”

The Prime Minister said rugby league is the national sport of Papua New Guinea, and the Hunters win builds the case for a PNG team to be included in the NRL.

What’s coming up for the SP PNG Hunters

The team travels to Sydney on Friday to face off with Penrith Panthers in the Intrust State clash to determine an Australian champion rugby league team.

The SP PNG Hunters, have become a real force to be reckoned with in Australian rugby league.

The team had a final training run for the season at the NFS yesterday under the ever watchful eyes of their ever green coach, Michael Marum.

The Hunt is on for the overall Australian rugby league title this Sunday, against the Penrith Panthers reserve grade.

VIDEO: Marum’s belief in the Hunters

Trailing six ten, almost every Papua New Guinean was on the edge of their seats until a miracle try from the 'freight train' Willie Minoga sealed the deal.

 

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VIDEO: Hunters get hero's welcome

A huge crowd of Patriotic Papua New Guineans were also present to show their support.

 

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Hunters bring home pride

Trailing six points to ten, almost every Papua New Guinean was at the edge of their seats.

11,260 people packed the Suncorp Stadium, the home of the Brisbane Broncos and the Queensland Maroons to witness PNG’s first appearance and win in the Intrust Super Cup.

For many it has been a dream, now turned reality.

SP PNG Hunters will go down in PNG Rugby League History defeating Sunshine Coast Falcons 12-10 in Queensland Rugby League’s prestigious competition.

Hunters’ win proves critics wrong: PM O’Neill

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.

Hero’s welcome for Hunters

The ‘big bird’ steadily glided onto the tarmac, as waiting supporters and fans braved the sun to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

The players were the last to leave the plane after all the passengers on board disembarked.

After going through the formalities and customs clearance, the Hunters led by Skipper and captain Ase Boas walked out with the trophy to the waiting fans.

It was a mixture of feelings as they were received by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, and the other leaders at the Airport ceremonial venue.