SP PNG Hunters

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.

LIVE: SP PNG Hunters arrive

This is Loop PNG’s LIVE broadcast from the SP PNG Hunters Welcome ceremony currently taking place.

 

Crowds wait on Hunters arrival

Families and supporters are all  gearing up at the airport to welcome home the team.

A good crowd is already building up at the Jacksons International Airport now with more still on the road making their way to receive the team.

Most of them are anticipating the expected arrival of the Intrust Super Cup 2017 premier winners into the nation’s capital.

Loop PNG did a drive by the airport noting that terminal car park was full to its built capacity.

SP PNG Hunters arrives today

A welcome ceremony has been planned at the Airport Ceremonial Park.

The Hunters will arrive on an Air Niugini flight PX 004 from Brisbane, Australia.

The SP Hunters made history on Sunday afternoon-beating the Sunshine Coast Falcons 12-10 in the Intrust Super Grand final at Suncorp Stadium, Australia.

The win was sealed two minutes out from full time with a try from Willie Minoga off an Ase Boas grubber.

​Hunters on the low

Amean was among four other Hunters players that took time off from their training to spread the word on healthy lifestyle and a good attitude towards life in general.

After the Hunters’ narrow win against the Redcliffe Dolphins at the National Football Stadium, the PNG team scored a direct entry into the Intrust Super Cup grand final on the 24th of September at Suncorp, in Brisbane.

The major semi-final was an opportunity that Hunters did not let slip by and in their fourth season, have made history by being an outside team to make the finals.

Progress noted in Hunters’ training camp

Head coach Michael Marum is pleased so far with the progress in the training camp.

The team has so far bonded well with a retreat to one of the outer islands with West New Britain Governor Sasindral Muthuvel over the weekend.

Monday (Sept 4) afternoon's training run at the Kimbe Rugby Oval was part of a week-long training camp as a lead up to the major semifinals of the Intrust Super Cup.

The SP PNG Hunters will play the Redcliff Dolphins on the 10th of September for a direct entry into the Intrust Super Cup grand final.

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Hunters still leading comp

Their 40-18 of the Norths Devils yesterday brought to total ten wins this season from 12 games played.

The Hunters have only suffered two losses and have had the one bye. They have recorded a points for and against of 134. This has brought them to 22 competition points.

Round 14 will see the Hunters play the Souths Logan Magpies this Sunday at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

More positive news for the Hunters is Ase Boas remains at the top as the competition’s leading point scorer with 128 points.