Sunshine Coast Falcons

Assistant coach stresses on consistency

Assistant Coach Roderick Puname said the boys need to apply some consistency to the way they play in round 17 of the Intrust Super Cup.

“We stick to consistency with the Falcons. Hold on to the ball, complete sets and getting that kick.”

Coach Puname said last week, the Hunters registered just 30 percent of kicking precision; besides that they did not have enough mental capacity to stay ahead of the match, and succumbed to defeat in the second half.

Hunters’ hard work pays off

The Hunters came from behind to claim a 24-12 victory in the round 16 clash of the Intrust Super Cup competition.

The SP PNG Hunters had anticipated a tough encounter against the 7th-placed Falcons, who were 4 spots ahead of the Hunters after round 15.

The Falcons were the first to score through Jacob Hind, which was successfully converted by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The score remained at 6-0 until Captain Ase Boas broke the ice 34 minutes into the first half.

A successful conversion from his brother Watson levelled the field for the team.  

Hunters anticipate tough encounter

The Hunters will be going up against the 7th-placed Falcons at the National Football Stadium on Sunday.

The boys are currently ranked 11 out of the 14 teams in the Intrust Super Cup competition.

The Falcons are 4 spots ahead of the Hunters, and Coach Michael Marum admits that this weekend’s match won’t be a walk in the park.

“We played them in round 3 and they beat us by a big margin so they’ll be tough up here,” Marum stated.

“They’ll come up with a stronger side.”

Hunters focus on defence

"We gave away three easy tries last weekend and that's something we've been working on to improve before we travel down," said coach, Michael Marum

"Other things like our kicking game and game plan execution are areas we've been training on during the week."

Marum knows the Falcons will be out for revenge after losing 12-10 to the Hunters in last year's grand final, adding his side will need to lift, especially in defence.

"They've done a lot of changes to their line-up.  They've got a young and strong team.

Hunters slide down to seventh spot

After six rounds, the Hunters have collected eight points from four wins and two losses.

Points for and against is what has pushed the Hunters out of the top six.

The Norths Devils, Souths Logan Magpies, Townsville Blackhawks and the Hunters are all tied on eight points, but points for and against of nil has moved the Hunters down to seventh spot.

The top 6:

Redcliffe Dolphins (10), Sunshine Coast Falcons (9), Easts Tigers (9), Norths Devils (8), Souths Logan Magpies (8), Townsville Blackhawks (8).

Olam features in Falcons 38-14 win over Hunters

Alex Bishop put the home side in front after only three minutes when he crossed over.

Guy Hamilton kicked a penalty in the 22nd minute to extend the lead by more than a converted try.

The Falcons pushed further in front after former Hunter Justin Olam scored in the 26th minute.

Hamilton added the extras to make it 14-0 from a successful conversion.

The Hunters hit back just before the 30 minute mark through Bland Abavu.

Both teams went to break with the score at 14-4.

One change made for this weekend

Coach, Michal Marum said Lawrence Tu’u comes in for Ismael Balkawa for the round six clash.

“Ismael will be out of this weekend’s game and we allowed Lawrence to come back in after he pulled out at the last minute last weekend.

“Until we travel, this is the 17 man squad we’ll probably go with,” said Marum.

Meanwhile, captain of the Hunters, Ase Boas will play his 50th game this weekend. Boas is Hunter #32 and debuted back in 2015.

Named in the extended squad is David Loko, Wawa Paul and U20 academy player, Muka Peter Kula.

Locke signs with Sunshine Coast in Queensland Cup

Locke signed with the club despite having a trial with Manly in November.

The club confirmed the deal on Facebook

"The Vantage Homes SC Falcons have signed former Warriors and NZ flyer Kevin Locke on a 1 year deal," the post read.

"The SC Falcons are committed to helping Kevin return to his best football and hopefully a return to the NRL.

"A big thanks to SC Falcons Major Sponsors South East Civil who have helped to make this deal happen.

"Welcome Kev we look forward to seeing you at Sunshine Coast Stadium in the New Year!"

Hunters lose 18-12 to Falcons in elimination final

The Falcons took a 6-4 lead at half-time and had to defend their lead right to the last second to win the game and also become the first team this season to beat the Hunters at home.

The Hunters were starved of possession early in the second half and had to do a lot of defending.

The Falcons lead was pushed out to 10-4 in the 55th minute when quick hands sent Samuel Wright flying over on the wing.

The Falcons found the try line again just after the restart through Ryley Jacks who was put through a gap and ran away to score under the posts.

Critical game for PNG SP Hunters this Sunday

On the match report, the Falcons will travel without some of their best players, including Eddie Tautali, Curtis Scott, Richard Kennar, Mark Nicholls and Joe Stimson. They haven’t been named in the Falcons side to take on PNG, with their finals spot cemented.

This will be an advantage to the home side, moreover, taking advantage of PNG’s all-time rowdy crowd to claim victory.

The Hunters are unbeaten at home this season and will have no problem getting past a weakened Falcons side, which could be focusing on the same match-up in the finals in a week’s time.