​Hunters, Blackhawks to play for inaugural Cup

The SP Hunters will take on the Townsville Blackhawks for the inaugural Air Niugini Cup at home at the National Football Stadium this Sunday.

This was announced yesterday at the Cup launch by General Manager of Air Niugini, Dominic Kaumu, in the presence of officials from the PNG Rugby Football League and SP Hunters.

Kaumu explained this is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Trail campaign plus the recently launched direct flights between Port Moresby and Townsville.

The challenge for the Cup will be annual.

“The match this weekend is in recognition of that. I thank the SP Hunters and everyone else that has worked hard to deliver this for us. I encourage everyone to come down and watch the game,” said Kaumu.

CEO of the PNGRFL, Reatau Rau, was grateful for Air Niugini’s support to the Hunters as well as rugby league throughout the country.

“The curtain raiser on Sunday will see Hela Wigmen and the Rabaul Gurias go head to head and we thank Air Niugini for the special discount fares for supporters to travel to Port Moresby.

“This is in addition to the support given for the Port Moresby-Townsville return fares and we are really grateful for the support from Air Niugini,” said Rau.

Rau also thanked the Chairman and CEO of the Queensland Rugby League for giving their blessing for the Air Niugini Cup.

The Cup will arrive in Port Moresby on Friday.

Troy Taule