Focused on final home game

They started off shaky but soon began gaining momentum.

The SP PNG Hunters are now on solid ground and focused on winning their final home game in front of their loved ones and supporters this Sunday.

When the team started training early this year, half of the Hunters squad was made up of newcomers.

It took a while for Coach Michael Marum to establish their strengths and weaknesses.

“By mid-season I knew which players were going to be left out and which players we were going to rely on,” stated Marum.

“We were just waiting on the right time to start winning those games.”

Out of the 5 home games played, the Hunters lost 1 to the Redcliffe Dolphins in round 17 on July 8th. But for this final home game, the coach is determined to finish off on a high note.

The Hunters had initially started off with 35 boys, but the squad has now been trimmed down to only 25 players.

“The other boys that are not playing, they’ve been really training hard in case something comes up,” stated the coach.

The Hunters, who have worked hard to make the top 6, will be playing against the 11th-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

In spite of their low placing, Coach Marum was not quick to write them off as they had bested the Devils 26-24 in their last match.

“If we lose our game, they’ll jump ahead of us and we miss that number 6 spot,” Marum said.

“If we finish number 6, that’s good for us because we’ll still be in that do-or-die situation where we’ll play number 3.”

Carmella Gware