Hunters to host semi-final

The SP Hunters will host the major semi-final of the Intrust Super Cup on September 10, 2017, at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, said this confirmation was received yesterday after the Hunters claimed the minor premiership following their 28-22 win over Wynnum Manly Seagulls on the weekend.  

“QRL Competitions Manager, Dave Maiden, in an email advised that the week 2 semi-final will definitely be held in Port Moresby,” said Rau.

“The SP Hunters opponents could be either be the Redcliffe Dolphins or Easts Tigers. This will be determined after the final round this weekend.”

Rau added the minor premiership trophy will be presented to the SP Hunters team after their final game against the Tweed Heads Seagulls this Sunday in Brisbane.

“QRL Head of Football, Neil Wharton, will present the John ‘Cracker’ McDonald minor premiership shield to captain Ase Boas on Sunday.

“Prize money of A$10,000 Australian Dollars (AUD) also comes with the shield for winning the 2017 Intrust Super Cup minor premiership,” said Rau.

The winner of the major semi-final on September 10 advances straight to the grand final on September 24 at Suncorp Stadium, while the loser has another chance the following week.

“QRL staff will be here on September 10 for the major final and will determine the logistics and costs for the week 3 preliminary final on September 17 to determine whether it can proceed in Port Moresby if required,” Rau said. 

Rau expressed gratitude to the QRL.

“We can now prepare for this historical major semi-final match in Port Moresby,” said Rau.

Meanwhile, this weekend’s last Intrust Super Cup round 25 will be known as the ‘Turn to Me’ round.

Rau explained this round highlights the issue of mental health and well-being and also to reinforce the message of mateship over the off season.

He said all the Intrust Super Cup teams will wear blue socks as a symbol of the ‘Turn to Me’ round.

Troy Taule