Marum names unchanged starting line-up

The squad was announced on Tuesday this week.

Marum has added Brandy Peter, Lawrence Tu’u and Karo Kauna Jnr to the extended 20 man squad.

The 20 man squad is (three to be omitted): 1. Stargroth AMEAN 2. Bland ABAVU 3. Israel ELIAB 4. Willie MINOGA 5. Adex WERA 6. Ase BOAS – Captain 7. Watson BOAS 8. Wellington ALBERT 9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr 10. Esau SIUNE 11. Nixon PUT 12. David LOKO 13. Stanton ALBERT 14. Sailas GAHUNA 15. Rhadley BRAWA 16. Enock MAKI 17. Moses MENINGA 18. Brandy PETER 19. Lawrence TU’U 20. Karo KAUNA Jnr.

2017 Hebou Shield to start tomorrow

This edition of the Hebou Shield for 2017 will see two teams battle it out for the Three Day Men’s competition, three teams for the One Day Men’s competition and three teams for the Women’s One Day and T20 competitions.

Games will start tomorrow with matches spread across June and July at Amini Park, Port Moresby.

The Men’s 3 Day teams are Hammers and Diggers. The Men’s One Day teams: Warriors, Cheaters and Hunters. The Women’s One Day and T20 teams: Diamonds, Piranhas and Sharks.

Hunters thrash Devils with 40-18 win

The home side hit the lead with a try to Luke Pollock in the fifth minute. But the Hunters responded just four minutes later through Stargroth Amean.

Tries to both teams left the score locked at 12-12 at the break.

The second half was when the Hunters put the points on, starting in the 41st minute when in-form winger Adex Wera crossed over to score.

Tries also went to Bland Abavu in the 45th minute, Stanton Albert (56), Nixon Put (62) and Moses Meninga (78).

Trukai acknowledges organising partners

The 2017 Trukai Fun Run will take place on Sunday, June 11, in Port Moresby and other centres around the country.

“The Trukai Fun Run is the biggest sporting spectacle in the country with events running in towns and cities simultaneously. This is all possible thanks to our organising partners,” said Greg Worthington-Eyre.

“I sincerely thank the wonderful organisations that have taken on this responsibility in our participating centres in 2017.

“Without their help it would be an incredibly difficult, if not impossible, task to run an event of this size and scope.”

Brandy Peter determined to cement spot

The lad from Karani village, in the Southern Highlands Province, who started playing rugby league in primary school in Port Moresby, said he sacrificed his studies at the University of Technology in Lae and pushed his way into the SP Hunters.

“I withdrew from studies and started with the Hunters.

“Last year I played my 50th Intrust Super Cup game and played Test matches for PNG," he said.

“I got offered contracts to play overseas so I trained with Souths Logan Magpies during the pre-season for two to three months and I came back to PNG.

Marum names unchanged side

The Devils handed the Hunters their first loss this season at home in round four, and will be looking to avenge this.

“There are no major injury worries to deal with after last weekend’s win.

“They are playing well and we want to start the 2nd half of the season on a positive note,” said Marum.

Marum congratulated Bland Abavu, who will be playing his 50th Intrust Super Cup game for the Hunters on Sunday.

The only addition to the extended bench is Paul Wawa.

Wally Lewis: QLD won’t be short of determination

Queensland will be without the services of big name players like Matt Scott, Greg Inglis and finally Johnathan Thurston for game one of the State Of Origin this Wednesday.

“They’re the toughest games all of time. They’re the hardest games. Things haven’t exactly been going Queensland’s way,” he said.

“They’ve had a lot of injuries. Of course, this is coming on the top of the retirement of Corey Parker last year.

Well-deserved win for Hunters

Marum’s men ran in seven tries in what was a one-sided affair in the round 12 clash at home in Port Moresby.

“To get the win against Blackhawks is not always easy. We really prepared well for the game,” said Marum.

“Everyone looked out for each other in defence and attack. We hung in there and completed the game. It was a well-deserved win.”

Moving forward, Marum said the team will recover and prepare well for this weekend’s game against the Norths Devils in Australia.

“They had a win against us up here so it’s going to be another tough one,” said Marum.

Wins to Muruks, Tigers and Lahanis

In Mendi, the Muruks def. Waghi Tumbe 26-0 while across in Wabag, the Tigers def. EPG Enga Mioks 14-8.

In Goroka, the Lahanis def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 12-8.

The match in Port Moresby saw Agmark Rabaul Gurias draw with Kroton Hela Wigmen 22-22.

Gurias and Wigmen draw

The fullbacks from both sides scored the first two tries of the match with Konie Bernard crossing over for the Gurias and Junior Rau for the Wigmen minutes later.

After the first ten minutes, the Gurias started to dominate, keeping the Wigmen in their own half.

With playmaker Stanley Olo directing play, the Gurias hit the lead again after Olo sent Eliakim Lukara racing in to score in the 24th minute.

The back end of the first half saw scrappy play with poor ball handling from the two teams.