Hunters win Air Niugini Cup with 42-4 win

The visitors crossed the try line after two minutes of play when leading competition points scorer Carlin Anderson crossed over to score.

The Hunters responded immediately through enforcer David Loko, who sliced through the defence to score under the posts.

Buoyed on by a vocal home crowd of 6,768, the Hunters grabbed their second four-pointer through fullback Stargroth Amean, who scored in similar fashion to the first try.

The points continued to come easy with Boas kicking a penalty followed by another try to Amean in the 29th and Willie Minoga in the 33rd.

FOREX a critical issue for PNG businesses

This is according to the PNG 100 CEO Survey 2017 carried out by Business Advantage Papua New Guinea.

The survey revealed that 59.5 per cent of CEO’s nominated access to foreign exchange as a major obstacle to businesses in the country.

Other critical issues highlighted include shortage of expertise and skills (28.6 per cent), unreliable telecommunications (28.6 per cent), and security and law and order (24.4 per cent).

BSP’s AGM set for Friday

In 2016 shareholders were paid a dividend of 85.5 toea per share following an impressive performance in 2015.

Last year the banking group exceeded its previous years performance recording an after tax profit of K643.5 million, an increase of 21 per cent from 2015’s profit of K531.9 million.

Among the key highlights, return on equity went up by 1.8 per cent, from 27.9 per cent in 2015, to 29.6 per cent., while Dividend yields which is recorded at 9.8 per cent is down from 2015’s result of 11.4 per cent.

Tigers still undefeated

The reigning premiers made it three from three after their 28-18 win over the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers at home in Lae yesterday.

Meanwhile, the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers are yet to register a win this season.

The current standings after round three:

Lae Snax Tigers (6), Kroton Hela Wigmen (4), PRK Mendi Muruks (4), Agmark Rabaul Gurias (4), EPG Enga Mioks (2), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (2), Waghi Tumbe (2), NCDC Port Moresby Vipers (0).

Round four games will be played in the Highlands and Port Moresby this weekend.

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Hunters leading comp

After 11 rounds, the Hunters have racked up 18 points from eight wins, two losses and one bye.

The Hunters have a points for and against of 74.

The top six:

SP Hunters (18), Sunshine Coast Falcons (17), Redcliffe Dolphins (16), Easts Tigers (13), Norths Devils (12), Townsville Blackhawks (12).

The Hunters arrived back in the country yesterday afternoon.

The 20-man squad will be named tomorrow afternoon for this Sunday’s home game against the Townsville Blackhawks. 

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Round three: Wins to Muruks, Gurias

In Minj, the Gurias def. Waghi Tumbe 24-14 and in Mendi, the Muruks def. EPG Enga Mioks 10-8.

To Lae, the reigning premiers Tigers def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 28-18 and up at Goroka, the Wigmen def. Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 20-12.

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Round one of Hiri Cup completed

At oval one in the U19 men’s division:  Avurigo def. Mirigini 10-0, Lahara def. Laurabada 3-0.

On to the U23 men’s, Avurigo def. Mirigini 17-7 and Laurabada def. Lahara 9-5.

For the women’s games, Avurigo def. Mirigini 58-0 and Lahara def. Laurabada 20-5.

Lastly, in the Open Men’s division, Mirigini def. Avurigo 22-19 and Laurabada def. Lahara 18-10 at oval two.

Round two of the Hiri Cup Challenge is set for June 10.

Hiri Cup Challenge kicks off

The eight teams have been paired off to play under the different Hiri Trade Winds: Lahara Yellows - Harlequins and Valley Hunters, Mirigini Blues - University and Juggernauts, Avurigo Greens - Crusaders and Brothers and Laurabada Reds - Wanderers and Nova.

Capital Rugby Union match coordinator, Pepe Gotaha, said each Hiri Trade team is fielding a team under the four divisions - U19, U23, Women’s and Open Men’s.

He added the tournament will be played over three rounds with round two set for June 10 and round three for July 8.

Erema force 2-2 draw with Hekari

At the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Papaka FC def. Admiralty FC 5-1, PKA Rapatona FC def. Gigira Amoana FC 2-1 and PRK Erema Gulf FC held Hekari United FC to a 2-2 draw. These were the results for the Southern Conference.

To the Northern Conference, Nawaeb FC def. Bulolo FC 2-1, Lahi United FC def. 3 Welgris Morobe United 3-2 and Laiweden FC def. Markham FC 4-3.

Hunters cruise to 32-12 win

Tries to Wellington Albert, Adex Wera and Israel Eliab pushed the Hunters to a 22-0 lead at half-time.

The home side hit back with two tries after the 60 minute mark with points to Dane Phillips (62m) and Mitch Carpenter (66m).

This brought the score to 22-12 in favour of the visitors.

But the Hunters had enough to take the game away, striking twice with four pointers to captain and five-eighth Ase Boas (73) and Bland Abavu (77) to seal the win.

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