Hela Wigmen

Late Wigmen try equalizes match

Both teams traded points earlier with successful penalty kicks to draw 2-all before the real battle intensified and a number of players were either placed on report or sin binned for dissent and dangerous play. Muruks were leading 16-12 until Wigmen took an attacking opportunity inside Muruks territory and scored the equalizer.

Eagles soar home

The intriguing round 8 clash was played in true rugby league spirits with high intensity and a lot of emotions resulting in players being sent to the bin for dangerous play.

Wigmen’s finals hope shattered

Under a packed crowd at the Santos National Football Stadium on Sunday, the Lahanis broke hearts by winning at the final whistle.

Lahanis tagged underdogs started into the match kick-off with heads high to face the might of the Wigmen at all cost.

After some good exchanges by both teams in the opening minutes, it was Lahanis led by veteran captain, Charlie Buka at dummy half, who stayed in the grind and persisted throughout the contest that frustrated the opponents much to the delight of their parochial white and red army of supporters.

Grand final rematch

Although the Gurias had a scrappy win last weekend, the team will aim to polish up and come much stronger into this match. 

In the match against Vipers last weekend, the crafty little number 9, Nathen Tete, delivered a good service from dummy half. 

He was quick out of ruck into defensive line causing havoc in a tiring Vipers middle. He will be the one to look out for if the game is to break open in the middle. 

Wigmen skipper eyes call up

Culligan who was also part of the 2021-22 preseason camp, however, due to studies did not make the final squad.

While opportunities may come once, for Wigmen’s captain Valentine Culligan getting  a 2nd chance to make it back into PNG Hunters training squad was a blessing and on merit after leading his team to another gutsy premiership title win in 2022.

Wigmen prevail over Vipers

It was Wigmen‘s little livewire Tapie Solu jumping out of dummy half to put Wigmen in front first 6-0 before Vipers reciprocated with a freakiest corner try to left winger Kora Lega to equalize 6.

Wigmen again continued to dominate field position and this time the nippy Patrick Morea scored a trademark try from dummy half to put Wigmen back in front 12-6.

Mioks go down fighting

After their narrow loss to 2nd place Agmark Rabaul Gurias in Kokopo last week, it was obvious from the outset the Mioks took a lot of confidence with them to match the aggression and energy of the star-studded Wigmen side.
 
The young Mioks outfit was led out by former Guria Stanley Olo at lock and Noel Joel, veteran dummy half and PNG Hunters number 9. Joel was clinical in his game management, manoeuvring his lighter mobile pack around the park and did well to hold out their heavier and experienced opponents especially at crucial stages of the match.

Digicel Cup star Stanford Talita signs with Seagulls

Talita joins the Gulls from the Hela Wigmen in the Papua New Guinea Digicel Cup competition where he was their captain and led the team to the 2020 premiership.

The 26-year old strike centre has been one of the leading players in the Digicel Cup and represented Papua New Guinea at the Rugby League World Cup 9s in 2019.

Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban says Talita will be one to watch this season.

“Stanford has been a star in the Digicel Cup and we are very fortunate to bring him to Wynnum,” Laban said.

Wigmen snatch Sepik 9’s Cup

2020 defending champions QPR Colts made the top 4 but fell short to a stronger and classier Wigmen outfit in the preliminary finals.

East Sepik provincial capital of Wewak was buzzing with rugby league enthusiasts when teams from 8 different provinces converged at the Pora Oval for the 2nd Agmark Sepik rugby league 9s challenge played over Friday and Saturday.

Tumbe in nail-biter

The big showdown however went beyond the 80 minutes of regular time when both teams were tied up 18 all at fulltime.

After the 18-all deadlock at fulltime, the PNG National Rugby league Competition under International Rugby League rules had to use provisions in its competition rules to allow for the minor semifinal playoff between Tumbe and Wigmen to continue into extra time to decide the ultimate winner.

The much anticipated do or die blockbuster had everything and played in true finals spirits that had its share of ugly moments with tempers flaring on the field.