Hostplus Cup 2024

Hunters yet to win away games

With next weekend’s match against Townsville Blackhawks, being away an game, Paul Aiton’s Hunters must work to break out of the cycle of losing away games.

From a total of 23 round matches in the Hostplus Cup Competition 2024, the SP PNG Hunters have played six matches and had a bye in round five.

Lama leading points scorer

The former Mendi Muruk star centre has settled in well with the Hunters after Round 4. Lama is making the most of every opportunity in his rugby league career, unleashing the best for the Hunters.

Hunters 30-man squad named

Aiton, after navigating his inaugural preseason said he was proud of how the players and staff navigated a tough and enduring pre-season period. He’s extremely pleased with how the squad has come together and is looking forward to round one next weekend.

The SP PNG Hunters for 2024:

Wabo ready to lead Hunters

Since Morea Junior is under an injury cloud and is expected to serve the first quarter of the season 2024 on the sideline, Sanny Wabo is the logical replacement being part of the Hunters team in the 2023 Hotsplus Cup Competition.

 SP PNG Hunters has rounded up its season 2023 with some impressive performances and would be looking to have a positive start to the season 2024. But the injury to Morea Morea Junior could prove critical to the team.

Morea in, despite injury

Morea is currently nursing an ankle injury that he sustained in his international debut in October against the Australia Prime Minister’s 13 side.

The fan favourite ran onto the field in his international debut with many expectations, which included bringing a much-needed attacking power to the backline. His presence was short-lived.

In the meantime, newly appointed Hunters Head Coach Paul Aiton said the inclusion of Douzen Hoyato from Goroka Lahanis and Sanny Wabo, who have had some game time with the Hunters, would fill in the void.

Aiton is head coach

When making the big announcement today SP PNG Hunters Chairman Stan Joyce said he is excited to see one of PNG’s finest Rugby League products take the helm at the Hunters and help more of our young Papua New Guinean young men to develop and realise their dreams to play overseas.

Aiton was equally excited after today’s announcement and thanked the board for their trust and faith in his coaching resume adding he’s learned a lot from his predecessors and is now ready to step up to the next challenge.

It also marks another stepping stone in his short coaching career.