National Football Stadium

National Football Stadium to remain Hunters home for next 5 years

The signing which took place at the Naked Fish restaurant in Port Moresby was witnessed by stakeholders from the government and corporate sector including Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko and Managing Director of SP Brewery, Stan Joyce.

Chairman of the Lloyd Robson Oval Trustees and Managing Director of Oil Search, Peter Botten said the he was proud and happy to be extending the partnership with the PNGRFL.

Various road access to be closed for FIFA matches

With the FIFIA U20 World Cup set in the city, NCD managements has authorised for several roads to be  closed in the city to allow free access for teams to move into the field of play on match days.

All access roads will be closed two days prior to match day and control for safety and security of pedestrian and traffic near the four venues set for FIFA U20 matches; Sir John Guise Stadium, PNG Football Stadium, National Football Stadium and Bava Mini stadium.

Venue User Agreement signed for NFS

FIFA Vice President and President of the PNG Football Association (PNGFA), David Chung in signing the agreement thanked Oil Search for coming on board to assist and facilitate the use of the NFS.

“Today’s signing of this user agreement is agreeable by both parties who are very willing to make this World Cup a success in our country.

‘It is through the leadership of Peter Botten that has made this happen to make it affordable for the PNGFA and LOC to use this stadium to not only host the pool matches but also the semi-finals and final.

Aussies thrash PNG 58-0

15, 011 vocal fans packed the stadium to watch what was a David and Goliath battle.

The Australians were in to score as early as the fourth minute when a kick to the wing from five eighth Mitchell Moses fell safely into the hands of Josh Dugan who ran into score.

The visitors were back minutes later after quick hands sent a flying Blake Ferguson over for the Australian's second try.

The Australians were up 16-0 by the 17th minute this time sending in Semi Radradra who was too big and strong to stop from finding the line.

Prime Minister's XIII ready to take on PNG

The team trained well, in stifling conditions mid-morning, and the training session was followed by a coaching clinic with almost 400 school children from local schools in Port Moresby.

NFS to host POMRFL grand final for first time

The women’s grand final will be played as curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s XIII between Australia and PNG on Saturday, Sept 24 and the men’s grand finals will be played on Sunday, Sept 25.

The last time a grand final for POMRFL was played at PRL Oval was back in 2013 before the venue was transformed into the new stadium.

The K170 million world class stadium was opened in February, 2016 and sits about 10,000 people.

It has so far hosted matches for the Queensland Intrust Super Cup and the Digicel Cup competition.

Hunters lose 18-12 to Falcons in elimination final

The Falcons took a 6-4 lead at half-time and had to defend their lead right to the last second to win the game and also become the first team this season to beat the Hunters at home.

The Hunters were starved of possession early in the second half and had to do a lot of defending.

The Falcons lead was pushed out to 10-4 in the 55th minute when quick hands sent Samuel Wright flying over on the wing.

The Falcons found the try line again just after the restart through Ryley Jacks who was put through a gap and ran away to score under the posts.

Critical game for PNG SP Hunters this Sunday

On the match report, the Falcons will travel without some of their best players, including Eddie Tautali, Curtis Scott, Richard Kennar, Mark Nicholls and Joe Stimson. They haven’t been named in the Falcons side to take on PNG, with their finals spot cemented.

This will be an advantage to the home side, moreover, taking advantage of PNG’s all-time rowdy crowd to claim victory.

The Hunters are unbeaten at home this season and will have no problem getting past a weakened Falcons side, which could be focusing on the same match-up in the finals in a week’s time.

​Walker gives credit to Hunters’ defence

The Hunters sealed an 18-16 win in the last three minutes of the match in what was a thriller at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

“We threw everything at PNG. They’re a very physical team and to their credit, they defended really well,” said Walker.

Captain of the Jets, Dane Phillips, added on that his team had enough chances but failed to get the job done.

“If you’re giving PNG too much ball, they’re going to score points. We just didn’t get over the line.

Boas boots winning points for Hunters in thriller

The Hunters were trailing 14-8 at the break and edged out last year's Intrust Super Cup winners in the last three minutes of the match.

The Hunters hit four minutes into the second half through a solo effort from fullback Bland Abavu who shrugged off five defenders to score near the posts.

The score was levelled at 14-14 thanks to the boot of Ase Boas.

From here, the Hunters muscled up in defence determined not to let the Jets back into the game.

Boas put the home side in front for the first time kicking a penalty in the 55th minute of play.