PNG SP Hunters

VIDEO: Fourth loss away

The SP Hunters lost their fourth consecutive game away going down to the Redcliffe Dolphins 20-6 in Brisbane, Australia.

Team PNG takes time out to watch Hunters

The athletes and officials, which included women’s weightlifting silver medallist, Dika Toua, and her teammates, members of the athletics, lawn bowls and swimming teams made the journey North armed with PNG flags and banners and a lot of noise.

They met with Hunters coach, Michael Marum, and the players after the match before heading back to the Gold Coast.

Win boosts Hunters’ confidence

After two consecutive losses playing away, the 32-18 victory has put the Hunters back on track, says coach Michael Marum.

“It was good to get a win back at home after two losses away so it was good for our confidence.”

However, Marum conceded it was a scrappy win from his team.

“There were a lot of mistakes but it’s something we can work on.

“We’re slowly working on our combinations. We’ll review the game at our video session and go through everything there.”

Captain and five-eighth Ase Boas agreed with the coach.

Hunters win to send off Amean

This afternoon at the Oil Search National Football Stadium, the Seagulls had the possession early on, forcing the Hunters to defend under pressure.

But the Hunters survived and a penalty carried them out of their own half and into Seagulls territory.

Good vision by captain and five-eighth Ase Boas led to the first try, with Boas spreading it out wide for a flying Edene Gabbie to score first points in the 12th minute.

The Hunters’ good start was nearly all undone when Brendon Gotuno dropped the ball from the restart.

22yo to debut in Hunters clash

Upon being given the news this afternoon, the excited 22-year-old from Chimbu and East New Britain Province said he had been dreaming of this day.

“I’m so excited to be part of this champion team. It’s an achievement. It’s a dream-come-true.”

Gotuno, who has represented the country in AFL and also in rugby league for the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII, said he can’t wait to take the field this weekend.

Gotuno replaces Butler Morris.

In other changes made by coach Michael Marum, Stargroth Amean makes a return to the starting line-up at fullback.

Hunters join church fellowship

The team gathered at the PNG Christian Fellowship Church of Pastor Michael Jack, located on the outskirts of Gerehu Stage 4, Port Moresby.  

The Hunters are expected to join the congregation in praise and worship.

This newsroom was on location to note that most of the players, including Watson and Ase Boas, Butler Morris and Moses Meninga, have turned up to join the mass.

​Hunters’ historical support

Community liaison coordinator, Brigitte Baki-Ta’u, said yesterday the Hunters donated an autographed team jersey to the RSPCA of PNG.

“The donation was made to show the team’s support for the animal welfare organisation and to aid the RSPCA in their fundraising drive for much-needed contributions toward the building of their new animal hospital,” she says.

During the historical moment, team captain, Ase Boas, presented the team jersey to the RSPCA’s General Manager, Hellen White.

​Hunters, Blackhawks to play for inaugural Cup

This was announced yesterday at the Cup launch by General Manager of Air Niugini, Dominic Kaumu, in the presence of officials from the PNG Rugby Football League and SP Hunters.

Kaumu explained this is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Trail campaign plus the recently launched direct flights between Port Moresby and Townsville.

The challenge for the Cup will be annual.

​20-man Hunters squad named for home game

Loko has been ruled out with an ankle injury sustained during last Saturday’s impressive win over Ipswich Jets.

Coach Michael Marum said Minoga will start at second row against his old team after serving a two match suspension.

Named in the 20-man squad is Brandy Peter.

Marum also took the opportunity to thank Air Niugini for putting up the Air Niugini Cup that will now be played between the two teams annually, starting this Sunday.

Olam hails Hunters program

Olam said this after winning two awards at the Hunters presentation night over the weekend –  the Rookie of the year and top try scorer.

“The SP Hunters program is not a waste. It is not a mistake. It is working.

“The program is providing a pathway for youths to develop and excel,” said Olam.

The Melbourne Storm bound Olam finished by thanking the players, management and the sponsors for all their support.