rugby league

Madang prodigy makes Vipers

While studying in Brisbane, Australia, Jimmy played mostly school boys rugby until he was spotted by former PNG Hunters and Kumul Coach Michael Marum playing in the Queensland PNG Kokomo’s 9s tournament.

Gisua now in his early 20’s and hails from Bogia, Madang Province, possesses a lot of attributes to that of late Kato Otio. He stands at 190cm tall and weighs 108kg with a humble and friendly outgoing personality.

Isou build up for season

After an impressive start to their campaign in season 2022, notching up four consecutive matches on the trot, the Gulf franchise unfortunately could not maintain that winning streak, finishing off the season outside the top six.

Coach Laka though was quite impressed with the outcome saying, it’s a work in progress.

Since appointed head coach last year, his main focus was to blood in a lot of young boys from their development pathway around seasoned players, and help rebuild a new culture for the club.

Tenza reflects on journey

Tenza has again worked really hard during off-season to impress Coach, Stanley Tepend and now part of the remaining Hunters 30-man squad for this year’s Hostplus Cup season.

Between 2014 and 2021 Weza Tenza although under-rated was one of the most dangerous dummy halves in the Digicel Cup competition. His quick bursts out of dummy and deceptive foot work has been his trademark for years but as the saying goes” good things come to those who wait”.

JT 9s on again

The yearly event, which usually runs between February and March, will again feature the 16 Moresby Souths RFL (MSRL) affiliate clubs while invitational teams are again welcome. Dates to be confirmed shortly.

MSRFL Chairman and Tournament Director Bagelo Solien is excited to advise that teams from Gulf, Central and (Lae) Morobe have indicated their participation in this year's tournament.

Team Waidex will be out to defend their title and Bixsie Tala Rasta men will as usual step up to the challenge.

Building stronger ties through sports

Albanese made this assurance when addressing Parliament last Thursday in Port Moresby.

Albanese said whether it is rugby league, or cricket with the Barras and the Lewas, or the work being done here by the AFL, sport is a genuine and powerful way of building strong and lasting ties between our peoples, at a code and club and community and family level.

Gurias lose key players

Gun centre Joe Frank “the tank” 2022 five-eighth of the Year Saki Peter and rising prop forward Koso Badi have made the final 30-man squad after impressing Hunters Head Coach, Stanley Tepend at preseason training since  camp started in November.

The Hunters team will be further trimmed down to 25 before the season kicks off in March.

From the Gurias trio, Frank in particular who had a solid season with Gurias in 2022 has worked really hard to earn his spot.

PM gives clearest backing yet for a PNG-based Pasifika team in the NRL

Mr Albanese will use his historic speech to PNG’s parliament on Thursday to restate his support for a Pacific Islander team to compete in the NRL, saying Australia and PNG have a “shared passion for rugby league”.

“Today I affirm my view that I want to see a PNG-based, Pacific Islander team compete in the National Rugby League competition,” he is expected to say.

“Sport is such a genuine and powerful way of building strong and lasting ties between our peoples, at a code and club and community and family level.

Cup quarter finals set

Northern Reds (2) will meet H6 Knights for a rematch. The two teams will only play the second half after the match was abandoned only minutes before fulltime on Saturday after the match referee walked off.

In the other scheduled quarter finals, Capital Macows will meet Raiders Namona at 12.30pm followed by another rematch, Sari Hawks against Kone Texas Rats at 1.30pm. This particular match was also called off after both teams ended up in an 8-all deadlock during golden point time.

Hunters players join Dolphins

Emmanuel Waine, Rodrick Tai, Sherwin Tanabi and Judah Rimbu have been called up to the Wayne Bennett-coached side for train and trial deals in 2023.

They join fellow Papua New Guinean and Kumul player, Jeremiah Simbiken in the squad.

This is through a strategic pathway signed between the PNG Hunters and the NRL Dolphins in 2022.

Of those four players, two will be selected by the Dolphins to stay on and train with their NRL squad for the remainder of the season.

Sepik Pride squad assembled

Sepik Pride Chairman, Bradley Simon has assembled players this week as they kick off their journey to Digicel Cup. 

Players from Port Moresby and East Sepik will travel to Ialibu for a week preparation where players From Lae, Goroka and SHP will join the group before the SHP 9s kick off. 

Simon said: “As we await the decision by PNG National Rugby League Competitions, EMK Sepik Pride has taken a bold step on our first mission, and that is to take part in the SHP 9s.”