SP PNG Hunters

Hunters look for first win against Falcons

The Hunters have won four out of nine meetings against the Falcons, one of them being the famous last minute grand final win more than a year ago.

Justin Olam will face the Hunters for the fifth time in his career since joining the Melbourne Storm feeder club in 2017.

The SP Hunters, who are underdogs coming into this match, were the victors in their last match in Round 16 beating the Falcons 24-12.

The Hunters will be testing out a new halves combination and spine combination following the two opening round losses.

Hunters go down in first home match

The SP Hunters had no answers to the Pride onslaught as they raced to an 18-nil lead at half-time with a polished performance.

Five-eighth, Jake Clifford, put on a master class performance to steer the Pride to a win.

Following a fumble by Gairo Kapana from kick-off, the Pride crossed over the 3rd minute through Mathew Musumeci to take a 6-nil lead.

William Bugden would score 3 minutes later after sustained pressure on the Hunters.

The Hunters with possession were unable to make any inroads with many errors.

Hunters secure Intrust Super Cup future

The four-year extension to play in the QRL’s flagship statewide competition is set to provide a significant boost for the game in PNG, as well as Queensland, with big crowds again expected to follow the Hunters.

QRL Chairman Bruce Hatcher said it was an exciting time for fans of the Intrust Super Cup, which kicks off next month. 

“We’re delighted to stand alongside the PNGRFL for this important announcement today, as the Hunters’ continued participation is important on many fronts,” Hatcher said.

Kato Ottio’s life celebrated

Hundreds gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of his death with his family and friends, including the management of the PNG Rugby Football League and the PNG Hunters train-on squad.

Significant to the occasion was the opening of his mother’s house; a dream that late Ottio always had.

Mixed emotions played at the gathering in Tatana Village today to celebrate the life of the Kumul number 269.

It was one of happiness that Ottio’s life and even his death brought blessings to his family.

Twelve home games for Hunters

This includes the Country week round.

In a statement released by the PNGRFL, the 2019 ISC was endorsed at the last CEOs meeting in Brisbane last month.

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the 12 of the 23 ISC matches, including the Round 18 Country Week round this July, will be played here in PNG.

The 14 team Intrust Super Cup 2019 competition kicks off on the weekend of March 9 and 10 with the SP Hunters playing Tweed Heads Seagulls away in Piggabeen Sports Complex in Brisbane.

Brawa speaks of experience with new club

Rhadley Brawa is currently on break but is excitedly looking forward to resuming training with his new club – the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

The former SP Hunters superstar never once dreamt that he would be part of an NRL feeder club this early in his career.

The 28-year-old, from a mixed parentage of Teremanda in Enga, and Sinesine in Simbu, was both surprised and humbled when he was informed by the SP Hunters coaching staff that the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, a Broncos feeder club, was interested in him.

SP Hunters on break

The 2019 SP Hunters training camp started off with 60 players mid-November.

By the end of November, the club announced the release of eleven players for personal reasons, failing medical /fitness tests and ruled out with injuries after week one of the pre-season training sessions in Port Moresby.

Fifty players remained after Coach Michael Marum added Jack Oii from Magani club, in the POMRFL competition, to the squad.

After week 2 of the SP Hunters pre-season training, six more players were released.

11 released from Hunters squad

The players are:

1. Muka Peter Kalu - Medical/Fitness

2. William Aquila - Personal

3. Kennedy Ben - Medical / Fitness

4. Edwin Ipape - Personal

5. Weser Tenza - Injuries

6. Joejoe Walamus - Injuries

7. Dickson Pipi - Medical/Fitness

8. Baddy Jack - Medical/Fitness

9. Thompson Gallen - Medical/Fitness

10. Livai Andrew - Injuries

11. Chris Gor - Medical/Fitness

Coach Michael Marum has added Jack Oii from Magani club in the POMRFL competition to the squad.

2019 SP Hunters camp

Coach Michael Marum says the camp will go on for 6 weeks, where it is scheduled to end on December 23rd.

The SP Hunters camp has 60 players at the moment.

Coach Michael Marum is not only looking at the championships and local competitions, but he is also scouting out talent in other sporting codes.

“I’ve just been watching a few touch footy and rugby and AFL,” he said.

“We are still trying to maintain three-quarters of our team from last season.”

PNGRFL commends SP Hunters

The PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka, said the SP Hunters club displayed a high level of professionalism and culture during that period.

Speaking during the SP Hunters Awards Nite on August 30th, the PNGRFL chairman acknowledged the team’s tireless efforts, patience, passion and commitment during the 2018 season.

“The entire team has served the sport and country with pride and distinction, both on and off the field,” Tsaka said.

“And you have been the pride and great ambassadors of our sport and country.