SP PNG Hunters

Hunters Win

The Hunters defeated the North Devils 32 points to 10.

The Lae Rugby League Grounds was packed to full capacity as SP PNG Hunters fans from the Momase and Highlands raced to get a glimpse of the Hunters live in action.

Those who couldn’t make their way in, got seats on the nearby hillside and surrounding trees to watch.

And the Hunters did not disappoint, registering the first two points of the game with the penalty kick after the referee ruled Devils markers offside.

Lae police ready for Intrust Cup Game game

Lae Metro Police boss Anthony Wagambie Jnr said police expect a massive turn out of people coming in into Lae from other Morobe districts and provinces even.

He said police operations will be in full swing to ensure the match is played without disruption.

Lae’s Mobile Squad 13 have returned from Madang after operations and will be deployed to the Lae League along with other police units.

The Defence Force at Igam Barracks will have a Platoon deployed to assist with crowd and perimeter control as well.

Teteh gets one match ban

Teteh has been given a match ban over a dangerous tackle during the clash against Northern Pride on Sunday.

Coach Michael Marum said they just received word of the QRL judiciary's decision.

Changes have again been made to the round 19 Intrust Super Cup match.

Willie Minoga has been moved back to the centre while Ila Alu, who has been out for a few weeks due to injury, will be playing as a forward.

Meantime, Rhadley Brawa has also been suspended for 3 matches due to a dangerous tackle against the Northern Pride.

Specially designed jerseys for country week match

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the new look jerseys signify that the country week game themed: ‘Get in the Game’, is QRL approved.

“The country week uniforms feature the Morobe colours and has the APEC logo on the chest, which honours the PNGRFL partnership with APEC,” Rau stated.

He further said the jerseys have the traditional warrior and hunter on them.

“The jerseys and shorts will only be worn at this weekend’s country week game in Lae, and auctioned after the match.”

Hunters to leave for Lae this afternoon

For the first time in four years, a Hunters match is being played outside of Port Moresby.

The SP PNG Hunters will be in Lae for only a few days, but their schedule is fully booked.

The Lae and Bumayong secondary schools, including Markham primary, are in for a treat, as the Hunters, including the Enga Mioks and Lae Snax Tigers, will be visiting them on Friday morning.

The teams and their staff will also call into the Angau General Hospital.

After that a coaching clinic for local club and teachers will be hosted at the Lae Rugby League ground.

Hunters round 18 recap

The Hunters were brutal in both defense and attack in a match which had a finals feel.

The boot of Hunters Captain Ase Boas was the difference as he slotted in two conversions and three penalty goals for a 10-point win.

It was a physical encounter from the get go with both teams testing each other’s defense and attack.

It wasn’t until the 26th minute when Adex Wera scored off a fifth last grubber from Watson Boas.

The Pride would hit back 7 minutes later when an unmarked Brett Anderson catches a Jack Campagnolo kick to score.

ISC country week tickets on sale starting Tuesday

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the tickets will be on sale from 9am tomorrow (Tuesday) at Brian Bell and Foodmart in Lae and Andersons at Eriku.

He said the cost per ticket is K50.

“This covers all the stands and the grass areas at the Lae Rugby League ground,” Rau said.

He added the cost covers everybody from young to old. “Every person that enters the ground, whether a child or adult must purchase a ticket. There is no separate price for children,” Rau added.

Hunters’ line-up maintained despite loss

The line-up has been maintained despite their eight-point loss to Redcliffe Dolphins on Sunday.

Sailas Gahuna is the only addition to the extended bench in place of William Mone.

The 20-man squad is:

  1. Edene GABBIE
  2. Junior RAU
  3. Thompson TETEH
  4. Willie MINOGA
  5. Brendon GOTUNO
  6. Ase BOAS            -              Captain
  7. Watson BOAS
  8. Enock MAKI
  9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr
  10. Stanton ALBERT
  11. 11. Nixon PUT
  12. Rhadley BRAWA
  13. Moses MENINGA


Hunters were not determined to win: Coach

Speaking at the post-match conference after the round 17 clash, a disappointed coach Marum admitted that more work needs to be done before their next game.

Though the Dolphins were the first to record a try in yesterday’s match at the National Football Stadium, the SP PNG Hunters came from behind to lead 14-12 at half-time.

However, a return from second half saw the visiting team dominate the game, resulting in an 8-point margin win for them.

“We had all the opportunity, we had the wind behind us…the attitude of the players was just not good,” said Marum.

Hunters defeated in home game

High from their round 16 win against the Falcons, the Hunters were looking to win this home game but unfortunately, the third-placed Dolphins proved to be too strong.

Just 3 minutes into the round 17 Intrust Super Cup clash and the Dolphins’ captain, Cameron Cullen, weaved through Hunters defenders at the 40-metre mark and scored the first try of the match.