Stanley Hondina

One tests positive to COVID-19 in Hunters’ travel team

PNGRFL Acting CEO Stanley Hondina issued a statement today, and on Thursday February 4, at 5pm, all 34 players and staff entered the prearranged quarantine bubble as outlined in the Quarantine Plan provided to Queensland Health Authority (QHA) and underwent PCR testing.


“The results of the tests were received on Friday February 5, 2021 and with the exception of one member whose result was classified as ‘inconclusive’, all were negative,” Hondina said.


“The member was immediately isolated pending further investigations and testings.”


Four bids for 2019 Digicel Cup

PNGNRLC Manager, Stanley Hondina, says as of the deadline on October 26th, 2018, only four bids had been submitted.

The bids include:

  • Central Dabari
  • Kimbe Cutters
  • Hagen Eagles
  • Kera Doa (also from Mt Hagen)

Hondina said the PNGNRLC Board has yet to set a date to meet and deliberate on the bids.

However, the 2019 Digicel Cup Competition will be announced before the end of November with the successful bids.

Hondina previously said two possible spots could be open for the 2019 competition.

Raising rugby league standard expensive: Manager

PNG NRL Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, says improving the system, process and governance of the game is expensive.

He said this in response to criticisms on social media on the amount of money required by the PNG NRLC for a rugby league franchise to join the Digicel Cup competition.

The PNG NRLC and Hondina came under fire recently on social media about the cost for a franchise bid and the registration fee to join the Digicel Cup.

The bid costs K100,000 while the registration costs K400,000 annually.

Opportunity to meet PNG Residents players

The players have been divided into four groups and will be at the Ticket Mastas outlets at Cool Stuff – Waterfront and the three Brian Bell outlets at Vision City, Homecentre at Gordon’s and Boroko Plaza between 11am and 12 noon.

PNGNRLC Manager, Stanley Hondina, said: “This is your chance to meet and greet the players, wish them luck and get a selfie or a photo.”

Hondina added the players will also promote ticket sales for this Sunday’s first ever match against New South Wales U23 Country at the Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby.

PNG Residents comp different: NRLC

NRL Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, said this whilst giving an update on ticket sales today.

The NRL Competition manager said PNG Residents consists entirely of local-bred players.

“This is the pinnacle program or event for the Digicel Cup,” he stated.

“We’ve had the 22 weeks of competition, finishing grand final on the 2nd of September which was a magnificent event that we successfully delivered in front of 15,000 people.

“This is pure Papua New Guinea boys.”

Expressions of interest for Digi Cup 2019

Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, said this is to ensure the competition is better prepared and gives teams ample time to prepare.

Hondina said a deadline will be set for all teams to register and the new competition to be scheduled before the end of this year.

“At this stage we are planning to close off everything confirming the new teams, the new competition formats by the end of November so as this year finishes we should know which teams will be playing next year so give them ample time to prepare.”

No violence in rugby, reminds NRLC

This was reiterated by the NRL Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, recently.

The reminder on the zero-tolerance policy follows the suspension of Digicel Cup games at the John Ambane Oval in Minj, Jiwaka Province.

Spectator violence during the Round 12 match between Waghi Tumbe and Enga Mioks has resulted in a suspension for the rest of the 2018 season.

Hondina Round 3 review

Manager of the PNG National Rugby League Competition, Stanley Hondina, made this comparison to the first three rounds of the 20-17 season this week.

He said the matches served justice to the competition level itself, and giving fans and supporters what they deserve.

All Digicel Cup finals to be played in POM

This was confirmed by Competition Manager of the PNG NRLC, Stanley Hondina at a press conference today held at the National Football Stadium.

“This is in compliance with our Competitions Operations Manual to have all finals in neutral venues,” said Hondina.

Hondina added the grand final of the Digicel Cup is scheduled for Saturday September 9 at the PNG Football Stadium.

“It will be played on September 9 because the next day on Sunday September 10, the SP Hunters will host the major semi-final at the National Football Stadium.

Digicel Cup on bye

Competition manager for PNG NRLC, Stanley Hondina, said this was to allow the eight franchise coaches, assistant coaches and head trainers to attend a course in Port Moresby that started today and will end on Sunday.

The bye is in line with the PNGRFL calendar, which includes the SP Hunters.

He said Australian NRL development officers David Westley and Paul Hamson are facilitating the course at the National Football Stadium.

Both facilitators are NRL certified and courses conducted will be of NRL standard.