Papua New Guinea SP Hunters, middle-forward Tommy Moide has officially resigned from the team after a single season in the Hostplus Cup. The announcement was made by Hunters chief executive Scott Barker, confirming Moide's departure due to his desire to focus on personal priorities, including family and career goals.
Barker stated, “I can confirm that Tommy Moide has resigned. He asked to step down to concentrate on his health, family, and career. We respect that, and we wish him well on his new journey.”
THE 2024 preseason camp for SP Hunters in the Hostplus Cup will start this week with the announcement of the head coach and wider squad, says chief executive officer Scott Barker.
With the resignation of outgoing coach Stanley Tepend last month, it seems likely that that assistant Paul Aiton would step up for the top post to guide the club in the new season.
“Pre-season starts this week. We will have an announcement of the head coach and training squad later this week,” Barker told The National yesterday.
Hunters were two places shy of making the finals and finished 10th in the overall rankings this year.
The SP PNG Hunters have bounced backed into the winners circle after three consecutive loses defeating the Tweed Seagulls 34 -18 at home in Port Moresby on Saturday.
Coach Stanley Tepend said that win came about because the boys never gave up.
“With the disappointing loss last week at home doubled with injuries and suspensions, the boys had to re-gather and to play their role this weekend” Tepend said.
SP PNG Hunters Beat Tweed Seagulls 34 - 18 [Photo by SP Hunters]
This resulted in the Tommy Moide diving over from the ruck under the sticks 9 minutes after Tweed five-eight Toby Sexton crossed over in the opening minutes of the first half.
Both conversion were successful bringing the scores 6 all 10 minutes into the first half.
A SECOND half fight-back by the SP PNG Hunters in Brisbane Saturday was not enough to overcome a 0-22 halftime deficit against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls as they went on to lose 24-28.
But it was enough, though, to prove that Stanley Tepend’s team has the talent and mental strength to stay in the contest regardless of how many point they were behind by.
The Hunters outscored the home side five tries to one in the second half after letting four tries in the opening 40 minutes of the Hostplus Cup round 10 fixture at BMD Kougari Oval in eastern Brisbane.
Both teams scored five tries in a typical “tale of two halves”, Seagulls coach Mat Head said.
SP Hunters prop Junior Rop scored a hat-trick of tries to help his side earn a 26-12 win over the Kaiviti Silktails and claim the inaugural Melanesian Bowl at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, Fiji, on Saturday.
Rop put in an assured performance in the club’s second preseason fixture in as many weeks after a poor display in last week’s 20-12 loss to the visiting Central Queensland Capras.
In that match at the Santos National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Rop’s ball handling was an issue with the rugged ball carrier guilty of several unforced errors in dry conditions but the 28-year-old enforcer muscled his way over the Kaiviti line thrice in an 11-minute period (56th, 59th and 67th minutes) of the second half of a match played in wet and slippery conditions.
The Hunters trailed 4-12 at halftime but came back strongly in the second dig scoring 22 unanswered points.
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