Yesterday I farewelled my PNG family as they all returned home after sacrificing 7 months to relocate to Qld for the Intrust Super cup season.
Throughout what was no doubt a challenging year for them all. There has been many comparisons made with the NZ Warriors or the other NRL clubs now also relocated in Qld. I understand the comparison but we are talking apples and oranges.
The reality is that they aren’t comparable at all really. There is monumental differences, the culture change, the pay scale, no family and no lush hotels….. as well as many other little luxuries.
Not that anyone from the Hunters Players and Staff complained.
The outstanding resilience shown by the group to do 31 days isolation to start a season less than 2 weeks later. To have one team member face life saving surgery and rally around to support him back to good health.
They competed in every contest until the final whistle. Committed to sacrifice so that the competition could continue in similar format post the 2020 season cancellation.
To the 4 ISC teams that took time post match, to thank our players for their efforts…… much appreciated. It might seem like a small gesture but it meant the world to me, because I felt if any group deserved praise, it was this group.
I guess you really do have to live an experience to fully understand it. I have always been endeared by the people of PNG since travelling there as a 20 year old. This year has taught me so much more about these wonderful people.
To all the players and staff of the Hunters, thanks for your sacrifice! Thanks for your trust in me to bring you to another country. I want your time with loved ones to be special, I hope that they see that you have all returned better people. 🇵🇬
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