they face a quality side in the Ipswich Jets whom they lost 25-12 to in Round 6
at the North Ipswich Reserve.
Enforcer, David Loko and George Benson have
been pulled out of the line-up after missing a video session and two recovery
sessions and coach Michael Marum is not a man to be trifled with.
and George Benson have been pulled out of this weekend lineup due to
“These are two of my most experienced players but
because they breached the strict guidelines set for all the players we had no
choice but to pull them off for this weekend,” Marum said.
The Hunters have
their last home game for the season tomorrow, a crucial Round 23 match up
against the team that sits three points above them in fifth spot.
are on 30 points, while the Hunters on 27 points and their finals hopes rest on
winning this match as they play their last two games of the Queensland Cup on
the road before a bye in Round 26 completes their debut season.
“This is a
rule that is applied all across the board. No exceptions. They are all good boys
but it’s things like this that I won’t tolerate. They left without notifying
anyone of their whereabouts and this is unacceptable.
“It’s tough at this
time when Adam Korave is still out on injury and this is the match we’ve been
looking forward to tell us whether we are in finals contention,” Marum
Utility Noel Zeming, suffering from groin and ankle injury, has been
given up to the eleventh hour to prove his fitness but Marum is
“We’ve made no definite decision on who should replace Loko and
Benson but utility Lawrence Tu’u played second-row last week and prop Stanton
Albert is available, while we were awaiting for Zeming to prove his
The Hunters last three home matches have been against lower rung
teams and Marum made no secret of the fact that tomorrow’s game was the one that
would indicate whether his side were deserving of a finals spot.
won’t be easily intimated as they are quality side who beat us earlier in the
season. They have experience and flair.”
Kokopo league fans have been
encouraged to turn out in numbers for the last Q-Cup home game. The match kicks
off at 2.30pm at Kalabond Stadium.