After a successful debut with the Enga Mioks in the Digicel Cup last season, Junior Bobby was a key figure in the side with a good 19 points last season. He scored seven tries in 10 matches and kicked a field goal.
A promising fullback, Bobby can play multiple positions, apart from his fancy footwork he has been a strong ball runner and a good defensive player in the backline.
Hunters coach Michael Marum said at training on Tuesday that Bobby was a prized utility with really good potential.
“We have William Mone from last season and Charlie Simon as well who can fit in the halves position, but we have a good utility in Bobby who can play at fullback, centre, winger and he is very skillful that’s what we expect the players to do … play in different positions,” Marum said.
Bobby was successful in his career last year and the momentum seems to be moving forward for the young 21-year-old of mixed Gulf and Central parentage.
A resident of the Gerehu suburb in the National Capital District, he has been an example to other players in his local touch rugby club in the Gerehu Stage Two touch competition, the Wreckers.
He is also associated with the Paga Panthers club in the Port Moresby Rugby Football League where his rugby league career began.
“Playing for the Paga Panthers and being part of the Ipatas Cup winning team earned me a place in the Mioks to compete in the Digicel Cup challenge. It has always been my dream to play in the inter-city competition and, now the Hunters is another milestone for me,” he said.
Bobby added that he has a humble approach to training with the Hunters and learned from the senior players and what they expect of us in training must be applied on the field.
“Whatever training it is, I just put my head down and train hard. Whatever training … I just keep humble and give my best that’s my encouragement to aspiring rugby league players,” he said.
“The senior players say talking on the field is important. Whatever we do in training should also be applied on the field.
“I thank Michael Marum for this opportunity to train with the Hunters. I always prefer to play in the halves. I play fullback but I feel limited to move around. In the halves, there is more room to move around,” Bobby said. _Post Courier