Despite picking up two points for a bye, results that the Michael
Marum-coached side desperately needed did not go its way.
On Saturday, the
Ipswich Jets held off a spirited challenge by the Redcliffe Dolphins, winning
30-24 and locking in their finals spot. The Jets moved up to 34 points and
secured fifth spot, a point clear of the Hunters on 33 points.
Tweed Heads Seagulls beat Mackay Cutters 26-22 to advance to 35 points and
finish in fourth place.
In other notable Q-Cup results, minor premiers the
Northern Pride were upset by the lowly Burleigh Bears 29-28 and the Easts Tigers
went down to fellow finals team Wynnum Manly Seagulls 18-14.
Marum said the
side was prepared for whatever eventuated and said the focus would now be on
improving for next season.
“Unfortunately, the results didn’t go our way.
We’ll stay in camp for the next few days packing up before the players and
coaching staff leave Kokopo by Wednesday or Thursday for a short break,” Marum
“We’ll all return to camp in the second week of November to start
getting ready for next season. We don’t want to leave it until the last round to
the make the finals in 2015 that’s for sure.
“Next time we’ll be in the top
five before the end of the regular season.”
Marum said he would keep in
contact with all Hunters players over the coming weeks as the Prime Minister’s
XIII and the Kumuls would be named this month.
“There are two international
matches on the calendar – the Prime Minister’s XIII and the Test match against
Tonga on October 12 and 19 – so we’ll definitely expect the boys (Hunters) to
maintain their fitness because we are looking at several of them,” Marum
PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka said last month that
players from the Digicel Cup, the Hunters squad and the national zone
championships would be considered for representative duties this year.
announcement has been made on who will coach the Kumuls in 2014, however, Marum
is a strong candidate to coach the PNG PM’s XIII side.