By Timothy Lomai (Former Hunters Player)
I'd say we went to hell and back. We did it the hard way; we were what you may call the lab rats. We trained 3 times a day, with the gym at 6 am ball skills at 11 and fitness at 3pm in the arvo. We had 2x bread and an egg in the morning for breakfast or cereals, preferably. We had apple, bananas and sandwiches for lunch and rice and mince for dinner.
At some stage, we were asked to brainstorm what we gonna name this new team. Some say PNG Vipers, and others suggest other names. Finally, a name was birthed, and it stood to what it is now, HUNTERS. It seemed as though it started with little to no funding but from some generous people's pockets. It was very tough going through those gruelling month's. As they say, the beginning is always challenging, but it only gets better as time goes by. It was all worth the pain, grind and sweats.
We could never be prouder of where the hunters are now in terms of luxury and welfare. For those boys who have the opportunity to be part of this club, always have in the corner of your mind that there was once a group of a young man who went through the gruesome test to try out what is now known to be the Hunters. It was no way near enjoyable. It was just next to a military camp, to say the least. It was what we forge in those times a strong brotherhood that kept us going every day.
We wore those jerseys with lots of pride and determination. Some of us had silent tears when we were finally called a hunter. It was more than a sport or team. It was our life; it was our identity.
As pioneer members of this football club, it's always an urge that we have started it. Something we have forged from our blood and sweats, and it hurts when someone takes it lightly and ruin the hunter's reputation. Today we cheer every victory, and we curse every lose. We stood on the fringes of our toes when the match is at its intense. And we're glad to see some of the fine young man of our nation having a crack every year to be part of the history and culture of hunters, its always a fulfilment. What we've invested in forgoing our education and some other things in life had finally paved the way for a 14-year-old kid. Mipla brukim Bush na makim road, now you gat highway. Make the most out of it and wear those Jerseys with lots of pride and passion.
GO THE MIGHTY HUNTERS, LET THE HUNT BEGIN!
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