By Ben Heir
Two Lazy defense on the right flank (outside center and right wing) cost the PNG HUNTERS their game against the Burleigh Bears in the ANZAC KOKODA challenge on Monday. A fumbled by #3 of a sure try set play move summed up the PNG HUNTERS first half performance that saw the score line of 14-0 in the first half. The dummy took a fair while to click into action. With the injection of PUARA into the match towards the end of first half the hunters looked threatening. The little general commandeering in the second half couldn't finish it off for the PNG HUNTERS. Bland Abavu on the left wing was in scintillating form. Scored the first try for the PNG HUNTERS only minutes into the second half and was on his game in both defense and carting the ball up relieving forwards. The big boys up front and off the bench did their job well. The PNG HUNTERS will have to work on their mental focus. Three games now they have got themselves into catch up footfall situation. Sometimes could prove costly like in the ANZAC KOKODA challenge. A perfect example of mind not game ready was straight from kick off. The ball ended up rolling out of play in goal straight from kick off conceding a 20 meter penalty. PNG HUNTERS will have to work on GAME MIND FOCUS and come away from catch up footie . Overall it was a good game for the PNG HUNTERS. Bears win was with a little bit of help from the game officials. Bears first try was off a clear knock on by Bears that wasn't called by referee and touch judge and wasn't even referred to the bunker. Burleigh Bears 20 PNG Hunters 18.
AFTER seeing Kato Ottio’s performance I was really impressed with his second game. In the first outing he was a bit nervous. At times he was seeing hesitant to take the ball forward but instead opted to pass. In the second game he showed some confidence. My advice is be confident and put your body on the line and show your true self. NRL is the toughest competition in the world and not many ordinary Papua New Guineans like you have made it. Only those kids who play overseas or are brought up there make it to into NRL. However, if you want to be like Marcus Bai then press on because sky is the limit now for you. On the other hand, I would like to congratulate Gahuna Silas for a great performance. He also has what it takes and it’s now up to coach Michael Marum to utilise this new found pocket dynamo.
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IT is very unfortunate that PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) CEO Brad Tassel has been forced to resign at this crucial time when the league has been put on the right path to recovery after many years of infighting by local officials. Can the PNGRFL take legal action against the persons in Brisbane and in PNG who seemed to have issued threats against the CEO and others? If they want to help the league, then come live in PNG and help. We do not need another PNGRFL disaster because of such self-centred people who use social media to spoil the work of other hardworking individuals who should be accorded the respect they deserve instead of being criticised all the time. Thank you, Tassel; you have done well with your team for the good of the game that millions of our people love. You are leaving a legacy for others to follow.
By Chris Thompson
In 2001 State of Origin Game 3 we saw Super Coach Wayne Bennett picked 8 Debutants for the final game of series along with veteran Allan Langer too. It was a master stroke from Bennett and a major coup to secure the victory and the series for QLD in 2001 .
Those 8 Debutants would go on to be play numberous games for QLD in the years to come and go onto reviving that QLD pride . It was a master stroke from Bennett with the previous years series defeat .
Bennett decided to blood youth for the future and his trump card certainly payed off .
PNG Kumuls Coach Mal Meninga seems to be in the same predictament this year with selection for PM Xlll & Tonga Test Match. With disappointing results from last year 2013 WC Campaign a few current players are leaning towards the end of there careers . Is it time we choose a youth policy selection for this years PNG Kumuls .
If we are working towards 2017 WC Campaign should we be picking upto 8-10 Debutants from U19's PNG Kumuls Nines Team. I understand we still need experience in this team to nurture the youth . But should this years PNG Kumuls squad be dominated by Debutants Youths for the Future .
Willie Minoga, described as the ‘freight train’, was thankful for his People’s Choice Award and thanked all his fans and SP PNG Hunters’ supporters for their votes.
Minoga was honoured with the Intrust Super Cup People’s Choice Award at the Queensland Rugby League gala dinner annual award last night in Brisbane.
He received over 1, 000 votes from the public both in PNG and Australia who participated in the online voting.
Minoga, on arrival from Brisbane today, thanked fans and supporters who were behind the team from day one.
“I am privileged to have participated in that level of competition and proud to have received the award,” he said.
Minoga is looking forward to more supporters next season and to increase his fan base but it depends on his performance.
“I have learned a lot from the competition after starting my career at the local level and moving up to the international level is overwhelming.
“I was excited and humbled when receiving the award because it was my first time,” Minoga said.
He added that if he was given the chance to play in NRL, he would definitely take it because that is what many of them are aiming for to bring PNG into the NRL competition.
Meantime, Garry Lo picked up awards for Top Try Scorer and Rookie of the Year on the night in Brisbane for scoring 25 tries this season, most of which were the best tries.
After an epic 2014 season with the SP PNG Hunters and cleaning out at the 2014 QCUP Awards night this week Garry Lo stated he is not sure if he will remain with the Hunters next year because they're already hearing rumors that he might be moving on to join another team next season.
PNG Rugby Football League and SP Hunters franchise club are yet to confirm this.
The Papua Team was made up of players that lived in the Papua region from Gulf , POM to Altoau .
The New Guinea Team was made up of players that resided in Highlands , NGI , Coastal players.
The annual Papua vs New Guinea match in 1974 ends with Port Moresby locked down for a whole week . The Riot Squad was called in and declared The State of Emergency of Port Moresby due to the Riots .
This would be the last Annual Papua vs New Guinea match to be played ever due to the Rioting . The New Guinea team had some legends of our game - John Wagambie , Weekiang Tse , Steve Malum . Baita Wari, Steve Tsang , Skerry Palanga .
PNG Kumuls Captain John Wagambie speaks about this game - "Myself and fellow team mate Weekiang Tse could not return to Bougainville for our jobs at Paguna mine on the BCL jet . The landowners of Aropa Airport also blockaded the tarmac. The were demanding compo for the airport land. John says eventually we got on Air Niugini and went to Buka then Aropa. He said "Good fun these days".
John recalls "The Standard of game was high and brutal. " No unecessary stops and starts due to dropped balls. The Expat players made the teams look international.
The New Guinea Seconds we won and New Guinea Firsts lost by 2 points . That triggered the Riot he says."
These games some would say was PNG's version of The State of Origin they were played with great pride and skills but sometimes the supporters took it way too seriously .
The banning of this match made way for The Zones Championships later on . But this annual Papua vs New Guinea will always be part of our proud PNG rugby league tradition .
By Chris Thompson
With the upcoming DIGICEL Cup All Stars Vs Zones All Stars Match will this be an Exhibition Match or will it be a legitimate push for PNG Kumuls selection . If it's going to be just an Exhibition Match I suggest we pick 2 players from each Franchise to make it evenly supported and give a opportunity for those teams who didn't make the finals are chance to shine .
But if the PNGRFL consider this being a legitimate selection process
could we see any contenders from The DIGICEL Cup All Stars push for selection into PNG Kumuls Test Match against Tonga .
With inclusion of PNG Hunters and our PNG players abroad positions are certainly up got grabs with the amount of depth we have to choose from . Will any DIGICEL Cup players make there way into The Kumuls .
With the upcoming 2014 PM Xlll Match to kick off on October 12th . The players will head into camp on 21st September for 3 weeks prior excluding any overseas based players selected who are still in the finals.
This is great news for PNG squad Meninga will be spending 3 weeks in the PNG camp with the players prior to the PM Xlll Match . What a great opportunity for the players to have Meninga in camp for 3 weeks
Give him a chance some to spend sometime with the boys in camp will give Mal a chance to share his experiences with the boys .
These 3 weeks in camp for Meninga will give him a chance to stamp his authority on his new game plan for Kumuls .
Considering he hasnt spent much time in PNG this year now is his time to show the boys what he can bring to table
Today Australian Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has named his intial train-on squad for this years upcoming PM Xlll and Four Nations.
My question is why hasn't PNG Kumuls Coach Mal Meninga introduced this to PNGRFL this year for our preparations in the upcoming PM Xlll and Tonga Test Match.
Mal should have announced PNG Kumuls Intial train-on squad today with players from SP PNG Hunters , DIGICEL Cup and PNG players from abroad not in the finals to choose from .
We have the PM Xlll and Tonga Test match coming up and if we want to beat the best we need to start preparing like Australian Kangaroos do every year .
The days of going into PM Xlll camp a week before should be over it's not the best preparation for this important game . With the amount of sponsors invested in Team Kumuls it's about time we took a professional approach. Players should be in camp right now to maintain there match fitness and skills levels .
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