Noel Zemming became the first ever PNG Hunters player to pass 100 points scored in a season – and he did it mostly coming of the bench. He scored 9 Tries and kicked 50 Conversions for a total of 136 For the season.
Garry Lo in his first season in the Intrust Super Cup took out the competitions top try scorer of the year award with 25 tries for the season, which included a 4 try haul against Souths Logan and the Northern Pride
The SP PNG Hunters had a winning season missing out on the final 5 by 1 point. The club had 14 wins, 1 draw, 2 byes and 9 losses.
The Hunters only lost 2 games at home all year – to Minor Premiers the Northern Pride and second placed Easts Tigers.
The only team the SP PNG hunters have not beaten in a regular season game is the Northern Pride (2 losses) & Easts Tigers (1 loss and 1 draw)
The Highest winning margin for the Hunters this year was 44 points against the Burleigh Bears in Round 21 at Kokopo
The most points scored in a game by the Hunters was 56 points against the Burleigh Bears in Round 21 at Kokopo
The Hunters were the 4th Highest point scoring team of the competition amassing 648 points at an average of 27 points scored per match.
The club in its first season has been nominated for a host of competition awards including:
Coach of the Year – Michael Marum
Top Try Scorer of the Year – Garry Lo
Rookie of the Year – Garry Lo
Player of the Year – Israel Eliab
People Choice Player of the Year – Willie Minoga
The club had two (2) players signed to NRL contracts in 2014 – Wellington Albert & Mark Mexico
The SP PNG Hunters travel the furtherest of any team in the competition clocking up 81,746 km per person during the season or a combined total of 1,961,904 km in total team travel this year.
The Hunters are the ONLY club whose players are full time professionals and live together in camp full-time
Roger Laka is the ONLY Hunters player to have played in every match for the club this year
The Hunters played the entire season with ONLY a 23 man roster – an incredible feat considering most clubs will use between 28 to 35 players in a season.
The Hunters are the cleanest playing team in the competition with only 2 players suspended this year Timothy Lomai (twice) & Dion Aiye (once)
The SP PNG Hunters are the ONLY team where all home and away matches during the season are televised nationally on free to air. In fact the Hunters and the NRL are the ONLY teams that have ALL home and away games televised nationally on free to air television in PNG, however the Hunters have a wider coverage through EMTV, Hitron and Channel 8 so we are unique in the world of rugby league.
This is one week after The digicel cup and and season ending for our Png Hunters team.
Right Now our chances of being competitive in the pms 13 is still good.
name a selected side and put them to camp so they still have the fitness level we have seen during the season 2014 comes october.
If we don't have a squad by next week, will see our boys struggling and not competitive comes October.
we Have a Point to Prove, Standed of Rugby League level In PNG has Rise.We have Players recruited to hunters, players recruited overseas and also we have our Digicel cup Teams Stepping Up..See the Tigers loosing only a game,Hela Wigman winning the Grandfinal,who thought this Team would be up there.
These shows our standard is high.
By Chris Thompson via QLD Rugby Leagues
I posted this on QPNG a few months ago now this is the only way to select the strongest PNG Kumuls squad
We must Pick the Best of the Best
Who would win a PNG Tri-Series
With the recent rise and form of PNG Hunters in ISC . Internationally our PNG boys are performing very well weekly in the NRL , ISC , NYC , NSW Cup and UK . On the Domestic front DIGICEL Cup are still producing some quality football matches this year too. PNGRFL have never had so much depth to choose from in all areas from Backs to Forwards. If PNGRFL are serious about selecting the strongest possible PNG Kumuls squad on form this concept must be introduced.
PNG Tri - Series must be played yearly to select the strongest possible PNG Kumuls squad .
What's everyone thoughts on this concept for PNGRFL Future selection for PNG Kumuls Squad ??
Who would win this series ??
1. David Mead (GC Titans)
2. Nene McDonald (Roosters)
3. Menzie Yere (Sheffield UK )
4. Jesse Joe Parker (Whitehaven UK
5. Alex Johnston (Souths NRL
6. Joe Bond ( Mounties NSW Cup)
7. Ray Thompson (Cowboys)
8. Makali Aizue (C) (Dewsbury UK
9. James Segeyaro (Penrith)
10. Neville Costigan ( Hull KR)
11. Rod Griffin (Ipswich ISC
12. Jason Chan (Hull KR UK
13. Paul Aiton(Leeds SL
14. Mark Mexico ( Sharks NSW Cup
15. Michael Barclay ( Cowboys NYC
16. Tommy Butterfield ( Easts ISC
17. Wellington Albert ( Panthers NYC
Coach : Mal Meninga
1. Israel Eliab( C)
2. Gary Lo
3. Thompson Teteh
4. Jason Tali
5. Albert Patak
6. Dion Aiye
7. Roger Laka
8. Timothy Lomai
9. Wartovo Puria
10. Essau Siune
11. David Loko
12. Sebastion Pandia
13. Adam Korave
14. Willie Minoga
15. Brandy Peters
16. Noel Zemming
17. Lawrence Tu'u
Coach : Michael Murum
All Star DIGICEL Cup
3. Jeremy Ludwick ( Wigmen)
5.Chris Jerry (Gurias)
6.Francis Paniu ( Gurias)
7.Wiilam Mone ( Wigmen )
11. Roy Kela ( Tigers )
14. Charlie Wabo ( Wigmen)
15.Daniel Pai ( Gurias)
16.Mogi Wei Jr(Tigers)
17. Travis Wininara ( Gurias)
Coach : Stanley Hondina
Mead and Griffin out due to wedding commitments. Nene out due eligibility rules for playing QLD U20's this year . Segeyaro wants to play for QLD next year. Players available Alex Johnston , Ray Thompson. Mexico and Wellington both having surgery won't be ready. I can't see Wellington being ready or mark.
By Sarah Shelley
THE government should award each of the 17 or 20 under-19 rugby league players.
The players brought pride and name back to PNG.
The same feeling that Dika Toua and Steven Kari had in winning the gold for PNG is the same as the under-19 rugby league players who had when they put PNG on the world map by winning the cup.
The sports minister must reward them with K100,000 each.
It does not make sense if the Government does not compensate those people who put our country on the world map.
I WAS impressed and happy with the performance of our Hunters in the first round of the competition.
But then everything changed in the second round.
There is no hunger in the team to win games, no aggression in their tackles and hit ups, there are no support runners to give options to the halves and put the defence in doubt.
I do not think there is anyone in the management and coaching team who can say words to encourage the players to mean business and play to their full potential and heart out following the game plans to win games.
Can we get the assistant coach to get water onto the field to bring the right messages to the players?
IT was sad to learn the passing of Ifiso Segeyaro.
I would like to convey my condolences to the family and pay tribute to a courageous and a great former PNG Kumul five- eighth who stood tall in his days as a player.
Although his business the Negiso Distributor’s did not flourish, the late Segeyaro showed his love, care and enthusiasm by embarking into junior rugby league development earnestly and diligently doing all strenuously to bring the game in to the next level.
Whilst undertaking the formidable task of developing the junior rugby league, he sent his son to school and play junior rugby league and with no doubt that his son will eventually live a legacy he had dreamt of.
The name Segeyaro now enthrals the nation of PNG with pride and left every household on their toes every time James Segeyaro scores a try with the Penrith Panthers.
The ongoing success of the PNGNRL in some of our young stars is attributed to the work of the late Segeyaro.
I SINCERELY thank the Australian government for funding the League Bilong Laif programme currently implemented in schools in four provinces.
It is a major boost not only to the rugby league code, our national sport, but also promotes quality educational outcomes and health benefits.
Having witnessed a session in one of our NCD schools, I was amazed to see girls and boys actively involving themselves on and off the field.
I admire the programme’s inclusivity of gender and disability, and how it is tailored to suit our education curriculum.
I am sure the benefits will be reaped in 10 to 15 years’ time.
It would also be useful for our education department to encourage this programme by replicating it in other provinces.
The National Rugby League, who are experts in the programme, will provide advice on how best we can roll it out.
I am sure if our government is willing to replicate the programme, the Australian government will continue to fund it; this time bigger and better as it is a practical conduit in which development agendas can be driven.
I salute Mark Mom and team for getting the value out of the Australian taxpayers’ money and for an incredibly good job done in implementing this grand programme.
I AM a Gurias fan but I want to congratulate the Kemele Hela Wigmen for their hunger to win their historic and remarkable win after only three seasons.
You have done very well and I salute you.
Secondly, I want to congratulate who I believe is the youngest coach in the Digicel Cup, George ToBata.
You have done really well for your age together with your coaching staff. I know that your team do not do too well away from your home ground, the Kalabond oval which is so far the best rugby league ground in PNG.
I would like to suggest that our Gurias players need to have mental toughness so they can play under pressure and intimidation away from home with confidence. The players need to make less mistakes in a fast and furious game.
All in all to the Gurias, you have done very well under To Bata and without Michael Marum.
I salute you for your huge efforts despite very little support.
Our Rabaul supporters could not come to Lae in numbers due to transport costs.
This was an advantage the Wigmen had. I believe that was a telling factor.
I still believe in you the Gurias.
I wish you all the best in 2015.
LET me put aside the 2014 Digicel Cup victory as secondary achievement for Hela and Southern Highlands. The most important victory for Hela and Southern Highlands is good attitude that we portrayed.
The people of Hela and Southern Highlands proved to the rest of the country, PNG NRL, sponsors and other stake holders of Digicel Cup that we are good responsible citizens.
Our people behave well and listened to the leaders. We have also respected Gurias supporters and their sponsors.
This year, 2014 grand final was very peaceful and people from all over the country enjoyed the game and our acceptable behavior itself was the most important victory than Digicel Cup Premiership.
One thing worth mentioning here is the good on field leadership displayed by young prop Benjamin Hetra despite receiving punch from Gurias lock forward Travis Waninara.
He lifted his hand up and became leader on the field to stop his team mates from retaliating.
You proved to Waninara the way to play rugby and scored under the post yourself the closing try.
As for Wigmen as a team, we want to promote friends to all and enemy to none.
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