LITLLE known Queensland Cup player and rugged Southern Highlander Brandy Peter is set to hit the rugby league international stage with a bang for the Hunters.
Tipping the scales at 102kg and 177cm in height, the former Toks Mix Dogs lock forward’s future in the game is looking bright despite a challenging start.
He started off with the June Valley Bulldogs in the Hohola off-season league before joining Toks Mix Dogs.
Playing during the Easter Cup in 2010 he was selected to join now defunct Port Moresby franchise, Rangers.
But his father did not allow him to play in the national competition and told him to concentrate on his studies as a Grade 12 student at Port Moresby National High School.
That did not deter him. Later that same year, he went on to play for Wests and was preparing for a stint with the Gulf Isapea team when his Grade 12 exams arrived and he had to pull out once again.
The 21-year-old was playing for the Unitech Brothers Rugby League club while studying forestry at the University of Technology in Lae when Papua New Guinea Rugby Football league chief executive officer Brad Tassell noticed him during the Northern Zone trials.
He was awarded the player of the tournament twice. Once was at the Northern Zone trials in Wau in 2012 and the other was during the Northern Zone National Championship at the Lae rugby league oval in 2013.
On what it felt like being part of the Q-Cup team, he said his inspiration was to rise to the occasion as he was not a Digicel Cup player.
The Kumuls’ dismal performance at the World Cup is one of his motivating factors. He wants to prove the Papua New Guineans can play better football.
And he is trying hard to make sure that if he gets picked in the SP-sponsored Hunters run-on side, he does not disappoint.
Brandy is sure to break the stage with his right foot step offensive and trademark round the back offloads up in the middle of the park.
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36