HEAD coach Michael Marum knows that the opening rounds will be as tough as the SP PNG Hunters’ debut season, as the PNG franchise gears up for their second year assault on the Intrust Super Cup.
The former Kumul forward and his coaching staff are focused on developing the talented new players brought into the squad for season 2015 to blend in with the experienced players from 2014.
“We have named a 26 man squad, depending on Warts and Thompsons trial with South Sydney. With the addition of the new players identified throughout 2014 we have a very strong and talented squad. It is fantastic that some of our players have gone onto the NRL through contracts and trials and it now gives the next crop of players a chance to step up and take the opportunity they have. The competition for spots is intense and we have seen a real lift in the quality of training.”
“We have worked very hard in the off-season and now pre-season and I know the boys are looking forward to our first trial game against Ipswich on February 21st.”
Marum said the club for the first time had a full preparation and it is showing;
“The boys from last year are bigger, stronger and fitter. They have that experience now from a full season in the comp and know what to expect. The new guys have also adapted well and are training the house down. We have a very big, strong, talented squad with a number of players who can play different positions. It’s a new look squad but one I am very excited about.”
The SP PNG Hunters have a trial match against Ipswich Jets at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday 21st February, with the clubs season launch scheduled for Saturday 28th February in Port Moresby.
The season opener is against the South’s Logan Magpies at Davis Park in Brisbane on Sunday 8th March, before the first home game against Redcliffe Dolphins on Sunday 15th March at Kalabond Oval.
ATTE BINA WABO
JAY JAY GARISSON
WARTOVO PUARA – subject to train & trial contract with South Sydney
THOMPSON TETEH -‐ subject to train & trial contract with South Sydney
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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