Wally Lewis: QLD won’t be short of determination

Queensland will be without the services of big name players like Matt Scott, Greg Inglis and finally Johnathan Thurston for game one of the State Of Origin this Wednesday.

“They’re the toughest games all of time. They’re the hardest games. Things haven’t exactly been going Queensland’s way,” he said.

“They’ve had a lot of injuries. Of course, this is coming on the top of the retirement of Corey Parker last year.

Well-deserved win for Hunters

Marum’s men ran in seven tries in what was a one-sided affair in the round 12 clash at home in Port Moresby.

“To get the win against Blackhawks is not always easy. We really prepared well for the game,” said Marum.

“Everyone looked out for each other in defence and attack. We hung in there and completed the game. It was a well-deserved win.”

Moving forward, Marum said the team will recover and prepare well for this weekend’s game against the Norths Devils in Australia.

“They had a win against us up here so it’s going to be another tough one,” said Marum.

Wins to Muruks, Tigers and Lahanis

In Mendi, the Muruks def. Waghi Tumbe 26-0 while across in Wabag, the Tigers def. EPG Enga Mioks 14-8.

In Goroka, the Lahanis def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 12-8.

The match in Port Moresby saw Agmark Rabaul Gurias draw with Kroton Hela Wigmen 22-22.

Gurias and Wigmen draw

The fullbacks from both sides scored the first two tries of the match with Konie Bernard crossing over for the Gurias and Junior Rau for the Wigmen minutes later.

After the first ten minutes, the Gurias started to dominate, keeping the Wigmen in their own half.

With playmaker Stanley Olo directing play, the Gurias hit the lead again after Olo sent Eliakim Lukara racing in to score in the 24th minute.

The back end of the first half saw scrappy play with poor ball handling from the two teams.

Hunters win Air Niugini Cup with 42-4 win

The visitors crossed the try line after two minutes of play when leading competition points scorer Carlin Anderson crossed over to score.

The Hunters responded immediately through enforcer David Loko, who sliced through the defence to score under the posts.

Buoyed on by a vocal home crowd of 6,768, the Hunters grabbed their second four-pointer through fullback Stargroth Amean, who scored in similar fashion to the first try.

The points continued to come easy with Boas kicking a penalty followed by another try to Amean in the 29th and Willie Minoga in the 33rd.

FOREX a critical issue for PNG businesses

This is according to the PNG 100 CEO Survey 2017 carried out by Business Advantage Papua New Guinea.

The survey revealed that 59.5 per cent of CEO’s nominated access to foreign exchange as a major obstacle to businesses in the country.

Other critical issues highlighted include shortage of expertise and skills (28.6 per cent), unreliable telecommunications (28.6 per cent), and security and law and order (24.4 per cent).

BSP’s AGM set for Friday

In 2016 shareholders were paid a dividend of 85.5 toea per share following an impressive performance in 2015.

Last year the banking group exceeded its previous years performance recording an after tax profit of K643.5 million, an increase of 21 per cent from 2015’s profit of K531.9 million.

Among the key highlights, return on equity went up by 1.8 per cent, from 27.9 per cent in 2015, to 29.6 per cent., while Dividend yields which is recorded at 9.8 per cent is down from 2015’s result of 11.4 per cent.

Tigers still undefeated

The reigning premiers made it three from three after their 28-18 win over the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers at home in Lae yesterday.

Meanwhile, the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers are yet to register a win this season.

The current standings after round three:

Lae Snax Tigers (6), Kroton Hela Wigmen (4), PRK Mendi Muruks (4), Agmark Rabaul Gurias (4), EPG Enga Mioks (2), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (2), Waghi Tumbe (2), NCDC Port Moresby Vipers (0).

Round four games will be played in the Highlands and Port Moresby this weekend.

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Hunters leading comp

After 11 rounds, the Hunters have racked up 18 points from eight wins, two losses and one bye.

The Hunters have a points for and against of 74.

The top six:

SP Hunters (18), Sunshine Coast Falcons (17), Redcliffe Dolphins (16), Easts Tigers (13), Norths Devils (12), Townsville Blackhawks (12).

The Hunters arrived back in the country yesterday afternoon.

The 20-man squad will be named tomorrow afternoon for this Sunday’s home game against the Townsville Blackhawks. 

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Round three: Wins to Muruks, Gurias

In Minj, the Gurias def. Waghi Tumbe 24-14 and in Mendi, the Muruks def. EPG Enga Mioks 10-8.

To Lae, the reigning premiers Tigers def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 28-18 and up at Goroka, the Wigmen def. Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 20-12.

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