2017

Hunters clip Falcons to win grand final

The win was sealed two minutes out from full time with a try from Willie Minoga off an Ase Boas grubber.

The Hunters found themselves behind on the scoreboard after only two minutes when some second man play from the Falcons on the halfway line created space out wide for Matthew Soper-Lawler to race away and score.

The Falcons were in again four minutes later after a short ball from Ryley Jacks send a charging Joe Stimson over the line.

Stimson then added the extras to extend the Falcons lead.

Barras beat Southern Force by three wickets

Southern Force batted first and finished at 6/295.

Ben Bullimore smashed an unbeaten 107 runs off just 88 balls for the Force.

Bullimore was ably supported by Brad Davis (83) while Nosiana Pokana (2/63) and Norman Vanua (2/68) were the wicket-takers for the Barras.

 In reply, the Barras got off to a steady start with Tony Ura (23) and Lega Siaka (30) taking the score to 3/79.

Captain, Assad Vala (57) and Sese Bau (75) put a century partnership for fourth wicket, shifting the momentum in the favour of the Barras.

Aussies cruise to 48-8 win in PM’s XIII

Over 13,000 swarmed into the National Football Stadium to watch a near full-strength Kangaroos side take on a PNG outfit, dominated by Digicel Cup players - a David and Goliath battle.

It took over ten minutes for the Australians to cross the line through Trbojevic who crossed for his first.

The 20-minute mark is where the momentum shifted in favour of the home side after a break from five-eighth Jason Missian.

Jillaroos stamp over Orchids

But the win for the world number one ranked side didn’t come easy under the scorching sun of Port Moresby.

The Australians were clinical in the first half, putting on 30 points on a side that was making their first international debut.

Despite running in two early tries, it wasn’t all perfect in the second half for the Jillaroos with passages of scrappy play.

This allowed the home side to put some sets together and build up pressure inside their opponent’s half.

Barras squad announced

The 14-man squad will once again be led by Assad Vala with former Australian Test cricketer, Jason Gillespie being in charge of his first ICC sanctioned event as Cricket PNG’s consultant coach.

The squad is made up of 12 players from the Port Moresby Cricket Association, Chad Soper who is currently based in Australia and for the first time, Damien Ravu from the Lae Cricket Association.

The ICC and WCLC fixtures will be played at Amini Park in Port Moresby from October 1-8.

CPNG’s chairman of Selectors, Daniel Faunt, was excited with the announcement of the squad.

Meninga: This is a genuine trial for us

Coach Mal Meninga made it clear the Kangaroos team for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 is close to be finalised.

“This is a genuine trial for us, for the players for the upcoming World Cup. We picked our strongest available side.”

Meninga said all players in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII are in calculation to make the Kangaroos.

“Tomorrow is part of a really important process we have for the players to maintain their match fitness, and then obviously we’ll pick the Kangaroos side after the NRL grand final.

Time to expose PNG talent

Steven Nightingale said the Digicel Cup competition is getting stronger and more exposure to international events, like the Prime Minister’s XIII, will help build the players up.

“It will be better for the Hunters, better for the Kumuls, and better for the country as a whole,” said Nightingale.

He went on to say the team is prepared for tomorrow.

“Preparation has been good. We have boys from the Tigers and Gurias which make up the core of the team. We just finished from the grand final so still have match fitness.

Dai guides Barras home to first win

This was thanks largely to a century from Barras’ veteran all-rounder, Mahuru Dai, with his knock of 126 off 76 balls.

In a reduced 30 over match, Western Grit batted first and smashed their way to finish at 4/260. Callum Ferguson led the way for his side, hitting 91 runs.

Nosiana Pokana (2/47), Mahuru Dai (1/43) and Norman Vanua (1/48) were the only wicket takers for the Barras.

The Barras got off to a disastrous start, slumping to 4/52 inside the first eight overs.

Hunters squad named for final

The squad remains unchanged for Michael Marum’s men, with the coach sticking with the same line-up that beat the Redcliffe Dolphins 6-4 in the major semi-final at the National Football Stadium on September 10.

The final match of the 2017 Intrust Super Cup competition will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The match will get underway at 3:25pm.

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Hunters to play Falcons in grand final

This comes after the Falcons soared over the Redcliffe Dolphins with a 40-14 win in the preliminary final played yesterday afternoon at Dolphin Oval, Australia.

Former Hunter and PNG Kumuls flyer, Justin Olam featured in the win for the Falcons with a double to his name.

The 2017 Intrust Super Cup grand final will be played at Suncorp Stadium on September 24.