PNG Kumuls

Hunters players to be counselled

Ottio, who had been due to fly to England with Kumuls teammate Wellington Albert on Thursday to join Super League club Widnes, passed away at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby at 2am on Tuesday after collapsing during a road run on Sunday.

Hunters players held a bedside vigil for the 23-year-old, who had asked to join the session with the Queensland Cup premiers at short notice.

A former Kumul passes on

Tinemau aged 63 from Chimbu died in Mt Hagen on Monday after a long illness.

“David was Kumul No. 43. He made his debut against France in 1979,” Chairman Sandis Tsaka said.

David played three Tests and scored one try. He was a prolific winger and centre. David was also a former Chairman of Selectors of the PNG Kumuls.

“On behalf of the PNGRFL and the rugby league family, we extend our sincere condolences to his son Linston and the families on the passing of his dad,” Tsaka said.

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Mead signs with French club

According to the team’s website, David Mead said his family and him are grateful for the opportunity the Catalans Dragons have given them.  

He said his time at NRL side Brisbane Broncos, under coach Wayne Bennett, has been extremely enjoyable and now he looks forward to learning all about the French culture when he will join his new teammates, coaching staff and management at the Dragons in a few weeks.

Crowds gather as PNG takes on Wales

Loop PNG observed a very controlled crowd as both ends of the roads leading to the main entrance of the stadium was blocked off to vehicles.

Only people were allowed to enter and stand in line to go into the stadium.

It was noted also that police were on high alert as well since the morning to maintain crowd control and normalcy.

Police say they will not tolerate any misbehaving from the people who will be going in, let alone the crowd that will be hanging around outside the stadium.

Fun learning for Boera students

“I really enjoyed it. We learnt a lot about rugby league and now we’re really into it. We also learnt skills on how to be nice and how to treat people,” said student Anella Ninikin.

“It was my first time to meet the Kumuls and I was so happy to learn new skills from them,” said Poi Morea.

Asked who their favourite player was, both Grade Seven students answered: James Segeyaro.

“Today’s clinic taught me how to play better rugby league in my favourite position, playing hooker here in the village,” said Billy Kini.

Anti-doping session for Kumuls

The PNG Sports Anti-doping Organisation, in partnership with Sports Drug Testing International, carried out the session, which was conducted by three ‘Play True Pasifik’ anti-doping educators in training: Dr. Bernie Amof, Ilaita Gigimat and Richard Ora, including OSEP coordinator, Alurigo Ravusiro.

PNG Kumuls expected in Fiji today

Coach Michael Marum said after Monday’s training session that the 21-man team is focused to take on the other two nations as a united team.

Marum was optimistic that the training on Monday was a bond for the players, especially from overseas, to blend in with the other athletes playing in Hunters.

He we will be speaking with the Australian and Fijian teams to find out whether they will field players at 21-man or 17-man during the matches.

​Mead looking forward to Kumuls stint

Mead said with the great build up by the PNG Hunters players, he is confident the PNG Kumuls will be a team to look out for come the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in November.

Mead said the opportunity to play for the Kumuls in the world cup will be another bonus to him representing the country once more.

He said after the match with PNG Hunters on Sunday, with him playing for the Wynumm Manly Seagulls, the level of physical fitness in the players was overwhelming.

VIDEO: Mead for Kumuls

Mead said with the great build up by the PNG Hunters players so far, he is confident the PNG Kumuls will be a team to look out for come the 20-17 Rugby League World Cup in November.

 

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​PNG prop overlooked due to police matter

CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Reatau Rau, said this in a brief statement after the announcement of the SP Hunters 20-man squad yesterday afternoon.

 “And until this matter has been dealt with, there will be no further comment,” said Rau.

In Noki's place to take on the Ipswich Jets this Saturday will be Wellington Albert.

(Henry Wan Noki – Picture: Zimbio)