PNG Hunters to extend participation in Q-Cup
23 November, 2018, 3:35 am
PORT MORESBY,22 NOVEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – The PNG Rugby Football League expects to extend the SP PNG Hunters participation in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition for 2019.
PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka revealed this during at a media conference held at the Oil Search National Football Stadium this week.
Tsaka said an announcement is expected to be made later this month.
However, it is almost certain the Hunters will be participating in next year’s Queensland Intrust Super Cup following the announcement of pre-season train on squad list for next season on Monday.
The PNGRFL, as the custodian of rugby league in PNG will certainly be paying another hefty amount to participate, taking into consideration the costs and conditions involved.
The Hunters initial five-year license to play in the Intrust Super Cup ended this season, but is looking forward to a four-year extension.
He also said that the Hunters was a clear pathway for players to break into overseas leagues that include the Queensland Super Cup, New South Wales Cup as well as second tier competition in the United Kingdom and the Super League in England.
“That is something we had never achieved before and we are achieving now. This year alone, we are sending a total of 11 players out on overseas contracts,” Tsaka said.
He added that after the result of the 2013 World Cup where PNG lost all its matches, something had to be done to save face.
And the introduction and establishment of the Hunters and its programs has surely created a pathway for the local players who are reaping the rewards.
While few have had the chance to play for the Hunters, it has definitely set the benchmark and has been a bridge for players to link up with overseas-based clubs and teams.
“We are proud of the achievement Hunters has achieved so far. It has becoming a bridge now for our local players to showcase their talents overseas. Now we see a lot of our players going overseas unlike in the past,” Tsaka said.