Rise in numbers impress Marum

SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum. Picture: POST COURIER

PORT MORESBY, 29 MAY 2018 (POST COURIER)—With fans turning up in numbers to give them the morale support for their win against the Townsville Blackhawks, the SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum said it was a good sign the fans were happy with the team’s performance.

On Sunday, 9,766 spectators turned up at the Oil Search National Football Stadium for the Hunters home game against Blackhawks.

Marum is thankful that the numbers are growing and he is appealing for more fans to turn up and watch the home games.

“We are used to bigger crowds and this one is big for this year. I think it’s because of the result. We won two games before this one which is good to see. We need all the support we can get. There has been a huge reduction in ticket prices as well and I think that’s a good reason to come down to the NFS to support the Hunters and enjoy a really good game of rugby league,” he said.

He added that there was a change in the team after they returned from their bye weekend and were showing signs of improvement.

However, he is hoping the players can hold on to a few more wins.

Marum has been trying to instill some discipline in the players, especially senior ones and so far it is working to the team’s advantage.

“The experienced players are stepping up and they know what to do as leaders in the team. We had to make some real strict decisions and have some rules in place,” Marum said.

“The senior players who are in the team; those are the players I had to pull aside and have a talk to. I see they are stepping up. It is good to see them stepping up as their positions in the team are not guaranteed.

“We have had three wins in a row and, hopefully we can go on winning. We got an away game this week but we take it one game at a time.”.