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PNG RFL Praise Kumuls Performances

Despite A Successful Campaign In The 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls Arrived Into The Country Yesterday On A Quite Mode.

 

 

Source: Post-Courier
BY PRISCILLA HARRY

Despite a successful campaign in the 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls arrived into the country yesterday on a quite mode.

 
PNG Rugby Football League (RFL) Chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the efforts of the team and said despite going down to England in the quarter final, PNG Kumuls now have the opportunity to take on other nations in the upcoming world Cup in 2021.

 
The Kumuls are now split up, with several NRL players based in Australia remaining.
The other Super League and PNG based players arrived in the country and will depart for their home provinces.
Tsaka thanked the efforts of coach Michael Marum with his coaching staff, the players, and officials behind the scene to participate in the competition.

 
Tsaka said PNG’s ranking will now change as a result depending on their finish on the quarterfinals but will wait after the end of the World Cup to determine PNG’S new ranking in the world.

 
“This year has being a good one for the code itself, PNG was ranked 16th in the last World Cup but we know we can take on from this experience to improve the code through junior programs starting next year,” he added.

 
Meanwhile, coach Marum was hopeful of the team’s performance and said the boys had displayed to the best of their ability in all four matches.

 
Marum said without the support of the coaching staff, players and supporters, the team would not have made it to the quarterfinals.

 
However, Kumuls captain David Mead who seemed disappointed due to him missing out on the match said the team put a bravery show on their performance.

 
“It was great being part of the team for the last seven weeks of the World Cup,” he added.
Mead said it was an emotional experience, but the exposure has brought a new stepping stone and adventure for the code of rugby league in PNG.

 
For Meads career, he said he will still show up in the next World Cup in 2021 but will travel to Australia to continue his contract with the NRL Brisbane Broncos in the next season.

 
The PNG Kumuls will meet again for another camp for the 2018 Pacific test by mid June next year.

Mead: I’ve learned to accept it and move on

Captain of the PNG LNG Kumuls, David Mead says he was disappointed on how the World Cup ended for him.

Mead only lasted 90 seconds in PNG’s 36-6 quarter-final loss to England on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the match after failing his Head Injury Assessment.

 

“It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.

 

“As a player, you don’t ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.

 

“It would have been good to finish, but it wasn’t to be.

 

“I’ve learned to accept it and move on.

 

On the game, Mead said the whole team was shattered after Sunday’s loss, and breaking camp was very emotional.

 

“The boys were disappointed. But we can be better going forward.”

 

The 29 year old finished by saying he still wants to play on until the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

 

“I still feel pretty young. Hopefully I’m still playing well by then.”

 Author: Troy Taule

PM hails Kumuls

 

11/20/2017

Our boys did not get a win, but they will return home with the respect of our nation and rugby league fans around the world.

 

“It was a solid game against England,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

 

“Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.”

 

The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.

 

“They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed,” continues O’Neill.

 

“Throughout the world cup home games our stadium was full, and all eyes in the country glued on the television sets with children and families cheering.

 

“I again congratulate everyone who has been involved with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches in Papua New Guinea.

 

“We look forward to welcoming our boys home to Papua New Guinea.”

 

The PNG LNG Kumuls bowed out of the Rugby League World Cup after going down to England 36-6 in the quarter-finals Sunday afternoon (Nov 19) at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Source: Loop PNG

Proud PM applauds Kumuls

 
“The whole country is with you in heart and mind as you prepare to take on England in the quarter-finals.”
 
Just like every Papua New Guinean, a proud Prime Minister Peter O’Neill extended his congratulations to the PNG LNG Kumuls on their whopping victory over USA yesterday (Nov 12).
 
“You demonstrated your professionalism on the field for a spectacular result,” says the PM.
 
“From the players, coaches and support staff we have seen the commitment to deliver three straight wins.
 
“It will be a tough match, and we know that you will give it your all as you prepare for the game in Melbourne next week.”
 
The PM further congratulates our friends from the United States for their support for rugby league and travelling to Papua New Guinea to meet our team.
 
“The matches played in Papua New Guinea have been an outstanding success,” he says.
 
“Well done to all of our Rugby League World Cup officials and volunteers who organised three great games of the national sport.
 
“Around Papua New Guinea we have enjoyed an outpouring of national pride and emotion.
 
“The success of these international games further strengthens the opportunity for Papua New Guinea to host further major rugby league games in Papua New Guinea.”
 
(Debutant Lachlan Lam and team mate Watson Boas celebrating yesterday at the Oil Search National Football Stadium. The Kumuls beat USA Hawks 64-0)
 
 
Author: Press release via Loop PNG.

PNG crowd impresses international rugby league heavies

Australia Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant and 2017 Rugby League World Cup chairman, Dr George Peponis OAM were in Port Moresby last weekend to watch the 2017 RLWC second Pool C match between PNG LNG Kumuls and Ireland.

 

“The near 15,000 crowd made for an exhilarating experience that attests to the significance of international rugby league in PNG,” says Grant.

 

Dr Peponis, who was on his first visit to PNG and a rugby league game here, said: “It was an unforgettable experience.

 

“The crowd were passionate and showcased their pride and showcased their pride in the game and their country to millions of people around the world.”

 

He said PNG is the only country that has rugby league as its national sport and the people should be proud of the Government for hosting the tournament.

 

“The stadium is a first class venue and every one of the players and coaching staff have made comment of the facilities,” Dr Peponis said.

 

“By successfully hosting three Rugby League World Cup matches, PNG has proven to the world that they are capable of hosting major sporting tournaments.”

 

Dr Peponis said his 2017 RLWC CEO Andrew Hill, who is the new Canterbury Bulldogs CEO, has begun looking into membership opportunities in PNG.

 

“I know the new CEO of the Bulldogs has already started to look at membership opportunities and potential opportunities for the club to have a relationship with PNG Rugby League in future years,” Dr Peponis, a former Bulldogs player himself, commented.

 

PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said he was humbled by their presence.

 

“On behalf of every Papua New Guinean, I thank you both for your inspiring comments,” Tsaka said.

 

“We have proven to the RL world that PNG is ready to host international games and our people will support this.”

 

Tsaka said RLIF chairman Nigel Wood of England will be in Port Moresby this weekend for the PNG vs USA final pool game.

 

After the game last Sunday, a dinner was hosted in which PNG Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai, Tsaka, PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau, Oil Search managing director Peter Botten, New Zealand RL board member John Bishop, QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher and QRL CEO Rob Moore were among the invited guests.

 

Grant, who is also deputy chairman of Rugby League International Federation (RLIF), said it was a memorable experience to join representatives of the three host nations of RLWC 2017 – PNG, New Zealand and Australia – together with representatives of the RLWC 2017 organising committee over dinner following PNG’s exciting and close win over a brave Ireland.

Source: Loop PNG

Let’s Go PNG!

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill are urging rugby league-mad Papua New Guineans to join them and barrack for PNG Hunters in their maiden grand final appearance in Australia this weekend.

The two leaders sent their well wishes yesterday to the Hunters as well as the Prime Minister’s XIII, who will clash with Australia’s Prime Minister’s XIII in Port Moresby tomorrow.

About 4000 Papua New Guineans will be watching the Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday in a bid to win Queensland’s state competition – their first ever rugby league title.

 

Papua New Guineans living and working in Australia are making their way to the Suncorp Stadium to watch the game.

 

Members of Parliament, businessmen and women, and supporters have started arriving in Brisbane, including an Air Niugini charter from Port Moresby, for the clash.

 

Vice-regal Sir Bob expressed his best wishes to the PNG Hunters on Sunday and the PNG XIII who play at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow.

 

“You are an inspiration to our young and old alike, that no matter where they are in our country, and whatever they do, be it in sports, business or community service, they too can have an impact on the international scene and make our nation proud,” Sir Bob Dadae said.

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who is in the US, will not be present when the Hunters take on the Falcons, but he has sent his highest regards and best wishes for the team.

 

“Ever since the PNG Hunters were admitted to the Queensland Rugby League’s Intrust Cup competition in 2014, the team has represented Papua New Guinea, and our national sport, rugby league, in the best spirit of the game and our nation,” Mr O’Neill said.

 

The PNG Hunters has dominated the Queensland state competition this year, winning the minor premiership, and captain Ase Boas, the best and fairest.

 

If the Hunters win on Sunday, their journey won’t be over. “They’ll play the winner of the New South Wales competition, in yet another match that’s sure to stop a nation,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported yesterday.

O’Neill Urges Papua New Guineans To Unite

 

BY GORETHY KENNETH via Post-Courier

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on all Papua New Guinean’s to get behind the country’s sports teams as they continue to strengthen the values of the country all over the world.

 
In his address to the nation at Independence Hill over the weekend, O’Neill also encouraged all Papua New Guineans to welcome international visitors who will be here for the Rugby League World Cup in a month’s time.

 
“In the next week our Hunters will play in the Grand Final in Queensland, and after our PNG Mozzies won the Aussie Rules International Cup in Victoria and in the coming months we will host overseas teams in the Rugby League World Cup,” he said.

 
“This is what we must be proud of. I hope all Papua New Guineans will get behind our team and also welcome our visitors to our country.

 
“Papua New Guineans must get behind all our sportsmen and women, who are continuing to strengthen the values of our country,” O’Neill said.

 
“Our Government and our people must continue to invest in community development programs and in sports so that we encourage healthy living and strengthen community values.”

 
He said that the Government will continue to strengthen sports in PNG so that the country’s sportsmen and women can have the opportunity to show case and strengthen the value of their cultures and to maintain good sportsmanship. O’Neill said he wants Papua New Guinea to be a hub for sports development in the Pacific region.
“And when it comes to sports development in the Pacific it’s very important for us that we take it at every level,” he said.