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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.

Kumuls Named for Wales Clash

PNG LNG Kumuls Coach, Michael Marum has named his team for this weekend’s world cup clash against Wales.

 

James Segeyaro has been named in the extended 20 member bench along with Paul Aiton in the Lock position.

 

Ase Boas has also been named in the starting line-up, but will go through final medical tests on Thursday to see if he’s able to play this weekend.
The 20 man squad is:
1. Davis MEAD (Captain)

2. Justin OLAM

3. Kato OTIO

4. Nene McDonald

5. Garry LO

6. Ase BOAS

7. Watson BOAS

8. Stanton ALBERT

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhys MARTIN

12. Rod GRIFFIN

13. Paul AITON

14. Kurt BAPTISTE

15. Willie MINOGA

16. James SEGEYARO

17. Enock MAKI

18. Lachlan LAM

19. Stargroth AMEAN

20. Wellington ALBERT

(Three to be omitted)

Coach: Michael MARUM

 

Coach Marum will confirm the starting 17 on Thursday. The PNG LNG Kumuls Captain’s Run will be held at 11am on Friday at the National Football Stadium.

PNG’s Time To Shine

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

The time to shine for Pepsi PNG Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Teams is now, according to Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) Chief Executive.

 

Officer and men’s head coach Joel Khalu.

 

Papua New Guinea is one of four competing countries in the 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, which is being held this week at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre.

 

Games commence at 1pm today and Khalu said PNG teams are ready for the challenge.

 

“We have so many things in our favour for this tournament,” Khalu said.

 

“Firstly, we’re playing at home, on our home court in front of our family, friends and fans. If we can replicate a similar atmosphere to that of the 2015 Pacific Games, that’s going to be a huge advantage.”

 

“Secondly, our preparation has been terrific. Our athletes are in good shape and that’s thanks to the hard work that the High-Performance strength and conditioning team have put in with them over the last 10-weeks.”

 

“Finally, it’s probably the most contact training time that coaches have had with national teams leading into an international event, so a lot more has been achieved on-court.”

 

The Pepsi PNG Women’s National Team open their tournament against Fiji at 3pm today (Sept 27), while the Pepsi PNG Men’s National Team take on the Solomon Islands tonight at 7pm.

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.

NRL must expand comp to include Hunters, says Johns

Source: The National

RUGBY league personality  Matthew Johns says the NRL is going down the wrong path in terms of expansion and the Papua New Guinea Hunters must be the next team to join the competition.

 
Cities like Perth and Adelaide are frequently touted as possible locations as part of a strategic plan to grow the sport and plans for a second team in Brisbane has been on the agenda for a decade.
But Johns says the game’s administrators are guilty of tunnel vision in their pursuit of growth and should be targeting the Hunters as the next team to join the NRL.

 
The Hunters have been an instant success since their inaugural season in the Queensland Cup in 2014 and are one win away from being crowned this year’s premiers.
Johns believes the inclusion of the PNG side will revolutionise the NRL like the West Indies did for cricket in the 1980s.

 

 
“I urge the game to think out of the square, go away from their traditional thinking. We look at the game too narrowly and we look at the Australian continent … we keep talking that ‘we want Perth, we want Perth’ and I get that,” Johns said on Triple M’s The Grill Team.
“(But) The Pacific Islands, that’s where the growth is.

 
“We’ve got a situation this weekend in the Queensland Cup, the Sunshine Coast are playing against the PNG Hunters.
“It is the most underestimated story in rugby league that the PNG Hunters are in the Queensland Cup grand final, the second best competition in rugby league outside of the NRL … I put it on par with the English Super League, it is that strong of a competition.

 
“Last weekend in Port Moresby to get into the game [preliminary final] they were lining up for 24 hours to watch the game.

 
“What are we doing? When’s our plan to bring them in?

 
“They could be the West Indies. The West Indies revolutionised cricket in the 80s and they could do the same thing for rugby league”.

 
Johns played as five-eighth for the Newcastle Knights, playing outside his younger brother Andrew Johns at halfback for nine seasons.

 
Johns was part of the Australian squad that won the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and went on to play eight matches for his country.

 

 

He also played four State of Origin series matches for New South Wales.

 

 

Another highlight of his career with the Knights was the 1997 ARL grand final win over the Manly Sea Eagles.

 
Johns was of the Australian team at the 1999 Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against New Zealand he scored a try in the Kangaroos’ 22-20 victory.– Daily Telegraph

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.

PM Welcomes AFL’s Growing Popularity

Source: Loop PNG

The Prime Minister says the growing popularity of AFL in Papua New Guinea is positive and provides another outlet for the nation’s youth to be healthier and participate in team sports.

 

 

He issued the statement following the PNG Mosquitoes’ victory in Melbourne this weekend, making them back-to-back champions.

 

 

“I welcome the growing popularity of Aussie Rules in Papua New Guinea,” says PM Peter O’Neill.

 

 

“It is a unique game in the world of sports and is another way that Papua New Guineans and Australians can form stronger bonds.

 

 

“There is plenty of room for the different codes of football to expand in Papua New Guinea.

 

 

“Our people will always have a great passion for rugby league, but we are a sports-loving nation and we will watch sports of all codes.”

 

 

The PM pointed out how popular soccer has become with the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup, including rugby union’s growing supporter base.

 

 

“The Government will continue to encourage and develop grassroots sports around the country, as well as supporting the development of high performance athletes,” states O’Neill.

 

 

“We have some great athletes in our country who compete on the world stage.

 

 

“I congratulate all players, coaches, and staff for their hard work to win the AFL International Cup and bring the trophy back to Papua New Guinea.

 

 

“Perhaps some of our young PNG Mozzies were spotted by talent scouts and they might have the opportunity to wear the jumper of an AFL team one day.”

 

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