Hunters confirm base for ’22


THE Gold Coast Performance Centre in Runaway Bay, Queensland, will once again be home away from home for the SP PNG Hunters this season.
Located at the northern end of the Gold Coast, the GC Performance Centre is a premier sporting facility boasting state of the art equipment and lodgings and the Hunters club is excited to continue the relationship into the 2022 season after living and training onsite there last season.
Centre director Brendan Flynn said he was pleased to see the Hunters return.
“After successfully hosting the Hunters during the 2021 season, our staff and members are very excited to welcome them back to their second home, the Gold Coast Performance Centre for the 2022 season,” he said.
“While 2021 was challenging, it was fantastic to watch the development of the Hunters through the year and we look forward to being part of their journey this season and beyond,” he said.
It was a difficult process for the club to relocate from Papua New Guinea to Runaway Bay last year amid the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, however, a strong finish to the 2021 season saw coach Matt Church’s men win three of their last four games and finish the competition on a positive note.
Hunters chief executive officer Scott Barker said he was excited for the club to pick up where they left off last year and carry that momentum over into the 2022 season.
“Last year certainly wasn’t without its challenges but I am proud of the way the club responded,” he said.
“The playing squad in particular showed great resilience and they will take plenty of confidence from the way they finished the 2021 season,” he said.
Although the Hunters’ spiritual home will always be in PNG, the club is pleased to be based out of Runaway Bay again this year and are excited at the opportunity to once again represent PNG in Queensland.