Wigmen, Tigers dominate Hunters

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DIGICEL Cup grand finalists Hela Wigmen and Lae Tigers have contributed eight players each to the SP Hunters’ 37-man train-on squad for next season in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup.
They are Solo Wane, Samuel Yegip, Jeffrey Robert, Valentine Culligan, Norman Brown, Gilmo Paul, Judah Rimbu, Solomon Pokari (champions Wigmen), Edene Gebbie, Joe Joshua, Jokedi Bire, Charlie Simon, Junior Rop, Mark Pitti, Sylvester Namo and Edwin Ipape (Tigers).
The Port Moresby Vipers contributed Hunters skipper Ase Boas, Stargroth Amean, Brandon Gotuno, Keven Appo and Enoch Maki while the Rabaul Gurias provided Terry Wapi, Jordan Pat, Ila Alu, Stanley Olo, Wartovo Puara Jr and Epel Kapinias.
Hunters coach Matthew Church said during the announcement of his squad yesterday that pre-season would start next Sunday in Port Moresby.
“Our pre-season heading into Christmas will go ahead as normal,” he said.
The squad will travel to their homes on Dec 23 for the festive season before they return to camp on Jan 3 to resume preparations for the new season.
“There’ll be no changes into how I coach and how we operate,” Church said.
“They (players) will undergo medical and fitness tests on arrival.
“I’m looking forward to everyone getting into camp and re-uniting with the ones we were working with earlier this year.
“I can’t wait to meet the new guys in the squad.
“I have named a number of young guys in that squad, it’s essentially a transitional period.
“A lot of those guys who I’ve named are probably getting close to the end of their careers so it’s about a transfer of leadership to some of the younger guys.
“The younger we can expose them to the ISC, the more likely an NRL (National Rugby League) or Super League club is going to pick them up.”
Meanwhile, the omission from this year’s squad were Justin Yoka (Kimbe Cutters), Nick Hasu (Gulf Isou), Gairo Kapana (Central Dabaris), Baundo Aba (Waghi Tumbe) and Patrick Morea (Wigmen).
Squad: Solo Wane, Samuel Yegip, Jeffrey Robert, Valentine Culligan, Norman Brown, Gilmo Paul, Judah Rimbu, Solomon Pokari (Wigmen), Edene Gebbie, Joe Joshua, Jokedi Bire, Charlie Simon, Junior Rop, Mark Pitti, Sylvester Namo and Edwin Ipape (Tigers), Stargroth Amean, Keven Appo, Brendon Gotuno, Ase Boas, Enoch Maki (Vipers), Junior Rau, Stanton Albert (Mendi Muruks), Brendan Nima (Lahanis), Benji Kot (Kimbe Cutters), Emmanuel Waine, Casey Dickson (Waghi Tumbe), Sunny Lipu, Rhadley Brawa, Ben Kennedy (Enga Mioks), Terry Wapi, Jordan Pat, Ila Alu, Stanley Olo, Wartovo Puara Jr, Epel Kapinias (Gurias), Rieko Jimmy (Isou).

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  • Good fresh recruitment, nice to see a 19 years old in the selection, PNG RFL must also support the players education-wise, provide scholarships or school support programe for the players, this will see a growth in both talented and educated elite sportsmen, build the countries human resource!

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