By ROCKY ISSOU
THE SP PNG Hunters are six weeks behind schedule in pre-season preparations for next year’s Intrust Super Cup season due to the U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup currently under way in Port Moresby.
Hunters coach Michael Marum said although the squad has been named they have yet to access the National Football Stadium for training which is likely to happen on Dec 4 after the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
“We hope to have two pre-season trial matches by the end of January 2017, one pre-season game at home and one overseas and for the first time ever we will also be going up at to the National Sports Institute in Goroka for high altitude training,” he said.
Despite the late start and the omissions of a host of players like former Co-Captain Adam Korave due to off field family issues, Ate Bina Wabo, Justin Olam (Melbourne Storm), Thompson Teteh (Redcliffe Dolphins) and Timothy Lomai (Burleigh Bears) spaces need to be filled.
This has prompted Marum to recall Israel Eliab who spent a year with the London Broncos, Willie Minoga returning from a year’s stint with the Townsville Blackhawks and Stanton Albert from the Panthers.
However, according to Marum, to make the final squad every player will need to work hard.
“We have the players that have the experience we also have a host of young players coming through the Hunters Academy but all players named in the pre-season squad need to work hard to get in the team.” Marum stated.