By JOE GURINA
SP PNG Hunters run out onto the National Football Stadium at 3pm this afternoon, just 80 mere minutes away from bagging the Queensland Intrust Super Cup minor premiership.
The Hunters are three points clear of second-placed Redcliff Dolphins. A win today will make things much easier for them when they meet last placed Tweed Head Seagulls next weekend in the final round.
The Hunters play ninth-placed Wynnum Manly (29 points) and If they win, they automatically take the minor premiership flag.
And it will be a history in the making for PNG’s premier rugby league team.
After bowing out of three consecutive semi finals in the Intrust Super Cup since their inclusion in 2014, coach Michael Marum is very much optimistic to realize his dream.
The hunt for the minor title was not pre-planned for Marum. He was making sure that the team was placed in the top six in the competition and minor premiership wasn’t part of the vision.
“But we did really well,” Marum said. He remains focused on the team’s array and maintains the same line-up that beat Townsville Blackhawks (24-16) in the round 23 match at the Jack Manksi oval in Townsville last Saturday.
This will be the last home game for the Hunters and Marum wants to put smiles on faithful supporters and fans of Hunters.
“This weekend’s final home game of the regular season against Wynnum Manly is significant,” Marum said.
“We are in a position where a win on Sunday (today) will secure our first ever minor premiership since entering the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition in 2014.
“The boys are in good spirit to play their best with minimal errors, doing the basic right and following our game plan. I’m sure the boys have it at the back of their minds that a win at home will secure our maiden minor premiership trophy and their names will go down into the records of books as the team to have achieved this.”