PNG Hunters - the journey so far

The PNG Hunters entered the Intrust Super Cup in 2015 and took the competition by storm with their exciting play and passionate fans.

They have injected their club's own personality to the rich and storied history of Queensland's Intrust Super Cup and have helped add another dimension to the competition, including taking out the title in 2017.

QRL Media takes a look back on their journey of the past five years.

Video by QRL Media - Harry Lee

 

PNG Hunters timeline

2013 – Entry into the Intrust Super Cup is confirmed, making them the first PNG-based team to compete in Queensland's statewide competition since the Port Morseby Vipers.

2014 – Their first season sees them play their Round 1 game v Redcliffe Dolphins at Dolphin Oval. Their home ground is Kalabond Oval, Kokopo. They finish the season in sixth position on the ladder.

2015 – In only their second year in the competition, they ended the season one win shy of the minor premiership. Coach Michael Marum wins the Intrust Super Cup coach of the year award. 

2016 – They give Lae Snax Tiger Justin Olam a chance and find a star in the making. Watson Boas joins his brother Ase Boas in the squad. National Football Stadium in Port Moresby becomes their official home base. They finish in fourth place on the ladder.

2017 – Their most successful year to date. On their way to the Intrust Super Cup title they claim the minor premiership and captain and five-eighth Ase Boas is named the Intrust Super Cup player of year, while Marum picks up his second coach of the year award. 

2018 – After a seventh-place finish in the regular season, the Hunters miss out on the finals. They play in their first 'Country Week' game; taking on the Norths Devils in Lae.