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The PNG Hunters in action at Runaway Bay in 2021. Photo: KPM Sports Images

The PNG Hunters are delighted to announce that the Gold Coast Performance Centre in Runaway Bay will once again be the home away from home for the team in 2022.

Located at the northern-end of the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Performance Centre is a premier sporting facility boasting state of the art equipment and lodgings and the Hunters are excited to continue this relationship into the 2022 season after living and training onsite there last year.

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,” Mr Flynn 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 next season and beyond.”

The PNG Hunters will be based on Runaway Bay for the 2022 Hostplus Cup season. Photo: Gold Coast Performance Centre
The PNG Hunters will be based on Runaway Bay for the 2022 Hostplus Cup season. Photo: Gold Coast Performance Centre

It was a difficult process for the club to relocate from PNG to Runaway Bay last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, however a strong finish to the 2021 season saw the PNG Hunters win three of their last four games and finish the competition on a high.

Hunters CEO 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,” Barker said.

“The playing squad in particular showed great resilience and they will take plenty of confidence from the way they finished the 2021 season.”

Although the spiritual home of the Hunters will always be in PNG, the club was pleased to be based out of Runaway Bay again this year and are excited at the opportunity to once again represent PNG in the 2022 QRL’s statewide competition.

The PNG Hunters will arrive in Australia in late January before kicking off the 2022 Hostplus competition on Saturday, March 19, against Mackay Cutters.

Photo: The PNG Hunters in action at Runaway Bay in 2021. Photo: KPM Sports Images