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Hunters and Silktails name Melanesian Bowl teams

PNG Hunters will take to the field for a historic pre-season clash when they face Fiji Kava Kaiviti Silktails this Saturday in the PacificAus Sports Melanesian Bowl.

Runaway Bay’s Bycroft Oval will celebrate Melanesian and Indigenous culture, with the game to also provide an opportunity for the rugby league community to raise funds and awareness for Tonga Recovery Appeal.

Hunters coach Matt Church and Silktails coach Wes Naiqama have both named strong squads for Saturday's game.

Fiji Kava Kaiviti Silktails in action. Photo: NRL Images
Fiji Kava Kaiviti Silktails in action. Photo: NRL Images

PacificAus Sports Melanesian Bowl squads

PNG Hunters

1. Terry Wapi, 2. Brandon Nima, 3. Giliimo Paul, 4. Rodrick Tai, 5. Solo Wane, 6. Judah Rimbu, 7. Mark Tony, 8. Casey Dickson, 9. Wesa Tensa, 10. Junior Rop, 11. Keven Appo, 12. Emmanuel Waine, 13. Ila Alu, 14. Kingstimer Paraia, 15. Samuel Yegip, 16. Sylvester Namo, 17. Dilbert Isaac, 18. Jordan Pat, 19. Benji Kot,  20. Matthew Jesse, 21. Liam Joseph, 22. Kitron Laka, 23. Francis Kembis, 24. Tyler Han, 25. Jordan Paiyo, 26. Emmanuel Kiddie, 27. Thane Kellermeyer, 28. Trevor Monaei, 29. Shaun Hoerler

Coach: Matt Church

Kaiviti Silktails

2. Timoci Bola, 4. Paula Walisoliso, 5. Osea Natoga, 6. Sunia Naruma, 8. Apakuki Tavodi, 9. Penaia Leveleve, 10. Meli Nasau, 12. Inoke Vasuturaga, 13. Manasa Kalou, 14. Joshua Khan,15. Simone Cakauniqio, 16. Samuela Yalisaya, 17. Ponipate Komai, 19. Manoa Satala, 20. Watisoni Waqanisaravi, 21. Manoa Vilikesa, 22. Manueli Lewaqai, 23. Sirilo Lovokuro, 24. Kilione Cagilevu, 25. Rusiate Baleitamavua, 26. Jonathan Roseman, 27. Iobe Taukeisalili, 28. Viliame Tutuvili, 29. Stitiveni Ravono, 30. Mosese Qionimacawa

Coach: Wes Naiqama 

Match officials: Jarrod Cole, Zac Schwass, Mark Bohan

For those who are unable to get to the game at Bycroft Oval, the match will be livestreamed via and on the Hostplus Cup Facebook page.


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Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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