Home Ground: National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
Coach: Michael Marum
Last Year: 2nd – 18 wins – 3 losses – 2 draw
The team to fear in this year’s competition, whilst the Blackhawks are the model of consistency, the Hunters present a game plan that attacks from any position and the tight knit team that trains, lives and travels together more than any other team in the competition showed how good they were last year.
Victory over the Blackhawks in Townsville was a clear exhibition of their talent and they finished the completion above the eventual Premiers and should have had home ground advantage for their final until the QRL moved it to Brisbane, negating a season of effort over the unwillingness of Channel 9 to cover the game in PNG. We hope that does not happen again.
This year, the teams head coach has also taken on the responsibility of the National side and after three years working with Mal Meninga in this role, Michael has developed into an excellent coach. The experience, the third season and playing out of their new stadium should bring great advantages to the Hunters and make them a real threat with many predicting a Blackhawks, Hunters Grand Final.
Round 6: Hosting Blackhawks: Big game and it will be easily one of the best of the season. This will be the second game held at the new home of the Hunters and the 15, 000 strong crowd would lift of the roof (if they had one). This game is in early April and so the heat will still be making the atmosphere as hot as the footy on the field.
Round 12: At Ipswich Jets: The game before Origin 1 will be interesting. This will be the second road game after a nice run of home games and it will be interesting to see how the Hunters take the field.
Round 13: Hosting the Northern Pride: This will be a gauge of how one of the better team travels to PNG once the heat has gone out of the air. Pride may surprise many this year and this game may be a little trap for the Hunters to be wary of.