The SP PNG Hunters are delighted to announce an emotional homecoming to Papua New Guinea on the 10th of August, 2022, with their final three games of the 2022 QRL Hostplus Cup competition to be played at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
The Hunters’ return to PNG next month is made possible thanks to the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports Program and Newcrest Mining Limited, owner of the Lihir gold project, who are co-funding the operation.
“This is a great chance for all of us who support the SP PNG Hunters to see them live and cheer them on at home for the first time in a long time,” said Newcrest’s PNG Country Manager Stanley Komunt.
“PNG loves rugby league and we’re thrilled to play a part in getting the Hunters back in front of their home crowd for their last three games.”
“The Australian Government was pleased to support the Hunters to relocate to Australia in 2021. We are now equally excited to help bring them home, and wish them well in these final matches” said Australian Deputy High Commissioner Dr Joanne Loundes.
The Hunters board and management led by CEO Scott Barker have worked tirelessly throughout a two-and-a-half year relocation period to bring the Hunters back to PNG for the first time since 2019.
The club has always recognised the significance of playing at the National Football Stadium – the spiritual home of the Hunters – and in front of their valued supporters and sponsors.
The club is also keenly aware of the connection between the Hunters and community in Papua New Guinea and is delighted to be bringing the playing squad and staff back home to their families, friends and fans.