I went to watch the game at Mark Reto place, the place already full so sat on the floor. Augustin Yama saw me and offered me his seat.
After all the lead up processions the game started and within five minutes two tries were
I felt restless and uncomfortable so I quietly stood up and walked out of the place thinking that the Falcons would win by a runaway score.
The game sea-sawed and it was half time and for the next 35 minutes there were no points from either side.
Stanley Ipia said that Falcons would not win and that the Hunters would still win in the end. Stanley’s comments encouraged me so I went to a different house to watch the second half. Stanley Ipia is not a player but a very strong follower. I was wondering why he said that.
The second half is history. The boys played very strongly and if anything, it was their defensive effort that won them the game. The “icing on the cake” was delivered by PNG’s now golden boy in Rugby League Willie Minoga.
I saw Ase Boas on the left hand side of the field with the ball but din’t know where Willie came from to score that winning try. There were at least three Falcons players shepherding in that ball.
Like I’ve always said, Rugby League is a team sport and and so many people are involved in the preparation and planning before you can achieve a day like this, today’s result is a result of time and dedication in the sport.
On behalf of Willie Minoga’s family like to thank some of them. Thank you to:
● coach and officials of the Hunters team
● PNG Rugby for their foresight
● Sports Minister Justin Tatchenko
● Chairman Sandis Tsaka
● Stanley Tepend
● The Government of PNG
● SNAX Tigers club of Lae
● Action Governor Ipatas
● 17 Hunters Players
● Waimin Sambaiyoko
● all the rest who have contributed one way or the other.
This is the people day when the sport brings people’s of all languages together as one people and nation and thank you to rugby League. Let’s celebrate and enjoy when the Cup is brought home to its rightful place Papua New Guinea by the players and rest of the Team.
Congratulations PNG Hunters for this milestone, this achievement!