Dan Russell (standing third from right)
Kokomos Men’s Open representative, Dan Russell takes on the PNG Hunters today at Davies Park as he takes his place in the Souths Logan Intrust Cup team today. Just another reason to get yourself down to the game and watch it live. Kick off is at 2: 05 pm.
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Jamayne Isaako
2. Cameron Booth
3. Daniel Russell (KOKOMO)
4. Scott Doyle
5. Luke Archer
6. Matthew Minto
7. Samuel Scarlett
8. Joe Ofahengaue
9. Travis Waddell
10. George Fai
11. Jack Anderson
12. Daniel Tamou (c)
13. Joseph Boyce
14. Jack Walters
15. Phillip Dennis (c)
16. Samuelu Lavea
17. Aotealofa Tuimavave
Coach John Buchanan
6. Israel ELIAB
QLD PNG Maganis are our affiliate Touch Football team and are looking for sponsors and/or donations of any kind to raise money for an upcoming trip to PNG for World Cup selections in June.
If you’re are interested in sponsoring or in making a donation please contact Michelle Yung via Tom Adamson at email@example.com
Capras, Ken TOFILAU, opened proceedings in front of his home crowd at Rockhampton with an uncoverted try 8 minutes into the match.
Ase Boas scored the first points in the Hunters 2017 Intrust Cup Championship campaign with a penalty goal, unconverted try at the 16th minute and a converted try at the 28th minute.
HALF TIME SCORE: PNG Hunters 12 vs Capras 4.
2ND HALF: Hunters looked set to continue the first half assault, with William Aquila scoring again just three minutes into the second half. The try was scored off a pin-point Bland Abavu kick into the corner. Boas missed the conversion. PNG 16 vs Capras 4.
But the Hunters took their foot off the pedal and Capras scored off a play from an earlier Kirisome break, Tofilau going in to for his second try for the day. PNG 16 vs Capras 8.
Silly penalties costing PNG positional play, and some half-hearted Hunters defence resulting in another Capras try. Tofilau bagging his first hat-trick for the season. PNG 16 vs Capras 12.
At the 57 minute mark, Capras scored again. The last three tries were scored on exactly the same blade of grass. This time Justin Tavae scored the four pointer. Same Hunters defensive players conceding the line.
The score was locked up at 16 all with 21 minutes to go.
With 11 minutes to go, Boas kicked a penalty goal to put Hunters 2 points in front. PNG 18 vs Capras 16.
The last ten minutes was characterised by both teams pressuring the other. Boas peppering the tryline with some beautifully placed kicking, but the Hunters were unable to capitalise.
It was Willie Minoga in the dying minutes of the game who made a crucial break, of an individual play, who scored the game winning try. Boas missing the kick.
FULLTIME SCORE: PNG Hunters 22 vs Capras 16.
My man of the match goes to Ase Boas. His kicking game proving the difference in a game where the Capras failed to convert a single try. His on field kicking game also demonstrated clear thinking and strategic maturity, which kept the pressure on the opposition.
If the Hunters are to make a concerted effort at making this Championship theirs they are going to have to work on creating a more disciplined, more aggressive defensive line, clean up the error count and learn not to nod off mid-game.
Please share around, both here and in PNG, we welcome PNG teams from right across Australia and PNG. But you need to be organising your teams now and notify our President, Tom Adamson, of your interest so that we can keep you informed as we draw closer to the 2017 PNG Kokomos Nines Carnival!
Last year’s Kokomos Nines Carnival was a fantastic event and we are looking to make it bigger and better in 2017. We can’t wait to do it all again!
We look forward to seeing you all there!
By QRL Media
Interstate rivalry will be on display tonight when the Queensland Under 16 Murri side face off against the NSW Under 16 Koori side in Newcastle.
The two teams will play as part of the Awabakal All Stars Interstate Challenge at 6pm NSW time; while the bill will also see Queensland Murri Carnival winners the Cherbourg Hornets play the Redfern All Blacks.
The Indigenous All Stars and World All Stars men’s and women’s games will be played tomorrow night at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Queensland Under 16 Murri coach Jim Stevens said the boys have been soaking up the atmosphere of the All Stars celebrations which also included a combined lunch with the Koori side and the NRL Indigenous All Stars team yesterday.
“This week has been fantastic,” Stevens said.
“It was a great thing for the boys to have their jerseys presented by the Indigenous All Stars.”
While the whole squad have been making the most of the opportunity to take part in many of cultural activities that have become a centrepiece of the NRL All Stars celebrations, they have also been training hard in anticipation of a tough match.
“This game will be played with the same New South Wales v Queensland rivalry as all the interstate games, for sure,” Stevens said.
“At the lunch, the boys were definitely sizing each other up,” he laughed.
One factor which has Stevens hopeful of seeing a strong performance from his young team is the fact they have been able to play together previously, having toured New Zealand at the end of last season, playing two games.
“The games in New Zealand put us on the front foot for this game,” he said.
“The boys have now played together and know each other.”
Over the past few years, this Murri v Koori game has proven to be highly competitive and a hard one to win, with the two teams playing out draws in four of the past seven years.
This was the case last season where the two rivals were forced to share the spoils with a 16-16 score which resulted the Queensland Murri side retaining the shield, having last won in 2014.
Stevens also said he wished to express his gratitude to the Newcastle Knights NRL club who had made the boys feel welcome.
“The Knights have been fantastic and have been letting us use their facilities to prepare,” Stevens said.
A rule change this year means all 20 players named in the squad will have the opportunity to play, with the unlimited interchange in place for the game.
See the Queensland Under 16 Murri squad list below:
1. Rayden Burns
2. Alofiaua Khan
3. Byron Parnell
4. Hamish Gibson
5. Watjerra Briggs
6. Bailey Biondi-Odo
7. Lyncoln Rebel
8. George Lee
9. Tyler Han
10. Vaughn Kim
11. Cole Gardner
12. Lochie Pollack
13. Elia Mooka
14. Jesse Braslin
15. Jackson Smith
16. Leo Blennerhassett
17. Tyreece Gyemore
18. Ben Mckellor
19. Rodney Wailu-Walsh
20. Denzel Borthwick
Congratuations to Rod Griffin, who obtained his release with the Tigers, to sign a 1 year deal with the Bulldogs. Rod is a Kumul and former Kokomos representative. We wish him every success for the 2017 NRL season.
WOMENS GAME 2: NZ 0 V AUSTRALIA 8
Chelsea Baker crashed over for the first try following a period of Jillaroos domination in the first half. Sam Bremner scored another one for the Jillaroos follows after a deft kick and plenty of pace from the chasers. The ferns had one chance at the end of the second half but Australia were doing everything right and held a mountain of possession.
A bit of back and forth early in the second half with no score but it is all being played in the Ferns own half. Kezie Apps came off injured midway through the second half. She had left the field earlier to have her head strapped for a cut but she had to leave again again after hyperextending her ankle.
No further score as full time is blown. The Jillaroos win the match and the series with a second consecutive win.
The Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League has announced their three Brisbane Under 16 Squads to play in a Representative series involving Ipswich (1 Team) and Gold Coast (2 Teams) which will form the major selection process for the SEQ Division Teams that will contest in the QRL State Junior Carnival in June.
Kokomos Representative players, Tyler Han and Cruise Ten, have been named in the Brisbane Red U16s team.
From that State wide Carnival the Queensland Under 16s to play NSW prior to the third State of Origin match will be selected.
Congratulations to Tyler and Cruise. We wish you both every success in the upcoming carnival.
The QLD PNG Kokomos Rugby League Committee would like to congratulate Kokomos Women’s representative, Amelia Kukk, on being named in the Australian Jillaroos side to compete in the 2017 Auckland Nines. This is an enormous achievement and one to be proud of. On behalf of all Kokomos, we wish you every success!
1. Kezie Apps (NSW), 2. Chelsea Baker (QLD), 3. Annette Brander (QLD), 4. Brittany Breayley (QLD), 5. Sam Bremner (NSW), 6. Ali Brigginshaw (QLD), 7. Karina Brown (QLD), 8. Allana Ferguson (NSW), 9. Kody House (QLD), 10. Amelia Kukk – debut (QLD), 11. Renae Kunst (QLD), 12. Corban McGregor (NSW), 13. Caitlin Moran (NSW), 14. Ruan Sims (NSW), 15. Maddie Studdon (NSW), 16. Simaima Taufa (NSW)
Kiwi Ferns Squad
Alexandra Cook, Amber Kani, Atawhai Tupaea, Georgia Hale, Honey Hireme, Kahurangi Peters, Kimiora Nati, Krystal Rota Lanulangi, Veainu Lilieta Maumau, Luisa Gago, Ngatokotoru Arakau, Nora Maaka, Sarina Fiso, Tanika-Jazz Noble, Teuila Fotu-Moala