Abilene Christian, McNeese Lead the Southland at South Central Regional

first_img 21 Charlotte Tara MURPHY SO SMU 20:35.8 +1:00 5:31 21 2 The Hacketts’ trip to nationals is a program first and will be the Southland’s first representation at the NCAA Championship meet since 2015. It marks the first time the league has earned multiple bids since Lamar sent Clerc Koenck and Renee Graham in 2007. 23 Charles MILLS JR Texas 30:50.5 +1:01 4:57 22 6 6 7 11 Rice 313 18 Joseph MEADE JR Texas State 30:34.1 +45 4:55 17 1 3 1 7 7 4:47 1 1 20 UL-Lafayette 463 3 Anna WEST SO Baylor 19:40.0 +4 5:16 3 1 7 Hannah MILLER SO SMU 19:50.7 +15 5:19 7 1 Houston Baptist NTS 7 4 McNeese 173 7 5 Texas State 179 1 Arkansas 35 2017 NCAA Women’s All-South Central Region Team 4 SMU 148 7 3 24 Alex RIBA SR Texas A&M 30:52.8 +1:03 4:58 23 3 7 23 UT-Rio Grande Valley 582 7 7 11 Justin DOMANGUE SO UT-Arlington 30:14.9 +25 4:51 11 1 ACU’s 5th place team finish (163 points) led the league’s women’s sides, followed by Lamar in 10th place (296). McNeese finished 12th (336) followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (16th, 404), Stephen F. Austin (17th, 413), UIW (22nd, 526) and Nicholls (24th, 789). 13 Texas State 379 12 UIW 283 7 6 1 Arkansas 59 14 UL-Lafayette 340 Complete ResultsCOLLEGE STATION, Texas – Michaela and Alexandria Hackett headlined the Southland Conference performances at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, finishing 5th and 6th, respectively, to secure automatic spots in the NCAA Cross Country Championships next week. The Wildcat women finished fifth out of 24 finishing teams. 6 Alexandria HACKETT SR Abilene Christian 19:50.2 +15 5:19 6 2 8 Lamar 235 9 Susannah LYNCH JR North Texas 20:03.6 +28 5:22 9 1 6 17 Central Arkansas 378 7 22 Garek BIELACZYC SO Texas 30:48.6 +59 4:57 21 5 12 Brenley GOERTZEN JR Texas Christian 20:18.2 +43 5:26 12 1 7 15 Arkansas State 398 6 Texas A&M 196 7 7 6 22 Arkansas State 563 16 Abby GUIDRY SO Texas 20:23.5 +48 5:28 16 2 23 UL-Monroe 664 Pl Team Pts 24 New Orleans 733 19 Abilene Christian 515 7 14 LSU 381 10 UT-Arlington 255 13 Tulane 337 5 Abilene Christian 163 5 Michaela HACKETT SR Abilene Christian 19:47.6 +12 5:18 5 1 4 Lindsey BRADLEY JR Baylor 19:42.3 +7 5:17 4 2 The Hackett twins will head to E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., for the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 18, hosted by Louisville. 2 Texas 73 2 # 21 UTSA 551 19 Jacob PICKLE JR Texas 30:36.0 +46 4:55 18 3 7 24 Meghan LLOYD JR Texas 20:39.2 +1:04 5:32 24 4 3 Alex ROGERS JR Texas 30:03.1 +14 4:50 3 1 Four Southland women’s athletes earned all-region accolades, headlined by the Hackett twins in 5th and 6th place. Michaela finished with a 6K time of 19:47.6 while Alexandria was right behind her at 19:50.2. McNeese’s Katja Woelfl finished 23rd with a time of 20:36.3 while ACU’s Diana Garcia-Munoz took 25th (20:41.3). 10 Nathan JONES SR McNeese 30:14.7 +25 4:51 10 1 9 North Texas 290 7 7 5 Jack BRUCE SR Arkansas 30:04.8 +15 4:50 5 1 6 Arkansas-Little Rock NTS 15 LSU 349 10 Lamar 296 7 1 Nikki HILTZ SR Arkansas 19:35.5 17 Enrique SOTO SR McNeese 30:33.8 +44 4:55 16 2 14 Dajour BRAXTON JR LSU 30:27.3 +38 4:54 13 1 2017 NCAA Men’s All-South Central Region Team 2 7 7 6 13 Isaac LALANG SR Arkansas-Little Rock 30:19.5 +30 4:52 Northwestern State NTS Pl Athlete Year Team Time Gap Pace Pts TmPl 3 Baylor 116 Pl Athlete Year Team Time Gap Pace Pts TmPl 5 In total, three men and four women earned spots on the All-South Central Region team with top-25 individual finishes. Jones topped the men’s list with a 10K time of 30:14.7 while Lamar’s Jamie Crow finished 15th (30:30.5). McNeese’s Enrique Soto took 17th, clocking in at 30:33.8. Sam Houston St. NTS 25 Andrew RONOH JR Arkansas 30:53.7 +1:04 4:58 24 5 16 Stephen F. Austin 367 24 Nicholls 789 3 Texas A&M 98 Pl Team Pts 18 Sam Houston State 487 6 7 7 7 6 7 17 Alex CRUZ JR Texas 20:24.9 +49 5:28 17 3 7 5:15 1 1 16 Matt YOUNG FR Arkansas 30:31.9 +42 4:54 15 4 17 Stephen F. Austin 413 5 12 McNeese 336 2 7 12 John RICE SO Texas 30:19.3 +30 4:52 12 2 Central Arkansas NTS 7 7 21 Houston 483 9 Devin MEYRER SO Baylor 30:13.0 +23 4:51 9 1 On the men’s side, McNeese finished fourth as a team out of 24 with 173 points, led by Nathan Jones with a 10th-place individual finish. 1 Emmanuel ROTICH JR Tulane 29:49.1 2017 NCAA South Central Region Women’s Team Results 2 Brian BARRAZA SR Houston 29:51.5 +2 4:48 2 1 7 Rice 234 4 Jon BISHOP SO Texas A&M 30:03.8 +14 4:50 4 1 # 6 Christian FARRIS SR Texas A&M 30:05.2 +16 4:50 6 2 6 18 UT-Arlington 413 8 Tulane 282 19 UTSA 456 7 Alex GEORGE SR Arkansas 30:12.4 +23 4:51 7 2 22 UIW 526 Nicholls NTS 6 6 6 22 Lauren BARTELS SR Tulane 20:35.8 +1:00 5:31 22 1 1 1 Louisiana Tech NTS 2017 NCAA South Central Region Men’s Team Results 21 Mike LOWE SR North Texas 30:46.0 +56 4:56 20 1 11 North Texas 263 15 Jamie CROWE JR Lamar 30:30.5 +41 4:54 14 1 2 Texas 93 16 A&M-Corpus Christi 404 Lamar men finished eighth with 235 points while UIW took 12th (283), followed by Stephen F. Austin in 16th (367), Central Arkansas at 17th (378), Sam Houston State 18th (487) and Abilene Christian in 19th place (515). New Orleans rounded out the finishing conference teams with a 24th-place finishing spot (733). 7 15 Ashton ENDSLEY FR Arkansas 20:21.0 +45 5:27 15 7 Arkansas-Little Rock NTS 2 Carina VILJOEN SO Arkansas 19:36.0 <1s 5:15 2 2 7 20 UT-Rio Grande Valley 549 7 Texas Christian 278 20 Gabrielle SATTERLEE SO Baylor 20:33.7 +58 5:30 20 3 19 Khayla PATEL SO Rice 20:32.4 +57 5:30 19 1 11 Taylor WERNER SO Arkansas 20:14.2 +39 5:25 11 4 6 8 Therese HAISS SR Arkansas 19:57.9 +22 5:21 8 3 9 Baylor 248 6 Houston 203 8 Austen DALQUIST SR Arkansas 30:12.6 +23 4:51 8 3 14 Sydney BROWN JR Arkansas 20:19.8 +44 5:27 14 6 3 7 1 18 Ashley DRISCOLL SO Texas A&M 20:26.2 +51 5:28 18 1 20 Eric KROON JR Texas 30:39.6 +50 4:55 19 4 7 UL-Monroe NTS 10 Destiny COLLINS SO Texas 20:05.4 +30 5:23 10 1 23 Katja WOELFL SR McNeese 20:36.3 +1:01 5:31 23 1 13 Lauren GREGORY FR Arkansas 20:19.0 +43 5:26 13 5 25 Diana GARCIA-MUNOZ SR Abilene Christian 20:41.3 +1:06 5:32 25 3last_img read more

Central Arkansas’ Shepherd, SFA’s Wilbur Claim Weekly Softball Accolades

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Kaylyn Shepherd and Stephen F. Austin’s Kassidy Wilbur are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Shepherd was a catalyst for Central Arkansas (17-16, 4-5 SLC), who recorded a perfect 5-0 record on the week, including an 8-5 win on the road over Baylor. UCA continued their momentum into three-game series sweep over Incarnate Word where Shepherd brought in nine of her 11 RBI on the week. The junior slugger tabbed a .600 average at the plate for the week in addition to a 1.200 slugging percentage and a .682 on-base mark. The award is her first of the season.Wilbur has been impressive for the Ladyjacks (18-13, 6-3 SLC), as her latest award marks her third of the season. The freshman righty appeared in three of SFA’s four games for the week and delivered a 2-1 record in addition to a 0.86 earned run average. Wilbur opened her week with 10.1 innings at Texas A&M, where the Ladyjacks narrowly fell 2-0 in a 15-inning marathon contest. The Bridge City, Texas, product then went on to bookend Stephen F. Austin’s series against Houston Baptist where she pushed the Ladyjacks to a 5-3 win in game one before dealing a 3-0 complete game shutout in game three.Softball Hitter of the Week – Kaylyn Shepherd, Central Arkansas – 1B – Jr. – Mechanicsville, Va.In easily the best week for a UCA hitter all season long, Shepherd stood out among the rest. The junior recorded 11 RBI, seven extra-base hits and reached base 15 times within a five-game span. Shepherd currently leads the Bears in batting average (.413) and was the key player for the Central Arkansas team that completed a perfect 5-0 spring break road trip.Honorable Mention: Kali Clement, Nicholls; Justyce McClain, McNeese; Jaquelyn Ramon, Southeastern Louisiana.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Bridge City, TexasWilbur had another standout week inside the circle for the Ladyjacks, tossing an impressive 24.1 innings, 23 of which were scoreless, and notching 27 strikeouts. On the road against Texas A&M Wednesday night, Wilbur struckout 10 in relief while facing 42 batters in 10.1 innings. Keeping the Aggies scoreless until the final third of the 15th inning, the freshman was one of the key reasons why the game was the longest (time wise) among all Southland teams this season and the longest game for the Aggies since 1994.Wilbur closed out the week with her fourth complete game shutout of the season, allowing just three hits against Houston Baptist to secure SFA’s second-straight Southland series win. In the 3-0 victory over the Huskies Saturday afternoon, Wilbur fanned eight of 25 batters faced and walked just one for her 10th complete game win of the year and her 11th overall.Honorable Mention: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Alley McDonald, Southeastern Louisiana; Megan Landry, Nicholls; Saleen Flores, McNeese.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more


first_imgHIGHLY REGARDED ENCODER HEADS SUNDAY’S $100,000 ZUMA BEACH STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AT ONE MILE ON TURF  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2019)–One-two finishers when last they met, Hronis Racing’s Encoder and Rockingham Ranch’s Billy Batts will renew acquaintances as they head a field of seven juveniles going one mile on turf in Sunday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita.Separated by a head in the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf Sept. 1, Encoder, who was off as the 3-5 favorite, again rates top billing with Flavien Prat riding back.ENCODEROwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerA first out five furlong turf maiden winner at 3-1 on Aug. 7, this Kentucky-bred colt by English Channel would appear to have any kind of future as he tries to remain unbeaten in his third start. Similar to his plan of attack first time out, Encoder was attentive to the pace in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf as the 3-5 favorite and pounced late with Prat, who has been aboard for both wins.BILLY BATTSOwner:  Rockingham RanchTrainer:  Peter MillerOff at 3-1 in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf, this ridgling by City Zip went to the front immediately, opened up by two lengths at the half mile and gave way grudgingly to Encoder in a game effort.  Based in Kentucky for his first three starts, Billy Batts broke his maiden two starts back going a mile on grass at Del Mar Aug. 10. He’ll be ridden for the first time on Sunday by Norberto Arroyo, Jr.THE $100,000 ZUMA BEACH STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 4 of 8 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PTHariboux–Drayden Van Dyke–120Encoder–Flavien Prat–124Hit the Road–Victor Espinoza–122Billy Batts–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–122Club Aspen–Jorge Velez–120War Beast–Abel Cedillo–122Cool Runnings–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s comments about Spurs’ forward options bode poorly for Troy Parrott

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has said that with Harry Kane out injured, Tottenham now don’t have a striker in their squad.The Portugese did not mention Troy Parrott at any point in his press conference yesterday.1 Irish fans have been hoping Kane’s injury would open the door to more game-time for ParrottCredit: ReutersWhen quizzed on how his side’s attack will have to change with their talisman out injured for the next few months, he gave a downbeat response.He said: “We don’t have another one. There is not a striker in the squad. We have only one, he is not fit, we don’t have another one.”You know that you cannot play like we normally play when Harry Kane is not in the team.”The only thing I can tell you is that of course we cannot do the same way as with Harry.”IRISH HOPEIrish fans had hoped that 17-year-old Parrott would get more time in the first-team as the season went on but especially in the wake of the England captain’s injury.He made his first senior start in the Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester earlier in the season.Mourinho then gave him Premier League debut bringing him off the bench in a win against Burnley.It is expected that he’ll sign a new contract with the club next month when he turns 18.DECISION TIMEThe Republic of Ireland international has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich but Mourinho has said that he is keen for him to stay.Mourinho said: “The next step for him is to sign a new contract at the club long-term and then it is for everyone to decide what is best for is development.”In this club we care about our players.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid”It is also to find the best pathway to develop.”However, his manager appears to currently only view him as a player for the future.He said previously: “Some minutes will arrive like it happened against Burnley, and step by step but [we are] not in a situation where we see Harry Kane is injured and Parrott is the man to resolve our problems.”last_img read more

Allegri ‘has deal with English club’ & will snub Juve amid Man Utd link

first_imgNew Man Utd player Odion Ighalo exercises away from the Man Utd training ground after move from China FORMER Juventus boss Max Allegri has a deal in place with a “great English club”, according to Italian reports.Allegri’s Juve replacement Maurizio Sarri could be facing the sack at the Serie A champs and the Old Lady reportedly want the 52-year-old back to replace him.1 Max Allegri has a deal in place with a ‘great English club’Credit: CorbisAC Milan were also said to have approached former boss Allegri but he will refuse any offers from Italy because of a deal already in place “with a great English club”, according to Corriere dello Sport.The Italian outlet claims any approach from the San Siro side was not serious and while the Juve job could soon become available given their recent slump under Sarri, Allegri already has a Premier League agreement in place.However, the Prem side in question remains unclear, although he has been heavily linked with Manchester United.Arsenal can be virtually discounted having recently appointed Mikel Arteta.Allegri also all but ruled out ever taking the job having been snubbed after Arsene Wenger left.The Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham also seems an unlikely destination given Spurs’ recent appointment of Jose Mourinho.However, the Special One has hardly hit the ground running and has been subject to some criticism since his arrival.London seems an unlikely destination with Chelsea also having landed a new manager in the shape of Frank Lampard.Allegri has been linked with the Blues in the past and while Lampard has failed to set the Premier League alight since his arrival, he is still clinging on to fourth place and is afforded some leeway given Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity.Manchester seems a much more likely location for Allegri with United and City potentially in need of a new manager sooner than their London counterparts.With Juventus planning a “money no object” move to bring Pep Guardiola to Turin, the idea of an Allegri arrival at the Etihad is not too far-fetched.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himBut Old Trafford still seems the most likely hotseat up for grabs.United are floundering in eighth in the Prem and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been under pressure for some time.And after Mauricio Pochettino was spotted watching Leeds’ game at Brentford with Ed Woodward’s new PR guru last night, fans are certain Solskjaer’s days are numbered.last_img read more

England claim controversial win

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: England wing Elliot Daly scores against Australia Criticised for their underwhelming display against Argentina last time out, England delivered a gritty display in miserable conditions at Twickenham – where rain fell throughout and knock-ons were plentiful – before surging clear with three tries in the final eight minutes.Yet the visitors fumed at a host of refereeing calls, with yellow cards for Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale coming in between the former seeing a try disallowed and Elliot Daly being awarded a controversial score for England.Australia were then denied another try when Stephen Moore was adjudged to have obstructed Chris Robshaw as Marika Koroibete barged over, leaving Cheika – who criticised O’Keeffe following a Rugby Championship draw with South Africa in September – visibly furious.To rub salt into Cheika’s wounds, England pulled away dramatically in the closing stages – Jonathan Joseph and Jonny May each latching on to kicks from Danny Care to touch down before the replacement scrum-half also went over.The end result was a hugely flattering scoreline for England and their 21st win from 22 Tests under Eddie Jones.FT: @EnglandRugby have beaten Australia, 30 – 6 at Twickenham #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/Qqp1RgSYon— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 18, 2017Two penalties from the returning Owen Farrell provided the only points of the first half, but there was certainly no shortage of incident.After Farrell’s opening three-pointer and the early introduction of another player rested last week, Maro Itoje replacing the injured Sam Underhill, Australia saw Bernard Foley miss a chance to level the scores before turning down another shot at goal to force a lineout that England stole.With the Wallabies on top, Hooper touched down from a clever Tevita Kuridrani kick, only for the score to be chalked off for offside – a decision Cheika sarcastically applauded.Hooper was then sin-binned following repeated infringements from Australia and, after Farrell had doubled England’s lead, Beale also picked up a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.8 – That is Michael Hooper’s 8th yellow card for @qantaswallabies, more than any other player from any country. Repeat.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) November 18, 2017Australia performed admirably to stay in the game when numerically disadvantaged, a long-range penalty from Reece Hodge making it 6-3 before Beale returned.Two more hugely controversial moments followed. After a thrilling break from Samu Kerevi was wasted through Kuridrani coughing up possession, George Ford’s kick to the left looked to be heading out of play, only for Daly to sneak in ahead of Kurtley Beale and kick on to score. After a lengthy TMO review, it was ruled that the ball had just stayed in the field of play before Daly got to it with his boot, leaving Beale to rue his carelessness in jogging back.Koroibete then looked to have replied for Australia after Foley had split the posts to make it 13-6, but that try was ruled out for obstruction by replacement hooker Stephen Moore and England finished with a flourish to leave their opponents stunned.last_img read more

Governor’s Cup to play washout games

first_imgAll washout games are being played at the Kone Tigers field.In the first match, Spiders defeated Hurricanes 8-0.The next two games were forfeited after the teams failed to turn up on time to play.Tournament director, Billy Aki said the draws for the weekend will be finalised after the completion of the washout games this afternoon.The grand finals will be played this Sunday at the Kone Tigers oval.last_img

Tongan squad named for Hong Kong Sevens

first_imgAll members of the team were selected from the recent Kolomotu’a Sevens competition, a competition that was won by Toloa Old Boys.  The national team will participate in the core status qualifying competition of the tournament. This competition features 12 non-core teams with the overall winner being granted a core status for the next HSBC World Series (2016 – 2017). Core status means a team is invited to participate in every tournament of the HSBC World Series. Tonga’s pool opponents are Morocco, Brazil and Japan.  Tonga Sevens Team List      Atelea Moa – Marist    Misitana Afeaki – Ha’apai    Taliauli Sikuea – Toloa Old Boys    Semisi Tei – Toloa Old Boys    Sione Vea – Toloa Old Boys    Tuihakavalu Ika – Toloa Old Boys    Joseph Tongia – Marist    Tavake Fusimalohi – Fasi Ma’ufanga    Unaloto Kaloni – Ha’apai    Samisoni Asi – Toloa Old Boys    Fine Tokai – Lavengamalie    Viliami Siale – Toloa Old BoysThe officials are:Co-head Coaches – Siaosi Atiola and Taholo AnitoniTeam Manager – Tevita LavemaiTeam Physio – Siosaia Vakasiuola.(The captains of the eight teams battling to win core team status next season)last_img read more

Mead congratulates Olam for scoring contract with Melbourne Storm

first_imgThe young “angra” from Chimbu who debuted for the beloved Kumuls has scored him a contract with the Melbourne Storm, but he must first pass a medical test before he puts ink onto the contract.The announcement was made today in Port Moresby (see separate story http://www.looppng.com/content/justin-olam-accepts-offer-melbourne-storm).Olam debuted for the SP PNG Hunters playing on the wing in the Queensland Intrust Cup this season.He plies his trade in the country’s semi-professional rugby league competition, the Digicel Cup with the Lae-based Snax Tigers.  This is certainly a memorable year for Olam after graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Science, majoring in Applied Physics from University of Technology some months back.Papua New Guinea is the only country on earth, where rugby league is the national sport, and now the pride is running high with social media – Facebook is being bombarded with congratulatory comments. PNG Kumuls captain and Gold Coast Titans winger David Mead posted, “great to see ‪PNG ‪Kumuls winger Justin Olam will be at Melbourne Storm in 2017.“PNG ‪Hunters (is) doing a great job for their (PNG) players. Nice work roomie!”Country Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko posted: “Congratulations Justin for getting a contract with the NRL Melbourne Storms next year, Fantastic Achievement. Rugby League is now moving in the right direction, a career path is now set for future rugby stars.”Picture source: David Mead Facebook page.last_img read more

2017 Hunters squad revealed

first_imgThe 29-man squad was made public this afternoon at a press conference at the National Football Stadium by Hunters coach, Michael Marum.The new faces that make up the Hunters for this year’s campaign in the Intrust Super Cup competition are: Anderson Benford, Radley Bawa, Eddie Dafa, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Wawa Paul and Wellington Albert.Marum says 14 players are continuing on from the 2016 season while the other six, including former captain Israel Eliab, Lawrence Tu’u and David Loko, are making their return to the side.”The PNG Rugby Football League board through chairman, Sandis Tsaka and Hunters chairman, Graham Osborne, have endorsed the squad,” said Marum.Marum finished by thanking the sponsors, including SP Brewery, Air Niugini, the National Gaming Control Board, PNG LNG, Trukai and the media for their continued support.”We will give it our best shot and hopefully go all the way,” said Marum.The Hunters squad for 2017:Adex Wera, Anderson Benford, Ase Boas, Bland Abavu, Radley Bawa, Butler Morris, David Loko, Eddie Dafa, Edward Goma, Enoch Maki, Esau Siune, Henry Wan, Ismael Balkawa, Israel Eliab, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Lawrence Tu’u, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Noel Joel, Sailas Gahuna, Stanton Albert, Stargroth Amean, Wartovo Puara, Watson Boas, Wawa Paul, Wellington Albert, William Aquila and Willie Minoga.Marum said the captain of the side will be named at the launch of the Hunters season at the end of this month.The Hunters will play one trial match against the Northern Pride in Cairns on February 18 before the season kicks off on the first week of March.last_img read more