Who is 2020 PNG Hunter's New Coach?

2020 PNG Hunters new coach, Matthew Church, is a not new to rugby League. He has been fundamental in the development of young talents in the under 15, 16, 18 and 20 levels

He is an experienced assistant coach at junior levels and head coach at East Tigers under 20 and Meninga cup under 18.

Matt has a long coaching career at the junior levels. He seems to be the kind of person to go to when you wanted to develop young talents.

2020 PNG Hunters New Coach a Fan Fav?

However, Matt may be new to the PNG RL politics and fans. He may need time to adjust to the madness of rugby League when things go well.

He also will have to prepare for times when things do not work out right. In fact, there is a a ‘big shoe’ to fill and the expectations are high.  Matt is probably aware of it!

It is important that Matt sets his direction for the Hunters early on – where he wants to see the players and team by the end of 2020 season. 

The direction can be in several  ways, but importantly success of individual players is also the success for the team as  whole.

Direction for PNG Hunters in 2020

One way to set a direction and measure it is to successfully connect players to the QRL (Intrust Super Cup) ,NSWRL, NRL or other international competitions.

Another direction can be for the team to be successful in the QRL competition. And that is to not fall below the precedence set by the previous players and coach.

Having said that, Matt is focused on the PNG Hunters in 2020 with his sight on the Digicel Cup comp.

He said
"I'm just looking forward to developing those players and the staff in and around the Hunters and hopefully working in the Digicel Cup (domestic competition in Papua New Guinea) as well to raise coach education,".
We wish him and the 2020 PNG Hunters all the best in the Intrust comp.

NCSL Value Back Loyalty Program - Offers 10% Discount

Home More located within the CPL Complex at Waigani Central, Port Moresby. The Home More loyalty program offers 10% discount on regular priced items to NCSL Members, under the NCSL Value Back Loyalty Program.

NCSL Loyalty program
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NCSL Members are eligible for 10% discount off all cash payments, upon presentation of Member ID Cards.

This includes Kids Saving Account holders with membership IDs.

Members can also be able to use their Poro Cards on the NCSLPOS Terminal already installed in the shop.

A BIS ( Biometric Identification System) Kiosk, is also located within the Home More shop for NCSL Members, to easily view account details and also lodged applications.

Here are some examples of regular priced items at CPL complex, Waigani Central.
NCSL CPL Waigani

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Coronavirus Contigency Plan for School Closure - No School Closed Yet


Many countries closed their schools and universities because of the fear of infections among their students. Nearby, Australia has closed some schools in several states. 

Fiji and the Solomon Island are taking steps to CONTAIN the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-2019. 

PNG has also restricted flights and visits coming into the country. But, has the country and the Education Department spell-out any contingency plans in the event schools closed?

We asked the question in our latest article - "Will PNG Schools Close Because of Coronavirus?"

Click the link to the article and participate in the discussion.

Stay safe. 

HELP Loan Application Form Tertiary Institutions


The government has released a total of K220 million for the Higher Education Loan Program or HELP.

The department made an initial submission for a K350 million but was only given K220 million.

Higher Education Secretary Fr Jan Czuba said the release of funds is for implementation in April this year.

Fr Jan Czuba stated that this amount is sufficient and would not often be fully used and whatever remains can be rolled over to next year’s allocation.

The Secretary made this known when providing an update on the HELP program to NBC News.

NBC News was told a temporary declaration form which is similar to a loan application form has been issued by the Secretary’s office to all tertiary institutions and colleges in the country.

Fr Jan explained that students who wish to apply for this loan will have to fill the form and leave them with their respective administration for enrolment purposes.

The Higher Education Secretary said three options have been discussed and looked at as the avenue where this fund will be managed.

He said they are considering options that are going to be transparent and also to ensure the money grows instead of being used up.