By Staff Reporter : PNG Today
Wera was omitted after his visa to travel to Australia was not ready.
“It is a big blow to the team to leave him (Adex) behind,” a disappointed coach Michael Marum said before departure this morning. “It has disrupted our preparations for the 1st game. Karo (Kauna) will take his spot in the centres in the starting line.”
Kauna said although he was a last minute inclusion, he has been training with the team for the past 11 weeks and will give his best.
“It is disappointing for Adex but I will go out and give my best for the team and repay the faith the coach has placed on me to fill the spot,” Kauna said.
Kauna will wear jersey No. 19 and become Hunters # 49 behind Nixon Put (47) and Moses Meninga (48).
Noel Joel is the other player omitted. Radley Brawa is the 18th man travelling with the team.
The SP Hunters team travelled to Brisbane this morning. This afternoon they travel to Rockhampton for Saturday’s 6pm clash against Central Queensland Capras.
Hunters 20-man squad: 1. Bland Abavu 2. Butler Morris 3. Karo Kauna 4. Willie Minoga 5. William Aquila 6. Israel Eliab 7. Ase Boas (c) 8. Henry Wan 9. Gahuna Silas 10. Esau Siune 11. Nixon Put 12. David Loko 13. Stanton Albert; Reserves: 14. Lawrence Tu’u 15. Ishmael Balkawa 16. Enoch Maki 17. Moses Meninga 8. Radley Brawa 19. Karo Kauna 20. Noel Joel.