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  1. mikail-eagle

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    The Wynnum Manly Seagulls have by-passed the Hunters and gone straight down to the Digicel Cup to sign Edwin Ipape from the Lae Tigers.


    Tigers’ Ipape joins Wynnum Manly

    LAE Snax Tigers and PNG LNG Kumuls five-eighth Edwin Ipape left the country on Sunday to join Brisbane Q-Cup club Wynnum Manly Seagulls for the 2019 season.
    According to Tigers coach Stanley Tepend, Ipape is on a sports visa and contracted for one year for the Gulls.

    Tepend said Ipape flew down to Brisbane over the weekend and had his first team training on Monday.
    “It’s early yet but they have watched him play in the Digicel Cup and have high expectations for him at the club,” Tepend said.

    “There are also two Hunters players, Edene Gabbie and Rhadley Brawa, already with the Seagulls and with Ipape going direct to Q-Cup from Digicel Cup is a good recognition for our competition where players can go direct to other Intrust clubs apart from through the Hunters.”

    Tepend speaking well of Edwin said he was a talented players with the required attributes (speed, vision, kicking and passing skills) to be a successful footballer.
    He said Ipape would benefit from training in Australia and experiencing the life style.
    “Tigers through its sponsor Lae Biscuit and owner Ian Chow and brother Adrian Chow have both supported Edwin and are happy to have him with the Seagulls.

    “It’s another massive contribution that the Chow family has done to make sure another young kid from Tigers and PNG can get a chance.
    “We hope Edwin can make the most of this opportunity and follow in footsteps of another Tigers man in Justin Olam to the NRL.
    “It’s only early and there is a lot of work to be done for Edwin and we can only wish him all the best and the rest is up to him now,” Tepend said.
     
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  2. Walter sobchak

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    Was Ipape cut from the 2019 hunters camp or still part of the remaining squad??
     
  3. Perth Red

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    Are there any Hunters players on NRL contracts?
     
  4. Walter sobchak

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    Which NRL team is the wynnum manly seagulls aligned with??
     
  5. mikail-eagle

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    He was part of the orignal Hunters 63 man squad that started preseason training in December.
    But he was let go just before christmas. His coach at the Lae Tigers is also part of Michael Marum's inner circle so they probably knew back than about his move to Wynnum Manly.

    He was being touted as the perfect replacement for Ase Boas at the Hunters so now they have to find somebody else.
     
  6. mikail-eagle

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    Most probably the Broncos.
     
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    Currently only Justin Olam at the Melbourne Storm. Before him the Late Kato Ottio was contracted to the Raiders.
     
  8. Walter sobchak

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    Good stuff.

    If you get time ME can you compile a list of kumuls currently playing in the Queensland and NSW cups and NRL please marra. Obviously excluding the hunters :smirk:
     
  9. Walter sobchak

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    Yep. You’re right. Just read their Wikipedia page and it says the broncos.
     
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    Current Kumuls playing in Aust.

    1. Justin Olam - Melbourne Storm
    2. Zev John-Melborune Storm/Victoria Thunderbolts
    3. Rhyse Martin - Bulldogs
    4. Nene McDonald-Cowboys
    5. Daniel Russell - Cowboys
    6. Kyle Laybutt - Cowboys ??
    7. Lachland Lam - Roosters
    8. James Segeyaro- Sharks ??
    9. Nixon Putt- North Devils
    10. Rhadley Brawa- Wynnum Manly Seagulls
    11. Edene Gabi- Wynnum Manly Seagulls
    12. Edwin Ipape- Wynnum Manly Seagulls
     
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    Thanks ME.

    What about rod griffin? Richard&seb pandia? And Tyson Martin?
     
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    Ooops sorry I forgot about them.

    I think Tyson Martin is now retired.
    So a complete list should be;

    1. Justin Olam - Melbourne Storm
    2. Zev John-Melborune Storm/Victoria Thunderbolts
    3. Rhyse Martin - Bulldogs
    4. Nene McDonald-Cowboys
    5. Daniel Russell - Cowboys
    6. Kyle Laybutt - Cowboys ??
    7. Lachland Lam - Roosters
    8. James Segeyaro- Sharks ??
    9. Nixon Putt- North Devils
    10. Rhadley Brawa- Wynnum Manly Seagulls
    11. Edene Gabi- Wynnum Manly Seagulls
    12. Edwin Ipape- Wynnum Manly Seagulls
    13. Richard Pandia-Ipswich Jets
    14. Sebastin Pandia -Ipswich Jets
    15. Luke Page - Burleigh Bears
    16. Tommy Butterfield - East Tigers
    17. Kurt Baptiste - Roosters
    18. Rod Grifin- Townsville Blackhawks ?
     
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    In UK you have
    Ase and Watson Boas at Featherstone Rovers
    David Mead at Les Catalans
    Wellington Albert Widnes
     
  14. Walter sobchak

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    Barra raiders have 3 kumuls also.
     
  15. Hello, I'm The Doctor

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    PNG as a national team have so much potential...

    The stereotypical PNG guy (like most of the Pacific nations) is big and fast. With RL at the most popular sport (so all of the kids with athletic potential will be dreaming of RL) and the population (so a lot of kids dreaming), they should be able to leapfrog NZ and even England on the world rankings.

    The passion is there and the players are definitely there. All they need is the coaching and development...
     
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  16. Walter sobchak

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    Stereotypically kumuls are quite short but very stocky and physical and like other pacific nations lack creativity in the halves.

    Also I couldn’t agree more with you about PNG’s potential. They have a fairly decent sized population of 8.5 million which is fast growing every year and RL is the national sport. Like you say the kumuls just need structure and pathways for their top athletes and regular international RL games.
     
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    I think a lot of the creativity bit comes from lack of proper coaching and development pathways from a young age. Until you have the resources to have high quality coaches, nutrition programs, elite jnr squads at age groups regular elite competition etc it wont matter how many kids play the game. I'm not sure what is happening under the Hunters to address this at a schools or Jnr football level?
     
  18. Hello, I'm The Doctor

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    Id put that down to a lack of high-level coaching for the kids...

    In West Sydney, if a kid shows potential, they will be hotboxed in one of a dozen systems that give them access to some of the worlds best RL coaches.

    In the Islands, if a kid shows potential, they will stay in their same local team and just try their best. That can work fin with the forwards/backs (not brilliant, but fine). But when it comes to the playmakers, these guys need ingrained instincts that they are learning at 10.
     
  19. Walter sobchak

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    The quick solution to this is like what the NRL clubs do with talented schoolboys from New Zealand who are identified at an early age of say 13-15 years old and brought over to Australia on scholarships.

    Long term solution however is to get young kumuls aged from say 16-20 years old playing in the Queensland cup youth leagues either for the hunters or for Australian based Queensland cup sides.
     
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    Get the kumul schoolboys from ages 12-16 to tour Queensland and NSW in the hope of being spotted and signed up on scholarships like the kiwi kids.
     

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