first_imgThis includes the Country week round.In a statement released by the PNGRFL, the 2019 ISC was endorsed at the last CEOs meeting in Brisbane last month.PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the 12 of the 23 ISC matches, including the Round 18 Country Week round this July, will be played here in PNG.The 14 team Intrust Super Cup 2019 competition kicks off on the weekend of March 9 and 10 with the SP Hunters playing Tweed Heads Seagulls away in Piggabeen Sports Complex in Brisbane.Rau said the 1st SP Hunters home game at NFS is on the following Sunday March 17 against Northern Pride, as well as on March 24 against Sunshine Coast Falcons.He said the annual Kokoda Cup against Burleigh Bears during the ANZAC round will be played on April 25 at Pizzey Park in Brisbane.The Stan Joyce Cup played for against Redcliffe Dolphins since 2014 will see the Dolphins out to retain the Cup when they host the SP Hunters at Dolphin Stadium in Round 12 on the 1st of June.The 2nd match will be played in Round 22 on August 25 at the NFS.The annual Air Niugini / Kokoda Cup against Townsville Blackhawks will see two games next season.The SP PNG Hunters will be out to retain the Cup in Round 9 on the 5th of May, in Port Moresby.The 2nd game will be played in Round 19 on the 3rd of August in Townsville.Rau also revealed that the finals format has been changed from six teams to eight teams next season.QRL Major Competition’s manager Dave Maiden said it was shaping up to be another thrilling season.He said changing the finals format from six teams to eight, will keep more fans engaged throughout the season.last_img

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