K92 Mining and Hunters forge partnership 

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 4:41 pm

Hunters players presenting the sport shot to K92 mining representative.

SP PNG Hunters has announced a sponsorship partnership with K92 Mining for the 2024 and 2025 Hostplus Cup Season, with the company coming on board as the back of playing shorts sponsor.

“We are incredibly excited to announce our partnership with K92 Mining,” said Hunters CEO Scott Barker. 

“As we embark on the business end of the 2024 Hostplus Cup season, this collaboration presents a wealth of opportunities for our team and supporters alike. K92 Mining’s commitment to excellence and community aligns perfectly with our values, and we look forward to achieving great things together.”

To launch the partnership, premiership-winning hooker and SP PNG Hunters current assistant coach Wartovo Puara, as well as players Epel Kapinias and Valentine Richard joined forces with the PNG NRL Bid to visit the town of Kainantu as well as the K92 mine site.

The group visited schools, conducted coaching clinics, and passed on their valuable knowledge of how sports can be used to bring communities together.

PNG NRL Bid Development Manager Joey Grima said “This is the first time that the PNG NRL Bid and the SP PNG Hunters have undertaken a joint initiative to promote rugby league to schools and communities in the provinces of Eastern Highlands and Morobe. The visit also provided updated information about how the NRL BID is creating pathways and developing programs for rugby league sustainability.

Throughout the three days, students, teachers, community leaders, and mine staff were incredibly excited to meet the (Hunters).

“These men are truly future leaders and wonderful mentors, and the entire rugby league community should be proud of them. Despite it being their bye round, they insisted on spending their time engaging with the community,” Grima said.

John Lewins, CEO K92 Mining said “it was important for K92 that the values of the SP PNG Hunters align so strongly with our own, with their strong focus on engagement with schools and communities through Papua New Guinea. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with the Hunters.”