On’ for fi­nals hopes to be ‘ fair dinkum’

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former Black­hawks Willi Minoga, the pack a punch.

Woolf said today’s game would be vi­tal in set­ting up the Black­hawks’ en­try into fi­nals.

“If we’re fair dinkum it starts with this game,” he said.

“Apart from that re­sult in Port Moresby, games be­tween us and PNG have usu­ally been de­cided by one of two points.

“We’ve had a very good prepa­ra­tion and it’s go­ing to be a big game for sev­eral rea­sons.

“But PNG are cer­tainly the for­ward Hunters type of team that will make you pay if you’re not at your best, and we’re ex­pect­ing a re­ally tough game.”

Woolf said he would make no other late changes to the team he named ear­lier this week, which in­cludes half­back Michael Parker- Wal­she who made his re­turn from a shoul­der in­jury in last week­end’s 26- 14 win over the CQ Capras.

The former Cow­boys un­der- 20s player will re­tire at sea­son’s end along with fel­low foun­da­tion Black­hawk An- thony Mitchell, who has spent three sea­sons at the Black­hawks fol­low­ing an NRL ca­reer fea­tur­ing stints at the Cow­boys, Sydney Roost­ers and Par­ra­matta Eels.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s al­ways sad when you have guys say good­bye, es­pe­cially blokes I’ve dealt with per­son­ally for a num­ber of years,” Woolf said.

“When we started re­cruit­ing play­ers they were two of the first blokes we set our sights on.

“They were blokes who we built a club and cul­ture around, and they’ve been out­stand­ing ser­vants for the club who al­ways give their ab­so­lute best.

“I know the PNG sup­port­ers al­ways turn out in force and they add a lot of at­mos­phere to the oc­ca­sion, but I cer­tainly hope our sup­port­ers also turn out in droves to say good­bye to those two blokes.”


HARD MEN: Black­hawks winger Jonathon Reuben is tack­led by the Hunters nters de­fence last se sea­son.n.

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