On’ for finals hopes to be ‘ fair dinkum’
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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.