Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cost to Go to PNG Too Much; No Televised Game for Minor Premiers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cost to Go to PNG Too Much; No Televised Game for Minor Premiers

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RUGBY LEAGUE: The PNG Hunters have been denied a televised match for week two of the Intrust Super Cup finals, after the cost proved too much for the club to bear.

The QRL confirmed that they would look to give the Channel 9 slot for finals week two to the sides playing in the knock-out fixture over PNG.

The Hunters, who secured the minor premiership at the weekend, will have a bye in week one before hosting the second-placed team in week two.

But Dave Maiden, the QRL's manager of major competitions, said they would look to play the PNG game at 3pm on Sunday, September 10, instead of live on Channel 9 at 1.30pm.

"The Hunters have to cover the costs to televise out of PNG, which are quite significant," Maiden said.

"If I have an option, I always try to televise a knock-out game anyway.

"In week one, the TV game will likely be 4th v 5th and in week two we'll try to do the two winners from week one."

If PNG lose their first final, they will be given another chance to make the grand final in an elimination match in week three. …

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