Sport: PNG Hunters change kick-off times after security concerns

12:25 pm on 24 March 2016

The Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby league team have brought forward the kick-off times for two home matches in response to concerns from supporters about security.

The Hunters beat Tweed Heads on Saturday night at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby in their first home game of the Queensland Cup season.

That match started at 6:30pm but the club says they have received feedback that games finishing mid-evening would cause security concerns for supporters using public transport to and from games.

The Townsville Blackhawks and Redcliffe Dolphins have agreed to play their upcoming matches in Port Moresby in the afternoon, with both games brought forward to a 3pm kick-off.

The round seven match against the Norths Devils will remain a 6:30pm kickoff on Saturday the 16th of April, but arrangements have been made for transport to be available for fans to travel home safely.

Penrith train on the new National Football Stadium in Port Moresby

The National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Photo: Facebook/Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP

Any changes to game-day schedules can only be made if agreed by all parties and Hunters Management is continuing dialogue with other teams due to play in PNG.

The Hunters are one of only two unbeaten teams in the Queensland Cup after winning their opening three games.

They play away at Sunshine Coast Falcons on Sunday afternoon, with the Pacific Allies Cup again up for grabs.

The Falcons are the current holder, having won the corresponding match last year.