ALEX Glenn has summed up the wonderful feelings the Broncos players have taken home from Papua New Guinea following the weekend’s historic clash with the Hunters.
The Broncos beat the Hunters 26-12 on Saturday, but it was the three days of events in the community and the interaction the players and population shared that resonated most strongly with the playing group.
The vision of players throwing their training gear and football boots to young fans chasing the bus as the team rode through the city of Port Moresby was a powerful image.
Glenn had a simple message of thanks for the country of PNG.
“This is my first time to PNG and I had heard of the strong following we have,” said Glenn.
“But I didn’t expect it to be this big and that passionate.
“Everywhere we went we were treated like rock stars.
“We are going to remember this trip for the rest of our lives.
“Your welcome was phenomenal and we are never going to forget it.
“Everywhere we went we had people chasing us, shouting at us and we were bringing smiles to their faces – and we weren’t even doing much.
“It’s an experience I will always cherish.
“I have a lot of respect for the PNG community and the respect you have showed our club.”
Stand-in coach Jason Demetriou said the Hunters had put on a marvellous example of the country’s pride.
“For us the game was second to the occasion,” he said.
“The few days here, the crowd and the way the Hunters played is a great representation of the people.
“It has been an honour to be here and compete with a team that puts so much in.
“I can’t commend the Hunters enough for what they are doing as a team and a country.”