He completed his Senior Certificate at the Queensland Police Academy, citing his love for TV police dramas as a key reason for joining the force,[9] and served as an officer in the Queensland Police Service until 1985. Please download Image Name Height; Stanley Gene. Later that year he played in the Magpies' BRL Premiership grand final loss, scoring a try and kicking 3 goals as the Magpies went down to Norths 17–15. Goroka, town, east-central Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean.Goroka is a centre of European settlement in the central highlands and a commercial and transportation hub for the region. He was set to face legal action from the NRL's match review panel over his now controversial column, but after negotiations with them on 1 August 2011, the matter was resolved. Meninga left Canberra and returned to Queensland in 2005, opening several successful businesses, including a fruit and vegetable wholesale business in the Brisbane Markets, and several Strathfield Car Sound outlets. Meninga successfully returned to top level representative football in 1989, playing for Queensland in their State of Origin series whitewash of NSW (though he did suffer an eye socket injury in the second game in Sydney which kept him out of the third), before being selected to the mid-season tour of New Zealand. [48], In 2016, Meninga was a recipient of the Queensland Greats Awards. “The Knights are the future of the England side. On 1 August 2018 Meninga was named the 13th Immortal. Halfback Ricky Stuart badly broke and dislocated his right ankle in the second half and despite a club record 68–0 win, without their halfback and chief play maker, the Raiders fell apart. In 1995 Meninga's book Mal Meninga: My Life in Football was published. In the 2015 State of Origin Series he coached Queensland to their ninth series win in ten years, with the decider played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 8 July 2015 and Queensland recording both the largest score and biggest victory margin with a 52–6 victory. As a coach, he began with the Canberra Raiders, before coaching Queensland to nine State of Origin titles between 2006 and 2015. He was succeeded as coach of the PM's XIII by New South Wales coach Laurie Daley. goroka honeys rugby. When Meninga was given a new contract after the 2008 series, he was quoted as saying: "I want to win six [State of Origin series] in a row". In the post season Meninga travelled with the Raiders to England and captained the team in their 30–18 loss to a Martin Offiah inspired Widnes in the 1989 World Club Challenge at Old Trafford. Also, Meninga was first selected to play centre for Queensland in 1979,[13] and the following year helped his state to win rugby league's first ever State of Origin match against New South Wales at Lang Park, kicking seven goals from seven attempts (Meninga was one of the last players to use the toe-poke kicking style rather than the more accurate around-the-corner style that was starting to take hold). In late 2017, Meninga coached the Australian team to win the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. [40], He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2003. The Statue commemorates Rugby League legend and Queensland State of Origin Coach, Mal Meninga. Infobox sports league logo= pixels=200x244px sport= Rugby League founded= 2005 teams= 9 country= PNG champion= Mendi Muruks Runners-up= Goroka Lahanis| The Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition or PNGNRL is a semi-professional rugby league competition held annually in Papua New Guinea.Formerly known as the SP Inter-City Cup it changed its name after new sponsorship and new … With Lions players converging, Meninga loomed in support and after legally shouldering Lions centre Carl Gibson out of the way, received the pass from Stuart and touched down for a dramatic 14–10 win that silenced most of the 46,615 strong crowd. During the 44–12 third test win at Lang Park, Meninga broke Michael Cronin's Kangaroos point scoring record. Papua New Guinea have not so far qualified for a Rugby World Cup.They participated in the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournaments for the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but did not qualify. In 1995 Meninga's book Mal Meninga: My Life in Football was published. Papua New Guinea. Meninga continued his good form for Souths in 1985, playing in their 10–8 Grand Final win over Wynnum-Manly. The Papua New Guinea national rugby union team, nicknamed the Pukpuks, (Tok Pisin for 'crocodiles'), played its first international in 1966, defeating Vanuatu 47-3. What Other Say: Google User (21/05/2019 06:21) There to watch Google User (16/02/2019 07:04) I Leave there as local and was grown-up as man [43][44] Meninga went on to be named as one of the centres, along with Reg Gasnier, in Australian rugby league's Team of the Century. Please review all pages to make sure you are using the most recent rules and best practices. Mozilla Firefox 6.59%. However, in 1981 Meninga again reached the grand final with Souths who defeated the Redcliffe Dolphins 13–9. This was the third consecutive opponent of Meninga in State of Origin coaching to have been a teammate of the 1990 Winfield Cup Grand Final-winning Canberra side. After being given the Raiders' captaincy, Meninga led Canberra to their first premiership in 1989 after overcoming the Balmain Tigers 19–14 in extra time in the Grand Final, the Raiders becoming not only the first non-Sydney team to win the premiership, but also the first team to win after finishing the minor round in 4th place. Boost traffic by filling gaps. Heights in centimeters and feet. Eastern Highlands PAWA! The Raiders came back strongly in 1993, with their international stars Meninga, Ricky Stuart, Laurie Daley, Bradley Clyde and Steve Walters, as well as try scoring Fijian Noa Nadruku (22 tries for the season) leading the way. [27] The weekend after Queensland won its sixth straight series, Mal Meninga penned a column in Brisbane's The Sunday Mail attacking the NSW media and match review panel, and labelling them "rats and filth"[30] after he believed that they [the NSW media] had tried to sabotage his side's attempts at winning their sixth successive series by charging Johnathan Thurston and David Taylor with on-field incidents (only the latter was suspended) and also attacking NSW coach Ricky Stuart over his decision not to reveal the Blues line-up up to one hour before kick-off (which is when the official team lists must be released prior to a match). Meninga was the Kangaroos top point scorer on tour, scoring 166 from 10 tries (worth 3 points) and 68 goals, including a personal haul of 19 points (1 try, 8 goals) in the first Ashes series test against Great Britain at Boothferry Park in Hull. The Kangaroos then scored a hard-fought 23–4 win in the third test at Elland Road to once again retain The Ashes and keep alive their streak of not having lost a test series in England since the 1959–60 Kangaroo tour. After retiring, Meninga has enjoyed success as a coach, and is currently the head coach of Australia.[6]. He is also the only player to captain two Kangaroo Tours, in 1990 and 1994. With only a couple of minutes remaining and the scores locked at 10 all, his Raiders teammate Ricky Stuart raced through a gap in the tired Lions defence and sprinted 70 metres upfield. He retired with the most appearances in the history of the Australian national team, and became the top-point scorer ever in State of Origin football. With the scores locked at 4–4 after two penalty goals each, Meninga intercepted a Bobbie Goulding pass only 20 metres from his own line and raced 70 metres downfield, with flying Lions winger Martin Offiah bearing down on him. He is the only player to tour four times with the Kangaroos and the only player to make two Kangaroo tours as captain. After his displays on the 1982 Kangaroo tour, Meninga was in high demand with English club sides. For more information, visit Meninga's form continued though, captaining Queensland in the 1992 State of Origin series (NSW won 2–1) as well as Australia's successful Ashes defence against the touring Great Britain Lions. Meninga became the only player selected to four Kangaroo tours and the only player to twice be named tour captain. He remains the only player to captain two Kangaroo tours, in 1990 and 1994. 1993 wasn't all bad though. Perhaps his most memorable performance came at Old Trafford in 1990, when he helped Australia to salvage the Ashes with a barnstorming try in the final minutes of the second Test. After gaining the test captaincy that year in the absence of an injured Wally Lewis (also because of a broken arm) for the one-off test against France in Parkes and the test against New Zealand in Wellington, Meninga was duly named captain of the 1990 Kangaroos. Meninga was renowned for charges through the defence as he captained Canberra to three premierships. Fittingly, Mal scored the last try of the match after taking an intercept and outpacing Bulldogs centre Jarrod McCracken to score beside the posts (amazingly, despite being a noted goal kicker throughout his career, Meninga declined to take what would have been an easy shot at goal and left it to the team's regular kicker David Furner). Papua New Guinea 7's. 7.3K likes. [citation needed] His third also saw him miss a place in Australia's 25–12 win over New Zealand in the World Cup Final at Eden Park in Auckland at the end of the 1988 season. [22] His popularity and playing record as a domestic and international captain were valuable in raising the profile of the rebel competition. He then backed that up with 15 points (1 try, 6 goals) in the second test at Wigan's Central Park, before adding a further 14 points (7 goals) to his Ashes tally in the third test at Headingley in Leeds. He was bought by BBC commentator and former Saints forward Ray French while he was in Australia covering the 1984 Great Britain Lions tour. Headquartered in Port Moresby, it has offices in Five (5)centres: Lae, Mount Hagen, Kokopo, Madang and Goroka. I'd watch in awe as Mal pulverised the opposing defensive line with his bone-crunching runs. Also in 2006, he coached the Prime Minister's XIII side to victory over the Papua New Guinea national rugby league team. 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