Jordan Jacob Challenge to become an Annual Event

Story by Edward Nixon

After the success of Sunday’s Cash Converters West Coast Pirates v Papua New Guinea WA game, NRL WA have announced the Jordan Jacob Challenge will become an annual event as part of the Pirates SG Ball Pathways Program.

 

Photo  PNG WA Reddust Coach  Ihanimo Congratulates Pirate Tyler Hunt and Pirates Coach Daniel Manning congratulates Maxphill Kelly as the 2018 Jordan Jacobs Medal Winner as Best Player for their respective teams

 

After the success of Sunday’s Cash Converters West Coast Pirates v Papua New Guinea WA game, NRL WA have announced the Jordan Jacob Challenge will become an annual event as part of the Pirates SG Ball Pathways Program.

In a contest where the Pirates ran out 36-12 winners, Tyler Hunt and Maxphill Kelly were named the inaugural Jordan Jacob Medal winners.

Hunt, a try-scorer on the day poses to be an important piece for the Pirates in 2018 as he is trusted with the captaincy under new Coach Daniel Manning.

Jacob, who the award is named after, is a product of the Pirates system and has represented the South Perth Lions at both Junior and Senior levels.

The speedy-winger rose to fame after his run away try for the Combined Affiliated States in a World Cup warm-up game against England at NIB Stadium in October.

PNG WA & NRL WA Multicultural Community Chairman Alex Ihanimo says Jacob has been a great servant to rugby league in Western Australia.

“A humble and quiet young man, Jordan lets his speed, skills and on-field gameplay do the talking for him,” Ihanimo said.

The Pirates will now prepare themselves for Round 1 of the SG Ball Competition, where they will host a strong Parramatta Eels side from 11am on Saturday at Ken Allen Field.

PNG will play against the Pirates Under 19’s from 12.30pm as part of a double-header.