HERE at Newtown we believe we have a special product on offer at our home games at Henson Park, and that the Newtown club has a valuable ongoing role in Rugby League football. This very articulate supporter's message is worth reading.
THE Sydney Airport Jets' 34-22 loss to St. George-Illawarra at Henson Park on Saturday proved just how competitive Newtown can be with the best teams in the 2003 NSW Premier League. This match also proved how the Jets' errors and missed opportunities are invariably very costly against such well-credentialled opponents. Newtown's Official Patron John Singleton was in attendance, and no doubt was pleased with his team's overall effort against the power-packed Dragons.
The Jets had done well to only trail by 18-10 at half-time, after turning in a shoddy first half completion rate. Alf Duncan and Craig West scored Newtown's first half tries, with West's try coming from some slick scrum base work from new signing Craig Field.
Roared on by the big home crowd, Newtown had the Dragons back-pedalling early in the second half after a try to centre Dustin Cooper (on loan from the Melbourne Storm). However, the Jets failed to maintain their momentum and to make use of their territorial advantage, allowing the Dragons to counter-punch with an eighty metres try. The visitors then enjoyed a glut of possession over the next fifteen minutes, scoring two more tries on the back of repeat sets of possession.
Newtown fought back with a converted try six minutes from full-time, with Cooper seizing upon a deftly-placed kick from Field. The Jets' best were forwards Monah Elahmad, Joe Lichaa, hard working Tony Phillips and captain Troy Barnes. Dustin Cooper gave a strong first-up display, and five-eighth Craig West again impressed. Craig Field, in his first game of grade football in two years, showed what value he will be to the club in the forthcoming weeks.
The Jets travelled to Ringrose Park in the Jim Beam Cup competition on Saturday afternoon, and given the unsettled nature of the team's preparation for this match, competed reasonably well despite going down to Wentworthville by 44-18.
The Sydney Airport Jets meet the Penrith-St.Marys Cougars in both grades at the Western Weekender Stadium, St. Marys this Saturday (June 14). The NSW Premier League match kicks off at 3pm, and the Jim Beam Cup curtain-raiser is timed to start at 1.15pm.
LAST call for the State of Origin Fund Raising Dinner for the Newtown Rugby League Football Club and the Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club.
Special guests will include former State of Origin players from New South Wales and believe it or not Queensland, home of those dreaded Cane Toads! Mike Whitney will be the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
Wednesday, 11th June 2003, 6.30 pm
7 Regent Street, Petersham
$75.00 per person (includes a top class 2 course meal plus beer, wines, soft drinks.)
Raffles and great auction items, including tickets and accommodation for 2 to the second State of Origin game in Sydney.
Tickets are available from:
Petersham RSL - contact the Reception.
Newtown RLFC - contact Annie on 95500999
Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club - contact Chris Sullivan on 0410619019
THE Sydney Airport Jets were dealt a harsh lesson by Premier League competition leaders the Canberra Raiders in the match played at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan on Saturday. The well drilled and superbly prepared Raiders blew the Jets away by a 52-8 margin, at one stage piling on four converted tries in a nine-minute points avalanche midway through the first half.
THE Sydney Airport Jets' 28-26 loss to the Roosters last Saturday faithfully followed an age-old Newtown script, with the gallant Jets taking their more fancied opponents right to the wire, only to be denied victory virtually in the final moments of the game.
There certainly could be no doubting the Jets' courage, as they went into this game with several key players missing through injury, and suffered more losses during the match. Newtown was actually down to two men on the interchange bench for the entire second half, up against a crack Roosters side boasting several players who could command NRL spots with a number of other clubs.
The game was tied up 12-all at half-time, and the Jets looked to be long odds as the Roosters swept to a 24-12 lead early in the second half. The Sydney Airport Jets staged a thrilling fightback, scoring three great tries to lead by 26-24, only to see the Roosters save the match with a try less than two minutes from the final siren.
The best performers in a hard working Sydney Airport Jets team were Tabua Cakacaka, Russell Richardson (three tries), Billy Najarrin, the impressive Dean Loder, Trevor Schodel, Craig West and Troy Barnes. Second rower Joe Lichaa, in only his second game of the season, made forty tackles and played out the entire eighty minutes.
In the Jim Beam Cup curtain raiser at Henson Park, Newtown led Guildford 10-8 at the break. The Jets were off their game badly in the second half, as the visitors ran away to a 40-10 win.
The Sydney Airport Jets are at home again this Saturday (June 7), when they play St. George-Illawarra in the NSW Premier League at Henson Park. This is a stand alone match kicking off at 3pm. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown travels to Ringrose Park to play Wentworthville, with this match due to start at 4.30 pm on Saturday.
WHILE this game might have been Newtown's first visit to historic North Sydney Oval in twenty years, all of Sunday's celebrations belonged to the Bears. The Sydney Airport Jets turned in a collective shocker in this Premier League competition match, with North Sydney winning their first game of the season by 28-18.
The Bears thoroughly deserved their victory by out-enthusing Newtown, making fewer errors and by punching holes through some rather brittle Newtown backline defence. The Jets fought back to trail 24-18 late in the second half, but missed opportunities and individual lack of discipline brought them undone.
Best players for the very out of sorts Jets were Billy Najarrin, Tabua Cakacaka (who was placed on report, and is likely to miss next Saturday's game against his former club Canberra), Nathan Marles and Russell Richardson (whose two tries kept Newtown in the game).
The Jim Beam Cup match away to Woy Woy was cancelled due to the waterlogged ground, and will probably be played in late August.
The Sydney Airport Jets are drawn away this coming Saturday (May 24) to the Canberra Raiders at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan, while Newtown's Jim Beam Cup team travel to Erina.
THE Sydney Airport Jets claimed an impressive scalp in defeating the previously unbeaten Parramatta Premier League team 24-16, in the match played at Henson Park on Saturday.
Parramatta led 12-8 at half-time, after an absorbing struggle in which no points were posted until the twenty-eighth minute. In-form Sydney Airport Jets winger Alf Duncan scored a magnificent sixty-metres try seven minutes prior to the break, with an exhilarating surge up the eastern left-hand touchline that demonstrated speed, athleticism, strength and determination as he fended off one blue and gold defender after another.
Newtown turned in a tightly disciplined second half performance, notable for a most satisfactory completion rate, resolute defence and an effective kick and chase game. The intensity of the Jets' second stanza effort is reflected in the fact that they were reduced by injury to one man on the bench for much of the second half, but yet their defensive line only cracked with two minutes left to play.
Best for the Sydney Airport Jets were David Fa'alogo, Russell Richardson, Alf Duncan, Luke Hession and Trevor Schodel in the backline, while Lee Trasler, crowd favourite Billy Najarrin, Aaron Trinder, Troy Barnes and big Tabua Cakacaka were the standouts in an all-round gutsy forwards performance.
There was no shortage of points and tries in the Jim Beam Cup curtain raiser against the Sydney Bulls. Newtown led early in the match, but once again gifted their opponents a huge lead, before staging another late second half rally. The Jets narrowed the deficit to 40-32, but the visitors kicked away for a final winning margin of 52-32.
Despite this loss, Newtown's coach Darryl Neville has reason to be pleased with the form of some of the youngsters in his squad, especially impressive ex-Redcliffe five-eighth Craig West, who claimed three smartly taken tries.
This coming Sunday (May 18), the Sydney Airport Jets take on the North Sydney Bears at historic North Sydney Oval, at the early starting time of 2.00 pm. This NSW Premier League match is also the second leg of the 2003 Frank Hyde Cup.
HERE are the results of the matches played at Henson Park on Saturday, March 10th.
NSW Premier League.
Newtown 24: Alf Duncan 2, David Fa'alogo, Ben Tickle tries; Troy Barnes 4 goals
Parramatta 16: James Webster 2, Willie Leyshon tries; Ronald Prince 2 goals.
Parramatta led 12-8 at half-time.
Parramatta were the undefeated Premier League competition leaders prior to this match.
THE Newtown RLFC is extremely proud to be sponsored by the Sydney Airport Corporation, the Petersham RSL Club, and NTG.
A reminder to all Newtown RLFC supporters that the boys in royal blue are back in action at Henson Park this coming Saturday, May 10th.
The Jets meet the Sydney Bulls in the Jim Beam Cup at 1.30 pm, and then in the main game, Newtown takes on the unbeaten Parramatta Eels in the NSWRL Premier League at 3.00 pm.
Make a special effort this weekend to bring along family members, friends or work mates who haven't been to a Henson Park home game double header in recent times. All of you, our football club members and supporters, are potentially our best ambassadors, so spread the word about what a great day it is down at Henson Park, and bring more people along to our home games. Match day revenue is so critical to this club's survival.
We hope to see you and plenty of your friends at Henson Park on Saturday, May 10th.
THE Sydney Airport Jets nearly paid the ultimate price for their first half complacency in last Saturday?s high scoring NSW Premier League match against the Newcastle Knights at Henson Park.