THE Newtown Jets began official training for the 2006 season last Monday (November 14th) at their well-equipped gymnasium complex in Marrickville.Recently-appointed Newtown Jets VB Premier League coach Paul Young was on hand along with Jim Beam Cup coach Greg Matterson to oversee proceedings as the hand-picked training squad went through their paces.Four other Newtown players - Vince Mellars, Rimini Reweti, Eddie Leuluai and Lafi Manua - are in full-time training with the Sydney Roosters NRL squad at their Wentworth Park headquarters, and all four men have received good reports for their commitment to the Roosters rigorous summer training program.
Statement from the President of the Newtown RLFC Concerning Recent Club Developments.As a Director of the Newtown Jets RLFC for 25 years, during which time I have been President for the last 20 years, I would like to make an official response to some of the opinions aired in media articles in the past two weeks.Firstly, it should be known that the partnership arrangement with the Sydney Roosters RLFC is exactly the same as we had with the Sharks in season 2005.Just as we did during our recent negotiations with the Roosters, our Board had unanimously nominated Col Murphy for the Jets VB Premier League coaching position for season 2005. Stuart Raper, the head coach of the Sharks, made his appointment and Col was the successful applicant.In discussions with the Sharks during July and August of 2005 concerning the 2006 season and onwards, we were informed of a number of changes that the Sharks required for the partnership to continue into 2006 and beyond. Included in these proposed changes to the existing partnership agreement was a clear indication that notwithstanding a successful playing season in 2005, there would be changes in the coaching and staffing arrangements for 2006.We advised the Sharks that we could not accept their total package of proposed changes.As previously stated, the Newtown Board again unanimously nominated Col for the Jets VB Premier League coaching position for season 2006 with the Roosters. Unfortunately on this occasion Col was not successful in his application. We must all accept the fact that NRL head coaches should have the right to select all of their staff, including the second grade (i.e. VB Premier League) coach. This principle goes back as far as Jack Gibson?s involvement with the Newtown Jets in the successful 1973 season.Our Board to a man was disappointed that Col was not successful in obtaining the VB Premier League coaching position for season 2006. We will never forget his contribution to the Newtown Jets as a player, trainer and coach.It should be remembered that in the 2005 season the players who represented the Jets in the royal blue and white were in the main Cronulla-Sutherland contracted players who all quickly came to respect our club?s jersey, our history and club culture.There are enough old hands around the Newtown RLFC to ensure that our culture is not only preserved but grown and cherished.The Newtown RLFC Board and the club management are all very conscious that our unique culture as a working man?s club, which is an integral part of the heart of our organisation, will be treated with the respect it deserves. We are all Indians at Newtown and there are no chiefs; our victory song will still ring in our supporters? ears and the crowd on the hill at Henson Park will mingle with the players after many wins to come.It is very important to realise that the arrangement with the Roosters is a 5-year term with a further 5-year option which incorporates support from the Roosters at both the VB Premier League and Jim Beam Cup levels.In putting this partnership together with the Sydney Roosters we maintain our complete name as the Newtown Jets; our trade marks; our club colours of Royal Blue and White; plus all of our home games are to be played at Henson Park. All of these matters were non-negotiable and have been completely retained in the partnership with the Roosters.We will continue to run our football club as we have for many years as a stand-alone business. There will be no cross-pollination of revenues or costs with the Roosters.The word ?fear? was used in one of the recent newspaper headlines and this does not fit well with the Newtown Jets culture. We have gone through some very hard times in our history, none harder than 7 years without a team competing in senior Rugby League between 1984 and 1990. It was tough going, but we were never fearful.However, we would have been very concerned about our future if we had not signed this long-term deal with the Sydney Roosters. This new partnership enables us to build and plan for the future with greater confidence.Further to the above, please let me give you my rock-solid assurance that:The Newtown RLFC definitely keeps its traditional club colours The Newtown RLFC keeps its full name, corporate logos and merchandising rights The Newtown RLFC will be playing all of its home games at Henson Park. We want all of our club members and supporters to join with us and get behind the boys in royal blue from 2006 onwards!Up the Jets!Barry N. ViningPresidentNewtown R.L.F.C. Ltd.
THE Sydney Airport Jets would like to invite you to their Foundation Rugby League Club Golf Day on Wednesday, 9th November 2005 at the Marrickville Golf Club. These golf days form a major part of our fund raising events for 2005. Funds raised from these days go to sponsor our VB Premier League team, our Jim Beam Cup team, and our 20 junior teams. Your support on these days will help us finance and promote the oldest club in Rugby League and to provide talented young footballers the opportunity to progress through the Newtown ranks and to reach their full potential.Sponsorships of the day?s events are available by way of the following:Sponsorship of a Hole and team - $1000 (includes signage on hole);Sponsorship of an individual hole - $600 per hole (includes signage on hole);Sponsorship of a team of four players - $400 per team;Individuals paying to play and being allocated to a team - $110 per person.Your sponsorship and/or payment of a team or individual entry will entitle you to green fees, pull-along buggy, drinks on course, breakfast and lunch. We will have challenges on selected holes to add to the entertainment and sportsmanship of the day! There will also be raffles, auctions and prizes for the winning teams.If you would like to be part of this event, please fill in the attached registration formand fax it by 2nd November 2005 to the Newtown RLFC at 9550 0244.Alternatively you can post it to: Newtown RLFC, 40 George St, Leichhardt NSW 2040.We look forward to seeing you all out on the green!
THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club wishes to announce the appointment of Paul Young as the club?s VB Premier League coach for the 2006 season.Paul has an impressive coaching background extending over a period of thirteen years, including successful coaching stints with different country clubs and several years as a member of the Parramatta DRLFC coaching staff. He coached the Parramatta Jersey Flegg team into the semi-finals for two successive years.With Newtown?s new strategic partnership with the Sydney Roosters DRLFC already underway, the club?s VB Premier League coaching appointment for 2006 needed to be made with the Roosters? operational requirements uppermost in mind. The Newtown RLFC extends congratulations to Paul Young on his appointment, with full training for the 2006 season due to start in less than a month?s time. The Directors of the Newtown RLFC also want to publicly thank former coach Colin Murphy for his exceptional contribution to the Newtown club as a coach between the years 1992 and 2005, and they extend every good wish to him in his future endeavours.
CLASSY fullback Nathan Merritt took the lion?s share of awards at the recent Newtown Jets RLFC annual presentation night.The NSW Minister for Education and Training and MP for Marrickville Carmel Tebbutt was the principal guest of honour at the well-attended evening last week at the Jets Sports Club. There were a great many Newtown club sponsors, officials, players and supporters on hand as the Jets celebrated their best season in Rugby League for many years.Nathan Merritt, who has joined South Sydney for the 2006 season, won the following awards:Leading VB Premier League try-scorer for 2005 Leading VB Premier League points-scorer for 2005 Club record number of points scored by a Newtown player in one season Club record number of points scored by a Newtown player in one game Newtown RLFC VB Premier League Players? Player award. Merritt?s personal tally of 40 points in one game (scored against the Cougars on the 21st May) was second only to the all-time record of 45 points, set by the legendary Eastern Suburbs champion player Dave Brown back in 1935.Other major award winners were:Newtown RLFC VB Premier League Best and Fairest ? Kevin Kingston Newtown RLFC Jim Beam Cup Best and Fairest ? Rimini Reweti Newtown RLFC VB Premier League Coach?s Award ? Russell Aitken Newtown RLFC Jim Beam Cup Coach?s Award ? David Vial The Fred Daly Memorial Award (for outstanding service to the club by a player) ? David Thompson. Several speakers praised the Cronulla-Sutherland club for the responsible manner in which the partnership between the two clubs had been conducted in 2005. Although both clubs had mutually agreed not to extend the joint venture beyond 2005, the success of the association was clearly evident in two ways. Both of the Newtown club?s senior teams had made the semi-finals, and several of the Sharks youngsters who had been on loan to Newtown had graduated into the Cronulla NRL ranks during the year.Many of the speakers on the night paid tribute to all those Cronulla-Sutherland players who had readily adapted to playing with the Newtown club, and who had really applied themselves to their football in a most professional manner. They had all worn the Newtown colours with both honour and pride and had won the admiration of Newtown?s big support base. The Cronulla-Sutherland brigade had all contributed to the Newtown club having had its best season in many years.
NEWTOWN?S quest for a place in the 2005 VB Premier League grand final ended with a hard-fought 24-14 loss to Parramatta, in the second preliminary final played at Telstra Stadium on Sunday. That final score-line doesn?t fully reflect just how close this elimination match really was, with a number of lineball refereeing decisions that had an influence on the final outcome.
NSW takes on Queensland in a Women?s Rugby League interstate challenge match at Henson Park this Saturday. The Queenslanders won both interstate matches in 2004, but the NSW girls have vowed to end the Maroons? dominance.
THE Sydney Airport Jets stayed alive in the 2005 VB Premier League finals series when they defeated St.George-Illawarra 31-22, in the elimination semi-final played at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening.
NSWRL VB Premier League team to play Parramatta in the 2005 Preliminary Final.
THE Newtown RLFC VB Premier League team for this Saturday?s elimination semi-final against St.George-Illawarra at Aussie Stadium is: