THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club will be holding its annual players, officials and supporters reunion at Henson Park on Saturday, September 2, 2006.This is the club's last home competition game for the 2006 season, when the Newtown Jets play the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in the NSWRL VB Premier League competition starting at 3.00pm. This is a great opportunity for all former Newtown grade and junior players, administrators and supporters to rendezvous at Henson Park to meet up with all their old friends who have helped build the traditions of Australia's oldest Rugby League club. Following the match, everybody can adjourn back to the Jets Sports Club in Holbeach Avenue, Tempe. Tell all your old team-mates and other Newtown friends and supporters to meet up at Henson Park for what is always a terrific day. All the members of the 1966 Newtown first grade semi-finalist team and the 1996 Newtown Metro Cup first grade premiership-winning team will be special guests of honour for the day.For all inquiries, ring the Newtown RLFC office on 1300 363 690, or email the club at: [email protected] official Newtown RLFC website is at: www.newtownjets.com
THERE was certainly no shortage of controversial incidents in Friday night?s VB Premier League match played at one of Rugby League?s most atmospheric venues, North Sydney Oval. Three Newtown players were sin-binned in the first half, with the Jets reduced to eleven men for a brief period. Front-rower Frank-Paul Nuuausala was sent off two minutes prior to half-time, leaving the Jets down to twelve players for the remainder of the match. Nuuausala will face the judiciary later this week on two charges of making a dangerous tackle and striking an opponent.Newtown showed plenty of old-fashioned ticker in going on to win the match 38-12, after having led 20-2 at half-time. The Bears were still in close range when they trailed 20-12 with fifteen minutes remaining in the match, but the Jets finished much the stronger of the two sides. Referee Russell Smith had a busy night with the whistle, awarding an astounding total of thirty penalties (18-12 to Norths for the record). The Jets have retained the Frank Hyde Shield for 2006, with the victorious Newtown team receiving the trophy from Frank?s eldest son Greg Hyde (a former first grade fullback with both North Sydney and Parramatta).Newtown?s best forwards on the night were Heath L?Estrange, Glenn Hall, Luke Gordon and Mitch Aubusson. Second rower Nigel Plum put in a strong first half and continues to make excellent progress after his enforced layoff. Aubusson scored an important try that put the match beyond the Bears? grasp, with this stylish young lock showing more than just a touch of the youthful Ron Coote. Jamie Soward and Aidan Kirk were outstanding in the backs, with the busy Soward collecting two tries and kicking five goals. Flying winger Troy Malcolm went desperately close to scoring twice in the first half and was nearly decapitated by an opponent?s high tackle on one occasion.Newtown fielded a reshuffled line-up in the Jim Beam Cup match against Asquith on Sunday following a series of late withdrawals. Under the circumstances, it was an admirable performance by the Jets to win this ?crunch? match by 40-24 after the scores had been locked up at 18-all at half-time. Newtown had asserted control in the third quarter of the match but weren?t out of the woods when they led 34-24 with fifteen minutes still to play. A late converted try finally sealed an important win for the Jets, with the race for the finals in this competition really hotting up.The Jets? best were utility forward Luke Gordon (who had played very well from the bench in Friday night?s Premier League win), Matt Habojan, Darren Lang and Nathan McMahon. This match at Storey Park was something of a small-scale club reunion, with five former Newtown players turning out with the opposition.Up in Group 11 the Parkes Spacemen won a remarkably high-scoring match against Dubbo Macquarie by 66-34. The Wellington Cowboys remain undefeated in the Group 11 first grade competition.Both Newtown teams return to Henson Park next Saturday (August 5th) and Jets fans will be keen to see both sides back on their home ground with the semi-finals on the near horizon for both competitions. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown plays Belrose at 1.15pm and in the VB Premier League main game, the Jets face off with the Newcastle Knights at 3.00pm.
THE Newtown Jets swept aside the Bulldogs? challenge by 42-12 in the VB Premier League match played at Telstra Stadium on Saturday. This was a hard fought win against a determined and very physical Bulldogs side, and was achieved with Jets regulars like John Doyle (suspended), Daniel Dumas and Aaron Lai (both injured) watching from the stands.The Jets had to defend their line for extended periods in the first half as the Bulldogs dominated field position in the opening ten minutes, then midway through the half and also for several tense minutes prior to half-time. The essential difference between the two sides was Newtown?s ability to capitalise on their own scoring chances while the Bulldogs missed at least three try-scoring opportunities. Newtown had taken an iron grip on the likely outcome with a 30-0 lead midway through the second half, with the Jets adding two more converted tries before the Bulldogs reached double figures late in the game.Impressive young Jets lock forward Mitch Aubusson, a NSW far north coast product, turned in his best game this season by claiming three tries, including one superb 60 metres effort. Newtown?s win was underpinned by the collective effort from three of their biggest forwards in Glenn Hall, Charles Tonga and Mickey Paea. Hooker Heath L?Estrange was busy around the rucks and interchange forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala unleashed some of his ball running potential, especially when he combined with halfback Jamie Soward for one spectacular second half try. Soward, Jeremy Gordon and Aidan Kirk were the Jets best backs, while it was pleasing to see second-rower Nigel Plum in action again after having been laid low for several weeks.In the Jim Beam Cup match played at Ringrose Park on Sunday, the Jets were left rueing their missed chances and errors in going down 38-26 to second placed Wentworthville. Newtown had dominated the game?s early stages but virtually invited their opponents back into the game with repeated errors and penalties at their own end of the ground. After trailing by 20-6, the Jets recovered well to go in at half-time 20-16 in arrears.Newtown started the second half on fire, grabbing two quick tries to lead by 26-20. Then in one dreadful ten-minute period, three tries to Wentworthville really put the Jets under the cosh. The only points added for the rest of the game were through a late penalty goal to the home team. Newtown?s best forwards were Ritchie Parker, Billy Baleilomaloma, Matthew Eather and Adam Bennett. Five-eighth Toufic Nicolas was arguably the best player on the ground, as he displayed flair and variety in trying to get the Jets back into the game. Nathan McMahon gave Nicolas good support in the backs.The Parkes Spacemen were comprehensively beaten 40-0 by the Cobar Roosters and have probably blown their slim 2006 finals hopes. In the VB Premier League next weekend, the Jets take on the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Friday evening, 28th July at 7.00pm, with this match determining the winners of the 2006 Frank Hyde Shield. Newtown faces a must-win Jim Beam Cup game against Asquith on Sunday (July 30th) at Storey Park with this match kicking off at 3.00pm.Tickets are still available for the Newtown Jets 1981 first grade grand final team?s 25th anniversary reunion lunch, to be held at the Petersham RSL Club on Saturday, August 19th. Call the Newtown RLFC office on 1300 36 36 90 to reserve your places for this super event.
WHERE to see the Newtown Jets playing this weekend:NSWRL VB Premier LeagueSaturday, July 22ndTelstra StadiumNewtown v BulldogsKick-Off: 3.30pmNSWRL Jim Beam CupSunday, July 23rdRingrose ParkNewtown v WentworthvilleKick-Off: 3.00pmPicture: Big Newtown Jets front-rower Charles Tonga caught in a Shark pack at Henson Park last Saturday. Charles had the honour of being the inaugural Newtown RLFC winner of the Graham Wilson Memorial Medal, while second rower Darren Mapp was the Cronulla-Sutherland club?s recipient of the medal. The Graham Wilson Memorial Medal was inaugurated this year in memory of the very capable second row forward who played with distinction for both the Newtown and Cronulla-Sutherland clubs in the 1960?s, and who toured with the 1963/64 Kangaroos.
THE Newtown Jets maintained their unbeaten record in VB Premier League games at Henson Park this season, but had to use their ultimate ?get out of jail card? with a thrilling last minute 16-12 win over Cronulla-Sutherland on Saturday. The Jets had trailed 12-0 with fifteen minutes remaining but pulled back to 12-all with only five minutes left to play. Newtown lock Mitch Aubusson plunged over for the match-winning try in the last thirty seconds to seize an amazing comeback victory for the Jets.Saturday?s match was played in cold, wet conditions, complete with a huge midfield mud patch and blazing floodlights to round off the bleak wintry setting. The Sharks gave the better wet weather display for most of the game. They employed a better directed kicking game, used their big pack to good advantage and trapped Newtown ball-carriers in their own in-goal zone on several occasions. Cronulla seemingly had answers for every challenge mounted by the Jets and looked to be set to inflict Newtown?s first defeat at home this season.Not surprisingly tempers eventually frayed in the slippery, gruelling conditions and an old-fashioned all-in melee ensued about eighteen minutes from fulltime. The fracas seemed to spark a Jets revival, along with driving charges by their big forwards Glenn Hall, Charles Tonga and Mickey Paea. Newtown winger Aaron Lai scored in the southern left-hand corner with fourteen minutes to play, and his try was improved on with a high pressure sideline conversion from halfback Jamie Soward. Opposite winger Troy Malcolm claimed the Jets? second try five minutes from time with the ice-cool Soward converting from wide out once again to tie the scores up at 12-all. Both teams then exchanged long distance field goal attempts and in virtually the last play of the day, another field goal attempt by Soward was baulked by onrushing Sharks defenders; the ball was quickly shifted to the right hand side, with the impressive Aubusson crashing over in the corner amidst wild jubilation from Newtown supporters.Jets utility player John Doyle was Newtown?s standout performer with his clever ball distribution, darting dummy-half runs, crunching defence and fearless, inspiring leadership. Newtown fans can count themselves blessed to see a player of this exceptional calibre wearing their team?s colours. Hall, Tonga, Mickey Paea and Aubusson were among the best Newtown forwards while centre Lelea Paea and fullback Aidan Kirk were the best of the backs. The Newtown Jim Beam Cup team turned on their best first half performance of the season as they ran up a match-winning 32-0 half-time lead over The Entrance. The Jets played right to their game plan with accurate kicking, a high completion rate and sustained pressure on their opponents in their own quarter. While the second half was a more even contest, the Jets could be well pleased with the final 44-18 result in their favour.The young Jets now have the opportunity to consolidate and aim for the best possible placing in the semi-finals. Saturday?s first half can be used as a performance benchmark for the remaining competition games and there are no more byes to disrupt the team?s momentum. The Jets best forwards on Saturday were Ritchie Parker and Matt Habojan, along with good backline contributions from Luke Millwood, Toufic Nicolas and Will Ingram. The two home game wins made it a great occasion for generous match-day sponsor Anthony Tuite from the Royal Exchange Hotel in Marrickville.The Parkes Spacemen suffered a 32-12 defeat on Sunday at the hands of unbeaten competition leaders the Wellington Cowboys and are now precariously placed in the battle for the fifth place on the Group 11 competition table.Both Newtown Jets teams play away for the next two weekends. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown plays second-placed Wentworthville at Ringrose Park on Sunday (July 23rd) at 3.00pm. In the VB Premier League, Newtown ventures to Telstra Stadium to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday (July 22nd) at 3.30pm. This match is the main curtain-raiser to the Bulldogs-Roosters NRL match at Telstra at 5.30pm. Photo:Glenn Hall, Newtown Jets front-rower, rips through the Sharks defence on Saturday.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.
THERE is no other club in the NSWRL VB Premier League and Jim Beam Cup competitions as dependant as the Newtown Jets RLFC is on maintaining a substantial stream of home-games revenue. While our club needs to raise funds from a wide variety of sources to keep the famous old royal blue Newtown colours going around, the flow of revenue from home games is critical to meet the constant outgoings needed to maintain two high-standard, professionally prepared Rugby League football teams. We lost many thousands of dollars because of heavy rain on two recent home-game occasions and the club needs to make up the shortfall from other sources.How does the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club work?Tickets are $100 each. For your investment you will be allocated a number between 1 and 100.On each weekday for two weeks (i.e. from Monday to Friday) the last two digits of the first NSW Lottery drawn on that day will be the winning number for that day.As an example, if the winning lottery ticket was 45762, the winning 100 Club number would be 62.The number drawn for each of the first nine draws will attract a prize of $200. The number drawn in the tenth draw will attract the Super Prize of $1000. When will the draws commence? The first $200 draw is set down for Monday, 31st July 2006 with the Super Prize of $1000 to be drawn on Friday, 11th August 2006. In the unlikely event that a NSW Lottery is not drawn on a particular day, then the first two NSW lotteries drawn on the next day will be used to decide the winning numbers.How do you enter the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club? Call Jenny Grosvenor on 1300 36 36 90 to purchase your ticket or fax Jenny Grosvenor, Newtown RLFC, Holbeach Avenue, Tempe, NSW 2044. Fax number (02) 95593202. Patrons wishing to join up at the match on the 8th July at Henson Park can join at the merchandise stands.You can pay by cash, cheque, money order or credit card. Cheques and money orders should be made out to the Newtown RLFC. Please assist the Newtown Jets RLFC by securing your place in the 100 Club as soon as possible.All 100 Club numbers will be advised to those supporters who have purchased tickets in the week leading up to the opening draw. Why not have two shots at the super prize of $1000 and enter twice?The boys are really putting in for Newtown on the playing field this year and there is a genuine winning feeling within the club. However, we all know that our opponents have the tremendous advantage of massive financial backing from huge Leagues clubs. Some of our richer opponents don?t even bother about collecting home game revenue from their stand-alone Premier League home games! As always, we really rely on your support to remain competitive into the future. Our goal is to see both of our teams being successful at the business end of the season. The ultimate dream is to see the famous royal blue Newtown jersey running out on to Telstra Stadium on Grand Final Day.By supporting fund-raising events like the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club, you can help make those dreams become reality. Thank you for your ongoing support for the Newtown Jets and good luck with your allocated numbers in the First Club in Rugby League 100 Club!
THE Newtown Jets host Manly-Warringah in a critical VB Premier League match at Henson Park this coming Saturday (July 8th). The Jets were well beaten by the Sea Eagles back in early April and Manly-Warringah was the only team to lower Newtown?s colours at Henson Park last year. With the Jets unbeaten at home in 2006, Saturday?s match takes on real blockbuster status. Giant Newtown and NSW front-rower Steve Bowden, who was very much the central figure in the famous Newtown versus Manly semi-final confrontation at the SCG 25 years ago, will be the guest of honour at Saturday?s game.The Newtown club invites all Jets supporters to wear as much blue as possible in their chosen outfits when they attend Henson Park next Saturday, and to spread the word to all their friends to come along and help the Jets defend their unbeaten record in the VB Premier League at home this season. A suitable prize will be awarded to the Newtown supporter who ?gets into the Big Blue? at Henson Park with the most flamboyance and enthusiasm.With no VB Premier League fixture last weekend, the Newtown Jets Jim Beam Cup team held centre-stage on Saturday when they met Erina at the Narellan Sports Ground in south-western Sydney. Narellan of course is at the epicentre of the south-western region?s wildfire economic and population growth, yet there are vestiges of the area?s former rural industry base still in evidence. Last Saturday?s match may well have been the first Newtown ?home game? in history where dairy cattle contentedly watched the Rugby League action from a nearby hillside!Despite the bucolic setting the Jets had to dig deep to ?take the cash? in this match, winning 26-18 after trailing 18-12 well into the second half. The Jets fielded a very much recast side due to injuries and representative team commitments. Newtown coach Greg Matterson observed that this was still a somewhat disjointed and lacklustre performance from his team and that he was very glad the boys salvaged the two competition points. Lock Darren Lang and front-rower Ritchie Parker were Newtown?s best forwards while young half-back Charlie Herekotukutuku did his utmost to spark the Jets backline.In the Sydney Metro Women?s Rugby League competition, the Newtown Jetettes had a runaway 64-18 win over the Guildford Owls. In Group 11 Rugby League action, the Parkes Spacemen trailed Dubbo CYMS 32-4 at half-time, but regained some degree of respectability in eventually going down to CYMS by 38-28.Newtown has another bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition next weekend. The Jets take on Manly-Warringah at Henson Park on Saturday (July 8th) with this important VB Premier League match kicking off at 3.00pm. Come along and get stuck into the Big Blue and help cheer the Jets home against the Sea-Eagles!
NEWTOWN led for seventy-three minutes of this match at Canberra Stadium but ultimately had to settle for a 26-all draw with the Raiders. The Jets had led 16-6 at half-time and increased this margin to 20-6 early in the second half. The Raiders had an advantage in possession and field position for most of the second half and Newtown could be well pleased at coming away with a competition point from what is always one of the VB Premier League season?s tougher assignments.Newtown fielded a side considerably changed from that listed in the match-day program and faced up to a bigger and more physical powerful Raiders pack. The Jets had the edge across the backline, with centre and NSW Residents representative Sam Perrett always dangerous. Jets half-back Jamie Soward had a field goal attempt ricochet away off the woodwork that would have given Newtown a 27-20 lead ten minutes from full-time. Likewise the Raiders narrowly missed a shot at field goal late in the game with the scores locked up at 26-all.The Jets forwards stuck to their task gamely as the Raiders poured on the pressure in the second half. Glenn Hall, John Doyle, Michael Burns and Mitch Aubusson were the best of a forward pack that might have copped a real pounding but never gave in. Jamie Soward, Sam Perrett, Aidan Kirk and Troy Malcolm were Newtown?s best backs, with Malcolm picking up yet another hat-trick of tries in an impressive display, including a sixty metres interception try in the first half.The Jets had a great win away to last year?s Jim Beam Cup premiers Windsor on Sunday. Newtown?s team in this grade also had a disrupted week?s preparation with several enforced changes to the listed side. Newtown ran up a big 32-4 lead early in the second half before consolidating a final winning margin of 38-22. This was not only a win against the odds but one achieved with considerable style.Once again Newtown?s forwards dictated the terms of play through the likes of Ritchie Parker, Khalid Deeb and new signing Matthew Eather. Halves Toufic Nicolas and Charlie Herekotukutuku made strong contributions, while Will Ingram and Adam Sarkis were other backs to stand out in this valuable away win.In the Sydney Women?s Rugby League competition, the Newtown Jetettes were well beaten by the Canley Vale Kookas. In Group 11, the Parkes Spacemen bounced back to winning form with a badly-needed 52-20 win against Nyngan at Pioneer Oval.The Jets have a bye in the VB Premier League this weekend while the Newtown Jim Beam Cup team, coming off Sunday?s morale-boosting win, take on Erina at the Narellan Sports Ground on Saturday, July 1st, at 3.00pm.
THE Newtown Jets VB Premier League team boosted their points for and against ratio with a 54-10 win over Western Suburbs at Henson Park on Saturday. The Jets led 22-4 at half-time but there were several periods of the game where the Magpies applied prolonged pressure on the Newtown defensive line. Wests certainly had the better of play for an extended period after half-time as they strove to get back into the game, but the Jets ran away with the match in the last twenty minutes as they piled on six tries, including some spectacular long range crowd-pleasers. 2GB identity Tom Raudonikis was on hand to present the newly-instituted trophy named in his honour for annual competition between these two 1908 foundation clubs. Tom played for both Wests and Newtown with great verve and distinction, and no doubt the tough old campaigner was impressed with the sparkling form displayed on Saturday by Newtown?s halves Josh Lewis and Jamie Soward. Both youngsters scored and created tries, kicked well in general play and confirmed to the Henson Park crowd what a double gilt-edged investment the Sydney Roosters have made for the future. In addition to the mesmerising performance turned in by the halves, both Jets centres Lelea Paea and Sam Perrett played well, with Perrett forming a super-slick combination with dashing winger Troy Malcolm (who scored three tries). Fullback Aidan Kirk and left-side winger Aaron Lai withstood a barrage of high kicks confidently.Newtown?s forwards provided the grunt and the metres for the backs to shine, with front-rowers Mickey Paea and Danny Williams grafting hard in the midfield. They received strong support from impressive backrowers Mitch Aubusson and Daniel Dumas. Utility forwards John Doyle and Luke Gordon gave professional dummy-half service and also made lots of yardage with well-judged runs.The disrupted Jim Beam Cup competition schedule proved to be the Jets undoing as they went down to Cabramatta by 26-14 on Saturday evening. The Newtown team looked very rusty after two games in five weeks, and the Jets high mistake rate played into the hands of one of the most improved teams in the competition. Newtown front-rower Ritchie Parker was the team?s standout performer, and he received good backup in the forwards from Khalid Deeb, Billy Baleilomaloma and Darren Lang. Andrew Le Breton was the best of Newtown?s backline.In the Sydney Women?s Rugby League competition, the Newtown Jetettes demolished the Windsor She-Wolves to the tune of 26-0. Up in Group 11, the Parkes Spacemen were out-enthused by the Manildra Rhinos and dropped two priceless competition points in their 36-22 loss.Both Newtown Jets teams face tough playing assignments and lengthy away trips this coming weekend. The Jim Beam Cup side travels to Windsor on Sunday (June 25th) with this match against last year?s premiers kicking off at 3.30pm. In the VB Premier League, the Newtown Jets take on the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, with this match timed to start at 12.20pm. This game is of course the main curtain-raiser to the Roosters-Raiders NRL match set down for 2.30pm. Photo caption:Tom Raudonikis is in a cheerful mood as he poses with the victorious Newtown Jets VB Premier League team after Saturday?s 54-10 win against Western Suburbs at Henson Park.Photo courtesy of Mike Biboudis (Mobile: 0410 691 114).
THE Newtown Jets gained two valuable VB Premier League competition points when they defeated the strong Cronulla-Sutherland team 28-10 at Henson Park on Saturday. Given the extent of selection disruption in the preceding days to the Roosters NRL squad and consequently to the Jets Premier League line-up, it was expected that the youthful Newtown side would struggle to contain the more experienced Sharks.With Henson Park?s floodlights blazing from virtually the opening minutes of play, the young Jets dug deep to turn in one of their most disciplined and controlled team displays of the season, underpinned by an outstanding defensive effort right across the Newtown team-sheet. The Jets grabbed an early 6-0 lead and withstood a period of extended pressure from the Sharks, during which Newtown winger Aaron Lai cleverly defused two dangerous cross-field kicks. Newtown led 12-6 at the break following what had been a good exhibition of wet weather football from both sides.The Jets took control of the match with two converted tries in the first fifteen minutes of the second half, although Cronulla stayed in the contest with their second converted try twelve minutes out from full-time. Newtown?s halfback Jeremy Gordon, promoted from the Roosters Jersey Flegg team late in the week, capped a superb VB Premier League debut when he ?ghosted? through the Sharks defenders for the match-sealing try three minutes from the final siren.Gordon was deservedly voted Newtown?s man of the match and he played with all the poise and execution of a much more experienced player. His kicking in general play put great pressure on the Sharks, his defence was flawless and his goal kicking maintained the high standards seen in this department at Henson Park this season.On a day when every player contributed to the team?s defensive effort, lock Grant Millington was the best forward and he received strong support from front-rower Danny Williams and second-rowers Adam Schubert and Mark Edmondson. Hooker Luke Gordon once again made a lot of valuable ground from dummy-half. Jeremy Gordon was the standout backline performer, while full-back Aidan Kirk and centres Andrew Le Breton and Sam Perrett were also prominent. Stand-in five-eighth Daniel Dumas had some dicey moments with his handling but compensated for this with some truly punishing hits on Cronulla ball carriers.There were several eminent Rugby League and sporting personalities in attendance at Henson Park on Saturday. Australian Rugby League Hall of Famers John Raper and Graeme Langlands had presented the Jets players with their jerseys prior to the match, and the two Immortals were then joined in the Jet Set Lounge by former NSW Rugby League President Kevin Humphreys and leading boxing trainer Johnny Lewis.The Newtown Jets return to Henson Park next Saturday (June 17th) for another meeting with fellow 1908 foundation club Western Suburbs. This VB Premier League match is set down to commence at 3.00pm. In the Jim Beam Cup competition, Newtown travels to Cabramatta where this Saturday evening fixture will kick off at 5.00pm. The Jim Beam Cup match against the Sydney Bulls set down for last Saturday was postponed to a date to be announced.Up in the central west the Parkes Spacemen were brought undone in their Group 11 local derby with Forbes on Friday night, with the Magpies winning by 30-16.