WHERE to see the Newtown Jets this weekend...
NEWTOWN Jets RLFC Match Report: Newtown v Balmain played at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, 14th April 2007.
NEWTOWN v Penrith at Henson Park, Saturday, 31st March 2007
THIS week's NSWRL action sees the Jets take on newcomers the Auckland Lions.
THE Newtown Jets handled the Henson Park quagmire on Saturday better than the visiting Newcastle Knights, with the Jets winning this 22nd round VB Premier League match by 38-16. The Knights travelled to Henson Park with an impressive recent winning record and needed to win to sustain their late charge for the finals. Newtown took charge of this game with four tries within the space of fifteen minutes in the first half and had run up a 26-6 lead by half-time.Newtown scored again early in the second half when halfback Jamie Soward fired out a superb midfield pass to the unmarked Jets winger Aaron Lai who scored unopposed. The Knights staged a brief rally fifteen minutes from full-time when they put on two quick tries to trail 30-16. A late penalty goal and converted try to the irrepressible Soward took Newtown out to their final winning margin of 38-16.This was a competent and workmanlike performance from the Jets, given Henson Park?s bog-like midfield area and the late changes made to the original team selection. Newtown coach Paul Young was pleased with the team?s discipline and adherence to the game plan where they targeted deficiencies in the Knights? blindside defence. The Jets forwards had marginally the better of their rugged opponents in muddy playing conditions rarely encountered in recent seasons. Front-rowers Glenn Hall and Charles Tonga led the way with full-blooded charges and some clever off-loads, while hooker Heath L?Estrange made a lot of valuable ground from dummy half including an excellent scampering first ?half try. Backrower Grant Millington was voted the players? player on the day and other forwards who impressed were Adam Schubert and Mitch Aubusson.Halfback Jamie Soward was the game?s standout player with three tries and five goals, a good kicking game and clever ball distribution in the difficult conditions underfoot. Centre Lelea Paea, winger Troy Malcolm and fullback Aidan Kirk were the best of the other backs. Daniel Dumas played a valuable utility role and put on some of his now customary crunching hits.In the curtain-raiser at Henson Park on Saturday, Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup team turned in a very disappointing display when they dropped two valuable premiership points in going down 30-22 to competition tail-enders Belrose. The visitors grabbed two early tries and maintained the whip-hand in the particularly slushy playing conditions that prevailed in the early part of the afternoon. Belrose led 22-16 at half-time and despite fighting back to trail by 26-22 late in the second half, the Jets simply didn?t play well enough and made too many fundamental errors to deserve to win the game. The Jets now face a tough assignment against the Sydney Bulls in a deferred Jim Beam Cup competition match this Tuesday night (8th August) at Henson Park with this match due to start at 7.00pm.Newtown plays away in both grades next weekend. In the Jim Beam Cup competition the Jets will face up to the Sydney Bulls for the second time in five days when they travel to the Crest Stadium on Saturday (August 12th) for a 4.30pm kick-off.In the VB Premier League, the Jets take on the St. Marys-Penrith Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium also on Saturday (August 12th) with this match timed for a 2.00pm kick-off.Photo:Newtown Jets hooker Heath L?Estrange (with ball) was in top form in the tough going at Henson Park on Saturday.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.
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.