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The Rugby League 100 Club

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!

See the Jets on Saturday

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!

Jets hang on for a Draw

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.

Lewis and Soward fire up Jets

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).

Jets shine in win over Sharks

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.

Newtown at Henson this week

THIS Saturday?s double-header of first class Rugby League action at Henson Park is proudly sponsored by: The Ramrod Group Pty Ltd, Pagewood.Saturday, 20th May 2006Henson ParkVB Premier LeagueNewtown v South SydneyKick-Off: 3.00pmThe Jets will be keen to make amends for their first round defeat at Telstra Stadium at the hands of the Rabbitohs.Jets fans should turn up in big numbers to take the opportunity of seeing the brilliant Jamie Soward and Josh Lewis playing together as the five-eighth/half-back combination for Newtown. You?ll have bragging rights for the rest of your life in being able to say you saw Soward and Lewis playing together for Newtown at Henson Park. The chance to see class acts like this duo going around in the royal blue colours won?t happen very often!Saturday?s curtain-raiser:Jim Beam CupNewtown v AsquithKick-Off: 1.15pm.The Jets need to find form again after the disappointing showing against Wentworthville. There was a general bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition last weekend so neither of these sides is disadvantaged by the lay-off.The Sydney Roosters NRL squad will be at the Jets Sports Club on Sunday evening, 28th May.Note this one in your diaries. The Sydney Roosters NRL squad and coaching staff will be at the Jets Sports Club at 6.30pm, Sunday, 28th May, following their NRL match against Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium earlier that afternoon. All the Roosters players will be available for autograph signing, signing jerseys and memorabilia. Every child in attendance will receive a free gift.Spread the word to all your friends and neighbours for them to bring their kids along to meet the mighty Roosters live at the Jets Sports Club on Sunday, 28th May. (The Jets Sports Club is located in Holbeach Avenue, Tempe. Phone: 1300 36 36 90).

Soward?s Virtuoso Performance Sets Up Jet's Win

THE Newtown Jets registered good wins in both grades on the weekend, setting the scene for a big crowd at the first home games double-header for the season at Henson Park next Saturday (May 6th).In the VB Premier League match played at Campbelltown on Friday night, the Jets were too strong for last-placed Western Suburbs, winning this match 42-6 after leading by 22-0 at half-time. The Magpies offered plenty of resistance in the first half, with Newtown asserting their ascendancy in the ten minutes prior to the break.Jets half-back Jamie Soward turned in the game?s standout performance, with five of Newtown?s nine tries coming directly from his broad repertoire of accurate kicking options. Newtown?s forward pack, spearheaded by Glenn Hall, Danny Williams, Mickey Paea and Lopini Paea took control early in the match and laid the basis for the Jets? nine tries to one victory. Fullback Aidan Kirk and winger Troy Malcolm collected two tries apiece, as did five-eighth Josh Lewis, prior to his leaving the field midway through the second half after being on the receiving end of a dangerous head-high tackle.In the third round of the Jim Beam Cup competition on Saturday, the Jets completed their Central Coast travelling requirements with an away game to The Entrance and would have reason to be pleased with the quality and character of their 34-18 win. Newtown had led by 16-14 at the break, but things looked ominous when The Entrance grabbed the lead early in the second half. Newtown Director John Lynch reports that superior fitness, physical strength and team spirit saw the Jets surge home for a very useful win. Ritchie Parker, Billy Baleilomaloma, Khalid Deeb and Rimini Reweti were Newtown?s best forwards, with Toufic Nicolas and Anton La Vin giving strong performances in the backline. The Parkes Spacemen disappointed their Pioneer Oval home crowd when they crashed out badly in the Group 11 first grade match against Dubbo CYMS to the tune of 42-12. The Newtown Jets return to Henson Park next Saturday (May 6th) for the first competition games double-header for this season. Action gets underway at 12 noon when the Newtown Jetettes face off with the Windsor She-Wolves in the Sydney Women?s Rugby League. The Jets clash with Wentworthville in the Jim Beam Cup at 1.15pm, while in the VB Premier League main game, Newtown take on the Bulldogs at 3.00pm.[Pic: Newtown winger Troy Malcolm has been a prolific try-scorer for the Jets this season. Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.]

Presenting? the Col Murphy Roast!

COME along and pay tribute to one of the genuine larger-than-life characters of both Rugby League football and the Newtown Jets. When: Sunday, 12th March 2006, 3.00pm Where: Souths Juniors Leagues Club, Anzac Parade, Kingsford Hosted by: The one and only Johnny Lewis. $50.00 per head - All profits from this function will go to children?s cancer research. Contacts: ?Chook? Certoma on 8802 4808 or 9564 6016; Ricky McVicar on 0414 250 598. Tickets are limited so make your reservations as soon as possible. Don?t miss what is sure to be a terrific afternoon. ?Murph? has been one of the definitive tearaways of Rugby League football, so his Roast will certainly be an occasion to remember! (Col Murphy pictured at a Sevens tournament in 2004).

Newtown Jets RLFC Trial Matches - Henson Park - 2006

SATURDAY, 11/02/065:00pm: Newtown Premier League v North Sydney Premier League - Henson Park3:45pm Newtown Jim Beam Cup v Asquith Jim Beam Cup - Henson Park2:00pm Roosters Jersey Flegg v North Sydney Jersey Flegg - Henson ParkSunday, 19/02/065:00pm: Newtown Premier League v Bulldogs Premier League - Henson ParkSaturday, 25/02/065:00pm: Newtown Premier League v South Sydney Premier League - Henson Park3:30pm Roosters SG Ball v South Sydney SG Ball - Henson Park2:00pm Roosters Harold Mathews v South Sydney Harold Mathews - Henson ParkSaturday, 25/03/063:00pm: Newtown Jim Beam Cup v Wentworthville Jim Beam Cup - Henson Park(This match is a curtain-raiser to the Newtown v Raiders VB Premier League competition match) Get along to all these trials at Henson Park and see how the Jets are shaping up for the 2006 season, Newtown?s 99th in Rugby League football! There will be other trial matches at away venues where the kick-off time is still to be finalised. You will receive notices with the details of these away trial matches in the near future.The full draws of the 2006 VB Premier League and Jim Beam Cup competitions will soon be made known to you as well.The VB Premier League competition commences on the week-end of 10/11/12 March 2006.The Jim Beam Cup competition will commence on the weekend of 14/15/16 April.

The Newtown Rugby League Football Club is 98 Years Old on January 8, 2006

? THE Newtown RLFC, Australia?s first Rugby League football club, is 98 years old on Sunday, January 8, 2006. ? The club was formed at a public meeting in the Newtown Town Hall on the 8th January, 1908 and has always been known as the definitive battlers club, having experienced the highs and lows of the fortunes of the Rugby League game. ? Newtown played in the NSW Rugby League premiership competition between 1908 and 1983, before succumbing to a long struggle with soaring costs and disadvantageous social and demographic changes in its confined inner-western catchment area. The club won first grade premierships in 1910, 1933 and 1943, and narrowly lost to Parramatta in the memorable Grand Final of 1981. Originally known as the Bluebags from 1908 to 1972, they have been called the Jets since 1973. ? The Jets re-entered senior Rugby League football in the NSW Rugby League Metropolitan Cup in 1991. They dominated this competition, winning first grade premierships in 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1997, and finishing as preliminary finalists in 1994 and 1998. ? The Jets were invited to participate in the NSW Rugby League First Division competition in 2000, and the club is gearing up for its seventh season in the flagship competition of the NSW Rugby League, now known as the NSW Rugby League VB Premier League. The club has recently entered into a strategic partnership with the famous Sydney Roosters DRLFC, whereby the Jets will be the Roosters? official feeder club and the Roosters? entry in the 2006 NSWRL VB Premier League competition. In addition to their VB Premier League commitments, the Jets will also be fielding a team in the 2006 NSWRL Jim Beam Cup competition to serve as their reserve grade squad. ? Famous Bluebags and Jets personalities in the club?s first 98 years have included such famous Rugby League names as the Farnsworth brothers, Charles "Boxer" Russell, Arthur Folwell, Frank Hyde, Herb Narvo, Frank "Bumper" Farrell, Charles "Chicka" Cahill, Len Smith, Noel Mulligan, Dick Poole, Brian Clay, Johnny Raper, Frank Farrington, Jack Gibson, Brian "Chicka" Moore, Lionel Williamson, John Ferguson, Tom Raudonikis, Colin Murphy, Phil Gould and Craig Field. Prominent Sydney business identity John Singleton has been a long-standing benefactor and supporter, and has been the club?s Official Patron since 1995 and a Life Member since 2005. ? Celebrity Jets supporters comprise an eclectic list of names such as actors David Wenham and Tony Barry, Tim Brunero from ?Big Brother?, legendary WSFM DJ Ron E. Sparks, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Dr. Peter Jensen, punk rockers Frenzal Rhomb, Tim Freedman from The Whitlams, entertainer Normie Erskine, NSW District Court Judge Stephen Norrish and the NSW Minister for Education and Training, Carmel Tebbutt. ? The Newtown club had a successful season on the field in 2005, with the VB Premier League team reaching the preliminary final and the Jim Beam Cup side making the semi-finals also. Everything points to another big year for the Jets as the oldest club in Australian rugby league moves one year closer to its centenary in 2008. Photo caption: The great Frank Hyde is the Newtown club?s oldest-living former first grade player.

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