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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.

Newtown Jets Airborne Again For 2006

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.

An official statement from the Newtown RLFC President, Mr. Barry Vining.

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.

Newtown RLFC Foundation Rugby League Club Golf Day

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!

Newtown RLFC VB Premier League coaching position for 2006

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.

Newtown points-scoring ace dominates the Jets Awards Night

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.

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