THE Canberra Raiders defeated Newtown by 24-20 in the absorbing VB Premier League qualifying semi-final played at Seiffert Oval on Saturday. The Jets had led by 20-14 with only three minutes of the match remaining, but a sensational Canberra try which was converted from wide out sent the game into golden-point extra time. The Raiders scored first in the extra time period to win this enthralling contest and to maintain the Canberra club?s unbeaten record against Newtown at the Queanbeyan ground.
THE Newtown Rugby League Football Club is pleased to formally announce that it has formed a partnership with the famous Sydney Roosters RLFC, a fellow foundation club of the NSW Rugby League.
THE Sydney Airport Jets made one of their worst starts to a VB Premier League match this season, conceding 16 points to South Sydney in the opening seven minutes of this 1908 foundation clubs local derby.
THE Sydney Airport Jets were pushed back into fifth place on the VB Premier League competition table, following their 32-20 loss to the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium on Saturday evening. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown qualified for the semi-final series after defeating Erina 28-12 on Saturday afternoon, and then surviving an attempt by their nearest rivals Cabramatta to surpass the Jets? for and against record.
THE Sydney Roosters VB Premier League team showed their premiership-winning credentials at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening, when they trounced the Sydney Airport Jets by 42-6. Newtown has made a habit of stirring second half comebacks in recent weeks, but there was rarely a glimmer of hope in this match, with the Roosters well in command from start to finish.
WITH the Newtown Rugby League Football Club?s Centenary rapidly approaching in January 2008, all former Jets players and officials are invited to make contact with the club to ensure that their name, address and other contact details are added to the club?s data base of ex-players and officials.
MANLY-WARRINGAH ended Newtown?s unbeaten record in home games this season, in the high-scoring VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday. The Sea Eagles won an exciting contest by 46-36, with two late tries seeing off the Jets? spirited attempt to seal their double-chance in the upcoming finals series. Newtown had been unable to land the killer blow at critical moments in the second half that might well have sealed the result.
NEWTOWN went down by 38-28 in the VB Premier League match against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, but there were several positive features to take from the game. The Jets had fielded a hastily reorganised team due to injuries and late withdrawals, further compounded by the loss of their chief ?go forward? front-rower James Stosic in the pre-match warm-up and playmaker Glenn Sedwell with a hip injury at half-time.
THE Newtown and Balmain Rugby League clubs, two of Australia?s 1908 foundation clubs, compete on an annual basis for the Trevor Ryan ? Neil Pringle Shield, honouring two iconic champions who played with distinction for both clubs in the 1970?s and early 1980?s.
THE Sydney Airport Jets won their VB Premier League match against North Sydney on Saturday in similar style to the previous week?s thriller against the Balmain Tigers ? a lethargic first half, followed by a complete turnaround in the second forty minutes. The Jets trailed the Bears by 18-0 at half-time and looked to have used up all of their ?get out of jail? cards. Six tries later, Newtown had retrieved another two competition points with this improbable 32-28 win over their old 1908 foundation club rivals.