THE Sydney Airport Jets stormed home to an eleventh-hour victory over the Balmain Tigers in yet another Henson Park thriller on Saturday. Played in front of one of the season?s biggest crowds, Newtown won this VB Premier League match by 34-26 after having trailed by 22-6 at half-time. The Jets maintained their unbeaten record in Premier League matches at Henson Park this year and also won the Trevor Ryan-Neil Pringle Shield, the trophy contested annually between the two inner-western clubs.
THE Sydney Airport Jets defeated the Newcastle Knights by 36-8 in the VB Premier League match played at Toyota Park on Saturday evening. Newtown had led by 30-0 at the half-time break but could not maintain their points-scoring momentum in the second half.
IN a high-scoring match in which a total of fourteen tries were scored, South Sydney defeated Newtown by 45-36 in the VB Premier League fixture played at Aussie Stadium on Saturday.
WESTERN Suburbs made the Sydney Airport Jets work hard for their two competition points in the VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday. Wests led 8-0 early in this match and by 10-6 at half-time, but the big Jets forward pack took control in the second half, with Newtown coming away with an eventual 30-10 win. The Magpies had scored two tries in the first ten minutes of play and kept the Jets trapped at their own end of the field for an extended period in the first half.
THE Newtown RLFC is pleased to announce that three Sydney Airport Jets players have been selected in the NSW Residents Rugby League representative team to play Queensland Residents on Wednesday, July 6th at Suncorp Stadium. The three players are Nathan Merritt, Vince Mellars and James Stosic. In addition, Kevin Kingston has been named as a stand-by player for the representative squad.
THE Western Suburbs Magpies have agreed to swap venues for the upcoming Newtown-Wests VB Premier League game that was originally set down for Campbelltown Stadium. Thanks to the cooperation of our fellow 1908 Foundation Club, Wests have agreed to move this game to Henson Park. It also provides the many Wests fans still living in their original district area to come and see an old-style local derby between the two clubs at historic Henson Park.
THE Sydney Airport Jets paid the price for poor starts in both of their competition matches on the weekend. Newtown faltered badly in the opening fifteen minutes of the VB Premier League match against the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday, conceding three early tries and eventually going down to the Raiders by 28-12. In the Jim Beam Cup match played at Belrose on Friday evening, Newtown made a horror start and trailed by 24-0 at half-time, ultimately losing to the Belrose Eagles by 30-4.
AFTER a series of strong performances for Newtown in the VB Premier League, added to a solid outing as a replacement last week against the Broncos, former New Zealand Warrior Vince Mellars has earned a promotion into the Sharks starting side for the match with Souths this Saturday night.
WITH the Sydney Airport Jets having the bye in the VB Premier League, Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup side held centre-stage at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon and maintained their winning form with a thumping 56-8 win over the Central Coast club Erina.