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.
IN one of the most enthralling matches played at Henson Park since Newtown entered the NSWRL VB Premier League (formerly known as the First Division), the Sydney Airport Jets defeated competition leaders Parramatta by 22-16 on Saturday, after leading by 6-4 at half-time.
THE Sydney Airport Jets staged another last-minute escape act in Saturday?s thrilling VB Premier League match against St.George-Illawarra at Henson Park. Two weeks ago the Jets beat Parramatta 22-16 with a converted try in the last minute of play and in an amazing coincidence, Newtown repeated that same 22-16 winning margin and the late converted try against the Dragons.
THE Sydney Airport Jets unleashed a powerhouse display in defeating the Penrith-St.Marys Cougars by 64-8, in the VB Premier League match played at the Western Weekender Stadium on Saturday. This was Newtown?s biggest winning margin since entering the NSWRL flagship competition in 2000, and was highlighted by a points-scoring bonanza by Nathan Merritt, who collected a personal haul of forty points, made up of five tries and ten goals. Merritt?s achievement sets a new Newtown club record for the number of points scored by an individual player in one match.
BOTH Sydney Airport Jets teams are coming off good wins from last weekend. Newtown is at home to the Sydney Bulls in the Jim Beam Cup competition on Saturday afternoon, while the Jets VB Premier League team plays away at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night. There are two junior representative curtain-raisers on before the Jim Beam Cup game and full catering services will be available. Game and team details are listed below.
THE Newtown Jets return to Henson Park in both grades this coming Saturday (April 2nd) for the opening home game double-header for the 2005 season. The day has been designated as the Salute to Sydney Airport Day in appreciation of the tremendous assistance given to the Jets by the club?s major sponsor, the Sydney Airport Corporation. All employees of any Sydney Airport-based company can gain free admission to Henson Park by showing their employment identification, and there will be an array of free entertainment for families and children.