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The Back To Newtown Day presents a great opportunity for all friends and neighbours, past and present, from the Newtown and Marrickville areas to rendezvous at Henson Park to catch up on old times, while taking in the Jets-Tigers local derby. The reunion theme extends of course to all old school friends from Newtown and Marrickville area schools, old work-mates as well as former Newtown Junior League teammates.
In First Division action on the weekend, an understrength Newtown Jets team competed well with the third placed Penrith Panthers, despite losing the game by 30-4. All the point-scoring damage was done in two ten-minute periods of play, one in each half. Given the extent of the dislocation caused by Newtown's depleted lineup, it was quite a determined showing. Visiting English journalist Dave Hadfield from the London Independent was generous in his praise of the combative qualities displayed by the Jets on the night, and coach Colin Murphy assures all Newtown fans that with several key players returning from injury this week, the boys will be primed for a huge effort next Saturday at Henson Park.
Newtown's best against Penrith were Dave Lambert, Ben Tickle, Aaron Trinder, Garth Wood, Zoran Ilijoski and Steve Skinnon. Bill Najjarin made an impressive First Division debut, while Troy Barnes showed terrific team spirit in defying the doctor's orders to help his teammates out.
Newtown's First Division fixture against Balmain at Henson Park on Saturday, July 20, kicks off at 3.00 p.m. In the Metropolitan Cup, Newtown meet the Sydney Bulls at 1.15 p.m. The Newtown Jets RLFC urges all members and supporters to tell all their friends about the Back To Newtown Day, and to turn up in force at Henson Park. Hit those phones and the emails and let everyone else know it's on. All the day's details can be checked on 1300 36 36 90.