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The Newtown Jets will stage one of the marquee games of the NSW Cup season when they host fellow 1908 foundation club North Sydney Bears at Henson Park next Saturday. The Jets had an enforced layoff this past weekend when their home game against the NSW Cup competition leaders Balmain Tigers was cancelled due to the waterlogged state of the Henson Park playing surface.
Newtown's home game against the fast-improving North Sydney has added zest with the coveted Frank Hyde Shield being up for grabs, with the Jets being well-placed to take back the shield which they last held in 2007. The shield commemorates the late Frank Hyde, the stylish Rugby League centre who played with distinction for the Newtown, North Sydney and Balmain clubs, and who is best remembered as the peerless Rugby League radio broadcaster who dominated the ratings for more than thirty years.
Saturday's needle match between these two old rival clubs is also the halfway mark for Newtown in the 2010 NSW Cup season. The Jets are travelling in third place on the competition table but there is still a lot of Rugby League to be played, and there is no telling what good or bad football fortunes might lie ahead in the next three months.
The Jets should be refreshed after their unscheduled weekend's break and ready to both reclaim the Frank Hyde Shield and to maintain their recent momentum in the 2010 NSW Cup premiership quest. Newtown and North Sydney face off at Henson Park on Saturday (12th June) at 3.00pm, with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Balmain Tigers programmed to play a NSW Cup curtain-raiser at the same ground at 1.00pm.