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The Newtown Jets will be fielding a team made up largely of young triallists in Saturday's Return to Redfern clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. In a game that will have a strong retro theme, the two old 1908 foundation clubs meet at Redfern Oval for the first time since 1983, Newtown's last season in first grade Rugby League.
Jets coach Greg Matterson says that Newtown's young squad has trained well since early November and that everyone playing on Saturday night will be staking their claim for a place in Newtown's 2011 NSW Cup squad. Saturday's match and Newtown team details are set out below.
Saturday, 5th February 2011
Jack Rayner-Bumper Farrell Challenge Trophy
South Sydney v Newtown
Newtown Jets NSW Cup trial team:
FB: Daniel Cray; 20; 188cm; 88kg; ex-Cabramatta Bundy Cup and Manly-Warringah Toyota Cup
W: Michael Winchester; 22; 193cm; 92kg; ex-Penshurst RSL
C: Francis Vaiotu; 25; 193cm; 100kg; ex-Cabramatta Bundy Cup
C: Freddy Latulipe; 20; 184cm; 91kg; ex-Parramatta Toyota Cup
W: Tom Kerr; 24; 180cms; 95kg; ex-Canterbury Premier League, Cronulla NSW Cup
5/8: Matthew Winchester; 20; 187cm; 82kg; ex-Penshurst RSL
HB: Josh Kent; 20; 175cm; 80kg; ex-Canterbury and St George Toyota Cup
FR: Isaac Maliota; 20; 180cm; 120kg; ex-Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup
H: Jamie Clark; 23; 176cm; 88kg; ex-Mt Pritchard Bundy Cup
FR: Khalid Deeb; 28; 192cm; 105kg; now in his fifth year with Newtown (Captain)
SR: Brad Barrett; 26; 192cm; 105kg; played with Newtown in 2010, formerly with Cronulla NSW Cup
SR: Ahmad Ellaz; 20; 182cm; 98kg; ex-Cronulla Toyota Cup
L: Boyd Strickland; 20; 188cm; 100kg; ex-Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup.
Bench: Joey Taefu; centre; 21; 188cm; 106kg; ex-Windsor Wolves Bundy Cup
Scott Jones; hooker; 25; 170cm; 82kg; ex-Shellharbour Dragons NSW Cup
James Koloamatangi; front-rower; 26; 183cm; 102kg; now in his third year with Newtown
Trent Trotter; hooker and half-back; 22; 168cm; 82kg; ex-Cronulla NSW Cup, South Sydney Toyota Cup
Sione Taka; centre; 24; 185cm; 98kg; ex-Bankstown Bundy Cup
Ryan Verlinden; front-rower; 24; 197cm; 128kg; in his second year at Newtown; ex-Cronulla and Nth Sydney NSW Cup
Brock Harmer; hooker, second-rower; 21; 179cm; 95kg; ex-Newcastle Wests, South Sydney Toyota Cup
Chris Enahoro; front-rower; 27; 195cm; 115kg; ex-Tweed Heads Seagulls (Queensland Cup), South Sydney Premier League
Chris Afamasaga; second-rower; 23; 187cm; 118kg; ex-Goulburn Workers Bulldogs (Group 8)
Francis Tuigamala; front-rower; 21; 188cm; 128kg; ex-Bankstown Bundy Cup.
Coach: Greg Matterson (now in his fourth year as Newtown RLFC NSW Cup coach).
Assistant Coaches: Darryl Neville: had a long playing career with Souths, Illawarra and Newtown; extensive coaching experience with Souths, Newtown and Fiji;
Sean Rutgerson: played with Canberra, North Sydney and Salford; captain-coached the Jacksonville Axemen (Florida, USA).
Trainers: Dan Wortley: ex-London Harlequins RLFC;
John Zollo: ex-Roosters.
Team Manager: Sam Mavrovelis.