Newtown set to play first trial

The Newtown Jets Are All Set for their First Trial for 2008.

The Newtown Jets begin their 2008 trial matches program this Saturday (February 16th) when they travel to Toronto to take on the Newcastle club team Macquarie United. This match will be played at the Lyle Peacock Field, Toronto and is timed to start at 5.00pm.

This will be the Jets first trial game for 2008 to be played under full match conditions. Last Saturday Newtown participated in the NSW Rugby League International Nines tournament at Cabramatta and took some time to adjust to the hit and miss style of Nines Rugby League. After being eliminated in the qualifying rounds, the Jets dished out some merciless hidings to lightweight opponents in the consolation matches. Jets coach Greg Matterson said that the Nines tournament served its purpose to give his players a hit-out after his squad has been in solid training for more than three months.

Macquarie United is coached by the former Newtown winger Mal Graham, who played with the club in 1982-83. Graham has earned a solid reputation as a coach over the past twenty years, with successful stints at Oldham (UK), the Newcastle Knights Premier League team, the Newcastle Division representative team, NSW Country Firsts and Western Suburbs (Newcastle). Newtown