Results from the weekend of 3 / 4
August, 2002

NSWRL First Division. Played at Penrith Stadium on Sunday, 4th August. Newtown 34 d. Penrith 33 (Half-time: Penrith led 22-18). Newtown's point-scorers: Robbie Simpson 3, Frank Samia 2, Alf Duncan, Troy Barnes tries; Troy Barnes 2, Alf Duncan goals. Newtown's Man of the Match: Robbie Simpson. NSWRL Metropolitan Cup. Played at Ringrose Park on Saturday, 3rd August. Wentworthville 42 d. Newtown 18. Newtown's point-scorers: Blake Champion, Phil Ingram, Adam Nathaniel tries; Simon Mason, Mark O'Grady goals. Newtown's Man of the Match: Phil Ingram.


Thanks to the generosity of key Newtown Jets sponsor Petersham RSL Club, it?s open house at Henson Park next Saturday, August 10. Petersham RSL Club President Danny Fitzgerald says "as one of the major sponsors of the Newtown Jets, we see this as our community club?s chance to say thank you to all those loyal Newtown supporters and their friends, by turning on free admission for everybody to Henson Park next Saturday". In what will be a full afternoon of quality Rugby League entertainment, the in-form Jets take on the Sydney Roosters in First Division at 3 p.m., preceded by the Metropolitan Cup curtain raiser against Guildford at 1.15 p.m.

In First Division action on the weekend, the Jets scored an amazing 34-33 win over Penrith at Penrith Stadium. This was Newtown?s best win of the season, and in a game where there were plenty of tries scored, the Jets laid on some classics. Second rower Robbie Simpson scored three, debutant centre Frank Samia two, with Alf Duncan and Troy Barnes notching one each. Barnes and Duncan also kicked three conversions between them.

Newtown led 10-0 early, but then lost direction and momentum, allowing the Panthers to grab the lead by 16-10. Although they trailed 22-18 at the break, the Jets looked poised for a strong second half. Further tries to Simpson and Samia put Newtown ahead 28-22, and in a frenetic last ten minutes, the lead changed hands several times. The Panthers levelled at 28-all with nine minutes to play, and then kicked what seemed to be the winning field goal five minutes out. Showing great discipline and nerve, the Jets regained possession and methodically crafted a converted try, but then unbelievably allowed the Panthers to score right on full-time. Mercifully, the home side?s conversion attempt skimmed the left-hand upright by inches!

Best for the Jets in this definitive thriller were Robbie Simpson, Garth Wood, Bill Najjarin, Frank Samia and Ben Tickle. In the Metro Cup match at Ringrose Park on Saturday, Newtown gave a well controlled performance to lead 12-0 at half-time, but were steamrollered by the Wentworthville pack in the second half with the losing margin blowing out to 42-18. Newtown?s best were Phil Ingram, Chris Crotty, Luke Ellis, Simon Mason and Trent Dally.

Remember to spread the word and tell everybody about the great day out at Henson Park next Saturday, August 10, when there will be free admission to a top class Rugby League double-header courtesy of Petersham RSL Club. For more information, ring the Jetline on 1300 36 36 90.