The Newtown Jets return to Henson Park in both grades this coming Saturday (April 2nd) for the opening home game double-header for the 2005 season. The day has been designated as the Salute to Sydney Airport Day in appreciation of the tremendous assistance given to the Jets by the club?s major sponsor, the Sydney Airport Corporation. All employees of any Sydney Airport-based company can gain free admission to Henson Park by showing their employment identification, and there will be an array of free entertainment for families and children.
Newtown clashes with the Bulldogs in the VB Premier League main game at 3pm, with the Jets Jim Beam Cup team taking on Belrose in the curtain raiser at 1.15pm.
The Sydney Airport Jets gave an improved display in the VB Premier League match at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday evening, but the Eels still came away with the result in this hard-fought encounter by 18-2. Parramatta led by 8-2 at half-time, but the Jets lacked sufficient creativity and incisiveness in attack to take control of the game. Newtown was unable to convert repeated field position and completed sets into tries. Hooker Kevin Kingston was the standout player for the Jets and received strong support from fellow forwards Clifford Manua and Jon Green. Kingston and lock Cameron Ciraldo made more than forty tackles each, while wingers Dimitri Pelo and John Sinisa were Newtown?s best backs.
Newtown travelled to The Entrance in the Jim Beam Cup competition and lost this Good Friday evening match by 28-14. The Jets took the contest right up to last year?s grand finalists, and the final score does little justice to the commitment and heart shown by the Newtown lads.