Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The Sydney Airport Jets won their War of the Worlds showdown with the Parkes Spacemen at Henson Park on Saturday, but the visitors from western NSW went away with plenty of positives.
Newtown won this trial match against its Parkes affiliate club by 28-0, but made use of many more players than the Spacemen during the game. This was the Parkes club?s first trial for the season, and the Spacemen had also endured a six hour coach journey earlier in the day. Former Parkes captain-coach and Australian international ?Lord Ted? Goodwin stated after the game that the Parkes boys had won plenty of admirers with their customary country-style tenacity.
The Parkes reserve grade team won their curtain raiser match against the Macarthur Bulls Police RLFC by 34-18, with Newtown?s General Manager Doug Keen officiating as the match referee.
The pre-season period is now over for Newtown?s VB Premier League team, and the harsh reality of the season kicks in this Saturday (March 12) at Toyota Park, when the Sydney Airport Jets face off against the highly-rated Penrith-St.Marys Cougars. This VB Premier League competition opening round match kicks off at 5.30pm.
Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup squad has one final trial match, when they play Belrose at Henson Park on Sunday (March 13) at 2.30pm.