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Saturday, 6th June 2009
NSWRL NSW Cup - Round 11
This match is the first leg of the 2009 Frank Hyde Shield series, competed for by the Newtown and North Sydney clubs on an annual basis.
The Bears won the Frank Hyde Shield in their own right for the first time in 2008 and the Jets are pumped to win this first match of the 2009 series.
The 6th June at Henson Park has also been designated as the official John Raper Tribute Day:
John will be a special guest of the Newtown RLFC and recognition will be made of the fact that JR started his illustrious playing career as a Newtown junior (with the famous Camperdown Dragons JRLFC) and that he began his senior Rugby League career with the Newtown Bluebags in 1957 and 1958.
JR recently turned 70 and this Saturday will provide an opportunity for the Newtown RLFC to extend belated birthday greetings to one of the most famous names in the history of Rugby League in Australia.
The late Frank Hyde rated John Raper and the mercurial English scrumhalf Alex Murphy as the two greatest Rugby League footballers he had seen in his long lifetime.