THE Sydney Airport Jets' 34-22 loss to St. George-Illawarra at Henson Park on Saturday proved just how competitive Newtown can be with the best teams in the 2003 NSW Premier League. This match also proved how the Jets' errors and missed opportunities are invariably very costly against such well-credentialled opponents. Newtown's Official Patron John Singleton was in attendance, and no doubt was pleased with his team's overall effort against the power-packed Dragons.
The Jets had done well to only trail by 18-10 at half-time, after turning in a shoddy first half completion rate. Alf Duncan and Craig West scored Newtown's first half tries, with West's try coming from some slick scrum base work from new signing Craig Field.
Roared on by the big home crowd, Newtown had the Dragons back-pedalling early in the second half after a try to centre Dustin Cooper (on loan from the Melbourne Storm). However, the Jets failed to maintain their momentum and to make use of their territorial advantage, allowing the Dragons to counter-punch with an eighty metres try. The visitors then enjoyed a glut of possession over the next fifteen minutes, scoring two more tries on the back of repeat sets of possession.
Newtown fought back with a converted try six minutes from full-time, with Cooper seizing upon a deftly-placed kick from Field. The Jets' best were forwards Monah Elahmad, Joe Lichaa, hard working Tony Phillips and captain Troy Barnes. Dustin Cooper gave a strong first-up display, and five-eighth Craig West again impressed. Craig Field, in his first game of grade football in two years, showed what value he will be to the club in the forthcoming weeks.
The Jets travelled to Ringrose Park in the Jim Beam Cup competition on Saturday afternoon, and given the unsettled nature of the team's preparation for this match, competed reasonably well despite going down to Wentworthville by 44-18.
The Sydney Airport Jets meet the Penrith-St.Marys Cougars in both grades at the Western Weekender Stadium, St. Marys this Saturday (June 14). The NSW Premier League match kicks off at 3pm, and the Jim Beam Cup curtain-raiser is timed to start at 1.15pm.
FRIDAY 13th June 2003
PLAYER by Player analysis for the Queensland and New South Wales sides to play in tonight's opening Rugby League State of Origin game at the rejuvenated Lang Park, aka Suncorp Stadium.
QUEENSLAND coach Wayne Bennett has instructed his players to risk losing rather than go into extra time in tonight's first State of Origin match against NSW in Brisbane.
QUEENSLAND coach Wayne Bennett believes Gorden Tallis's fragile temperament will be seriously tested in tomorrow night's emotion-charged State of Origin rugby league opener in Brisbane.
NSW captain Andrew Johns insists the Blues won't use last year's heart-breaking series-deciding draw with Queensland as motivation ahead of the opening State of Origin game on Wednesday night.
NO-NONSENSE prop Shane Webcke believes Queensland's slick backs can put the Blues away in Wednesday night's State of Origin series opener at Suncorp Stadium.
LAST call for the State of Origin Fund Raising Dinner for the Newtown Rugby League Football Club and the Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club.
Special guests will include former State of Origin players from New South Wales and believe it or not Queensland, home of those dreaded Cane Toads! Mike Whitney will be the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
Wednesday, 11th June 2003, 6.30 pm
7 Regent Street, Petersham
$75.00 per person (includes a top class 2 course meal plus beer, wines, soft drinks.)
Raffles and great auction items, including tickets and accommodation for 2 to the second State of Origin game in Sydney.
Tickets are available from:
Petersham RSL - contact the Reception.
Newtown RLFC - contact Annie on 95500999
Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club - contact Chris Sullivan on 0410619019
STORM coach Craig Bellamy has signalled at least one change to the side that was soundly beaten by the Rabbitohs last Sunday, as Melbourne prepares for this week's clash with Penrith.
RADISSON Maine Wests Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his team for the game against the Sharks, on Saturday 14 June 2003 at Toyota Park. Kick off is at 5.30pm.
MANLY halfback Jason Ferris will receive a two-week suspension if found guilty of a grade one dangerous throw charge when he fronts a National Rugby League judiciary hearing tonight.
MANLY halfback Jason Ferris has copped a two-week suspension after being found guilty of a grade one dangerous throw charge at the National Rugby League's judiciary hearing.
CONTROVERSIAL Manly rugby league winger John Hopoate will face disciplinary action from the club after admitting he played in a fifth grade rugby union match on Monday.
RAIDERS five eighth Mark McLinden is poised to sign a multi year deal and remain with the table topping Canberra Raiders. The news will no doubt warm the hearts of Canberra fans as McLinden is one of Canberra's favourite sons and his loss would have devestated many Canberra fans, including this one.
FORMER Kiwi league international Tasesa Lavea may be targeting an Auckland NPC rugby berth, but recovering from knee surgery is his immediate concern.