Newtown Jets 99th Season gets underway this Saturday

THE Newtown Jets first trial match for 2006 will be played on Saturday evening (February 11th), when the Jets and the North Sydney Bears square off at Henson Park at 5.00pm. This official NSWRL VB Premier League trial match will be preceded by a trial game between the Newtown and Asquith Jim Beam Cup squads at 3.30pm, with an earlier trial between the Sydney Roosters and North Sydney Jersey Flegg teams due to start at 2.00pm. Bears CEO Greg Florimo warns that North Sydney will be stronger in 2006 as a result of their successful feeder club arrangement with the Melbourne Storm. Jets fans will be equally keen to see how their new look squads shape up in both grades at the beginning of the club?s 99th season in the rugby league game. Naturally a full catering service will be available at Henson Park for the afternoon. Club membershipMany thanks to all those Newtown members who have already renewed their memberships this year, and who have taken the opportunity to buy official club merchandise. If you have still to renew for 2006, we really do value your membership so please get your renewal form in and stay on board with the Jets. Your collective membership gives the club greater bargaining power and increases the club?s marketability to current and potential sponsors. Be sure to remind any of your family members or friends who haven?t renewed their memberships as yet to please do so as soon as possible. If you?re not an official member of the Jets, why not join up with us? It?s a great way to prove your commitment to the survival of this grand old club, and your membership makes us stronger as an organisation in so many important ways. Contact the Newtown RLFC on 1300 36 36 90 or email [email protected] with your full contact details and request for membership application forms to be sent out. You can also download a membership application form from our website at http://www.newtownjets.com See you all at Henson Park on this coming Saturday afternoon (February 11th) for the start of what is going to be an enormous year in our club?s long history! (Photo caption:Action from Newtown v North Sydney at Henson Park last year.)

Castleford confirms Gower interest

ENGLISH Super League club Castleford has confirmed it is interested in Australian Test half-back Craig Gower, who has fallen out with the Penrith Panthers.The 27-year-old is reported to be furious at losing the club captaincy and being fined $100,000 - $30,000 of which was suspended - in the wake of an alleged drunken weekend on the Sunshine Coast in December and has reportedly asked for a release.Newly promoted Castleford are still searching for a quality half-back following their failure to sign Cronulla's Adam Dykes. The Melbourne Storm have also confirmed an interest in Gower.

Betting on NRL suspended in the wake of Gower saga

BETTING has been suspended on the NRL in light of the Penrith Panthers fiasco involving Craig Gower allegedly seeking a release from his contract.Bets have been placed on the Panthers to win the wooden spoon and Melbourne to win the premiership as Gower would be odds on to move to Melbourne in Penrith granted Gower a release from his contract.Melbourne lost star halfback Matt Orford to Manly at the end of last season and are light on in the halves with Cooper Cronk the man most likely to replace Orford in the all important halfback role.Gower has been unhappy since being stripped of the captaincy and fined $30,000 in the wake of his much-publicised antics at Noosa in December at a charity golf event that also coincided with his buck?s night.Penrith stalwart Tony Puletua will be the Panthers captain in 2006 but has publicly stated he is happy to step aside and let Gower assume the role in the best interests of the club.Gower would attract massive money in the U.K with two clubs apparently very keen to secure his services, believed to be Castleford and Salford.Gower's manager Greg Willett has doused claims his client is seeking a release from his four-year contract, worth a staggering two million dollars.

Young Lions face Schoolboy tests down under

THE BARLA Great Britain Young Lions will face the Australian Schoolboys in a two-match Test Series this August.

Rea sticks with same team for the Giants clash

LONDON Broncos will go into the game against Huddersfield on Sunday with the same team that lost to Hull at Leicester last round.

Wolf Mail

PAUL Cullen has named a 20 man side to face Challenge Cup winners St Helens this Saturday, 6.05pm Live on Sky Sports from Knowsley Road.

Bulls Eye

IN this week's Bulls Eye Brian Noble and Paul Johnson look ahead top Sunday's Round 16 game at Odsal when the Vikings cross the Pennines to play the Bulls.

Bulldogs keep the coach for two more years

THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs CEO, Malcolm Noad, has announced that current coach, Steve Folkes, has re-signed with the club for a further 2 years. This is great news for the team who are travelling to Townsville to take on the North Queensland Cowboys.

Bennett rips into NRL

BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett has called on the NRL to immediately address the June 30 contractual deadline, which turns the competition on its head at this time of the year every season.

Kemp signed as Warriors coach

TONY Kemp is on the verge of being signed by the Warriors to coach the team for the next two years.

Panthers down Eels in deja vu second half effort

THE Panthers have defeated a spirited Parramatta outfit 26-16 after another great second half performance that now seems to be a trademark of their games.

Warriors feel the force of the Storm

A convincing win tonight in Melbourne for the home side has them hold the Michael Moore trophy for the rest of the year as they trounced the Vodafone Warriors by 42-6 in front of a very vocal home crowd boosted by the lack of AFL matches this weekend in the city.

Bulldogs skipper linked with Warriors

BULLDOGS captain Steve Price could make a dramatic switch to the New Zealand Warriors next year after rumours that the struggling club are set to offer him a major financial deal for the 2005 season.

Bulldogs defeat gallant Cowboys in FNQ

THE Canterbury Bulldogs have put in a professional performance to outclass the North Queensland Cowboys 32-18 in Townsville tonight.

Rabbitohs let Willie Peters go

THE South Sydney Rabbitohs has announced today that halfback Willie Peters has been released from his contract for the remainder of the season and will join English Club Widnes.

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