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18th February:

9.30am – Tarsha Gale 9’s: Sydney Indigenous Academy v Cronulla Sharks

11.00am – Harold Matthews Cup: Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks

12.30pm – S.G. Ball Cup: Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks

4.00pm – NYC Under 20’s: Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers

6.00pm – ISP NSW: Newtown v Wests Tigers.

Newtown’s team for tomorrow evening is:

Fullback: Leigh Higgins; Wingers: Ben Fritz and Jordan Topai; Centres: Haydn Peacock, Matt Evans; Halves: Jason Schirnack, Alec Bush; Lock: Jayden McDonogh; Second-Rowers: Jayden Walker, Kenny Niko; Front-Rowers: Kurt Dillon, Malakai Houma. Hooker: Manaia Cherrington.


Brent Anderson, Kurt Kara, Ben Murray, Jaimin Jolliffe, Jordan Galloway, Saulala Houma, Nesiasi Mataitonga, Tyla Tamou

Make your bookings now for the 2017 Newtown Jets season launch.

The launch is proudly sponsored by Deicorp – Built to Deliver.

Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Venue: Petersham RSL Club

Cost: $135 per ticket or $1250 for a table of ten

MC: Graeme Hughes

Starring: Australia’s Official Lambassador, Sam Kekovich, with other special guests to be announced.

Dress: Lounge suit or smart casual

RSVP: Wednesday, 22nd February

Contacts: Olga Lauricella on 0412 712 612 or olauricella@newtownjets.com; Stuart McCarthy on 0447 046 516 or smccarthy@newtownjets.com

There will be live and silent auctions on the night.

Everything you need and dare to know about Sam Kekovich:

A naturally gifted entertainer, Slammin’ Sam Kekovich brings a wonderfully satirical, irreverent and hard-hitting brand of humour to any occasion. His lively presentations draw on all his experiences and the characters he has encountered over the last 35 plus years of his involvement in football and life. He delivers guaranteed laughs and edge-of-your-seat stories.

All the bluff and bluster sometimes hides the fact that Sam was a damn good footballer. He started his senior career with the Kangaroos in 1968 and the following year was the top goalkicker with 56 goals and won the club’s best and fairest award. Sam played a key role in the club’s first premiership win in 1975 as second ruckman, contesting boundary throw-ins, in which he won most of the hit outs against Hawthorn’s top player, Don Scott.

After playing 124 VFL games for the Kangaroos and having the occasional run-in with his coaches and the tribunal, Sam retired from top competition in 1978.

Sam’s a natural entertainer and story-teller.

We’re not far away from the start of the 2017 Intrust Super Premiership NSW, in what is Newtown’s 110th season in rugby league football. There’s no better way you can prove your support for the oldest club in Australian rugby league than by taking out a 2017 membership package. There are membership deals on offer to suit all personal circumstances and budgets. Check out this link for all the relevant information:  http://www.newtownjets.com/jets-membership-2017/

And there’s a terrific array of 2017 Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise awaiting your perusal and selection:  www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au

Here are Mario Facchini’s photos from last Saturday’s trial between Newtown and Mounties:  http://mafphotography.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/intrust-super-premiership-2017-trial_12.html?m=1

Last Saturday’s heatwave failed to prevent the Newtown Jets staging a successful trial match at Henson Park against the Canberra Raiders partnership club, Mounties. Fortunately for both teams the kick-off time was put back to 7.00pm and the weather started to cool down after about 15 minutes. Mounties led 12-4 at half-time and the match ended in a 12-all draw.

Newtown used 24 players in the match and Mounties 29. The Jets fielded just seven players with recent Intrust Super Premiership (ISP) experience, whereas Mounties had many more in their squad with extensive !SP game time. Mounties fielded an interesting identity in the former Australian and Queensland State of Origin representative David “The Coal Train” Taylor, who is trialling for a contract with the Canberra Raiders.

Mounties led 6-0 after twenty minutes and 12-4 at halftime, with Jets winger Leigh Higgins scoring in the south-eastern corner right on the halftime siren. Taking into account their extra men on the bench and their greater pool of ISP experience, it was expected that Mounties might take control of the game in the second half. Instead the Jets turned on a committed and disciplined defensive performance, in keeping Mounties tryless in the second half and drawing level with the visitors with ten minutes left to play.

Outside backs Tyla Tamou and Haydn Peacock scored for Newtown in the second half. All three of the Jets tries were scored out wide and the third conversion attempt struck the left-hand upright and bounced away.

Coach Greg Matterson said there was plenty to take out of this game, given the tough playing conditions and that Mounties had fielded a very strong team. There was plenty of improvement needed in Newtown’s attack but this was only the team’s second game together. Matterson singled out Luke Towers, Jaimin Jolliffe, Jayden McDonogh and Jordan Galloway for special mention on an evening where everyone in the Jets squad had made a strong contribution.

The Jets return to Henson Park next Saturday, 18th February, for their final trial match against Wests Tigers. This game is timed for kick-off at 6.00pm and will be preceded by a Holden Cup trial between Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers at 4.00pm.

Match details:

ISP NSW Trial Match played at Henson Park on Saturday, 11th February 2017 (Kick-Off: 7.00pm).

Newtown 12: Leigh Higgins, Tyla Tamou, Haydn Peacock tries

drew with

Mounties 12: Yileen Gordon, Royce Hunt tries; Dylan Izzard 2 goals.

Half-Time: Mounties led 12-4.

Referees: Damian Briscoe and Kieren Irons.

Touch Judges: John Woods and Mark Bohan.



Luke Towers, Ben Fritz, Haydn Peacock, Matt Evans, Jordan Tapai, Jason Schirnack, Alec Bush, Saulala Houma, Kurt Kara, Jaimin Jolliffe, Kenny Niko, Ben Murray, Jayden McDonogh.

Bench: Brent Anderson, Saxon Onur, Tepatasi Fuiavailili, Justin Faughlin, Jordan Galloway, Khalid Deeb, Tyla Tamou, Nesiasi Mataitonga, Tesimoni Taliauli, Leigh Higgins, Vaughan Thistlethwaite.


Dominic Reardon, Alofi Mataele, Rueben Rennie, Yileen Gordon, Eddie Aiono, Dylan Izzard, Isaac John, David Taylor, Glen Buttriss, Topiese Taufu, Jack Nelson, Vaipuna Tia-Kilifi, Mark McCormack, Mitch Kennedy, Clay Priest, Royce Hunt, Sam Duggan, Jacob Mayer, Sonny Bristow, Magnus Stromquist, Chris Taripo, Corey Makelim, Rusty Bristow, Joshua Toole, Maurice Kennedy, Jarrod Brackenhofer, Will Mataka, Steven Tavita, Michael Morris.

Match timeline:

This match was played on one of the hottest days in NSW history.

15th minute: Yileen Gordon try, converted by Dylan Izzard. Mounties 6-0.

After twenty minutes: Mounties 6-0.

27th minute: Royce Hunt try, Dylan Izzard conversion. Mounties 12-0.

39th minute: Leigh Higgins try, not converted. Mounties 12-4.

After forty minutes: Mounties 12-4.

45th minute: Tyla Tamou try, not converted. Mounties 12-8.

After sixty minutes: Mounties 12-8.

70th minute: Haydn Peacock try, not converted. 12-all.

Full-Time: 12-all.

The Intrust Super Premiership NSW trial match between Newtown and Mounties set down for kick-off at Henson Park on Saturday, 11th February at 6.00pm will now be commencing at 7.00pm.

The NYC Under 20’s/Ron Massey Cup trial match between the Cronulla Sharks and Mounties set down for kick-off at Henson Park on Saturday, 11th February at 4.00pm will now be commencing at 5.00pm.

The NSWRL junior representatives and Tarsha Gale matches set down for Henson Park on Saturday morning, 11th February have been cancelled due to the extreme heatwave conditions.

The Newtown Jets defied the stifling heat and their North Sydney opponents in last Saturday’s Intrust Super Premiership trial match at Henson Park. The match was played in temperatures of around 38 degrees and in high humidity.

The North Sydney Bears looked to be well in control at half-time when they led 24-10. With more reserve players on their bench, the Bears were well-placed to run away with the game. The Jets restricted Norths to one converted try early in the fourth quarter and then scored themselves with five minutes left to play. Norths prevailed on the day by 30-16.

Jets coach Greg Matterson said he was pleased with Newtown’s defensive effort in the second half. North Sydney had brought 28 players to this trial, while Newtown only had 19 men available. Two Jets pre-season squad members played with the Cronulla Sharks in the Auckland NRL Nines tournament, while several others  were on duty with the Sharks in a trial match on Saturday night at Redcliffe against the Brisbane Broncos.

Matterson noted that while the full-time score in the first trial match isn’t of great consequence, what is important is how players trialling for a place in Newtown’s 2017 squad perform with the ball, in defence and in communicating with their team-mates. Newtown’s first half completion rate had been less than fifty per cent and there had been some poor reads in defence which led to North Sydney tries.

The Jets fought their way back into the contest in the second half and the four quarters provided plenty of game-time for the young Newtown squad members to stake their selection claims. Backrower Jayden McDonogh, previously with the Sharks Holden Cup team, made an impressive debut while Jason Schirnack provided leadership and tough defence. Alec Bush (ex-Parramatta) played well at hooker, and front-rowers Khalid Deeb (making a comeback) and Tepatasi Fuifava (ex-Sharks) worked hard in the oppressive conditions.

Newtown’s next trial match is against the Canberra Raiders partnership club, Mounties, at Henson Park next Saturday, 11th February, at 6.00pm.

Match details:

North Sydney 30:

5 tries, 5 goals


Newtown 16:

Saxon Onur 2, Alec Bush tries;

Jason Schirnack  2 goals.

Half-Time: North Sydney led 24-10.

Newtown’s team was:


Saxon Onur, Leigh Higgins, Brent Anderson, Jonathan Tufuga, Kaisa Tony Apelu Matautia, Nesiasi Mataitonga, Peni Manumalealii, Topai Jordan-Aveai.


Tepatasi Fuivava, Alec Bush, Saulala Houma, Jason Shirnack, Vaughan Thistlewaite, Jayden McDonogh, Tommy Harris, Justin Faughlen, Khalid Deeb, Tesi Taulilale, Kenny Niko.

North Sydney:

Abbas Miski, Ben Jackson, Chad O’Donnell, Cheyne Whitelaw, Clay Williams, Dane Neilsen, Ed Murphy, Eli Levido, FJ Muala, Harry O’Toole, Jacob Esau, Jacob McCudden, Jamal Hunt, James Mirceski, Jayden Horo, Joko Dokinavalu, Latrell Schumankhel, Mala Sands, Nathan Leitagaga, Obed Kharwin, Patrice Siolo, Piki Rogers, Riley Travers, Tasi Tasi, Tom Eisenhuth, Tom Freebairn, Tom Perrin, Trayden Mundine.

Match timeline:

3rd minute: Saxon Onur try. Not converted.

Newtown leads 4-0.

11th minute: Norths try and goal.

Norths 6-4.

20th minute: Norths try and goal.

Norths 12-4.

21st minute: Norths try and goal.

Norths 18-4.

30th minute:  Norths try and goal.

Norths 24-4.

38th minute: Alec Bush try, Jason Schirnack goal.

Norths 24-10.

Half-Time: Norths 24-10.

No points scored in the third quarter.

65th minute: Norths try and goal.

Norths 30-10.

75th minute: Saxon Onur try, Jason Schirnack goal.

Norths 30-16.

Full-Time: North Sydney 30 defeated Newtown 16.

    Tony Adams is one of the most experienced rugby league journalists covering the game, and he was pictured in an eye-catching Newtown Jets t-shirt while he was travelling with Air New Zealand enroute to the Auckland NRL Nines last weekend.

    With the 2017 rugby league season about to start, there’s no better time to check out the Newtown Jets great range of clothing and merchandise.

    Check out the full array on www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au

    You can buy online, or contact Olga directly on 0412 712 612 or olauricella@newtownjets.com

    Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise is on sale at the Jets home games at Henson Park and at selected outlets in inner-western Sydney.

    The landmark Newtown Jets merchandise marquee operates on a regular basis on Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, in front of the King Street Wesley Mission, directly opposite the Dendy Cinema complex.

    Call 0412 712 612 to check whether the King Street merchandise marquee is going to be open on a particular Saturday.

    And don’t forget – the Newtown Jets play Mounties at Henson Park this Saturday, 11th February, at 6.00pm.

    The good news is that the mental torture ends this coming weekend, with the Newtown Jets first trial match for 2017 being played at Henson Park on Saturday, 4th February.

    Here is the full schedule for the Newtown Jets 2017 trials program:

    Saturday, 4th February:

    Henson Park

    4.00pm – Intrust Super Premiership NSW: Newtown v North Sydney.

    Saturday, 11th February:

    Henson Park

    9.30am – Harold Matthews Cup: Roosters v WSAS

    11.00am – S.G. Ball Cup: Roosters v WSAS

    12.30pm – Tarsha Gale 9’s: Sydney Indigenous Academy v Canberra

    4.00pm – NYC/RMC: Cronulla NYC v Mounties Ron Massey Cup

    6.00pm – ISP NSW: Newtown v Mounties

    Saturday, 18th February:

    Henson Park

    9.30am – Tarsha Gale 9’s: Sydney Indigenous Academy v Cronulla

    10.30am – Harold Matthews Cup: Roosters v Cronulla

    12.00pm – S.G. Ball Cup: Roosters v Cronulla

    4.00pm – NYC: Cronulla v Wests Tigers

    6.00pm – ISP NSW: Newtown v Wests Tigers

    Newtown’s head coach Greg Matterson, now heading into his 10th season at the helm of the Jets, was in top form when he was interviewed recently for the NSW Rugby League’s website:  http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/01/30/newtown_change_surro.html

    Congratulations to Malakai Houma, Kurt Kara and Matt Evans who have been selected in the Cronulla-Sutherland squad to play in this weekend’s Auckland NRL Nines tournament.

    There are several familiar and not so familiar Newtown Jets names in the Cronulla-Sutherland NRL trial squad that travels to Brisbane this weekend:

    NRL Team List v Brisbane Broncos
    Trial at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe
    Kick-off: 7:15pm (AEST)

    1            Valentine Holmes
    2            Haydn Peacock
    3            Jordan Drew
    4            James Tuitahi
    5            Josh Tualagi
    6            Fa’amanu Brown
    7            James Maloney
    8            Andrew Fifita
    9            Daniel Mortimer
    10          Sam Tagataese
    11          Jayden Walker
    12          Jayson Bukuya
    13          Paul Gallen

    14          Jeremy Latimore
    15          Kurt Dillon
    16          Jaimin Jolliffe
    17          Jayden Brailey
    18          Blayke Brailey
    19          Jesse Savage
    20          Ryan King
    21          Eddie Faalau
    22          Luke Towers
    23          Ben Fritz
    24          Bessie Aufuga-Toomaga
    25          Via Uia

    It might be Sydney’s hottest January on record, but that hasn’t stopped the Newtown Jets from putting in a thoroughly-disciplined and well-planned pre-season training program. The Jets began their four-days-per-week regimen back in early November and their first trial match (v North Sydney at Henson Park on Saturday, 4th February) is now just ten days away.

    Jets head coach Greg Matterson is heading into his tenth season in what is now the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition, formerly known as the NSW Cup. Matterson’s coaching tenure in the top grade is a record for the Newtown club and is probably only surpassed in length by Wayne Bennett’s stint at the Brisbane Broncos from 1988 to 2008. George Ndaira, who played NRL with St George-Illawarra, South Sydney and the Newcastle Knights and has had coaching experience with the Knights, has come on board at Newtown as the newly-appointed assistant-coach.

    Newtown’s strength and conditioning coach Graeme Morris is well-qualified in his specialist field and is highly regarded by his peers. His innovative strength and conditioning program that has the 2017 Jets players in great shape has attracted the attention of other NRL and Super League clubs, as well as the Melbourne Demons AFL club. Take a look at Graeme’s program for the 2017 Newtown Jets: http://insidertrainingapp.com/newtownjets

    New players who have signed contracts with the Jets for 2017 include hooker Alec Bush (ex-Parramatta), centre Ben Fritz (ex-Manly-Warringah), front-rower Tepatasi Fuiava (ex-Cronulla Sharks), five-eighth Penani Manumalealii (ex-Cronulla and a Samoan international), backrower Jayden McDonogh (ex-Cronulla), centre Haydn Peacock (ex-Cronulla and AS Carcassonne XIII) and Luke Towers (ex-Roosters, Salford and AS Carcassonne XIII).

    Newtown’s three trial games for 2017 are all at Henson Park and are as follows: v North Sydney, Saturday, 4th February (4pm kick off); v Mounties, Saturday, 11th February (6pm kick off); and v Wests Tigers, Saturday, 18th February (6pm kick off). The NSW Rugby League will be releasing the official ISP NSW 2017 draw later this week.

    Get in now for your 2017 Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise. You can contact Olga directly on 0412 712 612 or olauricella@newtownjets.com, or buy online from: www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au

    The 2017 season has nearly started and now’s the time to take out a 2017 Newtown Jets club membership. There are great packages for a variety of budgets and circumstances:  http://www.newtownjets.com/jets-membership-2017/

    This Toronto Wolf Pack RLFC fans website has taken great interest in Manfred Moore’s time with the Newtown Jets: http://www.torontowolfpack.co.uk/2017/01/history-rugby-league-gridiron-ameican-football.html

    Here’s more Newtown Jets news as we head into 2017 ….

    Another reminder that 2017 Newtown Jets membership packages are now available, and you can check out which membership deal best suits your needs by going to this link on the Newtown RLFC website:


    If you’re looking for an innovative and totally appropriate choice of Xmas present for a friend or relative, you can’t go past choosing one of our Newtown Jets 2017 membership packages.

    Your membership of the Newtown RLFC enables the Jets to be a competitive force in the increasingly-demanding and high-standard Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition.

    Please be an ambassador for our club by encouraging your family members and friends to become Newtown Jets members – and ask them to spread our gospel as well.

    Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise also provides plenty of scope for some very popularly-received Xmas gift-giving, and there’s never been a better range than what’s on offer now from the Jets catalogue. Check out what’s on the Jets clothing and merchandise website: www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au

    You can buy your gifts online or order directly from Olga on olga@newtownjets.com or call her on 0412 712 612.

    Newtown Jets 2017 trial matches information:

    Saturday, 4th February 2017 at Henson Park: Newtown v North Sydney

    Saturday, 11th February 2017 at Henson Park: Newtown v Mounties.

    Saturday, 18th February 2017 at Henson Park: Newtown v Wests Tigers.

    All of these kick-off times are to be announced. Bearing in mind the heatwave conditions in early to mid-February in Sydney, these trial matches are likely to be played in the late afternoon or evening.

    While the Intrust Super Premiership NSW draw has not been released at this stage, round one of the ISP NSW is almost certain to be on the same weekend as the opening round of the NRL, which is on the first weekend in March 2017.

    New faces at Newtown Jets pre-season training sessions:

    Justin Faughlin; second-rower; member of the Dapto Canaries team who won the 2016 Illawarra Coal first grade premiership.

    Vailima Teaupa; second-rower; 20 years old; 184 cm; 116 kg; ex-Canterbury Bankstown NYC; Cabramatta junior product;  (YouTube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFKGKafHDiY )

    Haydn Peacock; 25 years old; fullback/wing/centre/second-row; Cronulla Sharks NYC; South Wales Scorpions (UK League 1); Limoux Grizzlies and AS Carcassone (French Rugby League Elite competition); has represented Ireland in European Rugby League Championship games in 2014 and 2015; will be looking to secure a place in the Irish Rugby League team for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

    Shannon Crook; 22; halfback; St George-Illawarra NYC; Corrimal RLFC; Illawarra Cutters. He received personal mentoring and a high rating from the former Dragons and New Zealand Kiwis wizard halfback, Benji Marshall.

    Some excellent reading … this perceptive Steve Mascord article is extremely relevant to the role played by the Newtown RLFC in modern-day Rugby League – and indeed to all Newtown Jets supporters and friends:


    More new blood for the Jets as they complete their third week of pre-season training.

    Here’s a reminder that 2017 Newtown Jets membership packages are now available, and you can check out which membership deal best suits your needs by going to this link on the Newtown RLFC website:


    Your membership of the Newtown RLFC enables the Jets to be a competitive force in the increasingly-demanding and high-standard Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition.

    Please be an ambassador for our club by encouraging your family members and friends to become Newtown Jets members as well.

    As of last Tuesday, here’s a list of those players who have been training with the Newtown Jets pre-season squad:

    Alec Bush (ex-Parramatta NYC); Luke Towers (ex-Sydney Roosters, Newtown in 2010, then Limoux, Carcassone and Salford); Kenny Niko (Newtown 2016);  Brent Anderson (Newtown 2016); Leigh Higgins (ex-St George-Illawarra NYC, Thirroul, Sharks SG Ball); Tyla Tamou (ex-Endeavour Sports High, De la Salle JRLFC in Cronulla); Jason Schirnack (Newtown 2016);  Khalid Deeb (one of Newtown’s most honoured players and determined to put in a solid pre-season);  Saulala Houma (Newtown 2016); Penani Manumalealii (ex-Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers, Samoan international representative); Tesi Taulilale (ex-Northcote RLFC, NZ); Kurt Kara (Newtown 2016); Tepatasi Fuivava (ex-Cronulla NYC. This big fellow weighs in at 125 kg) ; Ben Fritz (ex-Parramatta NYC and Manly-Warringah NSW Cup and ISP NSW); Corin Smith (Newtown 2016); Matt Evans (Newtown 2016); Vaughan Thistlethwaite (ex-St George-Illawarra NYC and Kiama Knights); Ross Mati-Leifi (ex-East Campbelltown).

    2016 Newtown Jets forwards Kurt Dillon and Malakai Houma are both training with the Cronulla Sharks NRL squad.

    2016 Cronulla Sharks players who played with Newtown and who have now moved on to other clubs:

    Junior Roqica – to London Broncos; Josh Cleeland – to Canterbury Bulldogs; David Fifita – to Wakefield Trinity; Mitch Brown – to Leigh; Matt McIlwrick – to Wests Tigers; Anthony Moraitis – to Canberra Raiders; Jacob Gagan – to Newcastle Knights; Lachlan Stein – to Penrith; Jesse Sene-Lefao – to Castleford.

    Congratulations to the Newtown Jets website sponsor Ari Boulas and his wife Ariane who welcomed their first son (John) recently. Ari and Ariane already have two daughters. Best wishes to the Boulas family from everyone at the Newtown Jets.

    Newtown Jets ex-players in the Country Rugby League news:

    Luke Branighan has been appointed captain-coach of Oberon in Group 10 (in central-western NSW).

    Tuki Jackson is the new captain-coach of the strong Albury Thunder club in Group 9 in southern NSW.

    And Glenn Dumbrell is the captain-coach of Yanco-Wamoon in Group 20 in the western Riverina.

    The Newtown RLFC was well represented at the NSW Rugby League’s Semi-Pro Day, held at the Australian College of Physical Education at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush on Saturday, 19th November 2016.

    There was an interesting range of well-qualified guest speakers covering topics relevant to young semi-professional Rugby League footballers.

    The former North Sydney player and now NSWRL Welfare and Education Officer Greg Nichols coordinated the day.

    The aim of the day was primarily to assist Intrust Super Premiership NSW players deal with the realities of working full-time; the demands of a tough individual and team training regimen; along with their everyday responsibilities of living in a fast-paced, complex global city such as Sydney.

    The Newtown Jets are quite rightly regarded as being a family and community-oriented club and Henson Park is our home. Catch a glimpse of a day (and night in this instance) at home courtesy of our friends at Sydney Film Studios here:


    Christmas is now only four weeks away and it’s time to start thinking about your choice of presents. Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise items always go down well as Christmas gifts, so take a look at the Jets clothing and merchandise website on: www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au

    In addition to buying online, you can contact Olga directly for sales inquiries on 0412 712 612 and on olga@labelplus.com.au

    Be more than simply a supporter.

    Show your passion through a positive commitment to the Newtown RLFC – by taking out a Jets membership.

    Your commitment provides financial support for the club, and gives the players and officials confidence that you are with them. BECOME A MEMBER OF “THE TEAM THAT WILL NOT YIELD”, and join now!

    There is a range of membership packages to suit everyone.

    This link below takes you to the Newtown Jets website and all the information you will need about making an informed decision to become a member of Australia’s oldest Rugby League club, the Newtown Jets:


    The Newtown Jets are a family and Henson Park is our home. Catch a glimpse of a day (& night in this instance) at home courtesy of our friends at Sydney Film Studios here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUjEqcBPNJY&feature=youtu.be

    Developments at training this week …

    These two players signed professional forms with the Newtown RLFC on Thursday afternoon:

    Penani Manumalealii:

    A half-back and five-eighth; 24 years old; born in Apia, Samoa; was a member of the Cronulla Sharks NSW Cup premiership team in 2013; played NRL with the Cronulla Sharks in 2014; played with Wests Tigers in 2015. Represented Samoa in 2013 and 2014, including several top-class performances in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

    Luke Towers:

    Fullback and winger. Was a champion schoolboy Rugby player and athlete at Waverley College. An outstanding Sydney Roosters junior product; played in the NYC with the Roosters; played with the Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup in 2010; has since played several seasons with the Limoux and Carcassone clubs in the French Rugby League elite competition, including appearances in the French Rugby League Championship Final and the Lord Derby Cup Final. Has played with the famous Salford club in the UK Super League, and also in the Illawarra Carlton League competition.