Home Season 2016

The Newtown Jets held their annual Presentation Dinner at the Petersham RSL Club on the evening of Wednesday, 5th October. There was a good crowd in attendance of club members, supporters, sponsors as well as staff and players. David Trodden and Barrie-Jon Mather from the NSW Rugby League were two special guests.

A feature of the night was the fact that the Jets’ NRL partnership club, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, had won their inaugural NRL premiership title on the previous Sunday (2nd October) and there were frequent references to this glorious day in their partnership club’s history. The Jets might not have won the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Grand Final, but they had a highly respectable season. They were eliminated at the preliminary final stage in a narrow defeat to the Illawarra Cutters.

The Cutters went on to claim the ISP NSW premiership title, and then overwhelmed the Queensland Cup premiers Burleigh Bears in the NRL State Championship final at ANZ Stadium on the NRL Grand Final Day.

Several speakers at the Newtown Jets Presentation Dinner mentioned that this 2016 playing group had gelled together very well and had formed a remarkably strong esprit de corps. It is a recurring feature of a second-tier rugby league competition such as the ISP NSW that there always is a significant turnover of players each year. This year’s group of Newtown players formed a strong bond and made a very spirited showing in challenging for the ISP NSW premiership title. The CEO of the NSW Rugby League, Mr David Trodden, said that the Newtown club is a highly valued member of the ISP NSW competition, and the Jets’ crowd-pulling capacity, their successful media profile and merchandising campaigns are an example to all the other second-tier rugby league clubs.

Kurt Capewell won the blue-ribbon Brian Moore Shield which is awarded to the Newtown Jets best and fairest award winner. Capewell turned in a succession of top class performances as a backrower and centre with the Jets and deservedly won NRL selection with the Sharks in the latter part of the season. Five-eighth Josh Cleeland won the best back award and he will be a great gain for the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2017. Hooker Matt McIlwrick proved himself to be a quality rugby league personality on and of the field and he won the coveted Fred Daly Memorial Shield, which is awarded to the player deemed to have made the greatest contribution to the club in the past season. McIlwrick will be joining Wests Tigers in 2017 and everyone at the Jets and Sharks wishes him well for the future.

Other major award winners included Gary Sutherland, who won the Club Person of the Year award in recognition of the high standard photographic services he has provided over the past 13 years.

Newtown Jets coach Greg Matterson was honoured by the club for having passed the 200 games benchmark as a coach at the Jets. He first joined the club as the Jim Beam Cup coach back in 2005 and has been the NSW Cup and ISP NSW head coach since 2008. Matterson also paid tribute to the playing group of 2016, the club Directors, team staff, sponsors and supporters who all work together to maintain the oldest club in Australian rugby league as a viable and successful operation.

It will all get underway again for the Newtown Jets in early November as they start preparing for the 2017 rugby league season.

Newtown RLFC 2016 Award winners:

Members’ Player of the Year – Kurt Kara

Leading Try Scorer – Jacob Gagan (16 tries)

Leading Points Scorer – Fa’amanu Brown (14 tries, 41 goals = 138 points)

Most Improved – Kenny Niko

Coach’s Award – Anthony Moraitis

Most Consistent – Malakai Houma

Players’ Player – Kurt Kara

Best Back – Josh Cleeland

Club Person of the Year – Gary Sutherland

Brian ‘Chicka’ Moore Shield (Best and Fairest) – Kurt Capewell

Fred Daly Memorial Shield (for the player who has contributed most to the club on an off the field) – Matt McIlwrick.

Wishing all the very best to our NRL partners the mighty Cronulla-Sutherland Football Club for Sunday’s Grand Final.

The Jets are behind you all the way.



Attention Newtown RLFC members,

This season we are again presenting a Members’ Player of the Year Award at our annual Presentation Dinner which is being held at Petersham RSL on Wednesday 5th October from 7pm. Tickets are $65. RSVP: Friday 30th September
smccarthy@newtownjets.com or 0447 046 516
olauricella@newtownjets.com or 0412 712 612

If you would like to vote please choose one player from the list below and email smccarthy@newtownjets.com or SMS 0447 046 516 by 5pm Wednesday 28th September.

All players listed played a minimum of thirteen games.

Arana Taumata
Mitch Brown
Jordan Drew
Matt Evans
Jacob Gagan
Josh Cleeland
Fa’amanu Brown
Junior Roqica
Matt McIlwrick
Jesse Sene-Lefao
Anthony Moraitis
Kurt Capewell
Jason Schirnack
Kurt Kara
Malakai Houma
Kurt Dillon
Travis Robinson
Jaline Graham

Many thanks for your support of Australia’s oldest Rugby League Club in 2016.

2017 Membership packages will be available ASAP.

A proud achievement for our club – Josh Cleeland, Kurt Capewell and Matt McIlwrick have all won selection in the NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW

In what is most certainly a high-level recognition of the Newtown Jets first-rate ISP NSW season, three Jets team members have won representation in the prestigious ISP NSW Team of the Year.

The three players are Josh Cleeland, Kurt Capewell and Matt McIlwrick. Their names and performances are synonymous with the high standards reached by the Newtown Jets club during the 2016 season.

You can read more about Josh, Kurt and Matt on this link from the NSWRL website:


Here are all the details for the upcoming Newtown RLFC Annual Presentation Dinner:

Newtown Rugby League Football Club

2016 Presentation Dinner

Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Petersham RSL Club, 7 Regent Street, Petersham.

7.00pm for 7.30pm.

$65.00 per head

RSVP: Friday, 30th September


smcccarthy@newtownjets.com; 0447 046 516

olauricella@Newtownjets.com; 0412 712 612.

Here are all the photographic links from last Sunday night at Leichhardt Oval:

Gary Sutherland:  http://www.pbase.com/gsphotography/newtown_vs_illawarra_180916&page=all

Mario Facchini:


Mike Magee:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/fromthetouchline/albums/72157672941685751

How the match was reported in this week’s Cooks River Valley Times (Wednesday, 21st Sept, pages 19 and 20, plus there’s a great post-match shot by Mike Magee:  http://bit.ly/2cs4IG2

Here are the match highlights as supplied by the NSWRL: http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2016/09/20/highlights_intrust_s.html

There’s a great article on the Newtown Jets by Matt Cleary in this week’s issue of Big League Magazine (Thursday, 22nd September, Finals Week 3, page 24.)

In your local newsagents now.

Report on the ISP NSW Preliminary Finals match between Newtown and Illawarra, played at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, 18th September 2016 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

The Newtown Jets 2016 title quest came to an end at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday evening, when they lost 18-10 to the Illawarra Cutters, St George-Illawarra’s partnership club. The scores were 6-all at half-time and Newtown was clinging to a 10-6 lead with just six minutes left on the clock. Two late converted tries took the Illawarra team into a Grand Final appointment against the Canberra Raiders partnership club, Mounties.

Sunday’s match was played in difficult conditions, with light showers falling early in the game and then quite heavy rain cascading down late in the first half and into the second session. Both teams employed strategic kicking games as they tried to keep their opponents trapped in their own halves. Centre Kenny Niko scored first for Newtown when he took advantage of the Cutters’ inability to close down Fa’amanu Brown’s kick into the south-eastern corner. Niko’s try was not converted and Newtown led 4-0 after five minutes. The Cutters responded through a converted try in the 18th minute which gave them a 6-4 lead. A penalty conversion attempt by Fa’amanu Brown in the 22nd minute bounced away off an upright, but he was successful with another shot at penalty goal in the 38th minute which tied up the scores 6-all at half-time.

Coach Greg Matterson stressed to his players at the break that this was the half that would determine whether the Jets advanced to the Grand Final. He urged his men to fight this contest out set for set and to work doubly-hard to support their team-mates in defence. Newtown had completed 15 out of 18 sets in the first half and Illawarra 13 out of 16.

The heavy rain affected the ball-security of both teams early in the second half with Illawarra turning the ball over three times in quick succession. Jacob Gagan, who has been one of the ISP NSW competition’s form players in recent weeks, powered over from dummy-half to score in the north-eastern corner in the 49th minute. His try was not converted and Newtown now had a 10-6 lead.

The latter part of the match was ultimately decided by some contentious refereeing calls and a swag of possession to the Cutters in the last 15 minutes. Possession and field position factors eventually prevailed, with the Cutters scoring a converted try six minutes from full-time, and then sealing the result with another converted try with just three minutes left to play.

In reflecting on the course of the game, coach Matterson said that every member of the Jets team tried really hard and all contributed to a huge defensive effort in the second half. The Cutters glut of possession near the end of the game proved to be decisive. They forced a couple of repeat sets and had a run of four consecutive penalties at a critical stage. In the rain-affected second half, the Jets completed 8 of 15 sets and the Cutters 12 of 20. The Illawarra boys had 11 of the last 16 sets of the game which goes some of the way to explaining the final outcome.

Coach Matterson nominated Jacob Gagan as being Newtown’s most outstanding player on the night. He also said that every other Jets player could be proud of their efforts. While this might not have been the best Newtown team since the Jets entered the NSW Rugby League’s top-tier competition back in 2000, this 2016 squad has certainly turned on some first-class Rugby League entertainment as well as some rousing home game occasions at Henson Park.

The Newtown Jets 2016 Presentation Dinner is to be held at the Petersham RSL Club (Regent Street, Petersham) on Wednesday, 5th October at 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

Details of the ISP NSW Preliminary Final between Newtown and Illawarra Cutters, played at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, 18th September 2016.

It was a titanic struggle between two fiercely-committed teams played in atrocious weather conditions, but the Illawarra Cutters’ two converted tries in the last six minutes have ended Newtown’s brave finals campaign for 2016. There were emotional scenes amongst the Jets players, officials and supporters after the game. This might not have been the best Newtown Jets team to have played in the NSW Rugby League’s top-tier competition in the past seventeen seasons (2000 to 2016 inclusive) but this particular group of men really developed an admirable esprit de corps and sense of mission. We wish all of the 2016 Newtown players, whether they are with the Jets again in 2017 or playing at another club, all the best for the future.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW

Preliminary Final

Newtown v Illawarra Cutters

Leichhardt Oval

Sunday, 18th September 2016

Kick-Off: 5.15pm.

Illawarra Cutters 18:

Taane Milne, Jacob Host, Adam Quinlan tries;

Levi Dodd 2, Shaun Nona 1 goal


Newtown 10:

Kenny Niko, Jacob Gagan tries;

Fa’amanu Brown 1 goal.

Half-Time: 6-all.

Referee: Ryan Jackson. Touch Judges: John Woods and Mitchell Stone.

Playing surface: Excellent, although obviously slippery due to the prevailing weather conditions.

Weather: 14 degrees C, light breeze, showers early in the first half, then heavier rain well into the second half.

Newtown’s team:

Jaline Graham, Corin Smith, Kenny Niko, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Kurt Kara, Malakai Houma, Anthony Moraitis, Junior Roqica, Matt McIlwrick (Capt), Jesse Sene-Lefao.

Interchange: Jason Schirnack, Kurt Dillon, Saulala Houma, Arana Taumata. Harrison Muller (18th), Brent Anderson (19th).

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Illawarra Cutters:

Adam Quinlan, Kurt Mann, Taane Milne, Levi Dodd, Kalifa Fai Fai Loa, Shaun Nona, Josh McCrone, Jacob Host, Tyrone McCarthy, Chris Lewis, Shannon Wakeman, Siliva Havili, Damien Sironen.

Interchange: Drew Hutchinson, Sam Coster, Jack Noble, Jay Gallagher.

Coach: Jason Demetriou.

Gary Sutherland’s photos from last night:  http://www.pbase.com/gsphotography/newtown_vs_illawarra_180916&page=all

And here are Michael Magee’s photos from Leichhardt Oval:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/fromthetouchline/albums/72157672941685751

How Matty Buxton from the NSWRL reported on the game:  http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2016/09/18/cutters_ground_the_j.html

Match timeline:

First Half:

Newtown kicked off to the Mary Street (Keith Barnes Grandstand) southern end of Leichhardt Oval.

A high swirling kick by Fa’amanu (Nu) Brown forces a mistake from the Cutters.

4th min: Nu Brown’s kick into the left side southern corner ricochets and Kenny Niko grabs the ball and forces his way over in the corner.

Not converted by Nu Brown.

Newtown 4-0.

7th min: Good touch finding kick by Nu Brown into the south-east corner.

Great kick return by Jacob Gagan – he picked up an awkwardly-bouncing Cutters kick in-goal and made 50 metres upfield

Cutters putting in some good kicks into Newtown’s in-goal or near the Jets’ tryline

16th min: Penalty to Cutters midfield

18th min: Illawarra score through Taane Milne 15m to the right of the northern end goal-posts

Converted by Nona

Cutters lead 6-4

Nu Brown’s grubber kick mishandled by Cutters then a penalty to Newtown

22nd min: Nu Brown’s penalty goal attempt hits the upright and bounces away

Then the Cutters get a relieving penalty

24th min: High kick at Newtown’s end not handled safely but Cutters ruled to have knocked on

Very good set from Newtown in 26th min as the rain starts to get heavier

28th min: Jets go close with a good kick into the Cutters in-goal

32nd min: Cutters go very close to scoring

36th min: Jets force an in-goal drop-out on the Cutters

38th min: Penalty to Newtown; Nu Brown kicks a penalty goal.

Half-Time: 6-all.

Coach Matterson urges a renewed effort from his players.

Everything rides on this half.

Be wary of conceding 7-tackle sets to the Cutters with kicks that run dead

The extra tackle sets will be deadly in these wet conditions

Fight this out set for set.

Second Half:

Illawarra kicking off to the southern end.

A succession of handling errors by both side attributable to the teeming rain

Neither side has presumably played in conditions like this all season

Jets get at the Cutters end and Jacob Gagan goes from dummy-half and scores in the northern right hand corner (49th min)

Not converted from wide out by Nu Brown

Newtown leads 10-6.

Jets line kick in the 52nd min ruled to have been out on the full (marginal!)

More handling errors in the rain and in the tense match atmosphere

Jets forced into a goal-line drop-out but the ruling is over-ruled by a touch judge’s report and it’s a penalty to the Cutters (55th min)

Jets forced into another goal-line drop-out

Their defence is under enormous pressure from the Cutters

More handling errors

Penalty to Newtown midfield in 60th min

Josh Cleeland nearly sneaks through but loses the ball (61st min)

Cutters get a relieving penalty on their 10 metre line in 61st min

Another penalty to Cutters with 15 mins left to play

And another Cutters penalty in 69th min

Newtown defenders desperately tired – its been a huge effort in strength-sapping conditions

Cutters force yet another goal-line drop-out with 7 mins to go

In the next set Cutters power over on the 4th tackle 5 m to the right of the southern goal-posts (Jacob Host the try-scorer)

Converted by Levi Dodd

Cutters lead 12-10 in 75th min

Quinlan scores off an inside pass from Hutchinson in the next set

Converted by Dodd

Cutters lead 18-10 with 2 mins to play.

Full-Time: Illawarra Cutters 18 defeated Newtown Jets 10.

It’s the Newtown Jets and the Illawarra Cutters at Leichhardt Oval this Sunday, with the winner going through to the Grand Final.

The match is being live streamed on the NSW Rugby League website (www.nswrl.com.au) and will also be broadcast live by Steele Sports (www.steelesports.com.au)

The experienced and very capable Jesse Sene-Lefao rejoins the Jets for this Sunday’s pathway match into the 2016 ISP NSW Grand Final.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW

Preliminary Final

Sunday, 18th September 2016

Leichhardt Oval

Newtown v Illawarra Cutters

Kick-Off: 5.15pm.

The other ISP NSW Preliminary Final is between Mounties and Wests Tigers, and is also being played on Sunday, 18th September, at Leichhardt Oval. This match kicks off at 3.15pm.

Newtown’s team for Sunday is:

Jaline Graham, Corin Smith, Kenny Niko, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Junior Roqica, Matt McIlwrick (Capt), Jesse Sene-Lefao, Malakai Houma, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Kara.

Interchange: Jason Schirnack, Brent Anderson, Kurt Dillon, Harrison Muller, Saulala Houma, Arana Taumata.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

The Illawarra Cutters team is:

Adam Quinlan, Kurt Mann, Taane Milne, Levi Dodd, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Shaun Nona, Drew Hutchison, Shannon Wakeman, Josh McCrone, Damian Sironen, Tyrone McCarthy (Capt), Jacob Host, Siliva Havili.

Interchange: Sam Coster, Jay Gallagher, Jack Noble, Chris Lewis.

Coach: Jason Demetriou.

Referee: Ryan Jackson.

Touch Judges: John Woods and Mitchell Stone.

Here are some unforgettable You Tube clips from last Sunday’s courageous win against the New Zealand Warriors:

Newtown Jets v New Zealand Warriors Finals Week 2 Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbNMoTi-HE4

Newtown Jets Victory Song Finals Week 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaUOhyIYSM8&spfreload=10

Kurt Kara Post Match Interview Finals Week 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tfdDFi3GHc

Anthony Moraitis Post Match Interview Finals Week 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEDIp57lA-Q

Gary Sutherland’s photos from last Sunday evening at Penrith:  http://www.pbase.com/gsphotography/newtown_vs_warriors_110916&page=all

And Mario Facchini’s photos from the same night:  http://mafphotography.blogspot.com/2016/09/intrust-super-premiership-2016-finals_12.html?spref=tw

An excellent NSWRL interview with a first rate fellow, Kurt Capewell:  http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2016/09/13/capewell_praises_jet.html

There’s plenty of Newtown Jets coverage in this week’s Rugby League Week (on page 42), in this week’s Big League magazine (on page 46) and in this week’s Cooks River Valley Times (Wednesday, 14th September, page 20).

There might not be any more Newtown Jets home game occasions at Henson Park for the rest of 2016, but there is still an excellent range of Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise on sale. You can select and buy your new clothing and merchandise directly from Olga by calling 0412 712 612 or emailng: olga@labelplus.com.au . And of course you can also buy Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise online by going to: www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au

Disturbing news from England that the former Newtown Jet Grant Millington is likely to undergo heart surgery. Grant played with Newtown in 2006 and 2007, and has also played with the Sydney Roosters, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cronulla-Sutherland and the UK club Castleford. The proposed surgery is to correct a heart murmur. Fortunately his condition is not thought to be life threatening and he hopes to resume playing in 2017. Everyone at the Newtown Jets wishes Grant and his family all the best for the future.

Newtown Jets has named its team for the Intrust Super Premiership NSW Preliminary Final versus Illawarra Cutters being played at Leichhardt Oval, Sunday 18th September, 5.15pm AEST kick-off. The match will be Live Streamed on www.nswrl.com.au (Visual) with a Live Audio Call on Steele Sports www.steelesports.com.au

Many thanks to our Player Sponsors listed in brackets.

1 Jaline Graham (VIP Management)

2 Corin Smith (Golden Barley Hotel)

17 Kenny Niko (Charles Bailey Urbane Property Inner West)

4 Matt Evans (Bistro 319 – Wyong Golf Club)

5 Jacob Gagan (Golden Barley Hotel)

6 Josh Cleeland (BRI Ferrier)

7 Fa’amanu Brown (Good Fellows Sports)

8 Junior Roqica (Dave Nelson)

9 Matt McIlwrick © (Select Music)

10 Jesse Sene-Lefao (Craig Leonard)

11 Malakai Houma (John Cahill & Jennifer Malone)

12 Anthony Moraitis (Steven Helmich)

13 Kurt Kara (Discount Ski Tubes & Gear)


14 Jason Schirnack (Nifty Foods)

15 Brent Anderson (Paul Sheehan)

16 Kurt Dillon (Wayne Leong)

20 Harrison Muller (Alan Bell & Patrick Zahra)

21 Saulala Houma (Label Plus)

26 Arana Taumata (Botany View Hotel)

Coach: Greg Matterson (Crust Pizza Dulwich Hill)

Report on the ISP NSW Finals Week 2 match between Newtown and NZ Warriors, played at Pepper Stadium, Penrith on Sunday, 11th September 2016 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

The Newtown Jets have advanced to the preliminary finals stage of the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership competition, after beating the New Zealand Warriors 22-18 at Penrith on Sunday evening. It was 8-all at half-time, but the Jets took a strong grip on the result when they scored two converted tries in the first ten minutes of the second half.

Newtown went into the game as underdogs as it was expected that the Warriors with the larger number of players with NRL experience would overpower the Jets. The Warriors began confidently and scored an unconverted try in the fifth minute. The Jets had to withstand a period of extended pressure from the Warriors but they fought their way out of trouble, and five-eighth Josh Cleeland dummied and bustled his way across the tryline in the 14th minute. The try was not converted and the score was 4-all. The Warriors again laid siege at Newtown’s end but turned the ball over inside Newtown’s twenty. The Jets moved downfield on the back of a penalty and Fa’amanu Brown kicked precisely in behind the Warriors’ defensive line for winger Corin Smith to score in the 27th minute. This try wasn’t converted and Newtown led 8-4. The Jets then withstood another barrage of attack from the Warriors and they kept them at bay for three sets. The Warriors employed a crossfield kick that led to a try in the 38th minute. This try was also not converted and the teams went in at halftime with the scores tied at 8-all.

Coach Matterson stressed to his Jets team at the break to keep working on the attacking and defensive ploys they had practiced during the previous week. He warned his players to be ready for what was sure to be a renewed onslaught by the Warriors. Both teams were playing for their season.

The Jets struck early in the second half when hooker and captain matt McIlwrick trailed Josh Cleeland and forced his way over to score in the 44th minute. Fa’amanu Brown converted and the Jets followed this up with a well-constructed try as McIlwrick sent Kurt Kara in to score from an angled run in the 50th minute. Brown’s conversion had Newtown well-placed with a 20-8 lead, and he added a penalty goal on the 61st minute for Newtown to lead by 22-8.

Time was running out for the Warriors as the Jets defence held solid against the full ferocity of the New Zealanders attack. Newtown’s defence was finally breached in the 68th minute when the Warriors scored from a kick towards their flying right wingman. The conversion was unsuccessful and Newtown still had a ten-points buffer.

In the last ten minutes the Jets tried to run down the clock and repeatedly kicked into the corners to force a scrum. The Warriors scored again in the 77th minute and the conversion put them within range of the Jets at 22-18, but Newtown held on for a quite memorable against the odds victory.

Coach Matterson said that the win was a tribute to the Jets’ all in together team spirit, and also their willingness to put into effect the defensive techniques and attacking strategies they had worked on at training. It was a real team effort against strong opposition, and the Jets forwards had all stood up and taken on the big Warriors pack. Matt McIlwrick, Josh Cleeland, Kurt Kara and Anthony Moraitis all had outstanding games.

The Jets move on now to meet the Illawarra Cutters in a preliminary final at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, 18th September at 5.15pm. The winner goes through to the ISP NSW Grand Final on the 25th September.

Details of the NSWRL ISP NSW Elimination Semi-Final between Newtown and New Zealand Warriors, played at Pepper Stadium, Penrith on Sunday, 11th September 2016.

It might have been played in front of a sparse crowd at far-flung Penrith, but Newtown’s 22-18 elimination semi-final win against the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday evening was probably one of the club’s most significant victories in recent years.

The Jets defied the widely-held truism that the team with the most players with NRL experience will usually win an Intrust Super Premiership match. The Warriors fielded twelve players with NRL experience on Sunday as opposed to Newtown’s six, but the Jets out-bustled and out-enthused their bigger opponents. The scores were 8-all at half-time but Newtown broke out to a 20-8 lead early in the second half and hung on for their eventual 22-18 win.

Newtown now advances to a preliminary final appointment against the Illawarra Cutters next Sunday (18th September) at Leichhardt Oval at 5.15pm. Wests Tigers and Mounties will also meet at Leichhardt  in the other preliminary final on Sunday at 3.15pm.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Elimination Semi-Final

Sunday, 11th September 2016

Pepper Stadium, Penrith

Newtown v New Zealand Warriors

Kick-Off: 6.35pm.

The match was shown live on Fox Sports and broadcast live by Steele Sports.

Referee: Jon Stone.  Touch Judges: John Woods and Mitchell Stone.

Newtown 22:

Josh Cleeland, Corin Smith, Matt McIlwrick, Kurt Kara tries;

Fa’amanu Brown 2 conversions and 1 penalty goal


New Zealand Warriors 18:

Henare Wells 2, Nathaniel Roache, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad tries;

Mason Lino 1 goal.

Half-Time:  8-all.

Playing surface: excellent.

Weather: Fine, mild, 17 degrees.

Newtown’s team was:

Jaline Graham, Corin Smith, Matt Evans, Kenny Niko, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Kurt Kara, Jason Schirnack, Anthony Moraitis, Junior Roqica, Matt McIlwrick (Capt), Malakai Houma.

Bench: Kurt Dillon, Harrison Muller, Arana Taumata, Saulala Houma, Brent Anderson (18th man).

Coach: Greg Matterson.

New Zealand Warriors:

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Henare Wells, George Carmont, Matthew Allwood, Ken Maumalo, Ata Hingano, Mason Lino (Capt), Jazz Tevaga, John Palavi, Shaun Lane, James Gavet, Nathaniel Roache, Upu Poching.

Bench: Toatofoa Sipley, James Bell, Viliami Kaveinga, Daniel Palavi.

Coach: Stacey Jones.

Gary Sutherland took these photos of Newtown’s brave win:  http://www.pbase.com/gsphotography/newtown_vs_warriors_110916&page=all

Alby Talarico from Steele Sports interviewed Newtown’s Anthony Moraitis after full-time:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEDIp57lA-Q

Match timeline highlights:

Warriors kicked off to the southern end of Pepper Stadium.

Warriors in possession for an extended period at Newtown’s end.

5th min: Nathaniel Roache scores 10m to the left of southern goal posts.

Not converted. Warriors 4-0.

Warriors go very close to scoring again in the 12th min.

Jacob Gagan makes a great relieving run for Newtown.

13th min: Penalty to Newtown 40m out from the Warriors line.

14th min: Josh Cleeland dummies his way across the line to score 10m to the right of northern goal posts.

Not by Nu Brown. 4-all.

The crowd might be small but the Jets supporters are in full voice.

20th min: Anthony Moraitis does a great one on one steal.

Jets force a goal-line drop-out.

In-goal kick b Newtown goes dead, 7 tackle set to NZW

Penalty to NZW 30 metres away from the Newtown try-line (25th min)

NZW lose the ball close to Jets line, then Newtown gets a reliving penalty

27th min: Cross-field kick by Nu Brown into the northern left-hand corner, grounded for a try by Corin Smith

Not converted by Nu Brown. Jets lead 8-4.

Exceptional defence by Newtown on their own line in the 32nd and 33rd minutes

Newtown defended against three consecutive sets to NZW

Penalty to Newtown in 34th min was badly needed

Flamboyant ball-play by NZW ends in a Crossfield kick into right-hand southern corner, caught on the full by Henare Wells who scores.

38th min: Not converted by Mason Lino. 8-all.

Half-Time: 8-all.

42nd min: Matt McIlwrick backs up the middle and gets to the line just to the left of the southern goal-posts.

Converted by Nu Brown. Newtown 14-8.

NZW turn the ball over twice in quick succession.

Warriors starting to look disorganised and slightly panicky, tending to run one out.

51st min: Borderline pass by McIlwrick to Kurt Kara sees the Waikato product run a superb angle to score under the posts.

52nd min: Nu Brown converts. Newtown 20-8.

Now the NZW have a task in front of them.

Jets forwards starting to play like men on a mission.

Warriors midfield defence starting to break up.

Matt Evans snaps up a dangerous NZW kick in behind the Jets defensive line

Newtown attacking the NZW line; six again to the Jets then they get a penalty in the 59th min.

Penalty is in front of the posts.

Nu Brown kicks the penalty goal and the Jets lead 22-8 in the 61st min.

More strong Newtown defence on their own line

NZW throwing their heaviest artillery at the Jets but they’re hanging in there

Mason Lino kicks to the right side of the field and Wells catches the ball to score his second try (68th min)

Not conv. Newtown leads 22-12.

Jets playing smart, running down the clock and kicking into the corners.

Jason Schirnack went off with a leg muscle injury in the second half.

Josh Cleeland is helped off in the 75th min.

Try to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad in 77th min, converted by Mason Lino.

Jets lead 22-18 in 78th min.

Frenetic ball play by NZW but the Jets defend the last set.

Full-Time: Newtown wins 22-18.

Stop Press from the Brad Fittler Medal awards night on Monday night:

Newtown’s Kurt Capewell nominated as the ISP NSW Player of the Year. Kurt didn’t win the award but our inside mail is that he went very close.