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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Bill Noonan

While the Canterbury Cup may be postponed until at least June, we’re still going to be publishing our Schofield King Throwback Thursday articles. 

This weekend, we were scheduled to play Canterbury, so we’re going to look back at a Kiwi international who represented both Canterbury and Newtown with distinction, Bill Noonan.

Originally from Christchurch, Noonan was selected to represent the Canterbury region as an 18-year-old while playing for the Linwood Keas. Debuting for the Kiwis in 1967, Noonan represented his country three times, earning man of match honours in a Test win over Australia in 1969, before signing for Canterbury in 1970. Unfortunately, his move to Sydney would prematurely end his Test career as at that time, New Zealand refused to pick players playing overseas. 

In 1974, Noonan created history when he became the first New Zealander to play in a Sydney Premiership Grand Final when he lined up for Canterbury against Eastern Suburbs. He would go on to play 161 games for Canterbury-Bankstown, but after receiving a reduced contract offer, he stated his intention to retire. That was until John Singleton came along. We’ll let Bill pick up from here.

“The first thing I said to him was, “Save your breath John, I am not going to play for Newtown” Noonan told Rugby League Week in 2009.

“He told me he’d pay me $15,000 and I signed the next day.”

“The money wasn’t the only reason — John was a real go-getter and brought some quality players and a new professionalism to the club.”

Noonan proved a valuable pick up for Newtown as they began his their rebuild under the guidance of new coach Warren Ryan. That said, things didn’t always go to plan, like on a famous afternoon in 1980 the big prop got a little too hyped up against his former side.

“I was all pumped for a big game but it didn’t last long,” Noonan said.

“I got sent off for a high shot -I can’t remember who I hit, but I didn’t miss him. I was marched and the judiciary gave me four weeks. I was not happy.”

Noonan retired in 1980 at the end of a season during which Newtown missed the finals by two competition points, and while he didn’t play during the ’81 grand final season, he certainly made a valuable contribution.

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Members Badge Draw Thursday 4th June 2020

This week’s nostalgia team from the dim and distant past is the Newtown Jets line-up that played in the club’s first competition game in the NSWRL First Division. This match was played against St George-Illawarra at Redfern Oval on Saturday, 4th March 2000. The team was as follows:-
Back row, standing left to right: Tere Glassie, Adam Bennett (obscured), Jason Bell (obscured), Phil Howlett, Peter Howie, Odell Manuel, Clinton Toopi, Paul Carige, David Myers, Wairangi Koopu, Terry Hermansson.
In front, left to right: Brad Westaway, David Howlett, Clinton McAulliffe, Luke Wardle, Luke Goodwin (Capt), Tony Catton, Jared Mills, Joey Bishop, Daniel Cross, Luke Ellis.
The team was coached by Colin Murphy. Photo supplied by the Newtown RLFC.

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Let’s Keep The Jets Flying!

This little girl’s name is Lily, and she is the proud holder of the Newtown Jets 2020 membership number, 1190. Lily’s family has been staunchly associated with the glorious Newtown RLFC cause for several generations. Lily, thank you very much for your help in the quest to Keep the Jets Flying in 2020 and beyond! 
Photo: This photo was provided by and its use approved by Lily’s parents, Nick and Anita.

You’re never too young (or too old) to help Keep the Jets Flying!

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