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Newtown Jets hooker Blayke Brailey takes the ball forward in Friday night’s thrilling upset victory against the Penrith Panthers. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography
Newtown Jets hooker Blayke Brailey takes the ball forward in Friday night’s thrilling upset victory against the Penrith Panthers. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Freezing conditions and injuries don’t deter the Newtown Jets in their stunning upset victory over the Panthers

The Newtown Jets have shown once again that their best performances in 2019 can be against opposition teams in the higher levels of the Canterbury Cup NSW competition table.

On Friday night, in bitterly cold conditions at Panthers Stadium, the tenth-placed Jets went in as rank underdogs against the third-placed Penrith Panthers.

Things looked grim when Penrith posted an easy try in the second minute of play, but the Jets dominated the remainder of the first half to go into the half-time break with an 18-6 lead.

Newtown then survived a post-halftime barrage when the power-packed Panthers had an unbroken spell of possession and favourable field position for fifteen minutes on end.

The Jets led 18-14 midway through the second half with the game very much in the balance, but Newtown laid on an exhilarating try in the 63rd minute involving Greg Eastwood, Scott Sorensen and Braydon Trindall that seemed to take the game beyond the Panthers grasp.

Halfback Braydon Trindall converted all four of Newtown’s tries and added two penalty goals late in the game that gave the Jets a safe points buffer zone.

Five-eighth and captain Jack A. Williams was replaced in the first half due to a head injury. Wes Lolo and Siosifa Talakai were also injured and spent extended periods off the field.

Cronulla Sharks Jersey Flegg centre Jensen Taumoepeau made his Canterbury Cup debut with the Jets on Friday night. Jensen is a product of the Taranaki rugby league in New Zealand’s North Island.

The match details were:

NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW – 21st Round

Friday, 9th August 2019

Panthers Stadium

Penrith v Newtown

The kick-off time was 5.40pm.

(This match was played as the main curtain-raiser to the Penrith Panthers_ Cronulla Sharks NRL fixture.)

Newtown 28:

Billy Magoulias (try in the 9th minute), Jayson Bukuya (20th minute), Will Kennedy (36th minute) and Braydon Trindall (63rd minute) tries;

Braydon Trindall 4 conversions and 2 penalty goals (kicked in the 69th and 72nd minutes)

defeated

Penrith 18:

William Burns (2nd minute), Charlie Staines (43rd minute), Matheson Johns (56th minute) and Frank Winterstein (73rd minute) tries;

Jed Cartwright 1 conversion.

Half-Time: Newtown led 18-6.

Referee: Drew Oultram.

Touch Judges: Cameron Mitchell and Daniel Luttringer.

Playing surface: Excellent.

Weather: 13 degrees, with a bitterly cold strong wind blowing throughout most of the game.

The Newtown Jets have a bye in Round 22 of the Canterbury Cup NSW competition (17th/18th August).

Newtown’s team on Friday night was:

Will Kennedy, Luke Polselli, Tyrone Phillips, Jensen Taumoepeau,  Latrell Schaumkel, Jack A. Williams, Braydon Trindall, Jayson Bukuya, Scott Sorensen, Siosifa Talakai, Wes Lolo, Blayke Brailey, Jimmy Jolliffe.

Bench: Tyla Tamou, Teig Wilton, Billy Magoulias, Greg Eastwood.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Penrith’s team was:

Charlie Staines, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare, Jed Cartwright, Matheson Johns, Kurt Falls, Dean Blore, Hame Sele, Billy Burns, Frank Winterstein, Sam McKendry, Brendan Hands, Kaide Ellis.

Bench: Reed Izzard, Paea Pua, Pat Hollis, Tyrell Fuimaono.

Coach: Guy Missio.

On 6th October 2019 at ANZ Stadium, the Newtown Jets defeated Burleigh Bears 20-16 in the NRL State Championship Final. This win effectively made Newtown the best club team (outside of the NRL competition) in Australia, New Zealand and Papua-New Guinea. Newtown centre Jackson Ferris (with the ball) is shown sprinting away for the winning try with less than ten seconds of regular time left to play, having seized upon a pin-point short kick by his team-mate Billy Magoulias. Newtown had trailed 10-2 at half-time and 16-14 going into the last ten seconds of the match. Photo: Michael Magee Photography

Newtown Jets celebrate one of the greatest years in their long history

Newtown’s rugged back-rower Daniel Vasquez was in full voice when he led his Jets team-mates in a victory chorus at the Mayoral Civic Reception, held at the Petersham RSL Club on the evening of the 9th October 2019. Photo: Michael Magee Photography

Reminder: RSVP for the Newtown Jets Victories Dinner and Presentation Night by Friday, 22nd November 2019

Newtown winger Ray Preston (with the ball) breaks clear in a match against South Sydney at the SCG in 1955. Newtown’s captain-coach Dick Poole is in the background. Photo: Supplied by Terry Williams.

Vale Ray Preston

Newtown’s captains Jack A. Williams (left) and Scott Sorensen (right) proudly hold aloft the two major trophies won in the club’s truly remarkable 2019 season – the Canterbury Cup NSW premiership trophy (left) and the NRL State Championship Trophy (right). This photo was taken at the Mayoral Civic Reception held at the Petersham RSL Club on the evening of Wednesday, 9th October 2019. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

THE 2019 NEWTOWN JETS VICTORIES DINNER AND PRESENTATION NIGHT

Newtown Jets winger Sione Katoa scores his second try just five minutes out from full-time at ANZ Stadium last Sunday. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets claim national title with a sensational try in the game’s final seconds

Newtown Jets dynamic second-rower Scott Sorensen scores (off a perfectly-placed kick by Billy Magoulias) in the first half in last Sunday’s Canterbury Cup NSW Grand Final against Wentworthville, played at Bankwest Stadium. Photo:  Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets are fully primed for tilt at State Championship honours

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