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Greg Eastwood is pictured moving forward with the ball against Mounties, with Jets team-mates Jack A. Williams (left) and Scott Sorensen in support. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography
Greg Eastwood is pictured moving forward with the ball against Mounties, with Jets team-mates Jack A. Williams (left) and Scott Sorensen in support. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets and Bulldogs get ready for grand final rematch

The Newtown Jets and Canterbury Bulldogs will meet at ANZ Stadium on Sunday in what will be the first meeting of the two clubs since last year’s fiercely-contested Intrust Super Premiership grand final.

The name of the principal competition sponsor may have changed since 2018, but Sunday is another important match for both teams.

The Bulldogs are in third place on the Canterbury Cup NSW competition table and potentially could be top of the table if results go their way.

And of course all Newtown Jets supporters know that their team is undefeated since the seventh round – and accordingly a member of our distinguished club alumni, Jamie Soward, has tipped Newtown to win by two points in his match preview below.

Sunday’s match details:
NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW – 15th Round

Sunday, 30th June 2019

ANZ Stadium

Canterbury-Bankstown (3rd place, 17 points) v Newtown (8th place, 13 points)

Kick-Off: 1.45pm.

This match is the main curtain-raiser to the Canterbury Bulldogs v Cronulla Sharks NRL fixture at ANZ Stadium on Sunday at 4.05pm.

Jamie Soward’s preview of Sunday’s match, courtesy of www.nswrl.com.au

“Both these grand finalists were slow to start the year in terms of their consistency, but they’ve really found themselves in a groove over the last couple of months. The Bulldogs have quality that should be in the NRL, the loss of Lachlan Lewis may impact them, but they are a way better side than I predicted this year. The Jets have done very well to get themselves in a position to make the top 8 this year. Jets by 2.” 

Newtown’s team (as per Thursday’s Big League magazine):

Will Kennedy, Sione Katoa, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Matt Evans, Aaron Gray, Jack A. Williams, Braydon Trindall, Wes Lolo, Billy Magoulias, Jaimin Jolliffe, Teig Wilton, Siosifa Talakai, Scott Sorensen.

Bench: Josh Carr, Luke Polselli, Tyla Tamou, Craig Garvey, Greg Eastwood.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Canterbury-Bankstown:

Toa Mata’Áfa, Christian Crichton, Morgan Harper, Connelly Lemuelu, Jayden Okunbor, Jesse Marschke, Brandon Wakeham, Francis Tualau, Ben Marschke, Renouf To’omaga, Bronson Garlick, Dalton Smith, Kayne Kalache.

Bench: Jack Nelson, Austin Dias, John Olive, Elle El-Zakhem.

Coach: Brad Henderson.

Referee: Darian Furner.

Touch Judges: Tim Hannon and Benjamin Teague.

One serious omission from last week’s list of current and former Newtown Jets who were playing in the various international rugby league matches and State of Origin II last weekend – Briton Nikora was overlooked.

Briton of course played most of 2018 with the Newtown Jets, and he has now established himself as a regular member of the Cronulla Sharks 2019 NRL team. Briton made his international debut in the second-row for the New Zealand Kiwis against Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium last Sunday – and judging by his performance he’s going to be wearing that famous black and white jersey for quite a few years to come. His omission from last week’s list was brought to our attention by none other than the eagle-eyed Wayne Leong!

Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

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.

There’s more excitement waiting for you this Wednesday night!

Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Newtown Jets Virtual Team List v NZ Warriors Wed 3rd June, 2020

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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!

Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

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