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Newtown’s durable utility forward Kurt Kara takes on the Mounties defence last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography
Newtown’s durable utility forward Kurt Kara takes on the Mounties defence last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography

Jets dominant for most of game, but beaten on final siren

Report on the 23rd round ISP NSW match between Newtown and Mounties, played at Aubrey Keech Reserve on Saturday, 13th August 2016 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

The Newtown Jets had the incentive of possibly moving into the competition’s top four when they played the Intrust Super Premiership frontrunners Mounties last Saturday. The Mounties were in turn motivated by the chance to lock in the 2016 minor premiership title.

The Jets turned on what was described as “their best first thirty-nine minutes of the season” when they ran up a 16-0 lead, only to concede a converted try in the final seconds of the first half. Newtown winger Jacob Gagan, back-rower Anthony Moraitis and Samoan international halfback Fa’amanu Brown had scored Newtown’s tries, with in-form second-rower Kurt Capewell landing two conversions. The Jets marred their strong first half performance by kicking out on the full, giving away a penalty and then having Mounties score from a kick into Newtown’s in-goal right on half-time.

Newtown had the better of the third quarter with Capewell adding a penalty goal, followed by Moraitis scoring his second try. Capewell’s conversion from the sideline gave the Jets a 24-6 lead in the 53rd minute. The momentum of the game clearly swung when Mounties scored from an intercept five minutes later, followed up by two more converted tries in quick succession later in the second half. With the scores tied at 24-all, the Jets mounted a last-ditch attack with two minutes left, and after some scrambling play Gagan scored his second try. Newtown then failed to close the game down effectively in the last moments and they paid a devastating price. Mounties gained possession and scored a ninety-metre try which was converted, giving the Canberra Raiders partnership club a last gasp 30-28 win. The Mounties are certainly the great escape artists of the competition, having overhauled a 28-6 points deficit against Wests Tigers two rounds ago.

Jets coach Greg Matterson no doubt felt the pain of this loss as much as anyone, and he said there were important lessons in game management to be learned from this defeat. The Newtown players needed to deploy a better kick/chase game, and to learn how to lock down a result effectively. This was an important two points that had been snatched away from the Jets, and the team’s younger players could learn from the gut-wrenching experience.

Matterson praised all of the Newtown forwards, saying they had played tough and had the better of the opposition’s much-vaunted forward pack. He also mentioned young centre Lachlan Stein who continues to impress in this senior grade. Cronulla Sharks Holden Cup centre Keenan Yorston made his senior rugby league debut with Newtown on Saturday and will be much improved from undergoing this baptism of fire.

The Jets return to Henson Park this Saturday, 20th August, to play the North Sydney Bears in the second and deciding leg of the annual Frank Hyde Shield series. This match is always one of the highlights of the Henson Park calendar and is timed for a 3.00pm kick-off. Newtown has to win to stay in contention for a top four finish, while the Bears are embroiled in a four-way struggle for the last two places in the top eight.

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Photo: Michael Magee Photography.
Artwork: Mandy Mills.

2019 – The Year that the Newtown Jets Struck Gold Twice

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.

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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

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