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Saturday 23rd March
12:45pm
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Newtown Jets five-eighth Daniel Mortimer scoring a remarkably-determined individual try against the Newcastle Knights in the 14 Round ISP NSW match played at Cessnock Sports Ground on Saturday. Photo: MAF Photography (Mario Facchini)
Newtown Jets five-eighth Daniel Mortimer scoring a remarkably-determined individual try against the Newcastle Knights in the 14 Round ISP NSW match played at Cessnock Sports Ground on Saturday. Photo: MAF Photography (Mario Facchini)

Jets get home in a tight one against the Knights

The Newtown Jets held on for a gripping 18-16 win against the Newcastle Knights in their Intrust Super Premiership 14th round match played at the Cessnock Sports Ground on Saturday.

Newtown led 18-6 at halftime and had to withstand a determined surge by the Knights as they narrowed the Jets’ lead to just two points late in the second half. The whole Newtown team threw themselves into a supreme defensive effort in the last twelve minutes as the Knights unleashed repeated waves of attack at them.

Jets coach Greg Matterson urged his players at half-time to steel themselves for a fightback by the Knights in the second half and they responded to a man. This was a hard-fought victory, coming on top of a long road trip and then playing the game in wet and slippery conditions. This match was an encounter of great importance to both teams, with the winner consolidating a place in the top eight.

Tough front-rower Kurt Dillon was one of Newtown’s best as he made a lot of hard metres straight up the middle. Hooker Kurt Kara was also very solid as he rose to the challenge of this important away game. Giant interchange forward Saulala Houma was playing his 100th game for the Newtown club and he made valuable ground at critical times in the match. Five-eighth Daniel Mortimer scored an outstanding try in the first half and he drove the Knights back to their own line on several occasions with his long, raking kicks. Centres Jordan Drew and Jesse Ramien were very strong in both attack and defence.

The Jets return home to Henson Park next Saturday, 17th June. Their opponents are the in-form Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles (Manly-Warringah’s Intrust Super Premiership partnership club) and the game is timed for kick-off at 3.00pm.

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THROW BACK THURSDAY – PROVING THE POINT TO MOUNTIES AT MOORE PARK

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Newtown Jets Team List v Mounties Sat 23rd March, 2019

Strongly-built Newtown Jets forward Siosifa Talakai is on the rampage as he takes on these Newcastle Knights defenders at the McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday afternoon (!5th March). Jets halfback Jack A. Williams is on the left of this image. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets well beaten in Canterbury Cup NSW opening round

No doubt Greg Eastwood (centre) has met many knowledgeable rugby league people in the course of his long and distinguished career in the NRL and in international rugby league. Almost certainly though he has never met two more dedicated and fair dinkum rugby league activists than Mike Shannon (left) and John “The Phantom Bluebag” Lynch (right). This impressive trio was photographed discussing “pertinent rugby league matters” at the Newtown RLFC 2019 Season Launch at the Petersham RSL Club on Tuesday, 12th March. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Here are further Newtown Jets team details for Round One of the 2019 Canterbury Cup NSW

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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY – HERB NARVO: FROM NEWCASTLE TO NEWTOWN

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Newtown Jets Team List v Newcastle Knights Fri 15th March, 2019

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