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Newtown Jets five-eighth Dallas Wells accelerates to beat a North Sydney opponent at North Sydney Oval last Sunday. Photo:
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Newtown Jets five-eighth Dallas Wells accelerates to beat a North Sydney opponent at North Sydney Oval last Sunday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography

Jets make it four wins in a row

Report on the 6th Round VB NSW Cup match between North Sydney and Newtown, played at North Sydney Oval on Sunday, 12th April 2015 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

The Newtown Jets have taken out the first leg of the Frank Hyde Shield series, the trophy that is contested on an annual basis between the Newtown and North Sydney clubs. The Jets fielded a very strong side on Sunday, with 13 of their 17 squad members having had NRL or Super League playing experience. Newtown led the Bears 16-0 at halftime and went on to win this 6th round NSW Cup fixture at North Sydney Oval by 40-18.

The match was distinguished by the fact that this was Newtown front-rower Ray Moujalli’s 100th NSW Cup game in the Jets’ royal blue colours. The big Lebanese international has actually played a total of more than 200 NSW Cup games in a long playing career that has included stints at several other clubs. It was also a career milestone for the Cook Islands World Cup representative Tinirau Arona, who played his 51st NSW Cup match for the Jets on Sunday.

The Jets were first to score in this 1908 Foundation Clubs’ derby game, when fullback Nathan Gardner cut through to score in the 8th minute. The Bears kept Newtown at bay until the 23rd minute when the in-form five-eighth Dallas Wells raced over at the famous Fig Tree end of the ground, with Gardner converting this try. Wells nearly scored again in the 29th minute when he showed blistering speed up the left-hand sideline only to be tackled out a metre short of scoring by a determined Norths defender. Norths then applied pressure on Newtown at the scoreboard-end and went very close to scoring on two occasions. Three minutes out from halftime, Gardner broke through the Bears defence from inside his own quarter and sent Wells clear on a 70 metre dash for his second try.

The Jets nearly added two more tries early in the second half with the Bears twice holding Newtown attackers up over the try-line. The Fijian international Junior Roqica ran a clever line and broke through to score for the Jets with Gardner adding the extras. Halfback Todd Murphy contributed to Newtown’s try tally in the 59th minute, but the Bears hit back with two converted tries in quick succession. A good passing movement on Newtown’s left side saw winger Mitch Brown cross in the 69th minute, and Gardner converted from the wide out. The Bears responded with their third converted try five minutes out from fulltime, but another line break by the livewire Gardner saw Todd Murphy score under the posts in the 39th minute. Ray Moujalli provided a splendid touch to his 100th NSW Cup game by converting Murphy’s second try, which was the popular front-rower’s first-ever goal in senior Rugby League.

Jets coach Greg Matterson and his staff were pleased with the fourth successive win but felt there was a lot of room for improvement in Newtown’s performance. This was a strong Jets team that should have finished off more scoring opportunities, especially in the first half, as well as restricting Norths’ scoring chances. A leg injury to powerful centre Sami Sauiluma was of concern to the Jets’ staff.

The Jets are back at home at Henson Park this Saturday, 18th April, in what shapes up as a dream NSW Cup promotion. The Newtown Jets are coming off four successive wins and the visiting Mounties (the Canberra Raiders NSW Cup partnership club) visit Henson Park as the undefeated competition leaders. This much-awaited encounter kicks off at 3.00pm. Next Saturday is also a designated Family Fun Day at Henson Park, with stacks of free entertainment laid on for all the kids.

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

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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