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This Illawarra Cutters forward is dealt with by Newtown Jets defenders (from top down) Todd Murphy, Blake Ayshford and Andrew Pearn in the NSW Cup match at Henson Park last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.
This Illawarra Cutters forward is dealt with by Newtown Jets defenders (from top down) Todd Murphy, Blake Ayshford and Andrew Pearn in the NSW Cup match at Henson Park last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.

Jets strong win moves them up into 5th place

Report on the 9th round VB NSW Cup match between Newtown and the Illawarra Cutters, played at Henson Park on Saturday, 9th May 2015 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

Determined and disciplined defence in the first half put Newtown in a strong position against the Illawarra Cutters at Henson Park last Saturday. The Jets led 10-0 at half-time but slackened off early in the second half, allowing the St George-Illawarra partnership club to draw level at 10-all. Newtown came home strongly in the game’s fourth quarter, scoring three tries to pull away to a much-needed 26-10 win.

It was a big day at Henson Park with a successful Ladies’ Day promotion being conducted, along with two high quality curtain-raisers that helped create a great atmosphere for the main game. This season’s biggest crowd saw the Jets turn on a determined first half display against an in-form opposition looking for their third successive win. Newtown defended well for an extended period and then scored tries in the 24th and 33rd minutes to set up a 10-0 half-time lead.

Coach Greg Matterson praised Newtown’s first half defensive effort, emphasising that it showed what can be achieved when players work hard for each other in shutting down their opponents. He warned his team that the Cutters had plenty of attacking ability, especially on their edges.

Newtown’s defensive vigilance wasn’t maintained early in the second half and the Cutters seized on this reduced intensity, running in tries in the 47th and 53rd minutes to draw level at 10-all. The game was up for grabs and Newtown regrouped effectively, putting pressure on the Cutters at their end of the field. Newtown’s halfback Todd Murphy edged Newtown ahead 12-10 with a well-struck penalty goal with 17 minutes left to play.

The Jets turned on some good attacking plays on their right-hand side that saw winger Jacob Gagan collect two tries in the space of three minutes. Former Wests Tigers winger Corey Brown, on debut for Newtown in the NSW Cup, was involved in Gagan’s first try and also when centre Blake Ayshford scored a try eight minutes from full-time that put the result beyond any doubt.

Coach Matterson rated this as a valuable win, saying it was a great rebound after taking a hammering from the New Zealand Warriors two weeks earlier in Auckland. These were well-earned competition points bearing in mind that Newtown had fielded a less than full-strength team due to injuries in the Cronulla Sharks NRL ranks.

The Jets coaching staff paid tribute to players such as Tarek El Masri, Daniel Abou-Sleiman and the pacey Corey Brown who had come into the team because of call-ups into the Sharks NRL squad and had performed well. Andrew Pearn, Kurt Kara, Tim Robinson and Blake Ayshford had all stepped up and put in strong showings when they were most needed. Todd Murphy had constantly worried the Cutters defence and fullback Nathan Gardner caused plenty of problems for the Illawarra team whenever he carried the ball forward.

The Newtown Jets now head into an old-style local derby against Canterbury-Bankstown, with the Bulldogs hosting the Jets at Belmore Sports Ground next Saturday, 16th May. This 10th round NSW Cup fixture gets underway at 3.00pm.

Jets Xmas card credits:
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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