Jets zoom away to a promising start [16 - 10]


Newtown’s 2007 Rugby League campaign began in upbeat style with a 16-10 win over North Sydney in the VB Premier League trial played at Henson Park on Saturday evening.

Low-scoring, intense conflict

Both clubs fielded plenty of triallists and Jersey Flegg squad members and the crowd was treated to a good standard, high-speed trial match between two well-prepared teams.

The match was played over three twenty-five minute sessions and was a relatively low-scoring affair for the season’s opening trial match.

The Jets led 6-0 at the end of the first session and 10-4 after fifty minutes of play. The Bears pulled back to 10-all early in the third and final session but Newtown claimed the honours for the evening with the last try of the game.

Jets coaches pleased with team's discipline, fitness and defence

Jets coaching staff Paul Young and Greg Matterson were both quietly pleased with the fitness and discipline of their young players and especially with the commitment displayed in defence for extended periods.

Anthony Cherrington and Brett Lane stood out as being among Newtown’s best while two of last season’s VB Premier League Grand Finalists Danny Williams and Rory Kostjasyn showed up well in some tough forwards’ exchanges.

Roosters 2007 Jersey Flegg coach James Pickering - formerly with the Bulldogs and Workington Town - took a keen interest in the early form of a number of players who will probably form the basis of his squad.

Sydney Roosters RLFC senior Directors, Nick Politis and Michael Conn, were in attendance on the day, along with the Roosters NRL Head Coach Chris Anderson.

Next match - Trial against Balmain Tigers

The Newtown Jets meet up with the Balmain Tigers in another VB Premier League trial match next Saturday evening, 17 February, at Aussie Stadium with this match due to start at 5.30pm.

The inaugural Foundation Cup Challenge Match between the Sydney Roosters and Wests-Tigers kicks off at 7.30pm.

Who played?

The Jets squad that trialled against Norths included players from the Roosters 2006-2007 Flegg side, and many of the Club's new signings.

1 Aaron Lai T(1)
2 Cody Medway
3 Troy Savage
4 Luke Roberts T(1)
5 Hermani Moaio
6 AJ Taumata
7 Anthony Watts G(2)
8 Dale Newtown
9 Rory Kostjasyn
10 Stanly Waqa
11 James Shillington
12 Danny Williams
13 Joseph Cahill
14 David Sheens
15 Nim Ngata
16 Liam Zollo
17 Javarn White
18 Richie Brewster
19 Allan Heldsinger
20 Brett Lane
20 Brad Baldry
21 Sam McCartney
22 David Hala
23 Luke Letele
24 John Clayton
24 Anthony Cherrington  `T(1)
25 Rohan Ahern

Listed without numbers

J Tamou
T Chalmers
Jerome Samuelu

© Newtown Jets RLFC 2006