Jets given a footballing lesson by the Tigers [38-6]
The Newtown Jets VB Premier League team was given a 38-6 trouncing by the Balmain Tigers in the trial match played at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening.
Balmain led 16-0 at half-time in the Premier League trial and scored a total of seven tries to the Jets one.
The Trial was played as the main curtain-raiser to the inaugural Sydney Roosters v Wests-Tigers Foundation Cup match that drew a crowd of over 16,000.
Disappointing but some positives
Newtown’s assistant coach Greg Matterson, the master of the understatement, admitted that this result wasn’t exactly a scoreline that the Jets' team management would want to see too often.
He added that despite the disappointing result, the game had been an excellent hit-out under full match conditions with the intention of seeing how a number of young players performed under pressure.
The Jets had fielded a team made up largely of Jersey Flegg players and Premier League triallists while the Tigers had much the more experienced side on paper.
Matterson further noted "If you put this same Newtown squad on the field for another trial match next weekend along with a half-dozen more experienced team-mates, you would very likely get a much different result".
Some good performances promise better times
Newtown’s better players were the former South Sydney forward Dale Newton, Danny Williams, Anthony Watts, Aaron Lai and Troy Savage. The latter player is a tough, strongly-built centre who looks to be set for a big season in 2007.
Twelve 2006 Jets bring Roosters First Grade home
The upbeat news from the night came in the Roosters-Tigers NRL challenge match, where no less than 12 of the winning Roosters team had played Premier League with Newtown on different occasions in the 2006 season.
The Newtown Jets next Trial match is against last year’s Grand Final opponents, Parramatta - Saturday, 3 March at the Blue Tongue Stadium, Gosford, with a 5.30pm kick-off.
And get ready for our first game of the season - a home game contest against St George Illawarra. Be at Henson, 4.30 pm, 17 March.