4.30 pm, Saturday, 22 March
12 tries, 8 goals
Western Suburbs 10
2 tries, 1 goal
Half-Time: Newtown led 24-6.
Weather - Overcast, had been raining earlier in the morning.
Ground conditions: Excellent.
Referee: Gavin West
Touch Judges: Shaun Evans, Luke Potter
The Newtown Jets celebrated the reopening of their home ground for most of the past 72 years, Henson Park, with an emphatic 64-10 win over fellow 1908 Rugby League foundation club Western Suburbs in the NSW Cup.
Victory to christen the 'new' Henson
The NSW Government had provided funding last year for the complete resurfacing of the battered old ground as well as the installation of a new irrigation system.
With Marrickville Council weighing in with renewed timber seating and brand new goal posts, the old ground was opened again for professional Rugby League football by Marrickville MP Carmel Tebbutt and the Mayor of Marrickville Dimitri Thanos.
The Jets swept to an early 16-0 lead with tries to man of the match Ray Moujalli, Brent Grose and the very efficient winger Byron Ford.
The Magpies responded with a long-distance try that revealed some flimsy defence, but Newtown added a further two tries through Mickey Paea and Ford's second to go in at halftime with a 24-6 lead.
With Sydney Roosters Chairman Nick Politis, Deputy-Chairman Michael Conn and former Magpies and Jets player Tom Raudonikis interested onlookers, the Jets completely dominated the second half scoring seven tries to one.
Prop Frank-Paul Nuuausala scored two tries and surely signalled to the Roosters coaching staff that he is ready for call-up to the NRL ranks. Other Jets to play well were fullback Donny Thompson, ex-Hull KR winger Byron Ford (who scored 3 tries), five-eighth Luke Branighan, lock Jimmy Andersen, second-rower Mickey Paea and Nuuausala's front-row partner Ray Moujalli.
Players' Player award winner - Ray Moujalli
The Newtown Jets play away next Saturday, 29 March, to the Melbourne Storm's feeder club the Central Coast Storm at the Morrie Breen Oval, Wyong at 1.30pm.
A taste of the try feast
You'll find the full story of the game in pictures on Gary Sutherland's website.