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e-News 4 September 2008 - Round 21
Let's salute all the Jets fans that went up to Windsor last Saturday
Here's a special mention and thank you to all those intrepid Newtown supporters who travelled to far-flung Windsor last Saturday and gave such terrific support to our boys in a very important game.
The club really appreciates your loyalty, and the players and coaching staff especially want to thank you all for staying so solid.
Your vocal support was really inspirational to the boys in that tough second half when there were no replacements left on the bench.
Did you catch the match report? Great game! Great report!
e-News 16 August 2008 - Round 18
Special guests at Henson Park for the Newtown Vs Storm game
Steve Bowden, the giant front-rower who played with Newtown from 1978 to 1982, and the legendary Les Motto, who was a trainer and conditioner with the Jets in the late 1970's, early 1980's and from 1995 to 1998, met with the players prior to last Saturday's game.
Steve represented NSW from Newtown and is famous as one of the major participants in the notorious all-in brawl between the Newtown and Manly-Warringah players in the elimination semi-final at the SCG in September 1981.
Amber Stewart, whose father Athol Stewart played for Newtown from 1938 to 1941 and again in 1945, travelled up from Canberra to see Newtown play on the ground that her late father had graced with such distinction in his playing days.
Athol Stewart hailed from the picturesque Southern Tablelands town of Bombala and played for NSW from Newtown.
Frank Hyde always claimed that Athol was one of the best wingers he had ever seen play Rugby League and that the onset of World War II had denied Athol the opportunity to wear the green and gold colours of Australia.
e-News 2 August 2008 - Round 17
Kevin Maish - the Uncrowned King of the Newtown Jets Supporters
Kevin Maish is probably one of the greatest Newtown supporters of all time - and sure enough he made the trip over to Auckland last weekend, just as he did for Newtown's visit to "The City of Sails" in March 2007.
Win, lose or draw at any venue home or away, Kevin is always there to cheer for the Jets and to lend his brand of friendly optimism.
More power to you Kevin!
e-News 28 July 2008 - Centenary book launch
Through Blue Eyes - A Pictorial History of the Newtown RLFC
Newtown's centenary history book was launched at a well-attended and successful function at the Bowlers' Club of NSW on the evening of the 4th August.
It is an outstanding publication and a great credit to the author Terry Williams. An eminent jurist at the book launch on Monday evening described the book in these terms: "This book is fantastic - no other club has produced a publication as good as this for the Centenary."
Take a sneak preview of Through Blue Eyes
e-News 11 July 2008 - Centenary dinner
Newtown RLFC has received many goodwill messages
for our Centenary
Messages continue to arrive wishing Newtown all
the best for the Centenary and for the Team of the Century announcement.
Hadfield, Rugby League correspondent for the London
Independent and a very up-front Newtown Jets supporter, sent his best
wishes as did former Jets and Roosters hooker John Doyle, now
based in Townsville.
The Cairns Post
newspaper ran a story on Lionel
Williamson being named in the Team of the Century while in
far southern NSW, the Bombala Times
is doing a story on local sporting hero Athol Stewart who
played with Newtown from 1938-41 and in 1945.
Well done Chris Doyle …
Doyle, the powerfully-built Newtown Jets winger and
second-rower from the late 1970's and early 1980's, certainly brought
his cheque-book along to the Centenary dinner last Saturday. Chris was
in the thick of the bidding from the word "go" and ended up buying both
the Newtown Team of the Century painting by Donna Gibb and a signed
Newtown Bluebags jersey kindly donated by Jets Director John Lynch
– the jersey had a magnificent array of signatures by Newtown
luminaries gathered over a period of nearly ten years, including names
like Frank Hyde, Jack Gibson, Chicka Cahill, Harry Bath, John Raper,
Tom Raudonikis, Bill Noonan and many, many others.
Big Chris Doyle is best remembered for having scored five (5) tries for
Newtown in a midweek Panasonic Cup qualifying match against Wellington
(NZ) at Leichhardt Oval in 1983. Thanks for your generous support for
your old club, Chris!
e-News 25 June 2008 - Round 13
Congratulations to Sean Rudder and Mickey
Sean Rudder joined
Newtown earlier this season after having played with the Newcastle
Knights from 1998 to 2003 (including an NRL premiership winner's medal
in 2001), Castleford and the Catalans Dragons from 2004 to 2006 and
Japanese Rugby Union in 2007.
Sean has been in marvellous form in
the VB NSW Cup, scoring 3 tries against Western Suburbs last Friday
night and proving himself at all times to be the consummate Rugby
League professional on and off the field.
He has been promoted to join the Sydney Roosters
NRL team for this Friday night's game against the Bulldogs.
Well done Sean - you've done yourself and the
Newtown Jets proud!
Popular Newtown backrower and prop Mickey
Paea has also received a call-up to NRL playing duties
for this Friday night. This is another well-deserved
selection and we all wish good fortune for this lion-hearted player.
From Henson Park to State of Origin
Congratulations from everybody at the Newtown RLFC
to Mitch Pearce on his selection in the
NSW team for the series-deciding State of Origin III at ANZ Stadium
next Wednesday night, 2 July.
Mitch of course played on numerous
occasions with Newtown in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, in fact as
recently as in August last season. He has always proven
his dress circle Rugby League pedigree and talents and his
representative call-up comes as no surprise to Newtown supporters.
The Newtown RLFC can take great
pride in having played a significant role in Mitch's professional Rugby
League development pathway.
e-News 8 June 2008 - Round 10
Strange tales from the Dark Continent …
Newtown's club patron and life member John
Singleton and former player and coach Col Murphy are currently on the
adventure trek of a lifetime - climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania,
along with several other intrepid companions.
Heaven help any of those Mountain Gorillas if they
incur the wrath of the Mighty Murph on some mist-shrouded high country
Bobby Whitton RIP
The former Newtown and NSW halfback Bobby Whitton
passed away Thursday 5 June.
Bob played 170 first grade games with Newtown
between 1951 and 1960 and represented NSW in 1954, 1956 and 1959. He
was Newtown's halfback in the 1954 and 1955 Grand Finals, as well as
being a Life Member of our club for the past 35 years.
A message from one of Newtown's most generous
The National Poker League (NPL) and Petersham RSL
Club Limited are delighted to announce that NPL are to operate the
famous Poker@Newtown venue, Newtown RSL, 52 Enmore Rd, Newtown [Tel:
Operations of both NPL League and PokerHQ Sit
& Go style games at the venue will start on Thursday 5 June
2008 and a full program of events will be in place from Tuesday 10 June
Poker@Newtown offers the ultimate poker experience
with 20 permanent casino grade poker tables, casino grade poker chips
and professional playing cards.
Please check out our websites for our full event
e-News 29 May 2008 - Round 9
Greg Matterson wins prestigious coaching
Congratulations to Newtown Jets VB NSW Cup coach
Greg Matterson on his appointment as coach of the NSW Residents team to
play the Queensland Residents XIII up at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday,
Greg has an impressive coaching CV and has added
plenty to his résumé since coming on board with
Newtown at the beginning of the 2005 season.
We all wish Greg and his team well in this
interstate showdown between what is for all practical purposes the best
of the NSW Cup competition versus the best of the Queensland Cup.
Postscript - Newtown was
well-represented in the 2008 NSW Residents team that defeated
Queensland Residents 24-16 at Suncorp Stadium, 11 June. See photo in Centenary gallery.
The VB NSW Cup now has its own website.
Last year the former VB Premier League competition
was broadcast on 2SER-FM. This year the VB NSW Cup has its own
dedicated website, www.leaguetv.com.au.
What's even better is that one VB NSW Cup per
weekend is filmed and then added to the growing library of matches that
can be viewed for free by accessing this website.
The Newtown v Manly-Warringah match played at
Henson Park of 12 April can be viewed and there will be other Newtown
matches filmed and available for viewing as the season progresses.
This will be of considerable interest to the many
hundreds of Jets email recipients who live in regional NSW, Queensland,
other Australian states and in numerous overseas countries.
One such viewer will certainly be Geoff Mason, the
Newtown Jets forward from the 1970's who now holds a senior position in
the administration of the South Carolina state government.
Another viewer is sure to be Ron Pilon, the former
Newtown and Balmain backrower who lives in the Riverina town of West
You can email email@example.com
if you have any inquiries.
e-News 5 May 2008 - Round 8 - split round
Representatives in Kiwi side for Centenary Test
Congratulations from everybody at the Newtown Jets
to Sam Perrett, Iosia Soliola and Setaimata Sa on their selection in
the New Zealand Kiwis team to play Australia in the Centenary Test
match at the SCG on Friday, 9 May.
Sam and Sia have both played with Newtown this
year and the supremely-gifted Setaimata had several impressive
appearances with the Jets in 2006 and 2007.
Their Test caps bring further prestige to the
Newtown RLFC and to the VB NSW Cup competition. Shaun Kenny-Dowall,
Newtown's top try-scorer in 2007, toured with the Kiwis in Great
Britain and France in the off-season and scored a try in his Test debut
Country Team of the Century
Newtown gained representation in the Country Rugby
League's team of the century through the multi-talented Herb Narvo, the
powerhouse second-rower who was a key member of Newtown's 1943 first
grade premiership-winning team. Herb was also the Australian
heavy-weight boxing champion for a period in the 1940's.
The Newtown Jets players of 2008 took advantage of
the split round weekend and along with their wives and girlfriends
enjoyed a spirited trivia night at the Jets Sports Club last Friday.
John Lynch, "Mr. 8,972", more than capably compered the night.
e-News 1 May 2008 - Round 7 - Week 2
Where the Connected Guys meet…
One of the Jets' favourite sponsors is Alberto
Talarico from Alberto's
Pizzeria Restaurant at 589 King Street, Newtown.
Alberto lays on dinner for two for the Newtown
players' player award winners and the prize is always popularly
received. Alberto has been in the restaurant business in the inner-west
for more than 30 years and his establishment has superb food and a
terrific ambience - it has been described as the
nearest you'll get to New York in downtown Newtown.
website and feast on the images of luscious food.
Henson Park meets Manhattan…
Talking of New York, former Newtown Jets forward Matt
Astill (from the late 1990's) has lived in the Big Apple
for several years and continues to play for the New York Knights in the
American National Rugby League competition.
Matt runs The Australian Bar and Restaurant at 20
West 38 Street in Manhattan's busy Midtown district and he welcomes all
Australian visitors to New York City to this popular venue.
The bar is festooned with large posters of many
Rugby League identities including the likes of Frank "Bumper" Farrell,
Steve Bowden and Brian "Chicka" Moore. What street-wise New Yorkers
would make of the rough-hewn features of Francis Michael Farrell is
With around 15,000 Aussies said to be living in
New York City, Matt's place sounds like a real home away from home - as
John Singleton discovered on a recent visit to New York.
Visit the bar's website.
e-News 28 April 2008 - Round 7
The Randy Petes were at Henson Park on Saturday.
A big contingent of the Petersham-Randwick Cricket
Club came to Henson Park on Saturday and the Newtown club saluted this
successful cricket club for their achievements in the past season.
Popular Newtown supporters John and Chris Sullivan
are involved with the Petersham-Randwick Cricket Club and were there to
see a great Newtown win against long-time rivals, Canterbury-Bankstown.
Both John and Chris are big lads who have been known to enjoy the
occasional ice-cold beer - but only on very hot days!
e-News 24 April 2008 - Round 6
The Jets were well represented in the Australian
Rugby League Team of the Century
The Newtown RLFC was represented in the Australian
Rugby League Team of the Century by the one and only John William
Raper, the Camperdown Dragons junior product who played with Newtown
from 1956 to 1958 and by the Team of the Century coach, the great Jack
Gibson, who coached Newtown in 1973 and played with the Bluebags in
Other indirect representation came through Glebe's
Frank Burge who coached Newtown in 1940 and also through Brian Bevan's
father who played with the Newtown club just after World War I.
The Newtown RLFC had one particularly
well-qualified and highly-placed representative in the Wests-Tigers
football relay conducted last Sunday.
A Judge of the NSW District Court who played
President's Cup for the Bluebags in the late 1960's wore our club's
colours in the relay with great aplomb.
The eagle-eyed John Lynch informs me that the same
judicial identity was graded with Newtown at the beginning of the 1970
season but decided to concentrate on his legal studies. Who knows. Had
this talented young lock forward stayed on at Henson Park instead of
excelling in his University law exams, the great Neil "Bing" Pringle
might never have made it into first grade at Newtown!
Now open for business - Millie's Score Board at
535 King Street, Newtown
A second outlet for Newtown Jets clothing and
merchandise will open on Thursday,24 April. Millie's Score Board is
located at 535 King Street, Newtown - on the right-hand side going
towards the Princes Highway - and is in the same premises as the
clothing store operated by Newtown supporters, Lou and Millie Mascules,
since the 1950's.
The new store will carry Newtown clothing and
merchandise as well as a wide range of other retro Rugby League gear.
Millie's Score Board is within easy walking distance from both the
Newtown and St Peters CityRail stations and there's plenty of parking
in the side-streets off the southern end of King Street.
e-News 11 April 2008 - Round 5
Always a Warrior …
Auckland Vulcans backrower Wairangi
Koopu returned as a player to Henson Park last Sunday,
eight years after appearing with the Newtown Jets in the 2000 season.
The Jets had formed a partnership with the
then-Auckland Warriors club in that season, which has since proven to
be the prototype for such partnerships between clubs that are now more
commonplace in top-level Rugby League circles.
Wairangi was staggered at the remarkable
transformation of the playing surface and facilities at Henson Park in
the intervening years, thanks to the large funding injections and
practical infrastructure investment from the NSW
Government and Marrickville Council.
Coincidental connections …
The Jets 23-22 loss to the Vulcans last Sunday
courtesy of a late field goal brought back poignant memories of the
20-19 loss to Parramatta in the 2006 Premier League Grand Final. How's
this for irony?
The Vulcans 2008 coach Bernie
Perenara is the father of former Eels player Marcus
Perenara, who kicked the winning field goal in extra
time in that 2006 decider!
Telling it like it is (or was) …
Popular Newtown Jets staff member Mick
Dabela has been connected with the club since the early
Originally a player, then a trainer and later on a
team manager, Mick has a fund of stories from those years - and some of
his stories are almost true! Just ask him about the time he and another
trainer (Grant "Rooster" Law) were
"drafted" into making comebacks as players as a result of a spate of
injuries within the Jets ranks.
e-News 4 April 2008 - Round 4
Ray Moujalli is in top form.
Ray Moujalli has been
one of Newtown's form forwards since joining the Jets in the off-season
after stints at the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney and Cronulla.
Ray sets the
benchmark as a hard working front-rower and he is a tremendous trainer
as well. He has really clicked in his new surroundings and is proving
to be a valuable signing for the Newtown club.
There’s only one Dennis Yates.
Newtown's strength and conditioning coach, Dennis
Yates, has been associated with the club for many years,
having been a St Peters JRLFC product and a trainer with the Bluebags
under Harry Bath’s coaching in the early 1970's.
He has played a key role in the choice of
equipment and in the fitting out of Newtown's
first-class gymnasium facility, an asset which has had a big
impact on the Jets' playing performances since 2005.
Dennis is quite rightly regarded as an important
contributor within the Newtown club structure.
e-News 20 March - Round 2
Byron Ford is in top form.
Winger Byron Ford
has added a lot of strike-power to the Newtown Jets left flank, having
already bagged four tries for the 2008 season. Ford previously played
with South Sydney and then more recently has spent three seasons with
Hull Kingston Rovers, the famous Humberside Robins of the English Super
League and the home of Great Britain supremos such as Roger Millward,
Phil Lowe and "Flash" Flanagan.
Ford was recommended to Newtown Director, John
Lynch, by one of his former coaches at South Sydney, the
flamboyant Danny "The Racing Garfish" Loftus,
who was a dashing Rabbitohs' first grade fullback in the early 1980's.
Tommy was Top of the Pops at Henson Park last
Talking of flamboyant identities, Tom
Raudonikis spent a busy day at Henson Park last
Saturday, where he was popularly received by supporters from both of
his former clubs for his cheerful readiness to sign Jets and Magpies
clothing and memorabilia.
He was interviewed by John "The
Phantom Bluebag" Lynch at the halftime break and then
after the match he headed to the Jets after-match function at the
nearby Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club where he entertained
the large crowd with his jokes and repartee.
Other sightings at Henson Park.
Another face in the crowd at Henson Park last
Saturday was Newtown's classy first grade fullback from the 1970's, John
"Busby" Floyd. John no doubt would have been impressed
with the form of the current custodian of the Newtown Jets number one
jersey, the spring-heeled Donny Thompson.
"Bubsy" met up with another of his 1970's
team-mates in flying winger John Bradstock,
who was the NSWRL first grade top try-scorer in 1972 and who
represented NSW in a World Cup selection trial that year.