Newtown Rugby League Football Club - 1908-2008
Snippets from 2008 Jets e-News


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Round 21  ~   Round 18  ~   Round 17  ~   Through Blue eyes
Centenary dinner notes  ~   Round 13  ~   Round 10  ~   Round 9  ~   Round 8
Round 7 - Week 2  ~   Round 7  ~   Round 6  ~   Round 5  ~   Round 4  ~   Round 2

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.

Dave 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 …

Chris 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 Paea…

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 III…

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 pathway!

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 sponsors …

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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 2008.

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e-News 29 May 2008 - Round 9

Greg Matterson wins prestigious coaching appointment.

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, June 11th.

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,

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 Wyalong.

You can email 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 in Paris.

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.

Player 'trivia'

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.

Visit Alberto's 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 anyone's guess!

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 1962.

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.

Judicial Capers

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 1990's.

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.

Byron Ford flies for a try

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 Saturday.

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.


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