Newtown Rugby League Football Club - Established 1908
Rd26 - Jets clear the decks for the finals [40-10]


Match details

6.00 pm, Saturday, 3 September 2011

Windsor Sports Complex
Cnr Rifle Range Rd & George St, Sth Windsor

Meet the players

NSW Cup ladder [end of last round]

View game highlights in the Mike Bidboudis photo slideshow.

The Newtown Jets completed their NSW Cup home and away commitments with a no-nonsense 40-10 win over Windsor at the Windsor Sports Complex on Saturday evening.

Jets supporters were well-prepared
for the "darkness at Windsor".

This away trip to Sydney's north-western fringe has been a tough assignment for the Jets in recent seasons, but this time the milder weather and fast track appeared to suit the visitors. Newtown led 20-10 at halftime and held the Wolves to nil points in the second half.

The Jets entered this match knowing that whatever the result there could be no change to Newtown' fourth place on the competition table, nor to the opposition's tenth position.

The Jets were first to score when centre Brett Lane broke the line and sent fullback Mark Kheirallah sprinting away on a sixty-metres dash to the posts.

The Wolves in turn looked to be determined to end their season on a positive note and grabbed two tries to lead 10-6 midway through the first half.

The Jets gained the ascendancy in the latter part of the first half and posted tries through halfback Blake Lazarus, five-eighth Johnno Ford and winger Sione Taka to lead 20-10 at the break.

The trend of the game was all in favour of the Royal Blues in the game's third quarter, as the Jets added four tries to lead 40-10 with nearly twenty minutes remaining. The Wolves battled to salvage some pride but Newtown's on-line defence held strong for the rest of the second half.

Coach's assessment

Newtown's coach Greg Matterson said that given the special circumstances of this match, it was a good chance to rest several players and give other members of the Jets squad a run.

Matterson added that it was pleasing how these players responded to their selection and proved they could be relied on if needed in the finals. What was a somewhat patched up seventeen gelled together well and Matterson was pleased with the determined manner in which they had kept the Wolves scoreless for the entire second half.

Player performances

The Jets coaching staff nominated Brett Lane and Blake Lazarus as Newtown's best backs, and nominated front-rowers Ryan Verlinden and James Koloamatangi and hooker Scott Jones for their strong games in the forwards. Verlinden's barging try in the second half brought forth a raucous outburst from Newtown's contingent of travelling supporters.

Next match - qualifying final at home at Henson

The Newtown Jets will host Wentworthville in a NSW Cup qualifying final at Henson Park next Saturday, 10 September, with this match due to start at 3.00pm.

Wentworthville has been in winning form in the latter weeks of the NSW Cup competition rounds and will be formidable opponents in this 4th versus 5th qualifying final.

Match summary

Newtown Jets 40 [Brett Lane 2, Mark Kheirallah, Sione Taka, Sam Latu, Johnathon Ford, Blake Lazarus, Ryan Verlinden tries; Blake Lazarus 4 goals
Windsor Wolves 10 [2 tries; 1 goal]

Half-Time: Newtown led 20-10.

Officials: Referee, Chris Sutton; Touch Judges, Jay Farlow and Jason Higgins.
Weather: Cool and mild.

Who played

1 Mark Kheirallah [T1]
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3 Sione Taka [T1]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
19 Rhys Pritchard
Sponsored by Charles Bailey, Ray White Inner West
4 Brett Lane [T2]
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5 Sam Latu [T1]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
6 Johnathon Ford [T1]
Sponsored by Steve Helmich
7 Blake Lazarus [T1 G4]
Sponsored by Peter Griffin
8 Ryan Verlinden [T1]
Sponsored by Rosa Stone P/L
9 Byron Fruean
Sponsored by John Cahill
10 James Koloamatangi
Sponsored by Dave Nelson
11 Francis Vaiotu
Sponsored by Botany View Hotel
12 Brad Barrett
Sponsored by Premier Bowling Greens
16 Willie Mataka
Sponsored by Jennifer Malone


14 Khalid Deeb
Sponsored by Earlwood Auto Electrical & Mechanical Repairs
15 Tom Kerr
Sponsored by Sullivan Binding Services
17 Chris Afamasaga
Sponsored by Craig Leonard
18 Scott Jones
Sponsored by Good Fellows

Coach: Greg Matterson
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