Newtown Rugby League Football Club - Established 1908
Trial4 - Tigers take last trial by a whisker [18-19]


5.00 pm, Sunday, 27 February 2011

Henson Park

Much improved showing by the Jets in final trial match

The Newtown Jets had a narrow 19-18 loss to the Balmain Tigers in the NSW Cup trial match played at Henson Park last Sunday.

The Tigers had the better of the contest in the first half but the Jets worked their way back into the game to draw level at 18-all, only for the Tigers to break the deadlock with a field goal in the game's final seconds.

Error-prone Jets own enemies in first half

Newtown's players made a lot of errors in the first half and through their poor completion rate put themselves under pressure from a very capable Balmain team.

The Jets line-up had been reinforced for the first time this season by several players from the Sydney Roosters NRL full-time squad but as always, it will take some time for new combinations to click and for the restructured team to play to its full potential.

Second half performance impressive

The Jets turned in a strong second half performance after having trailed by 18-6 early in the third quarter. Newtown started to show more enterprise when in possession and defended well as they pulled back to 18-all late in the match.

The Jets missed with a field-goal attempt in the 78th minute but the Tigers made no mistake in notching their own one-pointer literally as the full-time siren sounded.

Player performances

Bearing in mind the extent of the changes to the team line-up, this was a much improved performance by the Jets and a good final trial hit-out against a Balmain team that is likely to be around again at semi-finals time.

Newtown's coaching staff nominated Chris Enahoro and Khalid Deeb as being the best forwards, along with Francis Vaiotu and Steve Naughton in the backs.

Ball players like the clever Tinirau Arona, Brad Takairangi and Kurt Kara all showed what they will be able to contribute once the competition rounds get under way.

2011 season launch

The Newtown Jets will stage their 2011 season launch at the Petersham RSL Club on Wednesday, 9 March at 7.00pm.

Season opener

The Jets' first NSW Cup competition game is against Cronulla-Sutherland at Toyota Park on Sunday, 13 March at 3.00pm.

Match summary

Newtown 18 [Sione Taka, Khalid Deeb, Kurt Kara tries; Jamie Clark 2, Brett Lane goals]

Balmain 19 [3 tries; 3 goals, 1 field goal]

Match played in four quarters

Scores at the end of each quarter:
Balmain 6-0; Balmain 12-6; Balmain 18-12; Balmain 19-18.

The winning field goal was kicked in the last second of play.

Who played


Rhys Pritchard
Sponsored by Scott Corporation


Tom Kerr
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville


Willie Mataka
Sponsored by Charles Bailey, Ray White Inner West


Francis Vaiotu
Sponsored by Craig Leonard


Steve Naughton
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville


Brett Lane
Sponsored by Steve Helmich


Kurt Kara
Sponsored by Wyong Golf Club Brasserie


Khalid Deeb ©
Sponsored by Dave Nelson


Jamie Clark
Sponsored by John Cahill


Ryan Verlinden
Sponsored by Botany View Hotel


Brad Barrett
Sponsored by LHD Lawyers


Brad Takairangi
Sponsored by Craig Stephens


Tinirau Arona
Sponsored by Jennifer Malone



Boyd Strickland
Sponsored by Good Fellows


Byron Fruean
Sponsored by Miller & Associates


Ahmad Ellaz
Sponsored by Sullivan Binding Services


Josh Kent
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt


Sione Taka
Sponsored by SGE Credit Union


James Koloamatangi
Sponsored by BRI Ferrier


Chris Enahoro
Sponsored by Petersham RSL

Coach: Greg Matterson