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Newtown Jets wily hooker Heath L’Estrange gets his pass away to the fast-supporting Jack Siejka at Henson Park last Saturday.
Newtown Jets wily hooker Heath L’Estrange gets his pass away to the fast-supporting Jack Siejka at Henson Park last Saturday.

RD14 – Jets winning streak brought to an end by Knights [26-28]

Report on the Round 14 NSWRL VB NSW Cup match between Newtown and the Newcastle Knights, played at Henson Park on Saturday, 14th June 2014.

The Newtown Jets dropped two valuable competition points when they lost 28-26 to the Newcastle Knights at Henson Park on Saturday. A win to the Jets would have given them a five points buffer zone over the Knights on the competition table, but Newtown now clings to eighth place with the Knights just one point behind. Newcastle led 16-10 at halftime and the Jets staged an exciting but ultimately unsuccessful late rally in the last ten minutes of the game.

The Jets fielded a considerably changed and weakened team from the line-up that had performed with such heroics against North Sydney on the previous Sunday. The Knights scored an early try through a kick in behind the Newtown defensive line that was virtually unchallenged. Newtown responded when Jack Siejka, making a popular return from injury, grounded the ball after Heath L’Estrange had grubber-kicked into the Knights’ in-goal. Newcastle extended their lead to 16-6 through two soft tries that should have been repelled by the Jets defence.  A try to David Harris just before halftime put Newtown 16-10 in arrears at the break. Sio Siua Taukeiaho’s conversion attempt from wide out slammed into an upright and bounced away.

The Jets made several handling errors early in the second half that gave the Knights good field position, but the Novocastrians in turn were guilty of errors that cost them scoring opportunities. Heath L’Estrange was the mastermind of a phase of attacking play that ended in Kurt Kara scoring wide out to bring Newtown to within two points of the Knights.

Newcastle scored two converted tries through kicks that extended their lead to 28-14 with eleven minutes to play. The Jets saved their most inventive attacking form for that last desperate ten minutes. Matt Evans scored in the left-side northern corner after the ball was shifted quickly through several pairs of hands, and Rhyse Martin’s conversion from the sideline made it 28-20 to the Knights. The Jets scored a try with just four minutes remaining that would have gone down a treat on a Channel 9 or Fox Sports video replay. David Harris toed the bouncing ball into the Knights in-goal where Brett Lane won the race to the ball just before it crossed the dead-ball line. Lane cleverly flicked it back for Samisoni Langi to force the ball and claim the try. Rhyse Martin’s hurried conversion put Newtown within two points of a thrilling come-from-behind victory but good fortune and time ran out for the home team.

Jets head coach Greg Matterson noted after the game that this defeat had certain similarities to other lost opportunities earlier this season. The team changes left the pack with too few big props and too many back-rowers. The Jets had lacked composure when attacking at the Knights end of the field and took the wrong options on the last tackle on occasions. There had been some mixed performances from several players, with the good aspects of their game marred by errors or missed tackles.

Newtown plays away next Saturday (21st June) at Leichhardt Oval, where the Jets have a 3.00pm appointment with the third-placed Wests Tigers.

Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.

 

 

 

On 6th October 2019 at ANZ Stadium, the Newtown Jets defeated Burleigh Bears 20-16 in the NRL State Championship Final. This win effectively made Newtown the best club team (outside of the NRL competition) in Australia, New Zealand and Papua-New Guinea. Newtown centre Jackson Ferris (with the ball) is shown sprinting away for the winning try with less than ten seconds of regular time left to play, having seized upon a pin-point short kick by his team-mate Billy Magoulias. Newtown had trailed 10-2 at half-time and 16-14 going into the last ten seconds of the match. Photo: Michael Magee Photography

Newtown Jets celebrate one of the greatest years in their long history

Newtown’s rugged back-rower Daniel Vasquez was in full voice when he led his Jets team-mates in a victory chorus at the Mayoral Civic Reception, held at the Petersham RSL Club on the evening of the 9th October 2019. Photo: Michael Magee Photography

Reminder: RSVP for the Newtown Jets Victories Dinner and Presentation Night by Friday, 22nd November 2019

Newtown winger Ray Preston (with the ball) breaks clear in a match against South Sydney at the SCG in 1955. Newtown’s captain-coach Dick Poole is in the background. Photo: Supplied by Terry Williams.

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Newtown’s captains Jack A. Williams (left) and Scott Sorensen (right) proudly hold aloft the two major trophies won in the club’s truly remarkable 2019 season – the Canterbury Cup NSW premiership trophy (left) and the NRL State Championship Trophy (right). This photo was taken at the Mayoral Civic Reception held at the Petersham RSL Club on the evening of Wednesday, 9th October 2019. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

THE 2019 NEWTOWN JETS VICTORIES DINNER AND PRESENTATION NIGHT

Newtown Jets winger Sione Katoa scores his second try just five minutes out from full-time at ANZ Stadium last Sunday. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets claim national title with a sensational try in the game’s final seconds

Newtown Jets dynamic second-rower Scott Sorensen scores (off a perfectly-placed kick by Billy Magoulias) in the first half in last Sunday’s Canterbury Cup NSW Grand Final against Wentworthville, played at Bankwest Stadium. Photo:  Mario Facchini, mafphotography

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