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Newtown’s newly-signed centre Junior Vaivai shows great poise and style at Henson Park last Saturday.
Newtown’s newly-signed centre Junior Vaivai shows great poise and style at Henson Park last Saturday.

RD16 – Jets defy wild weather and the Roos challenge [40-26]

Report on the 16th Round NSWRL VB NSW Cup match between Newtown and the Wyong Roos, played at Henson Park on Saturday, 28th June 2014.

The two teams fighting for a place in the NSW Cup top eight turned on a high-scoring game at Henson Park last Saturday. Newtown scored eight tries to six in defeating the Wyong Roos 40-26, after leading by 16-12 at halftime. The Jets pulled away to a 36-18 lead with twenty minutes remaining, but didn’t really seal the result until much closer to full-time. A big crowd had turned out to enjoy the school holidays Family Fun Day and were granted pleasant weather in the first half, but many families fled the Henson Park hill area as the weather deteriorated and a bitterly cold southerly arrived midway through the second half.

Wyong ran with the wind in the first half but Newtown scored first when winger Brett Lane crossed on the end of a perfect opening set from the Jets. Newtown blew a scoring opportunity in the fifth minute when several Jets players were ruled to be in front of the kicker. The Roos scored a soft try a few minutes later when former Newtown player and Cook Islands international Jono Ford dummied his way through some less than committed Newtown defence.

The Jets put further pressure on themselves with a series of handling errors. In fact both teams put a lot of ball to ground and Newtown’s kicking on the fifth tackle had been ineffective. The Jets managed to score through fullback Jonathon Reuben even though the execution of play leading to this try was less than perfect. Undisciplined passes by the Jets gave the Roos possession in favourable attacking positions, with the Wyong boys scoring on both occasions but failing to convert either try. The Jets went in the break leading by 16-12 after newly-signed centre Junior Vaivai displayed good footwork and determination to score after Brett Lane had made a splendid midfield dash.

Newtown took advantage of a very strong wind in the second half and scored two quick tries to extend their lead to 26-12. Winger Matt Evans darted over in the left-side northern corner and prop Ryan Verlinden delighted the big crowd with another of his trademark bulldozing charges to score by the uprights. Wyong stayed in the game at 26-18 when the Jets failed to gather in an awkwardly bouncing grubber kick near their posts.

The Jets looked to have the game in their keeping when Brett Lane and Sio Siua Taukeiaho added tries to take Newtown’s lead out to 36-18. More Newtown errors gave the Roos plenty of ball in good field position and they stayed in the game with two more tries to trail 36-26. The impressive Vaivai set up a second try for Matt Evans five minutes before full-time, which guaranteed the two competition points for the Henson Park brigade.

Jets coach Greg Matterson was pleased to accept the two points but was less than impressed with the team’s overall performance. He said that Newtown’s first half had been rather ordinary with some poor kicking and too much lost ball, topped off by some baffling passing options. The Jets would have to improve when up against teams from further up the competition table. Junior Vaivai made a great debut, scoring one try and setting up two more. Brett Lane had one of his best games this season and towering front-rower Kane Evans was both aggressive and effective as he took on the Roos forwards.

The Jets are back at Henson Park this Saturday, 5th July, for what will be the second-last home game occasion at Henson Park this season. Only one competition point separates the two teams as the 9th placed Jets take on the 7th placed Cronulla Sharks, with the match getting underway at 3.00pm.

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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