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Newtown Jets impact benchman Jason Schirnack swings out a pass against Wests Tigers in this splendid Henson Park panorama taken on Saturday, 2nd April 2016. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.
Newtown Jets impact benchman Jason Schirnack swings out a pass against Wests Tigers in this splendid Henson Park panorama taken on Saturday, 2nd April 2016. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

The 2016 Jets start to show what they are capable of

Report on the Newtown Jets v Wests Tigers Intrust Super Premiership NSW fixture, played at Henson Park on Saturday, 2nd April 2016 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

The Newtown Jets turned on one of their best home-game performances in recent seasons, when they defeated the third-placed Wests Tigers 38-14 at Henson Park last Saturday. Played in front of a healthy early-season attendance, the Jets led 22-10 at half-time and unlike other games this year didn’t allow the opposition back into the contest in the second half. After five rounds Newtown is now in third place on the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition table.

The Jets made a slow start in this match with some poor handling and being outmuscled in the midfield. Wests Tigers scored a soft try from dummy-half and led 6-0 after seven minutes. Once Newtown obtained a share of possession they made inroads into the Tigers defence, and hooker Matt McIlwrick sliced through to score in the 12th minute. Some poor one on one defence allowed Wests Tigers to score wide out in the north-eastern corner to take the lead 10-4.

Newtown began to exert some authority midway through the first half and clever halfback Fa’amanu Brown dummied his way across in the 22nd minute. The Jets put some continued pressure on the Tigers and were rewarded in the 30th minute, when crisp ball-handling up the left side sent centre Jordan Drew over in the south-eastern corner. Fa’amanu Brown converted from out wide for Newtown to take the lead by 14-10. The Jets scored again when a well-constructed passing movement saw winger Jacob Gagan cross in the south-western corner, with half-back Brown again adding the extras. Brown kicked a penalty goal right on half-time for Newtown to lead 22-10 at the break.

At half-time coach Greg Matterson laid down the challenge to his players not to let the opposition back into the game in the second half, as had happened in the previous three games. Matterson said that an improved kicking game by the Jets would be a key component to shutting out any Wests Tigers resurgence.

The Jets laid on their best try of the game when winger Travis Robinson combined well with Jordan Drew, who in turn off-loaded to team captain Mitch Brown. This spectacular phase of high-speed play ended in Brown toeing the ball ahead and grounding it next to the northern end posts, amid great jubilation from the big Hipsters Day crowd.

Newtown’s controlled and effective play brought further dividends when Matt McIlwrick kicked ahead into the Wests Tigers in-goal and giant prop Andrew Fifita won the race to the ball. Ten minutes later Jacob Gagan scored his second try on the end of a superb cut-out pass from five-eighth Josh Cleeland. Wests Tigers scored their only try for the second half with a long-distance runaway effort five minutes before full-time.

The Jets’ big men played a major role in this victory with their midfield control and combined workrate. Front-rowers Jesse Sene-Lefao and David Fifita and hooker Matt McIlwrick were all prominent, and ball-playing backrower Kurt Capewell is starting to gel with his new team-mates. Jason Schirnack was again very effective as an impact player from the bench. Five-eighth Josh Cleeland was in fine touch with his passing and kicking game, and Fa’amanu Brown, Mitch Brown and Josh Gagan were the best of a strong Newtown backline.

The Newtown Jets play away to Canterbury-Bankstown in the sixth round of the Intrust Super Premiership at Belmore Sports Ground this Friday night, 8th April, at 7.30pm.

Jets Xmas card credits:
Photo: Michael Magee Photography.
Artwork: Mandy Mills.

2019 – The Year that the Newtown Jets Struck Gold Twice

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.

Vale Ray Preston

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

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