The Jets and Illawarra to renew acquaintances after last year’s epic preliminary final at Leichhardt Oval

Winger and centre Ben Fritz (pictured here tackling a Mounties opponent) has joined the Newtown Jets after previous stints at Parramatta and Manly-Warringah. Jets centre Matt Evans is also pictured. Photo: MAF Photography

The Newtown Jets have an appointment with the defending national second-tier champions at WIN Stadium, Wollongong tomorrow.

Illawarra won last year’s Intrust Super Premiership NSW title and also the Intrust Super National Championship playoff, and they will host the Newtown Jets at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday afternoon, 18th March. Both teams have won one ISP NSW game this season and lost one, and they will be extra keen to take the two points on offer. Tomorrow’s team lists for both clubs read very differently to the sides that staged such a ferocious showdown in the pouring rain in last year’s thrilling preliminary final.

NSWRL ISP NSW – Third Round

Saturday, 18th March 2017

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Illawarra v Newtown Jets

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Please note that the Illawarra RLFC is no longer sponsored by Illawarra Coal and the nickname Cutters has been discontinued.

Referee: Adam Cassidy. Touch Judges: Matt Treneman and Chris Treneman.

Newtown:

Luke Towers, Leigh Higgins, Jordan Drew, Matt Evans, Ben Fritz, Penani Manumalealii, Fa’amanu Brown, Kurt Dillon, Manaia Cherrington, Sam Tagataese, Tony Williams, Jayden Walker, Jack Williams.

Bench: Jaimin Jolliffe, Kurt Kara, Tepatasi Fuiavailili, Jason Schirnack, Saulala Houma, Alec Bush, Haydn Peacock.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Illawarra:

Matt Dufty, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Taane Milne, Levi Dodd, Patrick Herbert, Jack Payne, Shaun Nona, Mose Masoe, Siliva Havili, Hame Sele, Tyrone McCarthy, Luciano Leilua, Blake Lawrie.

Bench: Jake Marketo, Jacob Hind, Josh Kerr, Ryan Fletcher, Chris Lewis, Rhys Kennedy.

Coach: Mat Head.

Today is the 17th March, so it’s a Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone linked in any way to the Newtown Jets. There wouldn’t be many other rugby league clubs where there has been a greater Irish influence in the ranks of its players, officials and supporters over 110 years. Surnames like Hyde, Farrell, Cahill, Daly, Moore, Sullivan, O’Connor, Kelly and Murphy spring to mind along with so many more surnames drawn from the Land of Saints and Scholars.

Here are the statistics from last Saturday’s Mounties-Newtown match:  http://www.nswrl.com.au/content/dam/nswrl/documents/isp-stats-reports-2017/Rd2-MountiesJets.pdf

Jets hooker Manaia Cherrington is interviewed by the NSW Rugby League:  http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/17/cherrington_welcomes.html

How this week’s Inner West Times covered last Saturday’s match (go to page 19):  http://bit.ly/2nLgJHz

Just in case you missed this interview with the Newtown Jets head coach Greg Matterson:  http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/09/coaches_corner_greg_.af_intrust-super-premiership-nsw_news1.html

Here is a complete online guide to the 2017 ISP NSW season produced by the NSWRL:  http://www.nswrl.com.au/content/dam/nswrl/documents-2017/NSWRL%202017%20Season%20Guide_OnlineV1.pdf

The 2017 Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition is now underway, in what is Newtown’s 110th season in rugby league football. There’s no better way you can prove your support for the oldest club in Australian rugby league than by taking out a 2017 membership package. There are membership deals on offer to suit all personal circumstances and budgets. Check out this link for all the relevant information:  http://www.newtownjets.com/jets-membership-2017/

And there’s a terrific array of 2017 Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise awaiting your perusal and selection:  www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au