The Newtown Jets are back home this Saturday for the first time this season, when they play St George-Illawarra in round five of the Intrust Super Premiership round five. This match also marks Greg Matterson’s 250th game as Newtown’s NSW Cup / Intrust Super Premiership head coach, an appointment he has held since 2008.
Greg has certainly given great service to the Newtown club, with his teams winning a premiership in 2012, making a grand final in 2008 and a preliminary final in 2016. The NSW Cup/ISP NSW teams he has coached have made the finals in seven out of ten years.
The Jets are coming off an exceptional 36-12 win against Penrith on Easter Saturday, while the Dragons had a big win over the Newcastle Knights last weekend. The man to watch for the Dragons is their experienced halfback Darren Nicholls – he is a very effective organising player and he has a good kicking game.
This Saturday’s game details are:
NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – 5th Round
Saturday, 7th April 2018
Newtown (5th place) v St George-Illawarra (4th place)
This match will be broadcast live on Steele Sports: Listen live on www.steelesports.com.au from 2.30pm
Referee: Ryan Jackson
Touch Judges: Liam Nicholls and Andrew Gilchrist
Newtown’s team is:
Will Kennedy, Matt Evans, Aaron Gray, Reubenn Rennie, Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, Jack Williams, Kyle Flanagan, Braden Uele, Blayke Brailey, Kurt Dillon, Scott Sorensen, Anthony Moraitis, Jack Williams.
Wes Lolo, Billy Magoulias, Daniel Vasquez, Briton Nikora, Jesse Marschke.
Coach: Greg Matterson
Jai Field, John Tohi, Patrick Herbert, Reuben Garrick, Jordan Pereira, Adam Clune, Darren Nicholls, Mitchell Allgood, Reece Robson, Josh Kerr, Jacob Host, Jackson Ford, Blake Lawrie.
Joe Lovodua, James Hasson, Ash Nisbet, TJ Uele.
Coach: Mat Head.
Good luck to our Ron Massey Cup partnership club Glebe-Burwood, who take on Blacktown Workers in the Ron Massey opening competition round at HE Laybutt Field on Sunday, 8th April at 1.00pm. Of the 19 Glebe-Burwood players listed in Big League magazine for this Sunday’s game, 11 are Newtown Jets-registered players.
Jets hard-running back-rower Billy Magoulias made a good impression in last week’s win against Penrith and he was interviewed by Nick Jantzen from the NSWRL media team: https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/04/04/billy-kid-not-ready-for-nrl/
Ball-playing second-rower Briton Nikora hails from the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand and he was interviewed by Rob Willis, Media Manager for the Cronulla Sharks: https://www.sharks.com.au/news/2017/12/10/young-guns—briton-nikora-/
Impressive young front-rower Daniel Vasquez is the first player of Chilean heritage to ever play for Newtown, and he was also interviewed by Rob Willis: https://www.sharks.com.au/news/2017/12/29/young-guns—daniel-vasquez/