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Throw Back Thursday – Newtown’s Finest Hour On Its Biggest Stage

Each week thanks to Cryo, we look back at a moment in our rich history. Ahead of this second leg of the Frank Hyde Shield Clash against North Sydney this weekend, we revisit the 1943 Grand Final

NEWTOWN’S FINEST HOUR ON ITS BIGGEST STAGE

The 1943 NSWRL Grand Final delivered Newtown it’s third and final First Grade premiership. 

Newtown had actually finished the regular season minor premiers, although a loss to Norths in the first Semi-Final meant that if they wished to take the title, Newtown was required to play a grand final challenge, again against North Sydney.

The Blues hadn’t beaten Norths in their previous three encounters during that season, although two of Norths’ key players, captain-coach Hyde and hooker Frank Facer, came into the match carrying injuries. Norths had also lost star lock Harry Taylor, who was sent to Papua New Guinea for military service so suddenly that his club did not realise he wasn’t showing up until minutes before kick-off. 

The attendance on Grand Final Day 1943 set a record for the code. The day of the game coincided with an Austerity Day during which all horse and dog racing was banned throughout Australia. With no reserved seats and tickets only available at the gate, records numbers flocked to the Sydney Cricket Ground. The gates were closed an hour before kick-off, however, the sheer number of people outside the ground eventually caused them to be crashed open. The official figure recorded was 60,922, but many more people were believed to be in attendance.

Bluebags winger Sid Goodwin got things underway when he brushed off Stan Ridgway and Johnny McLachlan to score after 10 minutes. Goodwin completed his double minutes later, while tries to Jimmy Brailey and Bruce Ryan gave the Blues a 14-0 lead at the break.

North Sydney got on the board early in the second-half when McLachlan scored, while a subsequent penalty goal to Tedd Rudd made the score 14-7. However, from that point on though it was all Newtown. Expert tactics from coach Arthur Folwell neutralised Norths’ dangerous short kicking game and allowed the Bluebags to dominate possession. With second half tries to Herb Narvo, Len Smith and Frank Farrell, as well as five goals to Tom Kirk, Newtown skipped away with the game, chalking up a convincing 34-7 win.

At the time, it was the most points scored by a team during a grand final. 

Newtown 34 (Tries: Goodwin 2, Ryan, Brailey, Phillips, Narvo, Smith, Farrell. Goals: Kirk 5) defeated North Sydney 7 (Tries: McLachlan. Goals: Rudd 2). 

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Newtown and North Sydney line up for a picture prior to kick off in the 1943 NSWRFL Grand Final.
The Newtown RLFC 1943 First Grade team portrait.
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Members Badge Draw Thursday 4th June 2020

This week’s nostalgia team from the dim and distant past is the Newtown Jets line-up that played in the club’s first competition game in the NSWRL First Division. This match was played against St George-Illawarra at Redfern Oval on Saturday, 4th March 2000. The team was as follows:-
Back row, standing left to right: Tere Glassie, Adam Bennett (obscured), Jason Bell (obscured), Phil Howlett, Peter Howie, Odell Manuel, Clinton Toopi, Paul Carige, David Myers, Wairangi Koopu, Terry Hermansson.
In front, left to right: Brad Westaway, David Howlett, Clinton McAulliffe, Luke Wardle, Luke Goodwin (Capt), Tony Catton, Jared Mills, Joey Bishop, Daniel Cross, Luke Ellis.
The team was coached by Colin Murphy. Photo supplied by the Newtown RLFC.

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Let’s Keep The Jets Flying!

This little girl’s name is Lily, and she is the proud holder of the Newtown Jets 2020 membership number, 1190. Lily’s family has been staunchly associated with the glorious Newtown RLFC cause for several generations. Lily, thank you very much for your help in the quest to Keep the Jets Flying in 2020 and beyond! 
Photo: This photo was provided by and its use approved by Lily’s parents, Nick and Anita.

You’re never too young (or too old) to help Keep the Jets Flying!

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