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Throw Back Thursday – Seventh Heaven – Seven Years Ago

Each week thanks to Cryo, we look back at a significant moment in our rich history. Today, we remember a victorious last Sunday in September.

SEVENTH HEAVEN – SEVEN YEARS AGO

Seven years ago, on Sunday 30 September 2012, the Newtown Jets completed one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of Australian sport by beating Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers 22-18 in the NSW Cup Grand Final.

It was an achievement 29 years in the making. After seven years of emptiness following our expulsion from the top grade in 1983, nine eventful years in the Metropolitan Cup and 13 seasons in the NSW Cup, (including two grand final losses) we had finally done it!

There was plenty of excitement surrounding the game as both teams were foundation clubs and had last contested a premiership decider in 1944. Additionally, both teams had battled hard to reach the big dance. Newtown finished the regular season in 7th and our opponents had finished 8th.  

On a surprisingly warm September day at ANZ Stadium, Newtown dominated possession early and scored first when winger Daniel Tupou leapt above the pack to take Daniel Mortimer’s cross-field kick. The Jets soon enjoyed a 12-0 lead after Jack Bosden barged over midway through the first half.

However, the Tigers soon struck back when Ava Seumanufagai touched down. Balmain Ryde-Eastwood then went back-to-back when Sean Meaney chased down a Nathan Waters grubber and at half time, the Jets held a 12-10 lead.

The Tigers carried this momentum into the second half, taking a 14-12 lead when replacement Dane Chisholm crossed five minutes after the resumption, but by the 50th minute, the Jets were back in front 16-14 after centre Francis Vaiotu completed a nice blindside raid.

The see-saw nature of the game continued throughout the second-term with Balmain-Ryde Eastwood sticking their nose ahead thanks to a try to Josh Davis, but Meaney’s wayward goal-kicking kept the Jets within two points with 13 minutes remaining.

The decisive moment of the game came in the 71st minute when livewire hooker Nafe Seluini caught the Tigers’ goal-line defence napping to nip over from dummy-half, in turn securing the club’s first reserve grade premiership since 1974!

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Ahmad Ellaz lifts the 2012 NSW Cup in front of an ecstatic throng of Newtown supporters on Grand Final day. (Photo by NRL Photos).
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

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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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