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Newtown Jets stand-in five-eighth Luke Polselli makes the break that led to a try by hooker James Segeyaro. Luke’s Jets team-mates Braden Hamlin-Uele, Aaron Gray and Matt Evans maintain a keen interest. Photo:
Mario Facchini, mafphotography.
Newtown Jets stand-in five-eighth Luke Polselli makes the break that led to a try by hooker James Segeyaro. Luke’s Jets team-mates Braden Hamlin-Uele, Aaron Gray and Matt Evans maintain a keen interest. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography.

Winless Jets beaten in the last minute in local derby thriller

In what was the first senior rugby league match played between Newtown and South Sydney at Redfern Oval in thirty-six years, the Rabbitohs broke a host of Newtown Jets hearts by snatching a last-minute 28-26 victory.

Redfern Oval might be known now as the Metricon High Performance Centre, but the two foundation clubs certainly turned on an absorbing contest for the crowd and the Channel Nine live viewing audience. Souths led 12-4 midway through the first half but Newtown took the lead with tries to winger Ronaldo Mulitalo and hooker James Segeyaro close to halftime, with the Jets going in to the break leading by 14-12.

The Rabbitohs dominated the third quarter of the game and looked to be in control with a 24-14 lead fifteen minutes out from fulltime. The Jets kicked back with tries to halfback Kyle Flanagan and centre Aaron Gray, both converted by Flanagan. The Rabbitohs regained the ball from a short kick-off and surged downfield towards the Newtown tryline, conjuring up a try in the last ten seconds of play aided by a couple of contentious decisions.

The Jets paid the price for several possession turnovers at critical moments of the game, along with their inability to effectively counter Souths’ tactic of employing short kicks from both kick-offs and goal-line drop-outs.

Centre Aaron Gray and winger Ronaldo Mulitalo were both impressive, while halfback Kyle Flanagan scored one try and assisted in three others. Youngster Luke Polselli was on debut in this grade and did a splendid job as the replacement five-eighth for the injured Jack A. Williams. Despite the errors made during the game, this was a much improved performance by the Jets which only made the circumstances of the last-minute loss more difficult to cope with.

Newtown’s next match is on Sunday, 7th April when the Jets play Wentworthville at Ringrose Park in Round Four of the Canterbury Cup NSW, with this game timed for kick-off at 3.00pm.

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.

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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

Jets are fully primed for tilt at State Championship honours

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