Newtown forever - The Class of 1981. Image: Newtown RLFC Archives
Newtown forever - The Class of 1981. Image: Newtown RLFC Archives

1981 Grand Final Re-imagined

This weekend marks 40 years since Newtown and Parramatta played in the 1981 NSWRL first grade grand final.

Despite Newtown’s narrow loss in that match, it represents a pivotal moment in our club’s history.

Bearing in mind the travails that the Newtown RLFC went through in the mid to late 1970s, then followed by the thrilling ascent up the competition table in 1980 and 1981 culminating in the grand final appearance, qualifying for the 1981 premiership decider was truly an extraordinary achievement.

In recognition & with some poetic license, at 3pm on Sunday 26th September we’re showing a replay of the game with a twist. So tune in to JETS TV  www.newtownjets.com or www.facebook.com/newtownrlfc & kick back with a few cans of Henson Park Draught to find out if the Bluebags can re-write history!?

1981 Grand Final Re-imagined is proudly brought to you by Sydney Mutual Bank, Deicorp & Petersham RSL.

Thanks to Coverforce, Newtown Jets has named its team from the game. Many thanks to our Player Sponsors listed in brackets.

1          Phil Sigsworth (Kris Gale)

2          John Ferguson (Golden Barley Hotel)

3          Mick Ryan (Jennifer Malone)

4          Brian Hetherington (John Cahill)

5          Ray Blacklock (Golden Barley Hotel)

6          Paul Morris (Adam Whyte)

7          Tom Raudonikis (C) (The Daaboul Family)

8          Graeme O’Grady (Steven Helmich)

9          Mick Pitman (Glen Archibald)

10        Phil Gould (Dave Nelson)

11        Steve Blyth (Wayne Leong)

12        Barry Jenson (Nifty Foods)

13        Craig Ellis (Loudon & Vaughan Private Wealth)

Reserves:                    

14        Ken Wilson (SMI – Sports Medicine Institute)

15        Jim Walters (BRI Ferrier)

16        Paul Akkary (Good Fellows Sports)

17        Col Murphy (Kim Fuller)

18        Mark O’Brien (Brasco)

19        Michael Pobjie (Charles Bailey Urbane Property Inner West)

20        Shane McKellar (Mark Dewar)

21        Dave Mooney (Good Fellows Sox)

22        Mark Bugden (Label Plus)

24        Mark Ogilvie (Schofield King Lawyers)

25        Grant Ellis (Busfleet Australia)

26        Geoff Bugden (Terry Akkari Plumbing Solutions)

27        John Mackay (Ilias Design Group)

Coach: Warren Ryan (Arc Commercial Furniture)

Newtown Jets left-edge backrower Kyle Pickering (in possession) about to score at Henson Park on Saturday, 22nd July 2023. Jets fullback Manaia Waitere salutes the crowd after playing a clever role in setting up the try. (Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Dinner Details

July 22, 2023 - Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia, Kyle Pickering of the Newtown Jets scores his second try of the game during Round 21 of the NSWRL Knock On Effect NSW Cup at Henson Park in Marrickville, New South Wales. (Mario Facchini/mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Night Details

Sunday Sun 603

The Other Premiers of 1943

Brad Fearnley takes the ball up.

Jets cruise past Knights in season finale

Tom Melville in his playing days for Newtown.

Tom Melville RIP

Image: MAF Photography

Newtown Jets Team List v Newcastle Knights Sun 27th August 2023

Australian Mutual Bank
Front of Jersey

Petersham RSL
Back of Jersey

Deicorp
Back of Jersey, Training Gear, Socks

Invisi-Gard
Jersey Minor

John Singleton Group
Sleeve

Schofield King Lawyers
Sleeve

Coverforce
Front of Shorts

The Henson
Back of Shorts

Sydney Park Hotel
Back of Shorts

Sports Medicine Institute
Medical Services & Rehabilitation

Label Plus
Major Sponsor

Arista Technologies
Technology Partner

Newtown Jets respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on and that the land area encompassing Henson Park traditionally belonged to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.