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1981 Grand Final Re-imagined:
Newtown vs. Parramatta
Sunday 26th September, 3pm

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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)

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This week’s sponsor in focus is – SMI Sports Medicine Institute

Chris Lane’s panoramic shot of ANZ Stadium after fulltime on the 6th October captures the unbridled elation of the Newtown Jets after their astounding last-minute victory.

Recalling the extraordinary events at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, 6th October 2019

web The Henson logo (Newtown RLFC)

This week the Newtown RLFC pays tribute to the tremendous support given to our club by The Henson, conveniently located close to our home ground, Henson Park

Tom Raudonikis celebrates after scoring a try in the 1981 NSWRL Grand Final (colourised by thefootydog@mail.com)

Remembering forty years ago ….

web Coverforce Insurance logo (2021)

This week we gratefully acknowledge the staunch support of the Coverforce organisation, who have been sponsoring the Newtown RLFC since 2014

web JOHN SINGLETON GROUP LOGO - 2021

This week the Newtown RLFC pays tribute to the many years of support from John Singleton and his company the John Singleton Group

Sydney 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