Two outstanding identities with many years of association with the Newtown RLFC, Colin Murphy (left) and Johnny Lewis, lead the teams out at Henson Park on Saturday while carrying a number seven jersey in honour of the late Tom Raudonikis.


Michael Magee Photography.
Two outstanding identities with many years of association with the Newtown RLFC, Colin Murphy (left) and Johnny Lewis, lead the teams out at Henson Park on Saturday while carrying a number seven jersey in honour of the late Tom Raudonikis. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

A Fine Tribute day to Tommy, but an Ordinary Rugby League Result

The Newtown RLFC turned on a splendid tribute day for their former club captain and inspirational leader Tom Raudonikis at Henson Park on Saturday.

There was a big crowd in attendance and the Newtown club received complimentary remarks from several quarters for the dignity and integrity with which the tribute ceremonies for the late Tom Raudonikis had been conducted

The rugby league content of the afternoon was somewhat of a letdown. The Jets began with great energy and looked to have the measure of the Newcastle Knights for most of the first half. The Knights led 18-12 at halftime, although Newtown had scored three tries to two, with all three of these tries being scored by the impressive young winger Jonaiah Lualua.

The Knights put on three quick tries early in the second half, extending their lead to 34-12 and effectively taking  the game beyond Newtown’s reach. The Jets responded with two more tries, one a remarkably determined effort by halfback Braydon Trindall and a fourth to Jonaiah Lualua. The Knights scored another converted try to boost the final score to 42-22 in their favour.

In his post-match assessment, coach Greg Matterson identified Newtown’s key problem as being a succession of errors that were compounded by conceding penalties and “six-again” possession opportunities. The Knights also took full advantage of several defensive lapses when the Jets had been under pressure for extended periods at their own end of the field.

Newtown’s front-rowers Daniel Vasquez and Brock Gray had strong games, and the talented Jonaiah Lualua had the unusual rugby league experience of scoring four tries for a losing team.

As the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition moves into the seventh round, the Jets badly need to regain winning form when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown partnership club, Mounties, at Henson Park next Saturday, 24th April, at 3.00pm.

NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – Round Six

Saturday, 17th April 2021

Henson Park

Newtown v Newcastle Knights

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Playing surface: Excellent.

Weather: 18 degrees, overcast, 50% humidity, NNE wind 10 km/ph.

Referee: Keiren Irons.

Touch Judges: Clayton Wills, Rickey McFarlane.

Newcastle Knights 42 (Simi Sasagi, Luke Huth, Garrett Smith, Nicholas O’Meley, Ben Talty, McKenzie Baker, Gehamat Shibasaki tries; Zane Camroux 6 conversions, 1 penalty goal) def. Newtown 22 Jonaiah Lualua 4, Braydon Trindall tries; Braydon Trindall 1 penalty goal).

Half-Time: Newcastle Knights led 18-12.

Newtown’s team was:

Luke Metcalf, Edward Aiono, Dylan O’Connor, Jensen Taumoepaeu, Jonaiah Lualua, Jack A. Williams, Braydon Trindall, Billy Magoulias, D’Rhys Miller, Bronson Garlick, Brock Gray, Kyle Paterson, Daniel Vasquez.

Interchange: Gabe Hamlin, Zac Woolford, Franklin Pele, Kayleb Milne.

Reserve: Brock Ilett.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Newcastle Knights:
Zane Camroux, Gehamat Shibasaki, Dylan Lucas, Nicholas O’Meley, Jacob Kiraz, Simi Sasagi, McKenzie Baker, Jack Johns, Zac Hosking, Ben Talty, Matt Croker, Luke Huth, Pasami Saulo.

Interchange: Liam Wilkinson, Garrett Smith, Jaron Purcell, John Toleafoa.

Reserve: Christopher Weaila,

Coach: Andrew Ryan.

Newtown’s next match:
NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – Round Seven

Saturday, 24th April 2021

Henson Park

Newtown v Mounties (who are now a partnership club with Canterbury-Bankstown).

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

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
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Petersham RSL
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Back of Jersey, Training Gear, Socks

Jersey Minor

John Singleton Group

Schofield King Lawyers

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The Henson
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Sydney Park Hotel
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Sports Medicine Institute
Medical Services & Rehabilitation

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Arista Technologies
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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.