Image: Steven Russo
Image: Steven Russo

Birthday greetings to the mighty Newtown Rugby League Football Club!

Here’s a photo of the 2024 Newtown Jets pre-season training squad, taken after dinner at the Henson Park Hotel (a very staunch Newtown Jets sponsor) on the evening of the 21st December 2023. The Jets resume pre-season training on the 9th January. (Photo courtesy of Henson Park Hotel).

The Newtown Jets are 116 years old on Monday, 8th January 2024, as they get ready for their 117th season of Rugby League football. 
The club was founded on the evening of the 8th January 1908 at a meeting held at the Newtown Town Hall.

The Jets resume their pre-season training program on Tuesday, 9th January 2024.

Their trial match program is:

Saturday, 17th February 2024
Newcastle Knights v Newtown
Morry Breen Field, Wyong
Kick-Off: 5.00pm.

Saturday, 24th February 2024
Newtown v Canterbury-Bankstown
Henson Park
Kick-Off: 5.00pm.

Below are the photos of the Newtown RLFC premiership teams since 1991, when the club re-entered senior Rugby League football after a brief playing hiatus between 1984 and 1990.

Above:
NSWRL Metropolitan Cup First Grade Premiers 1992
Saturday, 29th August 1992
Parramatta Stadium
Newtown 30 defeated Wentworthville 18

Above:
NSWRL Metropolitan Cup First Grade Premiers 1995
Saturday, 26th August 1995
Leichhardt Oval
Newtown 26 defeated Wentworthville 8

Above:
NSWRL Metropolitan Cup First Grade Premiers 1996
Saturday, 17th August 1996
Parramatta Stadium
Newtown 28 defeated Ryde-Eastwood 16

Above:
NSWRL Metropolitan Cup First Grade Premiers 1997
Saturday, 9th August 1997
Parramatta Stadium
Newtown 18 defeated Guildford 8

Above:
NSWRL NSW Cup Grand Final Winners 2012
Sunday, 30th September 2012
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Newtown 22 defeated Balmain 18

Above:
NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW Premiers 2019
Sunday, 29th September 2019
BankWest Stadium, Parramatta
Newtown 20 defeated Wentworthville 15
(14-all at full-time; ten minutes extra time was played).NRL State Championship Final Winners 2019
Sunday, 6th October 2019
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Newtown 20 defeated Burleigh Bears 16.

Please read this Sydney Morning Herald article on Marrickville, especially the sections headed “Best park” and “Perfect night out in your suburb?”: 

It’s a great life in the prime minister’s backyard

by James Morrison, Deputy Sport Editor, Sydney Morning Herald

SMH, 4th January 2024

This article is part of our Summer in Sydney series, where Herald staff reveal the best – and worst – of our city in the hotter months.

If an oft-cited 2020 Time Out article is to be believed, Marrickville is the 10th coolest suburb in the world. I am a 44-year-old dad so I speak with very limited authority on what’s cool, but having lived in the ’ville for over 15 years I say it’s a valid claim.

Marrickville today is heaving with craft breweries, gin distilleries, small bars, restaurants and artisan food shops. Whole Beast Butchery, Brickfields Bakery and the new Messina HQ are three of my favourites. There’s a good number of live music venues, from the Marrickville Bowlo to the Factory Theatre, and the area is stuffed with creative arts spaces and workshops. People come from all over Sydney to explore Marrickville, and it’s easy to see why.

My Narrabeen-raised partner, Heather, and I bought our first house in Silver Street in 2007, having moved to Sydney from Scotland two years previously. This was before the gentrification started in earnest. The Greek and Vietnamese communities were – and still are – prominent, and back then we loved the old-school Greek delis like Lamia, with its huge vats of olives, the gyros joints, the Vietnamese bakeries and the pho shops lining Marrickville and Illawarra Roads. Walking past the Vietnamese grocers on a hot summer morning, with the smells of the fresh produce and the tonal chatter of the workers, you could be right there in the backstreets of Ho Chi Minh City.

Our first daughter was born in 2009 and we moved to a slightly bigger place in Ruby Street, in the Warren, where our second arrived 18 months later. There were plenty of early morning walks with the stroller around the local streets – a bit leafier in this end of Marrickville – and McNeilly, Steel Park and Mackey Park, where a young Tim Cahill learned his trade with the Marrickville Red Devils. The Cooks River path is another treasured green space to retreat from the constant clatter of trucks and roar of jet engines. The abundant birdlife, with spoonbills, egrets, ibis, cormorants, pelicans and even the odd kingfisher along this restored stretch is great to see and a sure indicator that the river is coming back to health.

What I love about Marrickville is the endless variety – of cultures, houses, food, and people. Walking around the Warren you see the smartly renovated architectural masterpieces sitting cheek by jowl alongside the “Fediterranean”-style hybrids, all marble and replica Greek columns with olive, citrus and fig trees on the nature strips out front. And always the old men in singlets lovingly watering their concrete front yards.

Not long after the federal election last year, I was grocery shopping at the Illawarra Road Woolies when I almost literally bumped into the new prime minister, putting his shopping through the self check-out. Say what you want about Anthony Albanese, but he’s a Marrickville boy through and through. That’s pretty cool.

Best cafe: The Hellenic Patisserie on Illawarra Road, for a lethally strong Greek coffee, slice of spinach and cheese pie and clouds of second-hand cigarette smoke from the elderly European clientele.

Best restaurant: VN Street Foods on Illawarra Road. Sit at one of the rickety pavement tables and have the bun cha with a side of nem ran. Just like being in Hanoi.

Best park: 
The eighth wonder of the world, Henson Park, home of the mighty Newtown Jets.
Game day on a sunny winter afternoon is a quintessential Sydney experience that should be listed in every tourist brochure.

First place you take visitors? Family members usually arrive off the plane from Scotland very early in the morning so I will take them for a walk along the Cooks River to shake off the jet lag. My mum is always excited to see things like cockatoos and lorikeets, which reminds me that Marrickville is a long way from Dunfermline, where I grew up.

Perfect night out in your suburb? 
Celebrating a Jets victory with a few schooners in The Henson, followed by a succulent Chinese meal at the Lucky Prawn in the Bob Hawke Beer and Leisure Centre.

What would make your suburb better? Something needs to be done about the Illawarra Road Woolies car park. Over to you, Albo.

Best secret spot in your suburb? The Concordia German club. Marrickville is full of places you can drink a triple-hopped, oat-milk stout in a room full of beer snobs, but give me a few steins of ice-cold imported German beer at this old-school gem any day.

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Newtown RLFC Assistant Coach Tony Barnes talks with the Jets players at the first break during Saturday's trial match at the Morry Breen Field, Wyong. Photo: Steven Russo

Jets late try snatches victory from the Knights

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Best wishes for Christmas and for 2024 from the Newtown Jets to all of our members, supporters and friends in the world of Rugby League football.

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Newtown Jets Garage Sale / Fan Day on Saturday, 25th November at Henson Park – plus a special pre-Christmas Trading Day on Saturday, 2nd December at 43-45 Carrington Road, Marrickville!

Hard-running centre Nene Macdonald played on numerous occasions for the Newtown Jets in 2021.  Last Sunday Nene was playing for Papua-New Guinea against the Cook Islands in the 2023 Pacific Championships - Pacific Bowl and he scored four tries. (Photo: Mike Magee).

Information about 2024 Newtown RLFC memberships; Newtown Jets playing in the 2023 Pacific Championship Series; and a reminder about Newtown RLFC merchandise.

Kyle Pickering and Daniel Atkinson, Italian rugby league representative team, 7th October 2023 (NSWRL Twitter) crop

These Newtown Jets players have gained selection in various end of season representative rugby league teams

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.