Henson Park, Marrickville

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Newtown’s very effective winger Jacob Gagan scores against Manly-Warringah at Brookvale Oval last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland.
Newtown’s very effective winger Jacob Gagan scores against Manly-Warringah at Brookvale Oval last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland.

Calling all inner-western Hipsters – come on out of your uber-cool coffee shops and indie film studios and head to Henson Park this Saturday, 2nd April, for a 3.00pm kick-off.

It’s (5th placed) Newtown up against the very much in-form (and 3rd placed) Wests Tigers at Henson Park on Saturday …

Intrust Super Premiership NSW – 5th Round; Saturday, 2nd April 2016; Henson Park; Newtown v Wests Tigers; Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

There are two Cronulla Sharks v Western Sydney Academy junior reps curtain-raisers from 11.00am.

Newtown’s team for Saturday is:

Arana Taumata, Mitch Brown (Capt), Travis Robinson, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Junior Roqica, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Kurt Capewell, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Kara. Bench: Jason Schirnack, Jaline Graham, Kurt Dillon, Malakai Houma. Coach: Greg Matterson.

Wests Tigers:

Watson Heleta, Joshua Addo-Carr, Chance Peni, Nathan Milone, Jayden Wheelhouse, Jack Littlejohn, Josh Drinkwater, Joel Edwards, Jacob Liddle, Jordan Grant, Michael Chee-Kam, Asipeli Fine (Capt), Rod Griffin. Bench: Jeremy Marshall-King, Dallas Graham, Tyler Cassel, Lamar Liolevave. Coach: Paul Stringer.

Referee: Daniel Olford. Touch Judges: Mark Bohan and Mitchell Stone.

Renowned strike weapon Jaline Graham returns from injury for Newtown this week, as does the hard-working hooker and utility forward Matt McIlwrick. Classy centre Jordan Drew is still recovering from concussion.

One player to watch for Wests Tigers is winger Josh Addo-Carr, who is said to be one of the fastest men anywhere in Rugby League. The Tigers captain Asipeli Fine played in the 2009 Newtown Jets SG Ball team.

The after-match venue on Saturday for all Newtown Jets players, staff, officials and supporters is the Vic on the Park at 2 Addison Road, Marrickville.

Our special theme for this Saturday is Hipsters Day, which acknowledges the fact that the Newtown Jets were rated last year by Rugby League Week magazine as being the greatest hipster club in the Rugby League world – and believe me there was some tough competition! Having won this title, the Jets are determined to retain this coveted cultural accolade.

Guys with full-on beards will be granted free entry to Henson Park on Saturday and for the girls – stick-on and clip-on beards will also gain you free entry for this celebration of inner-western Hipsterdom.

As the well-known Rugby League journalist Steve Mascord wrote last year: “I live a short walk from Henson Park and the ironic, hipster nostalgia surrounding the Newtown Jets is enormous”.

For families on Saturday, there’s nothing more hip at Henson Park than the Hardi Aged Care Family Hill featuring bigger-than-ever jumping castles, face painting booths, pass the ball, Ice Cream Joe’s Mr Whippy van, a coffee barista, and of course our very own Jetman.

For all the Mums and Dads, our special guests the inner-western Hipsters plus all the other over 18’s, there’s plenty of Young Henry’s NEWTOWNER, Natural Lager and Cloudy Cider for your imbibing.

Take a look at this very fine piece of image design by Mario Facchini which captures Saturday’s Hipster theme perfectly:

Can’t get to Henson Park on Saturday? You can listen to the full live call of the Jets-Wests Tigers match on Steele Sports: from 3.00pm.

The ISP NSW premiership table after four rounds is:

There were two Newtown Jets players selected in the ISP NSW 4th Round Team of the Week:

Here are all the highlights from the fourth round of the ISP NSW, including all the tries from Newtown’s 26-20 win over Manly-Warringah:

Jets coach Greg Matterson is extensively quoted in these ISP NSW 5th Round match previews from the NSWRL:

And here’s how Newtown’s win over Manly was covered on pages 11 and 12 of Wednesday’s Cooks River Valley Times (30th March):

Gary Sutherland took these photos at Brookvale Oval last Saturday:

And Mario Facchini was also at the Jets-Sea Eagles match:

And the redoubtable Wayne Leong was on hand to take these shots:

News from La Belle France: The former Newtown Jets identities Jono Ford and Mark Kheirallah are both playing with the French club Toulouse Olympique in the UK/European Kingstone Press League 1 competition.

There was no winning entry to the recent Newtown RLFC quiz question: Who was the last winger to captain a Newtown first grade team prior to this season’s team leader, Mitch Brown? The answer was Lionel Williamson back in 1974.

Another quiz question for you: There were two French players who guested with the Newtown Jets in the 2004 season. The sender of the first email received at which correctly identifies either one of these two Jeu a Treize players will win an item of top class Newtown Jets merchandise. Don’t worry, we’ll be fairly lenient with your spelling of the French players’ names!

Talking of Newtown Jets merchandise – . Make sure you have some of your own cutting-edge Jets clothing and merchandise – go to: to make your selection (naturally you can make your purchases online).

The most practical way you can show your loyalty and support to Australia’s oldest Rugby League is by becoming a 2016 member, by either joining up or renewing your club membership. Revenue from annual memberships is a critical aspect of our club’s income stream. Please go this link to make your choice of 2016 Newtown Jets membership packages:


See you at the Golden Barley Hotel after this Saturday's game at Henson Park.

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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.