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Newtown front-rower Malakai Houma (wearing number 11) has been one of the Jets’ most consistent forwards this season. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.
Newtown front-rower Malakai Houma (wearing number 11) has been one of the Jets’ most consistent forwards this season. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.

Cometh the hour, cometh the men ….

The Jets go into Saturday’s match against Wyong as underdogs but that is when this old club is traditionally at its best.

This might be a slight tweaking of the old saying, but it is definitely applicable to Newtown’s Round 18 ISP NSW match against the Wyong Roos at Henson Park on Saturday, 9th July.

Newtown is confronted with the usual run of mid-winter injuries, plus our NRL partners the Cronulla Sharks have five representatives in the upcoming State of Origin III next Wednesday night at ANZ Stadium.

Long-time Jets fans will remember many occasions over the years when the odds have been well and truly stacked against their team, but the boys in the Royal Blue jerseys have responded to adversity in splendid fashion.

We call on Jets fans to get along to Henson Park in big numbers on Saturday and give our boys all the support you can muster.

Saturday’s match details are:

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Round 18

Saturday, 9th July 2016

Henson Park

Newtown v Wyong Roos

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Newtown’s team is:

Mitch Brown (Capt), Travis Robinson, Jordan Drew, Lachlan Stein, Matt Evans, Jason Schirnack,  Jaline Graham, Harrison Muller, Kurt Kara, Malakai Houma, Anthony Moraitis, Ash Nisbet, Jaimin Jolliffe.

Bench: Corin Smith, Kurt Dillon, Ahmad Ellaz, Saulala Houma, Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Tarek Elmasri.

Coach: Greg Matterson.


Dominic Reardon, Omar Slaimankhel, Matthew Ikuvalu, Luke Garner, Chris Centrone, Joey Lussick, Tyler Cornish, Jake Lewis, Mitch Williams, Eloni Vunakece, Mitchell Frei, Justin Toomey-White, Zake Tetevano.

Bench: Brock Molan, Abraham Papalii, Carne Doyle-Manga, Kauri Aupouri.

Coach: Rip Taylor.

This Saturday’s match at Henson Park is being broadcast live on

Congratulations to these four Cronulla Sharks NRL squad members who have been playing so whole-heartedly for the Newtown Jets in recent weeks, and who have been named in the Sharks NRL team to play the Penrith Panthers on Sunday: Fa’amanu Brown, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao and Kurt Capewell. The best wishes of everyone at the Jets are with you all for Sunday.

Here is the ISP NSW competition table after 17 rounds:

Our best thoughts go out to Brendan Hikaka who made his ISP NSW debut with Newtown last Friday night against the Illawarra Cutters. Brendan had the misfortune to suffer a severe facial injury which required surgery. We have been advised he is making very good progress following the surgery and everyone at the Newtown RLFC extends best wishes to Brendan and his family.

Congratulations to these three young men from the Cronulla Sharks NYC squad who will be making their senior Rugby League debuts with Newtown on Saturday. These boys will always be able to say that their first-ever game in senior Rugby League ranks was with Australia’s oldest Rugby League club. Good luck on Saturday lads!

Lachlan Stein:

From the 2016 Cronulla Sharks NYC team

19; weighs 97 kg; plays wing, centre, lock

He is a product of the Thirroul Butchers RLFC.

Ash Nisbet:

From the 2016 Cronulla Sharks NYC team

19; weighs 94 kg; plays lock and second-row

A Cronulla juniors product

He is an Australian Schoolboys representative

Attended St Gregory’s, Campbelltown.

Jaimin Jolliffe:

From the 2016 Cronulla Sharks NYC team

19; weighs 102 kg; plays lock or prop

A product of Wagga Kangaroos RLFC in Group Nine.

You don’t often see night time fixtures at Henson Park but our photographers were all there to capture these moments from the Jets-Illawarra Cutters match: –

Gary Sutherland:

Mario Facchini:

Michael Magee:

From page 16 of this week’s Cooks River Valley Times:

There will be the full array of family attractions at Henson Park tomorrow on the Hardi Aged Care Family Hill. There be jumping castles, face painting, pass the ball, a Mr Whippy van & coffee barista service, and the ever-mysterious Jetman.

We’re right in the middle of winter and there are sensational new lines in Newtown Jets merchandise on sale. If you’re coming to Henson Park on Saturday you can select and buy your new clothing and merchandise directly from Olga and her highly-competent sales staff. If you can’t get to Saturday’s game, you can of course buy Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise online by going to:

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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

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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

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Remembering forty years ago ….

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

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

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