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From out of the pages of rugby league’s history – the Glebe Dirty Reds players and staff celebrate their crushing 53-16 victory over Wentworthville in the NSWRL Challenge Cup Final played at Henson Park on Sunday. Photo: Supplied by the Glebe RLFC
From out of the pages of rugby league’s history – the Glebe Dirty Reds players and staff celebrate their crushing 53-16 victory over Wentworthville in the NSWRL Challenge Cup Final played at Henson Park on Sunday. Photo: Supplied by the Glebe RLFC

Dirty Reds sweep in on the high tide of history

The NSW Rugby League’s Canterbury Cup competition might have been cancelled for 2020, but rugby league has returned to Newtown’s home ground Henson Park on the past two weekends.

On Saturday, 25th July the Glebe Dirty Reds defeated North Sydney 16-12 at Henson Park in a second round match of the newly-formed NSWRL President’s Cup. This competition is made up of Ron Massey Cup clubs and selected country rugby league teams.

The Glebe Dirty Reds claimed their first rugby league silverware in 93 years when they easily accounted for Wentworthville 53-16, in the final of the NSWRL Challenge Cup played at Henson Park on Sunday, 2nd August. The Challenge Cup is a knockout tournament played between city and country clubs, with the qualifying rounds having been played back in February and March. Last Sunday’s Glebe-Wenty match was also the third round of the President’s Cup.

Sunday’s tearaway victory was a day of high emotion for Glebe supporters whose club has had an extraordinary history. The original Dirty Reds played in the NSWRL first grade competition from 1908 to 1929 when they were controversially expelled from the league. The club was re-established in 2016 and Sunday’s Challenge Cup triumph is the first trophy won by the Dirty Reds since winning the NSWRL third grade premiership title in 1927.

Prominent names in the current Glebe Dirty Reds line-up include former Penrith Panthers halfback Liam Coleman, son of the livewire South Sydney scrum-half Craig Coleman. Glebe’s hooker Jackson Garlick is the son of Sean Garlick, who was a well-performed hooker with both South Sydney and the Sydney Roosters. The team also included a host of Newtown contracted players including Wes Lolo, Addison Demetriou, John Olive, Thomas Hazelton, Matt Stimson, Jonah Ngaronoa & Trent Toelau.

The Dirty Reds play away to the Hills District Bulls at Crestwood Oval (Baulkham Hills) on Sunday, 9th August at 3.00pm.

Glebe Dirty Reds players (from left) Thomas Hazelton, Trent Toelau and Kem Seru bring this North Sydney ball-carrier to an abrupt halt in the NSWRL President’s Cup grand final qualifier played at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday. Photo: Courtesy of the North Sydney RLFC.

The Dirty Reds have swept into their first senior rugby league grand final in ninety-eight years

Newtown Jets hooker Blayke Brailey moves forward with the ball in Sunday’s hard-fought preliminary final win against the St George-Illawarra Dragons. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Virtual Match Report: Against all the odds, the Newtown Jets have qualified for another grand final

Two of Newtown’s finest products in Billy Magoulias and Jamie Soward are in deep conversation following last year’s thrilling 22-20 win over St George-Illawarra in the Canterbury Cup preliminary final. Meanwhile Channel Nine’s Danika Mason checks her briefing-notes before going on camera. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

It’s the Dirty Reds versus the Bears on Saturday … and only one team can survive

Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Members Badge Draw Thursday 17th September 2020

Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Newtown Jets Virtual Team List v St George Illawarra Wed 16th September, 2020

Glebe Dirty Reds v Maitland Pickers at Henson Park, Sunday 13th September 2020. Photo: Amanda Hafey

The Dirty Reds show great resolution and bravery in beating the competition’s minor premiers at Henson Park

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