Jets

ROUND 12 - SATURDAY 25TH MAY

 3:00pm

         Henson Park            (Wilson Blacklock Cup)

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Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography
Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Flashback Friday – Newtown v Wests 1981

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It was the controversial try that ultimately cost the Jets a well-earned victory at Henson Park.

It was April 4th 1981, and Newtown was hosting fellow foundation club Western Suburbs. The Jets had dominated the opening stanza but only held a narrow 10-7 lead at halftime. Then came Wests’ lucky break.

Five minutes after the break, Magpies five-eighth Terry Lamb regathered a bomb to give his side 12-10 lead, however, Jets fullback Phil Sigsworth claimed Alan Neil had taken him out before he had the opportunity to contest the kick.

“There was no way it should have been allowed,” Sigsworth fumed following the 12-all draw.

Wests opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Neil put Bob Cooper in for a converted try, but the Jets got within one point following back-to-back penalty goals to Sigsworth.

 A brilliant try to Shane McKellar enabled Newtown to take the lead in the 28th minute. After winning a scrum deep in their own territory, Tommy Raudonokis created space for centres Mick Ryan and Ray Blacklock who combined to put McKellar away.

A penalty goal to former Jet John Ribot made it 9-7 in the 38th minute, but a field goal to Sigsworth gave the Jets a three-point advantage at the break. Lamb’s contentious touchdown put the Magpies back in front but a sixtieth-minute goal to Sigsworth tied up the game.

Jets lock Graeme O’Grady came close to breaking the deadlock late in the game when he crossed Wests’ try line, but referee Barry Goldsworthy judged that he had not successfully grounded the ball.

The Henson Park faithful was no doubt frustrated that their side had to share the points, but they would have been inspired by the form of their flying fullback, who had provided nine of his team’s 12 points and was an easy choice for man of the match.

Newtown 12 (S.McKellar try; P.Sigsworth 4 goals, field goal) drew with Western Suburbs 12 (B.Cooper, T.Lamb tries; J.Ribot 3 goals)

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Newtown Jets Team List v Penrith Panthers Sat 25th May, 2024

Newtown second-rower and team captain Billy Burns (in possession) was in top form as the Jets ran up a big win over the Newcastle Knights. Tom Rodwell (in the headgear) is in the background.
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Jets in biggest win of the season as they run riot in the second half

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Newtown Jets Team List v Newcastle Knights Sun 19th May 2024

Newtown Jets fullback Kade Dykes (in possession) was in superb form on Sunday, scoring three tries, including the winning try in the last ninety seconds of the game. Other Newtown players in the photo are (from the left) Sam Healey, Jackson Ferris and Khaled Rajab. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Jets snatch victory in the last ninety seconds of the game

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Newtown Jets Team List v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Sun 12th May 2024

Newtown Jets back-rower Billy Burns bursts through the Dragons defence on Saturday. Jets centre and goal-kicker Mawene Hiroti is at the left of the photo. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography)

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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.