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Newtown Jets second-rower Anthony Moraitis (with the ball) is starting to hit top form. Jets team-mates Kurt Kara (left) and Matt McIlwrick are also in this picture. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.
Newtown Jets second-rower Anthony Moraitis (with the ball) is starting to hit top form. Jets team-mates Kurt Kara (left) and Matt McIlwrick are also in this picture. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.

History will be made at Henson Park on Saturday, 11th June, when six Latin American nations will meet in an extravaganza of international Rugby League

After last Saturday’s washout at Henson Park, the Jets are back at home again in a real danger game against Wentworthville.

Newtown is at home to Wentworthville in Round 14 of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition. The 3rd placed Jets are coming off an enforced three-week break against 9th placed Wentworthville, who were beaten 32-20 by the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium last Saturday. Josh Cleeland and Junior Roqica are still absent from the Jets line-up with leg injuries and David Fifita is on leave from the Cronulla Sharks. This is a real danger game for the Jets as Wentworthville will be fiercely committed to getting their season back on track.

NSWRL ISP NSW – 14th Round

Saturday, 11th June 2016

Henson Park

Newtown v Wentworthville

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

There are three curtain-raisers programmed for Henson Park on Saturday, with Ecuador and Colombia getting events underway with a Sevens match at 11.15am. This will be followed by a Nines match between Peru and Uruguay. At 12.50pm, the first-ever full length Rugby League international between two Latino nations takes place, with Chile playing El Salvador.

Newtown’s team for Saturday is:

Mitch Brown (Capt), Travis Robinson, Jordan Drew, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Jaline Graham, Fa’amanu Brown, Harrison Muller, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Capewell, Kurt Kara.

Bench: Jason Schirnack, Malakai Houma, Arana Taumata, Kenny Niko.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

The Wentworthville team is:

Honeti Tuha, Scott Schulte, Vai Toutai, John Folau, Bureta Faraimo, Michael Doolan, Troy Dargan, Joseph Ualesi, Cameron King, Alex Twal, James Hasson, Sam Gorman.

Bench: Yileen Gordon, Tom Amone, Aaron Pene, Nick Kassis, Jake Butler-Fleming, Tui Oloapu.

Coach: Nathan Cayless.

Referee: Todd Smith. Touch Judges: Mathew Damaso and Feras Karem.

In addition to the ground-breaking Latin American Fiesta of Rugby League, the Hardi Aged Care Family Hill at Henson Park will be in full swing. There will be jumping castles, face painting, pass the ball competitions, a Mr Whippy van, a coffee barista service, plus a Chilean dance group and the Raza Central El Salvadoran food van, featuring various Central American taste treats.

Ambassadorial and consular staff from several of the nations playing will be in attendance at Henson Park.

The renowned Steele Sports broadcast team, headed up by Alby Talarico, will be broadcasting the Newtown-Wentworthville main game live from 3.00pm on:

After Saturday’s game all Newtown Jets supporters are invited back to the VIC on the Park at 2 Addison Road, Marrickville (directly opposite Enmore Park):

This Newtown Jets article and Gary Sutherland photograph appeared on page 16 of this week’s Cooks River Valley Times

The three shields being competed for by the Six Nations on Saturday certainly have evocative names.

Chile and El Salvador are playing for El Escudo del Desafio – the Shield of Defiance!

Ecuador and Colombia will be competing for El Escudo del Norte – the Shield of the North.

And Peru and Uruguay will contest El Escudo del Sur – the Shield of the South.

To emphasise the multi-culturalism of this great day in the chequered history of Henson Park, the three shields were designed and engraved by the Toowoomba Trophy Centre in decidedly non-Hispanic south-eastern Queensland!

The six Latin American nations appearing at Henson Park on Saturday appear under the auspices of the Latin Heat Rugby

We have been advised that the Rugby League International Federation (headquartered in London) is taking a very keen interest in Saturday’s proceedings:

The ISP NSW premiership table after 13 rounds is as follows:

And here is the draw and all the teams for the 14th round of the ISP NSW:

Winter is here and there are sensational new lines in Newtown Jets merchandise. If you’re at 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:

Former Newtown Jets fullback Luke Towers played for Carcassone in the recent French Rugby League Championship Final against Limoux. Luke scored two tries but Limoux claimed the title with a 28-24 victory. Luke is well-remembered by Jets supporters for scoring one of the most sensational tries seen at Henson Park in many years:


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.