Mounties vs. Newtown
Sunday 18th July, 2pm
Aubrey Keech Reserve

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Powerhouse Newtown Jets forward Malakai Houma is in his career-best form and is shown here in action against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground. Photo:
Mike Magee Photography.
Powerhouse Newtown Jets forward Malakai Houma is in his career-best form and is shown here in action against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground. Photo: Mike Magee Photography.

How the Newtown Jets fare against the Illawarra Cutters tomorrow will be a good indicator to the future

And now the Jets shape up to opposition from further up the competition table ….

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Seventh Round; Saturday, 16th April 2016; WIN Stadium, Wollongong; Illawarra Cutters v Newtown Jets; Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

This match will be broadcast live on from 2.30pm on Saturday, 16th April.

Referee: Christopher Treneman

Touch Judges: Richard Daizli and Jimmy Oliveira.

Newtown’s team for tomorrow is:

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

And here is the Illawarra Cutters line-up:

Adam Quinlan, Tom Carr, Peter Mata’utia, Taane Milne, Corey Brown, Shaun Nona, Drew Hutchison, Jacob Marketo, Tyrone McCarthy, Jacob Host, Shannon Wakeman, Sam Coster, Sebastine Ikaihifo. Bench: Blake Wallace, Jacob Hind, Damian Sironen, Levi Dodd, Andrew McCarthy. Coach: Jason Demetriou.

Jordan Drew returns to the Newtown centres this week and adds a lot of strike-power to the Jets backline. Mitch Brown has been like a veritable Rock of Gibraltar as the team captain, while Jacob Gagan and Josh Cleeland are in top form. Kurt Dillon and Malakai Houma are establishing their reputations as two of the best young forwards in the ISP NSW competition.

It’s probable that not many Newtown supporters would remember the 2016 Illawarra Cutters coach Jason Demetriou playing for the Jets in the Metro Cup when he was a young lad in the late 1990’s. Jason went on to a lengthy and distinguished playing and coaching career in the UK, where he was involved with clubs such as the Lancashire Lynx, Rochdale Hornets, Widnes, Wakefield Trinity and Keighley between 2000 and 2012. In 2013 and 2014 he coached the Northern Pride, with the Cairns-based club winning the Queensland Cup and the inaugural NRL State Championship title in the latter year. Jason was a member of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL coaching staff in their premiership win last year. He has obviously taken up this coaching position within the St George-Illawarra club with a view to future advancement.

The ISP NSW competition table after six rounds is as follows:

Here are all the previews for Round Seven of the ISP NSW:

Take a look at the highlights from Round Six of the ISP NSW, including all the tries from Newtown’s win against the Bulldogs last Friday night:

How last Friday’s match was reported on pages 14 and 16 of this week’s Cooks River Valley Times:

Mario Facchini’s photos from the Jets-Bulldogs game:

And Michael Magee’s photos from the Belmore Sports Ground encounter:

In recent seasons the Newtown and Illawarra Cutters clubs have competed for the Tom Kirk Cup in each competition game. Here’s more information about the great Rugby League player Tom Kirk, and also the tremendous record in Rugby League administration achieved by younger members of the Kirk family:

The high-quality New Zealand website Kiwi League Central has recently displayed this Q & A with Newtown’s utility back Arana Taumata:

The details for Newtown’s ISP NSW away match against Wentworthville have been announced:

ISP NSW – Round Nine; Saturday, 30th April 2016; Cessnock Sports Ground; Wentworthville v Newtown; Kick-Off: 4.45pm.

What all those former Newtown Jets are up to:

Spotted in the crowd at Belmore Sports Ground last Friday night was a popular Newtown Jets playing identity from the mid-1990’s, Richard “The Seagull” Kamionka. Richard was a light-weight backrower with a flair for the unorthodox and the ability to score the most improbable tries. He remains a keen Jets supporter and he was delighted with Newtown’s come from behind victory against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Another popular ex-Jets player, hooker Heath L’Estrange, is making a playing comeback with the Illawarra Collegians club, and his story is on pages 30 and 31 of this week’s Rugby League Week (14th April issue).

The former Cronulla Shark Ryan McGoldrick was a colourful centre and five-eighth with the Newtown Jets in 2005, and he then spent nearly a decade in the UK with clubs like Castleford, Hull and Salford. Last year he captained and coached the Darlington Point-Coleambally Roosters into the Group 20 Grand Final. In 2016 he has taken the unique step of advertising his Rugby League playing and coaching talents on eBay:

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:



Schofield King’s Throwback Thursday: Jets let it Slip

Most Newtown Jets supporters would have seen the black and white version of this photo of the Newtown RLFC NSWRL first grade premiership-winning team of 1943, captained by the mighty Frank “Bumper” Farrell and coached by Arthur Folwell. This colourised version has been kindly supplied by a Newtown Jets supporter named Coll who has done a number of other interesting colourisations as well.

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