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Newtown Jets backrower Gabe Hamlin has impressed during the three trial matches played this year.
Photo: Michael Magee Photography.
Newtown Jets backrower Gabe Hamlin has impressed during the three trial matches played this year. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

Jets Display Promising Form in Final Trial

The Newtown Jets won their final trial match for 2021 when they defeated Mounties 28-12 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (Kogarah) on Saturday afternoon. The Mounties club, previously partnered with the Canberra Raiders, have recently formed an association with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

This was an impressive final trial match performance by the Jets, as they scored six tries to two and had run up a 28-6 lead at the 60th minute mark. Newtown used 26 players in this match and maintained their dominance throughout both halves. Mounties actually took the lead 6-4 in the 19th minute, but the Jets had asserted control when they led 16-6 at half-time.

Jets backrower Bronson Garlick showed amazing dexterity for a tall man when he grubber-kicked near Mounties try-line in the 36th minute, then cleverly regathered the ball to score. Big prop Tommy Hazelton scored a bulldozing try in the second half when he carried several Mounties defenders with him across the line.

Several Cronulla Sharks NRL squad members were on duty with the Jets yesterday, and it will be interesting to see the eventual roll-call of the Newtown Jets squad that will soon be named for the opening competition round.

Newtown 28 (Nene Macdonald, Braydon Trindall, Bronson Garlick, Tyla Tamou, Tommy Hazelton, Dylan O’Connor tries; Braydon Trindall 2 goals) def. Mounties 12 (Cleveland McGhie, Aaron Schoup tries; Aaron Schoup 2 goals)

Half-Time: Newtown led 16-6.

Referee: Kasey Badger.

Touch Judges: Charlies Suters and Mitch Stone.

Newtown: Luke Metcalf, Edward Aiono, Addison Demetriou, Tyrone Phillips, Nene Macdonald, Manaia Rudolph, Braydon Trindall, Kayleb Milne, Kyle Paterson, Daniel Vasquez, Bronson Garlick, Josh Carr, Monty Raper.

Reserves: Gabe Hamlin, Zac Woolford, Brock Gray, Thomas Hazelton, Tyla Tamou, Dylan O’Connor, Jono Taufuga, D’Rhys Miller, Wyatt Rangi, Honeti Tuha, Jonah Ngaronoa, Wyndham Peachey, Duwanye Mariner.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Mounties: Declan Casey, Watson Heleta, Reubenn Rennie, Aaron Schoup, Tuipulotu Katoa, Lachlan Lewis, Rhys Davies, Joe Stimson, Jackson Topine, James Roumanos, Reuben Porter, Matthew Doorey, Dean Britt.

Reserves: Bradley Deitz, Dean Matterson, Cleveland McGhie, Ben Seufale, Kamren Cryer, Paea Pua, Kieren Moss, Kane McQuiggin, Vincent Rennie, Ethan Parry, Atini Gafa, Brady Cheshire.


Match Statistics:

First Half: Newtown 74%, Mounties 69%

Second Half: Newtown 75%, Mounties 74%.

Full-Time: Newtown 74%, Mounties 71%


First half: Newtown 61%, Mounties 51%

Second half: Newtown 50%, Mounties 50%

Full-time: Newtown 55%, Mounties 45%
First Half: Newtown 4, Mounties 1

Second half: Newtown 1, Mounties 4

Full-time: Newtown 5, Mounties 5.

Errors: Mounties 11, Newtown 10


The Glebe Dirty Reds played Mounties in a Ron Massey Cup trial match today, 28th February 2021.

Full-time score: Mounties 20 defeated Glebe Dirty Reds 14.

The Glebe Dirty Reds team that played earlier today was:
Benton Leme, Michael Pearsall, Jarrod Cullen, Mason McCarthy, Josh Delailoa, Riley Travers, Moung Dut, Sione Afemui, Jackson Garlick, Kaleb Uele, Tom Caughlan, Ethan Natoli, Brock Ilett.

Reserves: Will Russell, Ben Jackson, Daniel Arahu, Jackson Stewart, Josh Meree, Ryan Verlinden, Joey Barber, Michael Stark, Greg Eastwood, Viliame Ravouvou, Jesse Offen.

Coach: Aaron Zammit.

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