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Newtown Jets outside back Jonah Ngaronoa puts a step on two Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs opponents at Henson Park on Saturday evening. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography
Newtown Jets outside back Jonah Ngaronoa puts a step on two Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs opponents at Henson Park on Saturday evening. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets given a lesson by the Bulldogs

The Newtown Jets were well beaten by the Canterbury Bulldogs in the Canterbury Cup NSW trial match played at Henson Park on Saturday evening (22nd February).

This was Newtown’s first trial match against Canterbury Cup opposition and the Bulldogs dished out a salutary lesson to the error-prone and disorganised Jets, winning the match played over four twenty-minute quarters by 16-4.

There were no conversion attempts taken during the match and the Bulldogs scored a try in each of the four twenty-minute segments, taking an 8-4 lead into halftime. Jets centre Jonah Ngaronoa (a product of the 2019 Cronulla Sharks Jersey Flegg squad) scored Newtown’s only try in the 38th minute.

Newtown’s error rate turned over plenty of ball to the Bulldogs and the Jets had to defend close to their own try-line for extended periods.

The Jets are at home to Manly-Warringah’s Canterbury Cup partnership club, Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, at Henson Park next Sunday, 1st March, at 2.00pm. This will be Newtown’s final trial match for 2020.

Congratulations to Terry Rowney.

The Newtown RLFC extends hearty congratulations to the club’s long-time benefactor Terry Rowney on being made a Life Member of the NSW Rugby League on Friday, 21st February. Terry is a life-long Newtown Bluebags/Jets supporter and became a Director of the Newtown RLFC in 1980. In addition to the serious responsibilities of being a Director of the Newtown Jets for the past forty years, he has been a generous sponsor for many years as well as being a key strategist, negotiator and multi-faceted problem-solver in the club’s chequered existence since 1983.

You can read more about Terry’s Life Membership award on this link to the NSW Rugby League’s website:

Here are the details of the Canterbury Cup NSW trial match played at Henson Park on Saturday, 22nd February:

NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW

Trial Match

Saturday, 22nd February 2020

Henson Park

Newtown v Canterbury-Bankstown

Kick-Off: 5.00pm.

The match was played over four twenty-minute quarters, with no goal-kicking.

Canterbury-Bankstown 16:

Wyatt Reynolds, A J Rehab, Justin Filo, Toa Mataáfa tries


Newtown 4:

Jonah Ngaronoa.

Progress scores:

Quarter-Time: Bulldogs 4-0; Half-Time: Bulldogs 8-4; Three-Quarter Time: Bulldogs 12-4; Full-Time: Bulldogs 16-4.

Referee: Damian Briscoe

Touch Judges: John Woods and Tim Hannon.

Newtown’s team was:

Tyla Tamou, Edward Aiono, Henry Patterson, John Olive, Joshua Delailoa, Isaac Thomson, Brandon Finnegan, Jackson Stewart, Matt Stimson, Harry McLellan, Sione Afemui, Lachlan Scarpelli, Pat Mafi.

Bench: Jake Olam, Jonah Ngaronoa, Addison Demetriou, Zac Woolford, Jayden Millard, Tom Caughlan, Brandon Luamanu, Zane Elsley.

Coach: Greg Matterson.


Declan Casey, Toa Mataáfa, Aaron Schoupp, Cleveland McGhie, Lachlan Peachey, Paul Karaitiana, Jesse Marschke, Jav Pitovao, Dalton Smith, Liam Taylor, Peni Teaupa, Ben Marschke, Devontai Seumanutafa.

Bench: Wyatt Reynolds, Justin Filo, Chris Patolo, Billy Mozer, Ryan Gray, Auzzie Tuwhangai, AJ Rehab, Adam Rizk.

Coach: Brad Henderson.

Details of Newtown’s next trial:

NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW

Trial Match

Sunday, 1st March 2020

Henson Park

Newtown v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles

Kick-Off: 2.00pm.

Curtain-Raiser: There will be a NSWRL Jersey Flegg trial match at 12 noon.

Taking It To The Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC is an updated version of the history of the Newtown Jets that focuses on the club’s second life in rugby league from 1991 to 2018.

It retails at $30.00 per copy and can be purchased online or directly from the Newtown RLFC office.


The book is directly available from the Newtown RLFC office at 14 Rich Street, Marrickville during business hours, or by calling 1300 36 36 90.

It is also available at these bookstores:

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown, NSW

Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW

Gleebooks, 536 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill, NSW

Dymocks Sydney, 424-430 George Street, Sydney, NSW

Dymocks Broadway, Broadway Shopping Centre, Shop 118, Level 1, 1 Bay Street, Broadway, NSW

Hill of Content Bookshop, 275 Darling Street, Balmain, NSW

Harry Hartog Bookseller, Shop 5036, Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, NSW

Berkelouw Leichhardt, Shop 5, 70 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW

Abbey’s Bookshop, 131 York Street, Sydney, NSW.

Taking It To The Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC has received favourable reviews and/or endorsements from prominent personages such as Ian Heads, Ron E. Sparks, Barry Ross, Phil Gould, Brian Canavan and Jamie Soward, along with overseas rugby league identities such as Dave Hadfield (UK), Alex Service (UK), Harry Edgar (UK), Alex Murphy (UK), Sir Peter Leitch (The Mad Butcher) (NZ) and John Coffey (NZ).

Newtown forward Brock Gray breaks clear to score the last-minute try that enabled the Jets to draw level. Newtown centre Moung Dut is in the background on the right of the photo.
Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

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Kurt Dillon Hits the Ball up Against Blacktown.

Photo: Mario Facchini

Revised kick-off time for NSW Cup trial match on Saturday, 20th February 2021

The re-turfing of the Henson Park playing surface has now been completed.
Photo: Inner West Council.

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The Newtown Jets in an on-field conference during the trial match against Penrith at the St Marys Leagues Stadium on Saturday, 13th February 2021. Photo: Kim Fuller

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Former Newtown Bluebags captain and coach Frank "Bumper" Farrell dealing with a pair of "mug lairs" at the Sydney Stadium in 1953.  Photo: Terry Williams Collection

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Wayne Leong celebrates Newtown winning the 2019 NSW Cup Grand Final at Bankwest Stadium (photo: Mario Facchini)

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