Newtown Jets front-rower Wes Lolo plunges into the middle of the St George-Illawarra defence at Henson Park last Saturday. The other Jets players visible in the photo are (from left) Daniel Vasquez, Will Kennedy, Jack A. Williams and Latrell Schaumkel. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography
Newtown Jets front-rower Wes Lolo plunges into the middle of the St George-Illawarra defence at Henson Park last Saturday. The other Jets players visible in the photo are (from left) Daniel Vasquez, Will Kennedy, Jack A. Williams and Latrell Schaumkel. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets nearly brought undone by a lacklustre second half

The Newtown Jets gained two valuable competition points with their 24-18 victory over second-placed St George-Illawarra at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon. The Jets dominated the first half and ran up a 24-4 lead by half-time. They were kept scoreless in the second half and were put under great defensive pressure as the Dragons fought their way back into the game.

The Jets had several opportunities in the second half to put the result beyond doubt but their execution and finishing fell away badly. Coach Greg Matterson was less than complimentary in the post-match dressing rooms in discussing Newtown’s second half display.

Both teams had considerably changed team lists due to State of Origin commitments and injuries. Newtown made a flying start with two tries in the opening eight minutes and they restricted the Dragons just the one try in the first forty minutes. The try-scorers for the Jets in their productive first half included Will Kennedy, Daniel Vasquez, Tyla Tamou, Jack A. Williams and Latrell Schaumkel.

Newtown’s better players included front-rowers Wes Lolo and Jimmy Jolliffe and classy hooker Blayke Brailey. Lock Daniel Vasquez made an impressive comeback after a lay-off due to injury. Halves Jack A. Williams and Luke Polselli were the best of the backs.

With this win the Jets secured the Tom Kirk Cup for 2019. This trophy is competed for over the two competition games and honours the memory of the champion fullback and goal-kicker Tom Kirk.

The Jets play away to the North Sydney Bears next Sunday, 14th July, at North Sydney Oval. This Round 17 Canterbury Cup NSW match is being televised and kicks off at 1.10pm.

Match details:
NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW – 16th Round

Saturday, 6th July 2019

Henson Park

Newtown v St George-Illawarra

This match kicked off at 3.00pm.

Newtown 24:
Will Kennedy, Daniel Vasquez, Tyla Tamou, Jack A. Williams, Latrell Schaumkel tries;

Sione Katoa 2 goals


St George-Illawarra 18:
Jordan Pereira, Jason Gillard, Tristan Sailor, Steven Marsters tries;

Tristan Sailor 1 goal.

Half-Time: Newtown led 24-4.

Referee: Damian Briscoe.

Touch Judges: Benjamin Teague and Tim Hannon.

Playing surface: Very good.

Weather: Sunny, scattered clouds, 17 degrees, slight breeze.

Newtown’s team was:

Will Kennedy, Sione Katoa, Tyrone Phillips, Latrell Schaumkel, Tyla Tamou, Luke Polselli, Jack A. Williams, Daniel Vasquez, Siosifa Talakai, Scott Sorensen, Wes Lolo, Blayke Brailey, Jimmy Jolliffe.

Bench: Josh Carr, Kayleb Milne, Grant Garvey, Greg Eastwood.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Kayleb Milne was on debut for Newtown after having transferred from the Melbourne Storm to the Cronulla Sharks in the previous week.

Grant Garvey was also on debut for the Jets. He had represented NSW Under 20s in 2015.

Latrell Schaumkel has been playing with Newtown’s Ron Massey Cup partnership club the Glebe Dirty Reds.

St George-Illawarra’s team was:

Tristan Sailor, Jason Gillard, Shaun Sauni-Esau, Steven Marsters, Jordan Pereira, Zein Foster, Adam Clune, Josaia Lovodua, Charly Runciman, Jackson Ford, Topiese Taufa, Eli Levido, Lachlan Timms.

Bench: Jayden Morgan, Ashleigh Nisbet, Shalom O’Ofou, Luke Gale.

Coach: Mat Head.

Newtown’s next match details:

NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW – 17th Round

Sunday, 14th July 2019

North Sydney Oval

North Sydney v Newtown

Kick-Off: 1.10pm.

This match is being televised live on Channel 9.

It is also the deciding match in the Frank Hyde Shield series for 2019.

Hard-running centre Nene Macdonald played on numerous occasions for the Newtown Jets in 2021.  Last Sunday Nene was playing for Papua-New Guinea against the Cook Islands in the 2023 Pacific Championships - Pacific Bowl and he scored four tries. (Photo: Mike Magee).

Information about 2024 Newtown RLFC memberships; Newtown Jets playing in the 2023 Pacific Championship Series; and a reminder about Newtown RLFC merchandise.

Kyle Pickering and Daniel Atkinson, Italian rugby league representative team, 7th October 2023 (NSWRL Twitter) crop

These Newtown Jets players have gained selection in various end of season representative rugby league teams

Newtown Jets 2023 Presentation Night bottom image for web post

The Newtown Jets RLFC held its Annual Presentation Dinner on the evening of Friday, 29th September 2023 at the Petersham RSL Club.

Newtown Jets left-edge backrower Kyle Pickering (in possession) about to score at Henson Park on Saturday, 22nd July 2023. Jets fullback Manaia Waitere salutes the crowd after playing a clever role in setting up the try. (Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Dinner Details

July 22, 2023 - Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia, Kyle Pickering of the Newtown Jets scores his second try of the game during Round 21 of the NSWRL Knock On Effect NSW Cup at Henson Park in Marrickville, New South Wales. (Mario Facchini/mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Night Details

Sunday Sun 603

The Other Premiers of 1943

Australian Mutual Bank
Front of Jersey

Petersham RSL
Back of Jersey

Back of Jersey, Training Gear, Socks

Jersey Minor

John Singleton Group

Schofield King Lawyers

Front of Shorts

The Henson
Back of Shorts

Sydney Park Hotel
Back of Shorts

Sports Medicine Institute
Medical Services & Rehabilitation

Label Plus
Major Sponsor

Arista Technologies
Technology Partner

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.