Papua-New Guinea international winger Nene Macdonald (in possession) played a big role in Newtown’s fiercely-fought 16-10 win against St George-Illawarra at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Sunday, 14th March. Jets hard-working back-rower Gabe Hamlin is on the right of the picture. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography.
Papua-New Guinea international winger Nene Macdonald (in possession) played a big role in Newtown’s fiercely-fought 16-10 win against St George-Illawarra at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Sunday, 14th March. Jets hard-working back-rower Gabe Hamlin is on the right of the picture. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography.

Jets Show Great Determination in Opening Round Victory

The Newtown Jets won a tough encounter with St George-Illawarra in the opening round of the newly-rebranded Knock-On Effect NSW Cup at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Sunday afternoon.

The Jets won 16-10 after the Dragons had led 6-4 at halftime. Steady rain fell throughout the game but the Jets’ high completion rate and good handling in the second half played a big part in their grinding win.

Newtown lost both centres to injury in the first half – Tyrone Phillips with an arm injury after 30 minutes and Jackson Ferris was forced off at halftime with an injured ankle. The loss of both centres led to some serious reshuffling of the Jets second half line-up, with backrowers moving into the backline and hooker Kyle Patterson into the halves.

Veteran international and long-serving NRL front-rower Andrew Fifita made his debut for the Newtown Jets, and he put in a solid performance on a day when it was a case of “all hands to the pumps” with regard to Newtown’s difficult situation.

Both teams scored tries in the third quarter and the scores were locked up at 10-all with just over twenty minutes left to play. The game might have been a dour struggle in the constant rain and slippery conditions, but the tied scores and the sheer intensity of this contest kept the crowd enthralled.

Newtown’s middle forwards worked extremely hard, with big efforts turned in by Andrew Fifita, Monty Raper, Tom Hazelton, Daniel Vasquez and the indefatigable Gabe Hamlin. Back-rowers Bronson Garlick, Brock Gray and Teig Wilton also made strong contributions.

Wingers Nene Macdonald and Eddie Aiono deserve special mention for getting thoroughly involved in the forwards’ workload and for making a lot of valuable ground stepping through the tiring Dragons pack members.

Halfback Braydon Trindall set up a superb try for Eddie Aiono early in the second half by way of a master-class cut-out pass. Trindall slashed through the Dragons defence with a trademark “show and go” break for a try in the 73rd minute.

Coach Greg Matterson praised all of his players in the dressing-room after full-time, saying that this was one of the best and bravest first-round victories for the Jets since he had assumed the NSW Cup coaching position back in 2008.

Newtown has a short turnaround for their second round match, when they meet the Newcastle Knights at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford on Friday, 19th March at 3.45pm. This match is a curtain-raiser to the New Zealand Warriors-Newcastle Knights NRL fixture.

Match details:

NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Round One, Sunday, 14th March 2021, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah

St George-Illawarra v Newtown

Kick-Off: 3.55pm.

Newtown 16 (Teig Wilton, Eddie Aiono, Braydon Trindall tries; Braydon Trindall 2 conversions) defeated St George-Illawarra 10 (Jackson Ford, Max Feagai tries; Sitiveni Moceidreke 1 conversion).

Half-Time: St George-Illawarra led 6-4.

Referee: Henry Perenara

Touch Judges: Cameron Paddy and Benjamin Teague.

Weather: Overcast, steady light rain, 17 degrees Celsius.

Humidity: 92%

Wind: S 35 kmph.

Playing surface: Excellent.

Newtown’s team was:
Honeti Tuha, Edward Aiono, Tyrone Phillips, Jackson Ferris, Nene Macdonald, Manaia Rudolph, Braydon Trindall, Gabe Hamlin, Bronson Garlick, Teig Wilton, Daniel Vasquez, Kyle Paterson, Andrew Fifita.

Interchange: Zac Woolford, Brock Gray, Thomas Hazelton, Monty Raper.

Reserve: Kayleb Milne.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

St George-Illawarra:
Sitiveni Moceidreke, Shaun Sauni-Esau, Mathew Feagai, Max Feagai, Jordan Perreira, Tyran Wishart, Zeik Foster, Jackson Ford, Josh Carr, Charly Runciman, Jaiden Hunt, Billy Brittain, Kaide Ellis.

Interchange: Sam McCann, Matt Delbanco, Hayden Lomax, Luke Chalker.

Reserve: Lachlan Peachey.

First half: Newtown 70%, Dragons 68%
Second half: Newtown 92%, Dragons 77%
Full-time: Newtown 82%, Dragons 72%.

First half: Newtown 55%, Dragons 45%
Second half: Newtown 62%, Dragons 38%
Full-time: Newtown 59%, Dragons 41%.

First half: Dragons 3-1
Second half: Newtown 1-0
Full-time: Dragons 3-2.

Newtown’s next game:
NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Round Two
Friday, 19th March 2021
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Newcastle Knights v Newtown
Kick-Off: 3:30pm.

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.