The Newtown Jets prior to the commencement of Saturday’s match at 4 Pines Park, Brookvale (Steve Russo photo, 20th August 2022).
The Newtown Jets prior to the commencement of Saturday’s match at 4 Pines Park, Brookvale (Steve Russo photo, 20th August 2022).

Jets stay on top of the table after seventh straight win

Head coach Greg Matterson gives his Newtown Jets lads a pre-match briefing in an assembly room at St Augustine’s College, Brookvale (right next to 4 Pines Park, Brookvale) (Steve Russo photo, 20th August 2022).

Opening fifteen minutes blitz set the scene.

Jason Hosken (; 4 Pines Park (Brookvale); Saturday, 20th August 2022.

NSWRL Knock-On effect NSW Cup highlights: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles v Newtown Jets, Saturday, 20th August 2022: –

Newtown Jets have rounded out a seventh straight win after accounting for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles 50-8 to maintain their top place on the NSWRL Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup ladder. 

Coming off a bye last weekend, the Jets lit up 4 Pines Park with three tries in the opening 15 minutes to lead 16-0.

Winger Mawene Hiroti was first to score before the two powerhouse front-rowers Thomas Hazelton and Jesse Colquhoun each powered over within the space of four minutes.

With an even share of possession Blacktown’s left edge began to look dangerous, but the Workers’ big men were unable to back it up through the middle.

This left scheming Jets hooker Jayden Berrell to his own devices and a trademark inside ball saw Franklin Pele crash over for Newtown’s fourth try.

Another try, this time to Jets halfback Ryan Rivett, extended their advantage to 28-0.

From there the points kept flowing. Four minutes after the halftime break willo‘-the-wisp five-eighth Luke Metcalf showed a clean pair of heels crossing for his 14th try of the season, before fullback Kayal Iro grabbed one of his own six minutes later.

The powerfully-built Pele then bagged a double with a long distance sprint. Blacktown Workers finally registered a try in the 70th minute through Bailey King, when the winger finished a right shift in the scoreboard corner.

Big Franklin Pele proved to be somewhat of a weapon when he came on for the Newtown Jets from the interchange bench (Steve Russo photo, 20th August 2022).

Blacktown Workers quickly doubled their tally when fullback Jake Toby evaded several defenders on the way to a determined try, before second-rower Charbel Tasipale brought up Newtown’s half century with a try right on full time.

Jets winger and goal-kicker Mawene Hiroti finished the match with a personal haul of a try and seven conversions.

Newtown winger Mawene Hiroti had a big points haul for the Jets at 4 Pines Park – a try and 7 conversions (Steve Russo photo, 20th August 2022).

Next week in a possible finals preview, Newtown finishes the regular season against third-placed Canterbury-Bankstown at Henson Park on the Jets’ annual reunion day.

Today’s win takes Newtown one step closer to the minor premiership, but with the second-placed Panthers just two points behind and with a bye next week, the Jets need a final round win over the Canterbury Bulldogs to overcome Penrith’s superior points differential to maintain the top spot. 

Details of today’s game:
NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – Round 23
Saturday, 20th August 2022
4 Pines Park, Brookvale
Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles v Newtown
Kick-Off: 3.15pm.

Newtown 50:
Franklin Pele 2, Mawene Hiroti, Tommy Hazelton, Jesse Colquhoun, Ryan Rivett, Luke Metcalf, Kayal Iro, Charbel Tasipale tries;
Mawene Hiroti 7 conversions
Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles 8:
Bailey King, Jake Toby tries.
Half-Time: Newtown led 28-0.

Weather: 17 degrees, cloudy. Humidity: 60%
Playing surface: Excellent>

Referee: Kieren Irons.
Touch Judges: Luke Saldern and Rickey McFarlane.

Newtown’s team:
Kayal Iro, Mawene Hiroti, Addison Demetriou, Reubenn Rennie, Jensen Taumoepeau, Luke Metcalf, Ryan Rivett, Billy Margoulias, Kayne Kalache, Charbel Tasipale, Tommy Hazelton, Jayden Berrell (Captain), Jesse Colquhoun.
Interchange: Rhys Davies, Kurt Dillon, Caleb Uele, Franklin Pele.
18th man: Tyla Tamou.
Coach: Greg Matterson.

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles:
Jake Toby, Lorenzo Mulitalo, Steven Taupo Sako, Bilal Maarbani, Bailey King, Adam Fearnley, Ben Stevanovic, Luke Hodge, Ponepate Pongia, Kenny Soumpholphakdy, Loeti Mafi, James Segeyaro, Bruce Ward.
Interchange: Jordan Main, Lewis Afeaki, Adam Rizk, Tyran Ott.
18th man: Masi Paulo Fidow.
Coach: Nathan Hogan.

Match Timeline:
5th minute: Mawene Hiroti try, not converted. Newtown 4-0.
10th minute: Tommy Hazelton try; Mawene Hiroti conversion. Newtown 10-0.
15th minute: Jesse Colquhoun try; Mawene Hiroti conversion. Newtown 16-0.
28th minute: Franklin Pele try; Mawene Hiroti conversion. Newtown 22-0.
31st minute: Ryan Rivett try; Mawene Hiroti conversion. Newtown 28-0.
Half-Time: Newtown led 28-0.
44th minute: Luke Metcalf try, not converted. Newtown 32-0.
50th minute: Kayal Iro try; Mawene Hiroti conversion. Newtown 38-0.
62nd minute: Franklin Pele try; Mawene Hiroti conversion. Newtown 44-0.
71st minute: Bailey King try, not converted. Newtown 44-4.
74th minute: Jake Toby try, not converted. Newtown 44-8.
79th minute: Charbel Tasipale try; Mawene Hiroti conversion. Newtown 50-8.
Full-Time: Newtown 50 defeated Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles 8.

The 2022 NSW Cup premiership table after both Newtown and Penrith have played 23 rounds:

Congratulations to Newtown’s NSWRL Ron Massey Cup partnership club the Glebe Dirty Reds, who defeated the Hills Bulls 38-10 in the Major Semi-Final this afternoon, and now move on to the Grand Final at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (Kogarah Oval) on Sunday, 4th September.

Newtown’s next game:
NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – 24th Round
Saturday, 27th August 2022
Henson Park
Newtown v Canterbury-Bankstown
Kick-Off: 3.00pm.
Next Saturday at Henson Park is the Newtown Jets Annual Reunion Day.

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.