The annual Frank Hyde Shield series contested each year between two of rugby league’s foundation clubs, Newtown and North Sydney, is one of the most significant rivalries in the rugby league game outside of the NRL. The two teams and members of the Hyde family are shown at North Sydney Oval after last year’s fiercely-fought series. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography
The annual Frank Hyde Shield series contested each year between two of rugby league’s foundation clubs, Newtown and North Sydney, is one of the most significant rivalries in the rugby league game outside of the NRL. The two teams and members of the Hyde family are shown at North Sydney Oval after last year’s fiercely-fought series. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets to revisit rugby league’s historic inner-city site

The Newtown Jets returned to Wentworth Park in 2018 for the first time in 91 years, and they will be playing there again this Sunday, 17th February, in a pre-season trial match against North Sydney.

There will in fact be three NSW Rugby League pre-season trial games at Wentworth Park on Sunday, at this historic venue which was one of the first grounds used for rugby league in 1908, the year of the code’s foundation.

Sydney University and Ryde-Eastwood will play in a Sydney Shield trial at 1.15pm on Sunday, followed by the Glebe Dirty Reds Ron Massey Cup squad up against the North Sydney Jersey Flegg trial team at 3.00pm. In the main game at 5.00pm, Newtown plays North Sydney in an Intrust Super Premiership trial match. With respect to the Glebe-North Sydney trial match on Sunday, it will be the first time these two clubs have met at Wentworth Park in over ninety years.

New signings likely to turn out with Newtown on Sunday could include lock forward Siosifa Talakai (formerly with the Penrith Panthers); fullback and winger Chris Tupou (ex-Cronulla Sharks); winger Jalen Reweti (ex-North Sydney); and winger and centre Pio Nakubuwai (ex-Melbourne Storm).

Newtown’s demanding pre-season program has been conducted in a particularly hot and humid summer, but head coach Greg Matterson says he and the Jets staff have been impressed with the squad’s thorough application to their training regimen.

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Newtown RLFC Assistant Coach Tony Barnes talks with the Jets players at the first break during Saturday's trial match at the Morry Breen Field, Wyong. Photo: Steven Russo

Jets late try snatches victory from the Knights

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Newtown Jets Garage Sale / Fan Day on Saturday, 25th November at Henson Park – plus a special pre-Christmas Trading Day on Saturday, 2nd December at 43-45 Carrington Road, Marrickville!

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).

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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.