The Newtown Jets team members stand to attention in the pre-Anzac Day ceremony conducted at Henson Park on Saturday, 24th April.


Photo: Michael Magee Photography.
The Newtown Jets team members stand to attention in the pre-Anzac Day ceremony conducted at Henson Park on Saturday, 24th April. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

Jets Turn on a Much-Improved Performance

The inclusion of two centres with international rugby league experience tipped the scales in Newtown’s favour in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup match played against Mounties at Henson Park on Saturday.

Former Australian test centre Will Chambers, recently signed by the Cronulla Sharks, was a late inclusion for the Jets, while the Papua-New Guinea international centre and winger Nene Macdonald also came into the Newtown team.

Jets historians are convinced that this imposing pairing of Chambers and Macdonald may well have been the first centres duo with international experience to play together for Newtown in the same game in the club’s 113-year history.

Mounties, now a partnership club with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, scored the first try of the game and were causing the Jets real bother with a succession of well-placed high kicks into the Newtown wingmen’s corners. The Jets responded with a smart try to halfback Tyla Tamou, who received a well-directed inside pass from winger Jonaiah Lualua. Fullback Luke Metcalf’s conversion gave Newtown a 6-4 lead but Mounties regained the lead through an unconverted try in the 20th minute. The Jets then scored two thrilling tries in the 31st and 38th minutes, firstly when the dashing Metcalf eluded several defenders to score in the south-western corner, a try that he converted. Two minutes before halftime Will Chambers laid on a sublime pass that released Nene Macdonald on an unchallenged forty-metre sprint to the try-line. Metcalf added the extras and the underdogs Newtown went in to the halftime break with an 18-8 lead.

The third quarter of the match saw Newtown’s lead come under real pressure. Chambers was sin-binned in the 49th minute but despite several attacking sorties hurled at the Jets line, Mounties didn’t break through to score until the 58th minute. Newtown’s determined defence in this third quarter played a big part in the outcome of this game.

Metcalf kicked a penalty goal in the 65th minute, and Newtown secured their victory with tries to hard-running second-rower Bronson Garlick in the 69th and 77th minutes that boosted the final score to 30-14 in Newtown’s favour.

Coach Greg Matterson acknowledged the input of Chambers and Macdonald who added steel to Newtown’s edge defences. He observed that Chambers had brought top-level experience and a winning attitude into the team. This win had been built on good defence and tough people, and Matterson said all of the Newtown players had made strong contributions to this valuable victory.

Newtown has a bye next weekend in round 8 of the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup . The Jets next match is against the Penrith Panthers on Friday, 7th May at 3.45pm at BlueBet Stadium, Penrith.

Match details:

NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – Round 7

Saturday, 24th April 2021

Henson Park

Newtown v Mounties

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Newtown 30: (Bronson Garlick 2, Tyla Tamou, Luke Metcalf, Nene Macdonald tries; Luke Metcalf 4 conversions, 1 penalty goal) def. Mounties 14 Rhys Davies, Watson Heleta, Kieren Moss tries; Kamren Cryer 1 conversion)

Halftime:  Newtown led 18-8.

Referee: Martin Jones.

Sideline Officials: Mark Bohan, Cameron Mitchell.

Playing surface: Excellent.

Weather: Sunny, 22 degrees C, humidity 38%, wind NNW 11 km/hr.

Newtown’s team on Saturday was:

Luke Metcalf, Dylan O’Connor, Will Chambers, Nene Macdonald, Jonaiah Lualua, Jack A. Williams, Tyla Tamou, Gabe Hamlin, D’Rhys Miller, Bronson Garlick, Brock Gray, Zac Woolford, Daniel Vasquez.

Interchange: Ethan Natoli, Kyle Paterson, Brock Ilett, Duwanye Mariner.

Reserve: Kayleb Milne.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Kieren Moss, Watson Heleta, Jordan Ah-One Remfrey, Reubenn Rennie, Falakiko Maru, Rhys Davies, Kamren Cryer, Joe Stimson, Jack Miller, Dean Matterson, Ofahiki Ogden, Joshua Daley, Dean Britt.

Interchange: James Roumanos, Atini Gafa, Paea Pua, Ben Seufale.

Reserve: Haimone Hiroti.

Coach: Michael Potter.

Here are the highlights from Saturday’s game:

Newtown has a bye in Round 8 of the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.

Newtown’s next game details:

NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – Round 9

Friday, 7th May 2021

Penrith v Newtown

Kick-Off: 3.45pm

BlueBet Stadium, Penrith.


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).

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

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.