1981 Grand Final Re-imagined:
Newtown vs. Parramatta
Sunday 26th September, 3pm

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Parramatta 1981 100
Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography
Image: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Newtown Jets Virtual Team List v Central Newcastle Sat 23rd May, 2020

While we might not be able to watch Newtown Jets games live this season we can relive past glories from years gone by. As part of Virtual Season 2020 every Saturday from 3pm JETS TVwill broadcast classic encounters featuring our opponents from the 2020 Canterbury Cup NSW draw. Our intrepid social media team will “live tweet” the game as if they had entered a time machine and want you to be part of the action.

This weekend we were supposed to travel up the M1 to take on the Newcastle Knights.

So at 3pm on Saturday 23rd May tune in to JETS TV and follow us on as we as go back to 2008 when Newtown took on the Knights’ feeder team Central Newcastle in a Round 8 NSW Cup game at Henson Park. The Jets went into the match as favourites with four wins and a draw from their first seven matches and would go onto make the Grand Final eventually going down 12-8 to Wentworthville in the marathon 104 minute encounter.

Newtown Jets has named its team from the game. Many thanks to our Player Sponsors listed in brackets.

1          Toshio Laiseni (Kris Gale)

2          Byron Ford (Golden Barley Hotel)

3          Albert Hopoate (John Cahill & Jennifer Malone)

4          Rhys Pritchard (Mark Dewar)

5          Tevita Folau (Golden Barley Hotel)

6          Luke Branighan (Adam Whyte)

7          Luke Millwood (The Daaboul Family & Steven Helmich)    

8          Steve Meredith (SMI – Sports Medicine Institute)

9          Luke Gordon (Biofreeze)

10        Khalid Deeb (Wayne Leong & Kim Fuller)

11        Mickey Paea (Dave Nelson)

12        Sean Rudder (Manoosh Pizzeria)

13        Jimmy Andersen (c) (Loudon & Vaughan Private Wealth)


14        Ray Moujalli (Nifty Foods)

15        Rory Kostjasyn (Brasco & Label Plus)

16        Daniel Green (Goodfellows Sports & Socks)

17        Hep Cahill (Schofield King Lawyers)

Coach: Greg Matterson (Sydney Mutual Bank)

Our sincere gratitude continues to go out everyone that has supported our Keep The Jets Flying fundraiser. Your generosity has been overwhelming, especially that of our 2020 Royal Blue Legends Club Members… Jennifer Malone, John Cahill, Wayne Leong, Brad Steyn, Adam Whyte, Steven Helmich, Kim Fuller, The Daaboul Family, David Nelson, Jim Eassey, Robert Folwell, Mark Dewar, Kris Gale, Terry Rowney and last but definitely not least our Number 1 member for 2020 Fouad Deiri from Deicorp.

Special kudos to everyone that has taken out multiple Jets memberships in 2020, you know who you are and you’re fantastic!

We recognize not everyone can afford to help financially during these extremely challenging times but if you can, WE NEED YOU! For details of the fantastic package on offer JOIN HERE.

Your support will help ensure we return in 2021 to defend our 2019 Premiership & NRL State Championship.

Massive thanks to all our loyal members and sponsors that have stuck with us for 2020 regardless of the season being cancelled to help the club through this tumultuous time – YOU ARE 8972.

If you’re a 2020 Newtown Jets member and you’d like to request a match for our Virtual Season contact us here.

Another way you can Keep The Jets Flying into the future is donate to Laps With Trady. This fundraiser has been set up by a group of members and supporters and features our lovable larrikin John Trad doing laps of Henson Park on his trusty penny farthing every Saturday. Check out for all the details. Many thanks to Joe Daaboul, Deborah Jorgensen & Trevor Weeding for kick starting the donations.

Last Saturday our great friend, Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Bynre just happened to be in the area and lent his support …

Mayor Darcy Byrne gives Laps with Trady a green light.

SMI Sports Medicine Institute logo 2021web. jpg

This week’s sponsor in focus is – SMI Sports Medicine Institute

Chris Lane’s panoramic shot of ANZ Stadium after fulltime on the 6th October captures the unbridled elation of the Newtown Jets after their astounding last-minute victory.

Recalling the extraordinary events at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, 6th October 2019

web The Henson logo (Newtown RLFC)

This week the Newtown RLFC pays tribute to the tremendous support given to our club by The Henson, conveniently located close to our home ground, Henson Park

Tom Raudonikis celebrates after scoring a try in the 1981 NSWRL Grand Final (colourised by

Remembering forty years ago ….

web Coverforce Insurance logo (2021)

This week we gratefully acknowledge the staunch support of the Coverforce organisation, who have been sponsoring the Newtown RLFC since 2014

Newtown forever - The Class of 1981. Image: Newtown RLFC Archives

1981 Grand Final Re-imagined

Sydney 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