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The Henson Park Hipsters Day crowd went berserk after skipper Mitch Brown scored early in the second stanza. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography
The Henson Park Hipsters Day crowd went berserk after skipper Mitch Brown scored early in the second stanza. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography

Rampant Jets make it a Hipsters Day to remember

Details of the ISP NSW 5th round match between Newtown and Wests Tigers, played at Henson Park on Saturday, 2nd April 2016 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

NSWRL ISP NSW – 5th Round
Saturday, 2nd April 2016
Henson Park
Newtown v Wests Tigers
Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Referee: Daniel Olford
Touch Judges: Mark Bohan and Mitchell Stone.

Weather: Fine, 30 degrees Celsius, sunny, low humidity.
Playing surface: Excellent.

Newtown 38:
Jacob Gagan 2, Matt McIlwrick, Fa’amanu Brown, Jordan Drew, Mitch Brown, David Fifita tries; Fa’amanu Brown 3 conversions and 1 penalty goal; Jaline Graham 1 conversion.


Wests Tigers 14:
Jacob Liddle, Chance Peni, Jeremy Marshall-King tries; Josh Drinkwater 1 conversion.

Half-Time: Newtown led 22-10.

Game timeline:
This timeline can be cross-referenced to\

Wests tigers kick off towards the northern end of Henson Park.
Jets turned the ball over in the first set.

3rd minute: Goal-line drop-out by Newtown

6th minute: penalty to Wests Tigers 40 metres out from their own try-line

7th minute: soft dummy-half try to Jacob Liddle in the set following the earlier penalty Converted by Josh Drinkwater Wests Tigers 6-0

12th minute; Newtown at Wests Tigers (WT) end, get a repeat set, Matt McIlwrick scythes through to score Not converted. WT lead 6-4

14th minute: WT kick-off knocked on by Jets 15th minute: Uncommitted defence by Newtown, WT score wide out on the northern hill side Chance Peni is the scorer, not converted. WT 10-4 after 16 mins

19th min: Newtown turns the ball over, their third handling error 21st min: WT go close again with a controlled grubber-kick into the in-goal Penalty to Newtown relieves the situation

22nd min: Fa’amanu Brown dummies his way through to score Not converted WT lead 10-8

26th minute: Penalty to Newtown, Wt interference in the ruck

29th min: WT tackled behind their own try-line Newtown ball-carriers had been held up over the WT try-line twice.

30th minute: Very good execution of ball play up the left-hand attacking side, 3 Jets players involved, Jordan Drew scores

31st min: Fa’amanu Brown converts from the sideline; Newtown leads 14-10

33rd min: WT kick out on the full

34th min: WT knock on Josh Cleeland’s angled kick towards the try-line, Newtown scrum feed Newtown then loses the ball in the next set.

37th minute: More good ball-handling by Newtown, try to Jacoob Gagan in the south-western corner Fa’amanu Brown again converts from wide out; Newtown leads 20-10.

Penalty to Newtown (Jets lead the penalty count 5-1) Penalty goal kicked by Fa’amanu Brown in the 40th minute.

Half-Time: Newtown leads 22-10.

At the break Jets coach Greg Matterson praised Jason Schirnack for the considerable impact he made when he came on from the bench. Matterson challenged his players not to allow the opposition to make a second-half comeback as in the previous three weeks.

One player roared out to his team-mates:
“We’ve our foot on their throat; don’t let them back into this contest!”
Words to live by in Rugby League football!

An early penalty to WT.
Matterson sends out a strongly-worded message for his players not to be overly-adventurous with the ball.

49th min: Excellent run by Travis Robinson, delivers a good ball to Jordan Drew; Drew off-loads to Mitch Brown who kicks ahead, regathers and scores.
Northern Hill crowd goes berserk.
Fa’amanu Brown converts; Newtown leads 28-10 Another warning issued to players still being overly-cavalier in their off-loads

58th min: A disciplined set from Newtown, good kick ahead into the in-goal by McIlwrick, giant front-rower David Fifita wins the race to the bouncing ball. Try converted by Jaline Graham. Newtown leads 34-10.

63rd min: Penalty to WT midfield and late in the tackle count, followed by a repeat set to WT

65th min: Some raggedy play by Newtown; ball is lost in the play the ball 30 metres out from their own line

68th min: superb cut-out pass by Josh Cleeland to Jacob Gagan, who scores a determined try in the corner Try not converted, Newtown leads 38-10 with 11 mins to play

75th min: runaway try to WT by Benji Marshall’s younger brother, Jeremy Marshall-King. Try not converted. Newtown leads 38-14.

Full-Time: Newtown wins 38-14.

Greg Matterson comments after the game that he was very pleased with this performance. There is still plenty of room for improvement and you don’t make the finals in early April. There’s plenty of hard work ahead but today’s performance provides an excellent benchmark.
It certainly was one of Newtown’s best wins at Henson Park in recent years.

It was also one of the biggest attendances recorded at Henson Park for this level of competition at this early stage of the season.

The bigger attendances in the past have been for mid-season block-busters (Newtown v North Sydney, 2008) and for several final round Reunion Day matches.

Other ISP NSW 5th Round results:
Mounties 50 d Illawarra Cutters 16
Penrith Panthers 50 d Manly-Warringah 12.
Wyong Roos 28 d Canterbury Bulldogs 22
Wentworthville Magpies 26 d NZ Warriors 14
North Sydney Bears 24 d Newcastle Knights 10

The ISP NSW competition table after five rounds:

From the NSWRL website:

The Hipsters Day theme certainly attracted plenty of attention:

And this image truly is one for the ages:

Gary Sutherland took these photos on Saturday:

And Mario Facchini was on the job as well:

Please note that the details for Newtown’s next ISP NSW match have changed:


Friday, 8th April 2016

Belmore Sports Ground

Canterbury-Bankstown v Newtown

Kick-Off: 7.30pm.

Image: MAF Photography

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Newtown second-rower and team captain Billy Burns (in possession) was in top form as the Jets ran up a big win over the Newcastle Knights. Tom Rodwell (in the headgear) is in the background.
Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

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Image: MAF Photography

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Newtown Jets fullback Kade Dykes (in possession) was in superb form on Sunday, scoring three tries, including the winning try in the last ninety seconds of the game. Other Newtown players in the photo are (from the left) Sam Healey, Jackson Ferris and Khaled Rajab. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Jets snatch victory in the last ninety seconds of the game

Image: MAF Photography

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Newtown Jets back-rower Billy Burns bursts through the Dragons defence on Saturday. Jets centre and goal-kicker Mawene Hiroti is at the left of the photo. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography)

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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.