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Schofield King’s Throwback Thursday: Jets Rattle Rabbitohs

Seeing as 2021 marks 40 years since our club’s remarkable charge to the 1981 NSWRFL Grand Final, this year Schofield King’s Throwback Thursday will focus exclusively on that season.

Each week we’ll revisit the fixture from the corresponding round in a series of articles that we hope will take our long-time fans on a fun journey down memory lane, while also educating our newer fans on our club’s illustrious history.

As it’s round eight of the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup this weekend, we are revisiting Round 8, 1981.

ROUND 8

Three tries to electric winger Ray Blacklock helped Newtown to a thumping 30-14 victory over South Sydney at Henson Park.

The former Panther wasn’t the only star though, with the trio of Phil Sigsworth, Barry Jensen and Geoff Bugden backing up their appearances for City Seconds with stellar performances. The home side led 18-9 at halftime and were never threatened by the Rabbitohs, who were equally inept in attack as they were in defence.

According to Jets coach Warren Ryan, Newtown’s recent ascension to competition heavyweights had been a gradual process.

“The nucleus of every winning side is a group of players used to playing together,” Ryan said.

“Most of this team has been together for three seasons and they’re now playing close to their ability.

“There are a lot of unsung heroes that don’t get the credit they deserve, but that works to our advantage because the opposition players aren’t on the lookout for them.”

Blacklock grabbed his first touchdown in the sixth minute of play and completed his hattrick five minutes from full-time after completing a 90-metre movement that saw the ball go through seven sets of hands. 

The victory signalled Newtown’s fourth win on the trot and propelled them to second place on the premiership ladder on 11 points.


Newtown 30 (R. Blacklock 3, J. Ferguson, B. Hetherington, M. Pobjie, P. Sigsworth tries; K. Wilson 4 goals; K. Wilson field goal) def. South Sydney 14 (M. Brennan, Z. Niszczot tries; M. Ross 4 goals)


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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

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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 thefootydog@mail.com)

Remembering forty years ago ….

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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

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