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Schofield King’s Throwback Thursday: Ryan Rattles Roosters

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.


ROUND 15

Underrated centre Mick Ryan proved the difference as Newtown moved into second place on the ladder following an 18-8 win over competition leaders Eastern Suburbs at Henson Park.

Easts led 8-7 midway through the second half before a whirlwind three minutes from Ryan, during which he scored one try and set up another for backrower Mick Pitman.

The Jets started slowly, allowing Easts to grab an early try via backrower Paul McCabe, but a goal to Ken Wilson saw the home side trail 3-2 at halftime. Winger Shane McKellar put the Jets ahead 7-2 just after the break, brushing past Kerry Boustead to score.

A try to Terry Fahey and a penalty goal to Ron Giteau allowed the Roosters to regain the lead at the hour mark, but Ryan’s 64th-minute try turned the game in the Bluebags’ favour. 

Aside from Ryan, Newtown was best served by forwards Graeme O’Grady, Steve Blyth and Steve Bowden, who all managed to keep the likes of McCabe, Royce Ayliffe, Jeff Masterman and Dave Brown quiet over the entire 80 minutes.

Referee Greg Hartley also made his presence felt by sin-binning three players during the match, with Barry Jensen, Ayliffe and Masterman all banished from the field during the final 10 minutes of the first half. 

Newtown 18 (M.Ryan, S.McKellar, M.Pitman tries; K.Wilson 4 goals, field goal) def. Eastern Suburbs 8 (T.Fahey, P.McCabe tries; R.Giteau goal)


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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

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Remembering forty years ago ….

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1981 Grand Final Re-imagined

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