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Big Wes Lolo is first out of the blocks in this pre-season training exercise at Henson Park. Photo: Wayne Leong
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The Jets and the Dirty Reds set to renew an ancient rivalry

The Newtown Jets and the Glebe Dirty Reds, two of rugby league’s oldest clubs, will meet in a pre-season trial match at Wentworth Park on Sunday, 16th February.

This showdown will be the first time that these two foundation clubs have met in a rugby league match in 91 years. This has all the makings of a very competitive and spirited trial match. The Glebe Dirty Reds are Newtown’s partnership club in the NSWRL Ron Massey Cup competition and the players in both squads will be vying for a place in the 2020 Newtown Jets Canterbury Cup NSW team.

The Dirty Reds have staged trial matches at their spiritual home, Wentworth Park, in 2018 and 2019. It will be quite a sight to see Glebe’s maroon and white colours matched up against Newtown’s world famous royal blue strip.

Newtown’s 2020 trial match dates are as follows:

First Trial Match:

Glebe Dirty Reds v Newtown Jets

Date: Sunday, 16th February

Venue: Wentworth Park, Glebe

Kick-Off: 4.00pm.

Curtain-Raiser: NSWRL Sydney Shield trial game.

Second Trial Match:

Newtown v Canterbury-Bankstown

Date: Saturday, 22nd February

Venue: Henson Park

Kick-Off: 5.00pm.

Curtain-Raisers: Cronulla Sharks v Canterbury Bulldogs in a Jersey Flegg trial match at 3.00pm. There will be a full round of Sydney Roosters junior representative matches (Harold Matthews, SG Ball and Tarsha Gale) prior to the Jersey Flegg trial.

Third Trial Match:

Newtown v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles

Date: Sunday, 1st March

Venue: Henson Park

Kick-Off: 3.00pm (to be confirmed)

2019 grand final hero Tyrone Phillips proudly displays the royal blue colours of the Newtown Jets at the NSWRL Season Launch.
Photo: Courtesy of the NSWRL.

2021 Season Launched With the NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Newtown Jets backrower Gabe Hamlin has impressed during the three trial matches played this year.
Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

Jets Display Promising Form in Final Trial

Above: Newtown Jets five-eighth Lachlan Peachey (in possession) schemes to prise open the Blacktown Workers defence last Saturday.
Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

IMPORTANT TRIAL INFORMATION

Newtown forward Brock Gray breaks clear to score the last-minute try that enabled the Jets to draw level. Newtown centre Moung Dut is in the background on the right of the photo.
Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets and Sea Eagles Draw in Hard-Fought Trial

Kurt Dillon Hits the Ball up Against Blacktown.

Photo: Mario Facchini

Revised kick-off time for NSW Cup trial match on Saturday, 20th February 2021

The re-turfing of the Henson Park playing surface has now been completed.
Photo: Inner West Council.

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