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These regular habitués of inner-city book launches were on hand at last Monday’s event at the Better Read Than Dead Bookshop. From the left: Terry Rowney (Newtown RLFC Director and sponsor), Olga Lauricella (Newtown RLFC Administration Manager), Glen Dwyer (the author, Newtown RLFC Director and Media Officer) and John Lynch (renowned Newtown RLFC bon vivant, Henson Park ground announcer, Mr 8972 and former Newtown RLFC Director). Photo: Gary Sutherland.
These regular habitués of inner-city book launches were on hand at last Monday’s event at the Better Read Than Dead Bookshop. From the left: Terry Rowney (Newtown RLFC Director and sponsor), Olga Lauricella (Newtown RLFC Administration Manager), Glen Dwyer (the author, Newtown RLFC Director and Media Officer) and John Lynch (renowned Newtown RLFC bon vivant, Henson Park ground announcer, Mr 8972 and former Newtown RLFC Director). Photo: Gary Sutherland.

The new Newtown Jets history book has topped this week’s bestseller’s list at the Better Read Than Dead Bookshop in King Street, Newtown

The latest book about the 111 years-old Newtown RLFC was launched in style at the Better Read Than Dead Bookshop in King Street, Newtown on last Monday evening, 29th July.

Taking It To The Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC looks at the Newtown club’s history from 1984 onwards, with particular reference from when the Jets re-entered the active rugby league playing ranks in 1991.

The book has been written by long-serving Newtown Jets Director, Media Officer and publicist Glen “Bumper” Dwyer. The book was officially launched with considerable élan by Judge Stephen Norrish QC of the NSW District Court, with other speakers including Terry Williams (who wrote two earlier histories of the Newtown RLFC in 1993 and 2008), Terry Rowney (long-serving club Director, sponsor and strategist) and the author himself.

David Trodden, CEO of the NSW Rugby League was at the well-attended book launch, which included various Newtown Jets luminaries such as current President Barry Cotter, former coach Colin Murphy, current Canterbury Cup coach Greg Matterson, as well as Metropolitan Cup playing identities Peter Baumgart, Darryl Neville, Paul Danes and Tony Catton. The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks were represented by Media Manager Rob Willis and NRL assistant coach David Howlett. The Sydney Roosters club was represented by Life Member Alan Katzmann and life-long supporter John Wilkinson. Deputy-Mayor Victor Macri represented the Inner West Regional Council.

The book has received favourable reviews from eminent personages such as journalists and authors Ian Heads and David Hadfield; legendary radio personality Ron Sparks; television personality and rugby league writer Barry Ross; and rugby league administrator Brian Canavan.

Taking It To The Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC retails at $30.00 per copy and is available from the Newtown RLFC office, which is located at 14 Rich Street, Marrickville. Call 1300 36 36 90 for phone sales. It will be available online shortly. It is also available at the Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown and will be in other bookshops as soon as possible.

Number One in King Street for the week ending 2nd August 2019
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