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Throw Back Thursday – The Better Team Drew

Each week, thanks to Cryo, we look back at a significant moment in our rich history. Today we remember a truly unique score in premiership history.

THE BETTER TEAM DREW

Those were the immortal words of former Newtown coach Warren Ryan who had just seen his team draw nil-all with Canterbury in the premiership’s first (and so far, only) scoreless fixture.

Fittingly, the game was played in gloomy conditions with rain lashing Henson Park throughout. However, despite the barren score line, there were plenty of exciting moments to savour with both teams coming within a whisker of breaking the deadlock.

Newtown had the first genuine chance of the game when in the 22nd minute when centre, Allan McMahon set sail for the goal line. However, the former international was stopped just short thanks to a flying tackle from Steve Folkes. The Jets looked to be in again three minutes later when Mick Ryan was put into the clear by Phil Sigsworth, but unfortunately the latter’s pass was ruled forward. Then right on the stroke of halftime, Newtown skipper Ken Wilson lined up a penalty shot, but surprisingly the usually acurate kicker missed.

Much to the chagrin of the 6,716 strong crowd, the missed chances continued during the second stanza. Five minutes after the resumption, Canterbury winger Tony Armstrong’s penalty attempt was waved away, while Steve Mortimer’s shot at drop goal in the 61st minute also missed.

Then came the most controversial moment of the match. With six minutes left on the clock, referee Barry Goldsworthy ordered a scrum just 10 metres out from the Canterbury line. A fight erupted during which towering Newtown prop Steve Bowden was felled by an opposition forward. After consulting both touch judges who were in disagreement as to whom instigated the fight. Goldsworthy ordered that the scrum be re-packed, much to disgust of the Henson Park faithful who were adamant that the flattening of Bowden necessitated a penalty.

The game will go down in the annals of history as a missed opportunity for Newtown who had enjoyed the majority of the field position, however, both teams were praised by the press for their sterling defence. Jets forward Col Murphy was particularly impressive, racking up 32 tackles.

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The Henson Park scoreboard in the dying seconds of the premiership’s only ever scoreless fixture.
Hard-running centre Nene Macdonald played on numerous occasions for the Newtown Jets in 2021.  Last Sunday Nene was playing for Papua-New Guinea against the Cook Islands in the 2023 Pacific Championships - Pacific Bowl and he scored four tries. (Photo: Mike Magee).

Information about 2024 Newtown RLFC memberships; Newtown Jets playing in the 2023 Pacific Championship Series; and a reminder about Newtown RLFC merchandise.

Kyle Pickering and Daniel Atkinson, Italian rugby league representative team, 7th October 2023 (NSWRL Twitter) crop

These Newtown Jets players have gained selection in various end of season representative rugby league teams

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The Newtown Jets RLFC held its Annual Presentation Dinner on the evening of Friday, 29th September 2023 at the Petersham RSL Club.

Newtown Jets left-edge backrower Kyle Pickering (in possession) about to score at Henson Park on Saturday, 22nd July 2023. Jets fullback Manaia Waitere salutes the crowd after playing a clever role in setting up the try. (Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Dinner Details

July 22, 2023 - Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia, Kyle Pickering of the Newtown Jets scores his second try of the game during Round 21 of the NSWRL Knock On Effect NSW Cup at Henson Park in Marrickville, New South Wales. (Mario Facchini/mafphotography)

Newtown RLFC 2023 Presentation Night Details

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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.