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1981 Grand Final Re-imagined:
Newtown vs. Parramatta
Sunday 26th September, 3pm

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Parramatta 1981 100
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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.
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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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