The Newtown Jets, the Sharks NSW Cup partners for 2015, play their first trial match on Saturday when they take on the Illawarra Cutters at Henson Park, kicking off at 4.00pm.
With the Sharks playing trials against the Manly Sea Eagles on the same day in the NRL and NYC, on this occasion they have not sent any players to the Jets for this trial match.
In bolstering the Sharks numbers however for the Manly matches, the Jets will contribute a handful of players to the Cronulla NRL squad for the game at Brookvale Oval.
See below information from the Jets in their team list and including brief player profiles for some of their players taking part in the trial this weekend.
The Sharks wish them the best of luck in their first hit out for 2015.
The Newtown RLFC coaching staff has named this squad for Saturday’s trial match:
Fullback: Jamie Ingram – formerly with the South Sydney Holden Cup team and Cowra in Group 10.
Wingers: Luke Lavender – ex-Cabramatta Ron Massey Cup; Corey Brown – formerly with Wests Tigers NSW Cup and Northern Suburbs Rugby Shute Shield.
Centres: Josh Davis – had a number of very strong performances with Newtown in 2014 and was previously with Wests Tigers and Balmain NSW Cup. Product of the Auckland Rugby League junior system; Edric Holmes – older brother of the Cronulla Sharks wunderkind Valentine Holmes.
Halves: Saxon Fischer-Gray - Cabramatta Ron Massey Cup and Gordon Rugby Shute Shield; Jake Watts – played with Newtown and Cabramatta in 2014. Ex-South Sydney Holden Cup.
Lock: Jack Noble – played with Newtown in 2014 and formerly with South Sydney Holden Cup.
Second-Rowers: Malakai Houma – younger brother of Henson Park crowd favourite Saulala Houma, who is now a member of the full-time Cronulla Sharks NRL squad. Malakai is a product of the famous Mt Albert RLFC in Auckland and has looked impressive on the Fox Memorial Shield replays being shown on NITV on Tuesday nights; Dave Sampson – formerly with the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup.
Front-Rowers: Ray Moujalli – long-serving prop with Newtown and formerly with Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg, and the South Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown, Manly-Warringah and Cronulla-Sutherland NSW Cup teams. Has represented Lebanon on several occasions; Andrew Pearn – another experienced and respected long-serving front-rower with Newtown and formerly with Windsor and Western Suburbs in the NSW Cup.
Hooker: Jordan Galloway – winner of the Newtown RLFC Most Improved Award in 2014. Played NSW Cup with Newtown last year and with Cabramatta in the Ron Massey Cup. Product of the Wauchope RLFC (Group 3).
Tori Tuiletufuga: Second-Rower - product of the South Sydney junior representative system and has played senior Rugby League in the Victorian Rugby League first grade competition.
Adrian Ha’angana: Backrower – ex-South Sydney Holden Cup and North Sydney NSW Cup.
Mitchell Mamary: Front-Rower: ex-Sydney Roosters Holden Cup and represented Lebanon against Fiji in 2014.
Jake Jackson: Backrower – highly regarded product of the Cabramatta RLFC Ron Massey Cup team of 2014.
Nesiasi Mataitonga: Fullback/Winger/Centre – ex-Cronulla Sharks Holden Cup and NSW Cup; London Broncos in the UK Super League; represented Tonga in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
More names might be added to this squad by Saturday.
The Newtown RLFC extends congratulations to our NRL partnership club, the Cronulla Sharks, on their splendid showing in last weekend’s Auckland Nines. The Sharkies’ performance over the two days augurs well for the 2015 NRL season.
Congratulations also to former Newtown Jet Saulala Houma who is now a member of the Cronulla Sharks full-time NRL squad. Saulala played with the Sharks in the Auckland Nines last weekend and looks to be set for a huge season.
Upcoming Newtown RLFC trial and competition matches are:
Saturday, 14th February; Henson Park; NSW Cup trial match v North Sydney; kick off at 6.00pm.
Saturday, 21st February; Campbelltown Stadium; NSW Cup trial match v Wests Tigers; kick-off time still to be announced.
Saturday, 28th February; Newtown Jets Fans Rally Day; at the Vic Hotel, 2 Addison Road, Enmore; 2.00pm to 5.00pm; plenty of free entertainment for all the kids – come and meet the Jets players of 2015.
Saturday, 7th March; Henson Park; NSWRL VB NSW Cup – Round One; Newtown v Wests Tigers; kick-off at 3.00pm.