Henson Park is the place to be for Sharks fans not making the trip north to Newcastle this weekend with a tantalising match-up in the Intrust Super Premiership scheduled for 3.00pm on Saturday.
Currently in second place, The Newtown Jets, the Sharks partner club in the ISP, tackle the first-placed Mounties in a clash set to provide an early indication of the relative strengths and weaknesses of two of the competition’s heavyweights.
While David Fifita will be missing from the Jets line-up after he received a call up into the Sharks NRL squad, the Newtown side are still able to field a formidable 17 man tram, with nine Cronulla-contracted players set to turn out on the day.
The form of Fa’amanu Brown will be of considerable interest after the Sharks utility turned in a man of the match performance playing for Samoa against Tonga last weekend, with Jets coach Greg Matterson looking for something similar come Saturday afternoon.
In addition to Brown, Jordan Drew (NSW Residents) and Junior Roqica (Fiji) turned out for their respective teams during the rep round, with the pair hoping to bring their solid form back to the Jets for the crucial clash with Mounties this weekend.
A win for the Jets would consolidate their position towards the top of the ISP table, however with a number of teams bunched together a loss could conceivably see four teams go past them.
Below Newtown Jets media have provided all the details for the game and related activities on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 3.00pm, with entry for Sharks members free.
NSWRL ISP NSW – 10th Round
Jets (2nd place) v Mounties (1st place)
Saturday, 14th May 2016
Henson Park; Newtown Kick-Off: 3.00pm.
Newtown’s team for Saturday is:
Arana Taumata, Travis Robinson, Jordan Drew, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Junior Roqica, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Capewell, Jason Schirnack. Bench: Kurt Dillon, Kurt Kara, Malakai Houma, Jaline Graham. Coach: Greg Matterson.
Mounties (the Canberra Raiders ISP NSW feeder team):
Zac Santo, Eddie Aiono, Brenko Lee, Cameron Phelps, Kato Ottio, Lachlan Croker, Maurice Kennedy, Rhys Kennedy, Adam Clydsdale, Jacob Mayer, Jarrad Kennedy, Mitch Barnett, Glen Buttriss (Capt). Bench: Sam Duggan, Scott Sorenson, Mitch Kennedy, Will Mataka, Royce Hunt. Coach: Stephen Antonelli.
This match will be broadcast live by Steele Sports: www.steelesports.com.au
This Saturday at Henson Park is also Ladies Day, the occasion when the Jets pay tribute to the enormous role played by women in so many aspects of the modern Rugby League game.
The Jets will be raising funds for St Vincent De Paul’s Elsie Women’s Refuge on the day. Located in the Inner West of Sydney, Elsie Women’s Refuge is a crisis accommodation and case management service for women with children who have experienced domestic/family violence. It provides safe shared accommodation with individual bedrooms. For more information: https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/Find_Help/NSW/Domestic_and_family_violence/Elsie_Women_s_Refuge/
There will be FREE champagne on offer for all women 18 and over, and plenty of fun for the youngsters on the Hardi Aged Care Family Hill featuring jumping castles, face painting, pass the ball, Ice Cream Joe’s Mr Whippy & Barista along with the mysterious JETMAN.
Young Henry's NEWTOWNER, Natural Lager and Cloudy Cider will be available for all patrons at Henson Park on Saturday aged 18 and over.
All Newtown Jets members, supporters and friends are invited to the Botany View Hotel after Saturday’s match at Henson Park. The Botany View Hotel is located at 597 King Street, South Newtown.
ISP competition ladder after round 9 - CLICK HERE