The Jets will certainly be looking to put the setback which was last weekend’s loss to the Panthers well and truly behind them when they host the Illawarra Cutters in a Friday night match at Henson Park.
After two big wins the Jets were completely outplayed by the Panthers, with injuries and a number of other factors weighing against them on the day.
A week however is a long time in rugby league and the Jets will be keen to return to the winners circle against an Illawarra team currently riding a four-game winning streak.
The Jets will benefit from the return of Jordan Drew in the centres, while Matt McIlwrick has been cleared to play after coming from the field early in the Panthers match.
Fa’amanu Brown has also been named to play after missing the Penrith game when called into the Sharks NRL squad as 18th man.
The game is a ‘catch-up’ match after the round 13 match was deferred due to the inclement weather and state of the ground.
The Newtown Jets media have provided all the relevant information on both the game tomorrow night as well as all the latest news.
By Newtown Jets Media
The Jets return to Henson Park for a night-time competition match for the first time in ten years, and they face up to another ISP NSW team that has been in good recent form.
NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Postponed 13th Round Match; Friday, 1st July 2016; Henson Park; Newtown v Illawarra Cutters; Kick-Off: 7.00pm.
The Illawarra Cutters have won their last four games and are now in third place on the ISP NSW competition table. The Newtown Jets are in fourth place and need to put last Saturday’s train-wreck against Penrith well behind them.
Newtown’s team for Friday night is:
Mitch Brown (Capt), Travis Robinson, Jordan Drew, Matt Evans, Corin Smith, Jaline Graham, Fa’amanu Brown, Harrison Muller, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Malakai Houma, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Kara. Bench: Jason Schirnack, Brent Anderson, Leon Tupuola, Saulala Houma, Tarek Elmasri. Coach: Greg Matterson.
The Illawarra Cutters have named this team:
Adam Quinlan, Levi Dodd, Taane Milne, Kurt Mann, Kiti Glymin, Drew Hutchinson, Josh McCrone, Shannon Wakeman, Siliva Havili, Hame Sele, Tyrone McCarthy, Chris Lewis, Damian Sironen. Bench: Blake Wallace, Jacob Hind, Eric Newbigging, Sam Coster. Coach: Jason Demetriou.
Jordan Drew returns from injury for Newtown and Matt McIlwrick has been ruled fit after being injured in last week’s Jets-Panthers match. Fa’amanu Brown returns from NRL duties with the Cronulla Sharks. Leon Tupuola from the Cronulla Sharks Holden Cup squad makes his senior Rugby League debut with the Jets. Leon was previously with the Canberra Raiders and Griffith Waratahs in Group 20. Henson Park favourite Saulala Houma made his return with Newtown last week and along with his brother Malakai Houma, the two siblings present a truly formidable duo. Kurt Capewell and Josh Cleeland were both injured last Saturday, but we are assured by the Cronulla Sharks medical staff that both of these multi-talented former Ipswich Jets players will only miss one game. Kenny Niko was also injured last Saturday and is unavailable this week. Jacob Gagan and Junior Roqica remain on the injured list.
Jets supporters with long memories will recall the Illawarra Cutters well-credentialed team coach Jason Demetriou playing with Newtown in the late 1990’s.
The Jets-Cutters match this Friday night is being broadcast live on Steele Sports, www.steelesports.com.au from 7.00pm onwards.
You can also check the Newtown Jets Twitter site (www.twitter.com/newtownrlfc) and the Jets Facebook site (www.facebook.com/newtownrlfc) for score updates on Friday’s game.
Here is the ISP NSW competition table after the completion of 16 rounds: http://www.nswrl.com.au/intrust-super-premiership-nsw/ladder1.html
And here are the highlights from the 16th round of the ISP NSW: http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2016/06/28/highlights_intrust_s.html
Make sure you subscribe to our new YouTube Channel for all the latest Newtown Jets video updates and interviews. The Newtown Jets Channel is the YouTube home of Australia’s oldest Rugby League club: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCavSFxlrLGYm_hsnw-mtLPQ Currently on the Newtown Jets Channel are interviews with Jets players Mitch Brown, Travis Robinson and Matt McIlwrick.
Be sure also to take a look at Rugby League Next Gen’s YouTube interviews with Kurt Capewell, Josh Cleeland and Jordan Drew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTlhlh0JuOI
Winter is well and truly here and there are sensational new lines in Newtown Jets merchandise. When you’re next at Henson Park you can select and buy your new clothing and merchandise directly from Olga and her highly-competent sales staff. If you can’t get to a home game, you can of course buy Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise online by going to: www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au