After being bundled of the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership by Illawarra in an epic encounter last year the Newtown Jets will be out to extract some sort of revenge when they tackle the defending premiers at WIN Stadium tomorrow.
The Jets let slip a winning opportunity last time around and while team lists for both clubs read very differently to the sides that staged such a ferocious showdown in the pouring rain in the thrilling preliminary final, the intensity will remain high.
Both teams have won one ISP NSW game this season and lost one, and they will be extra keen to take the two points on offer.
Again a strong contingent of Sharks will turn out for the Jets, however whether Tony Williams and Fa’amanu Brown play for Newtown will depend on their status with the Sharks NRL squad and likely be determined at their final training session in the morning.
See following team lists, news and ISP information ahead of tomorrow’s game as provided by Newtown Jets media.
NSWRL ISP NSW – Third Round
Saturday, 18th March 2017
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Illawarra v Newtown Jets
Referee: Adam Cassidy. Touch Judges: Matt Treneman and Chris Treneman.
Luke Towers, Leigh Higgins, Jordan Drew, Matt Evans, Ben Fritz, Penani Manumalealii, Fa’amanu Brown, Kurt Dillon, Manaia Cherrington, Sam Tagataese, Tony Williams, Jayden Walker, Jack Williams. Bench: Jaimin Jolliffe, Kurt Kara, Tepatasi Fuiavailili, Jason Schirnack, Saulala Houma, Alec Bush, Haydn Peacock. Coach: Greg Matterson.
Matt Dufty, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Taane Milne, Levi Dodd, Patrick Herbert, Jack Payne, Shaun Nona, Mose Masoe, Siliva Havili, Hame Sele, Tyrone McCarthy, Luciano Leilua, Blake Lawrie. Bench: Jake Marketo, Jacob Hind, Josh Kerr, Ryan Fletcher, Chris Lewis, Rhys Kennedy. Coach: Mat Head.
Today is the 17th March, so it’s a Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone linked in any way to the Newtown Jets. There wouldn’t be many other rugby league clubs where there has been a greater Irish influence in the ranks of its players, officials and supporters over 110 years. Surnames like Hyde, Farrell, Cahill, Daly, Moore, Sullivan, O’Connor, Kelly and Murphy spring to mind along with so many more surnames drawn from the Land of Saints and Scholars.
Here are the statistics from last Saturday’s Mounties-Newtown match: http://www.nswrl.com.au/content/dam/nswrl/documents/isp-stats-reports-2017/Rd2-MountiesJets.pdf
Jets hooker Manaia Cherrington is interviewed by the NSW Rugby League: http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/17/cherrington_welcomes.html
Just in case you missed this interview with the Newtown Jets head coach Greg Matterson: http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/09/coaches_corner_greg_.af_intrust-super-premiership-nsw_news1.html
The 2017 Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition is now underway, in what is Newtown’s 110th season in rugby league football. There’s no better way you can prove your support for the oldest club in Australian rugby league than by taking out a 2017 membership package. There are membership deals on offer to suit all personal circumstances and budgets. Check out this link for all the relevant information: http://www.newtownjets.com/jets-membership-2017/
And there’s a terrific array of 2017 Newtown Jets clothing and merchandise awaiting your perusal and selection: www.newtownjetsclothing.com.au
Please note: The Illawarra RLFC is no longer sponsored by Illawarra Coal and the nickname Cutters has been discontinued.