Two crucial wins over the past three weeks, both against strong opposition, have the Newtown Jets firmly inside the top eight and looking to push further up the ladder when they take on the Bulldogs at Henson Park on Saturday.
The two impressive victories, punctuated by a disappointing loss to the Wyong Roos, has seen the Jets move to sixth on the Intrust Super Premiership ladder with the 2018 season approaching the half way point.
This week's opponents the Bulldogs, who also fell to the Wyong Roos at their last start, sit one point ahead of the Jets heading into this round 13 match.
Below is the Jets team list, and a brief match report as supplied by the Newtown Jets Media.
The game on Saturday gets underway at 3.00pm, with a Jersey Flegg match between the Sharks and Bulldogs, the curtain-raiser scheduled for a 1.00pm start.
ISP Team List – Round 13
Jets v Bulldogs
Saturday, June 2
1 Will Kennedy
2 Matt Evans
3 Addison Demetriou
4 Aaron Gray
5 Charlton Schaafhausen
6 Jack A Williams
7 Kyle Flanagan
8 Braden Uele
9 Blayke Brailey
10 Kurt Dillon
11 Briton Nikora
12 Anthony Moraitis
13 Daniel Vasquez
15 Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga
16 Billy Magoulias
17 Wes Lolo
21 Malakai Houma
By Newtown Jets Media
Jets bring down another competition pacesetter.
Two weeks ago the Newtown Jets defeated the Intrust Super Premiership competition leaders Mounties and on Saturday they beat second-placed Western Suburbs 23-22, after having trailed 22-4 in the first half.
The match was part of a Return to Lidcombe Oval reunion day for the Wests Magpies, with former Magpie and Jet Tom Raudonikis in attendance, along with Newtown's official club sponsor John Singleton.
Wests dominated in the first half and led 22-4 just prior to halftime. Newtown pulled back to trail 22-10 in the 39th minute, with the Jets' first half tries coming from giant winger Charlton Schaafhausen and second-rower and captain Anthony Moraitis.
The Magpies had a better completion rate and had a far bigger share of possession in the first half.
The third quarter of the match was a fiercely-contested period of the game but neither side was able to add to their half-time score. Newtown five-eighth Jack Williams darted through for an important try in the 63rd minute, following good lead-up play by Kyle Flanagan, Matt Evans, Sione Katoa and Billy Magoulias.
Williams claimed his second try in the 73rd minute in the wake of a determined ground-gaining run by replacement centre Addison Demetriou. Kyle Flanagan converted both of Jack Williams' tries and the score was 22-all with five minutes to play.
Western Suburbs had one unsuccessful field goal attempt but Kyle Flanagan made no mistake in slotting over a one-pointer in the 78th minute to ensure Newtown a much-needed victory.
The Newtown Jets are back home at Henson Park this Saturday, 2nd June, when they will host Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. This match is timed for kick-off at 3.00pm.
Newtown Jets elusive five-eighth Jack Williams breaks past a Western Suburbs defender to score his first try at Lidcombe Oval last Saturday.
Mario Facchini, mafphotography