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Newtown Jets Reunion Day

This Saturday at Henson Park is the 2013 Newtown Jets Club Reunion Day.
Newtown Jets Reunion Day

This Saturday at Henson Park is the 2013 Newtown Jets Club Reunion Day.

NSWRL VB NSW Cup - 26th Round
Saturday, 7th September 2013
Henson Park
Newtown Jets v Canterbury Bulldogs
Kick-Off: 3.00pm

4th placed Newtown meets old local rivals Canterbury-Bankstown who are in 12th place on the VB NSW Cup competition table. Newtown must win to ensure the double-chance in the semi-finals, and the Bulldogs will be desperate to win to make sure they don’t end up with the accursed wooden spoon.

Next Saturday is of course the 2013 Newtown Jets Reunion Day, when ex-players, officials, staff and supporters get together to renew acquaintances and to share memories and stories about their involvement in Australia’s oldest Rugby League club. This year our special focus is on the year 1973, a truly remarkable year in Newtown’s 105 year history.

In that year under the guidance of head coach Jack Gibson, Newtown won the 1973 NSW Rugby League Club Championship (and the coveted Fred Flowers MLC Memorial Pennant) - an extraordinary achievement for the club with the most limited financial resources, smallest supporter base and the least number of junior registrations. Many commentators rate this close to being Jack Gibson’s greatest coaching achievement, and it has been whimsically compared to the unlikelihood of Iceland topping the gold medal count at the Summer Olympics or the Faroe Islands winning the Soccer World Cup!

In addition to winning the NSWRL Club Championship for the first and only time in Newtown’s history, the Jets made the finals in every grade (with the first grade and reserve grade being beaten preliminary finalists and the under 23’s losing to our old inner-western foes Balmain in the Grand Final.)

Newtown also won the 1973 NSWRL First Grade Wills Cup pre-season competition when the Jets defeated St George 17-15 on the night of St Patrick’s Day at the Sydney Sports Ground, after trailing 15-2 at half-time. Fittingly it was one of Newtown’s most iconic figures, centre Brian “Chicka” Moore, who scored the last-minute winning try.

1973 was also the year that Jets five-eighth Ken Wilson kicked the field-goal for Newtown’s history-making 1-0 win over St George at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the 12th May of that same year.

It was also the year that Jack Gibson suggested that the club should adopt the nickname ‘Jets’ for marketing purposes, given Henson Park’s location under Australia’s busiest flight path.

40 years on, the Newtown RLFC invites all the players, staff and officials from that incredible year of milestones to gather at Henson Park on Saturday, 7th September to relive all those great moments. You can look at several of the photos from 1973 on the club’s history gallery:

Any time of the year is a good time to be seen wearing Newtown Jets apparel. Take a look at the club’s clothing and merchandise website where you can make purchases online:


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