Jets trounce foe at first gay pride day

THE Newtown Jets celebrated rugby league’s first-ever Pride and Diversity Day by turning on “a win for the ages” in front of a partisan home crowd at Henson Park on Saturday.

The Jets beat a powerful Wentworthville team, reinforced by nine players with considerable NRL match experience, 22-10 in the Canterbury Cup.

Wentworthville dominated the opening 20 minutes but Newtown’s tight defence restricted them to a 4-0 lead. The Jets in turn cut loose in the game’s second quarter and scored three tries to take a 16-4 lead into halftime.

The second half was fiercely contested, with Wenty trailing 16-10 for an extended period and unable to break through the committed and disciplined Jets defence.

Newtown centre Matt Evans scored a spectacular try three minutes out from full-time to seal a memorable Jets victory.

On a day when the Jets worked together as a team, Jimmy Jolliffe, Billy Magoulias and Josh Carr were the best of the forwards, while in the backs Jack A. Williams, Will Kennedy and Luke Polselli deserved special mention.

Newtown plays away to Mounties this Saturday, June 15, at the Aubrey Keech Reserve at 3pm.