The Sydney Airport Jets totally overwhelmed Woy Woy by 74-14 in the NSWRL Jim Beam Cup match played at Henson Park last Saturday. The Jets had led 34-0 at half-time, and ran in thirteen tries in their best performance of the season. Centre Ryan Milligan (ex-Newcastle Knights) notched up what are almost certainly Newtown club records for points scored by an individual player and goals kicked in a game in his impressive haul of two tries and eleven goals. Jets coach Trevor Schodel had made a playing comeback because of the team�s injury situation, and was full of praise for the way in which his young squad stuck to their game plan and refused to let the visitors �get a sniff� at any stage of the match.
This team had shown signs they were due for another win in recent weeks, but no-one could possibly have predicted a points blow-out of this scale. On a day when so many players excelled, special mention should go to the front-rowers Aaron Sweeney, Lee Trasler, Andrew Kaleopa and hooker Callan Myles. The Sydney Airport Jets Jim Beamers occupy centre stage at 3pm this Saturday (August 9) at Henson Park, when they host the Erina Eagles.
Newtown was right on the pace with Western Suburbs at half-time in the NSW Premier League match, trailing by only 14-12 and seeming to have all the momentum. A lethal combination of injuries, penalties, lack of individual discipline and a shoddy completion rate cost the Jets dearly in the second half, as the Magpies took command to win comfortably by 38-18. No doubt Wests were fired up by the big attendance of veteran Magpies who had made Henson Park their rendezvous for a raucous inner-city reunion. Jets fullback Andrew Le Breton was voted players� player, while forwards Billy Najarrin and Tony Phillips and half-back Craig Field were the other standout performers.
Congratulations to popular Newtown utility player Luke Ellis, who played his 100th game with the club in the Premier League match on Saturday. Luke has been a marvellous asset with Australia�s oldest Rugby League club since joining the Jets in 1997, and he celebrated his milestone in customary hard-working style by clocking up thirty-eight tackles.
The Sydney Airport Jets play away in the Premier League this coming Saturday, when they meet the Penrith-St.Marys Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium at 3pm.