Manly used to be described as the suburb that was �seven miles from Sydney, and a thousand miles from care� � but Sunday�s visit to Brookvale Oval proved to be a thoroughly unpleasant experience for the Cronulla-Sutherland and Newtown clubs. While both the Sharks NRL and Jersey Flegg teams lost to Manly-Warringah, it was the Newtown VB Premier League team that laid on the worst display of the afternoon.
The Sydney Airport Jets were belted by 52-4 after trailing 24-0 at half-time. It was an extremely disappointing performance from this side, given the array of playing talent that took the field. Newtown�s poor marker defence, dismal completion rate and handling errors all contributed to Manly�s half-time lead. While the Jets were more competitive in the third quarter of the match, the Sea Eagles� four converted tries in the last twelve minutes of the game pretty much tells the sorry story for Newtown.
As one Jets official noted at full-time, it would be hard to imagine so many players turning in such shockers on the same day again! Dimitri Pelo, David Hall, Jon Green and Kevin Kingston were the few Newtown players to emerge with much credit from a game best consigned to wherever nightmares are filed away.
The Sydney Airport Jets Jim Beam Cup team began their season with a convincing 40-22 win against Wentworthville at Henson Park on Saturday. This was a remarkable turn-around from an ordinary performance in the team�s final trial match, with David Buckley, Ricky Roberts and Andrew Le Breton grabbing determined individual tries as Newtown ran up a 22-4 half-time lead. The Jets had to survive a late second half fightback from Wenty, with only six points separating the teams with ten minutes to play.
Two late converted tries put the result beyond any doubt, including a characteristic 75-metres effort from last season�s top try scorer John Sinisa. Lively Bathurst Penguins product Anthony Farah, Andrew Le Breton, John Sinisa and Hamilton Hughes were Newtown�s best backs, with David Buckley, Adam Bennett, David Vial and Chris Aho impressing in the forwards.
Both of the Sydney Airport Jets teams are drawn away on the upcoming Easter weekend. In the VB Premier League, Newtown plays Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday (March 26) at 5.30pm, while the Jim Beam Cup team journeys to The Entrance, for their clash with the home team on Good Friday at 5.00pm.