The Newtown and Balmain Rugby League clubs, two of Australia�s 1908 foundation clubs, compete on an annual basis for the Trevor Ryan � Neil Pringle Shield, honouring two iconic champions who played with distinction for both clubs in the 1970�s and early 1980�s.
The Ryan-Pringle Shield goes on the line at Henson Park this Saturday, when the two clubs clash in round 21 of the NSWRL VB Premier League. Newtown is fighting to remain in the competition�s top four, while the Tigers are locked in a desperate struggle for a top 8 position � so there will be no quarter shown or given when these two old inner-western rivals do battle at historic Henson Park on Saturday afternoon (July 30th).
Newtown won the first round encounter 36-34 in an absolute thriller, with the Tigers having a certain try snatched away from them by a miraculous Jets interception in the last 30 seconds of play. With the two clubs meeting twice this year, the Shield will be decided on points for and against. After such a narrow winning margin in the first game, the Shield is well and truly up for grabs!
All the inner-western Rugby League action is at Henson Park this Saturday in this no-holds-barred, traditional local derby and blood feud between the Jets and the Tigers.
NSWRL VB Premier League Newtown v Balmain Henson Park Saturday, July 30th Kick-Off: 3.00pm
This match decides the winner of the Ryan-Pringle Shield for 2005 and is critical to both clubs finals aspirations.
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup Newtown v Windsor Henson Park Saturday, July 30th Kick-Off: 1.15pm
NSWRL Women�s Rugby League Competition Redfern All Blacks v Canley Vale Kookas Henson Park Saturday, July 30th Kick-Off: 12 noon.