Rugby League's oldest surviving club is undoubtedly one of the gems of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW; first established in Newtown Town Hall on 8 January, 1908, the men in Royal Blue have arguably the most dedicated supporter base in the competition. Newtown home games at Henson Park are often considered the greatest game day experiences in any level of Rugby League and are always held at 3pm on the Saturday of the draw. The crowd attendance, always stated as 8,972 in honour of their final attendance in the NSWRL Premiership in 1983, might be somewhat exaggerated, but includes families and hardened fans alike.
A 38-year drought was finally broken for the 'Bluebags' in 2012, when the seventh-placed Jets faced of with eighth-placed Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers in the Grand Final. At that stage a feeder for the Sydney Roosters, they won the match 22-18, prompting emotional scenes at ANZ Stadium.
Falling one game short of the decider last year, Newtown will be truly in the race for success again in 2017. Now a feeder club for the Cronulla Sharks, they will host an historic home game at Southern Cross Group Stadium in the upcoming season as they chase a title under coach Greg Matterson.
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