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Message from Newtown Jets in Australia

03 October 2014 - 10:45 AM

Received this mail this morning:

The Rhino bows out on a high note from the Newtown Jets.


The front-rower colossus and Henson Park cult figure Ryan Verlinden ended his five-year association with the Newtown Jets in fine style at the club’s 2014 Presentation Night.

Popularly known as “The Rhino”, the affable giant won the prized Fred Daly Memorial Shield, awarded each year to the Jets player deemed to have made the greatest all-round contribution to the club in that season. Verlinden not only played the most NSW Cup games for Newtown in the recently completed season, but he was noted for his positive contribution to the club’s activities off the field as well. He scored some memorable tries in 2014 and was a great favourite with the denizens of the Henson Park Hill, who took a great liking to his buffalo-like charges and his ability to scatter opposition defences. Henson Park’s loss is West Yorkshire’s gain as Verlinden has recently signed a two-year deal with the English Rugby League club Featherstone Rovers. Those flint-hard characters who follow the famous Rovers are sure to become fans of the big fellow and his midfield surges with the ball.

Rovers Yearbook 2014.

01 October 2014 - 05:53 PM



The 2014 Featherstone Rovers Yearbook is well underway and a host of stars at the club have been writing their thoughts and feelings about the season as a contribution to the book.


As fans, if you'd like your thoughts and views on the highs and the lows to be represented, take some time out, have a think about it, write it down, and send it to me by PM.


The book is out in November, plenty of full colour photos of all the players and a blow by blow account of the year. Cheap as chips, well worth it.


Fev Prop Steve Crossley: What RL is really all about.

26 September 2014 - 01:55 PM

Steve Crossley's been with us two years and given his all in the front row.


He's off to Cas next year. A career move I'd never make, but it's his decision, and I think he's got what it takes to make Super League.


His parting gesture to the club.....




Good man. Good luck in the future.



League Leaders Shield: Increase the prestige.

25 September 2014 - 07:57 PM

The Grand Final is a great way to end the season, and this thread is not (please please) a return to that first-past-the-post v playoffs debate, but...


Finishing top of the league regular season is a great achievement and is not given the profile it should have.


I think this has to do with how it's presented. Normally pitch side before/during or after a home playoff game for a club already concentrating on the playoffs.


How about two things.


1. Rename it. In Australia it's the J.J.Giltinan shield, and is instantly recognisable on a club's roll of honour. It's prestigious.


The Neil Fox Shield.

The Billy Boston Shield.


Worth winning.


2. Set up a proper presentation ceremony. Midweek after the league finishes, as part of a PR/media event that can also plug the playoffs.


What do you think?

AWAY Programmes 2014

20 September 2014 - 05:20 PM

Im after a few progs for my collection:


Rovers aways from this year at:


N.Wales 2 March


Batley 1 June


Swinton 13 July


Whitehaven 27 July


Rochdale 6 July


Keighley 7 Sept.


If you can help me out, send us a PM or reply here.


Many thanks.