The Newtown Jets have won their first NSW Cup Minor Premiership in 73 years. (Photo: Newtown Jets)

Newtown Jets have claimed their first minor premiership since 1949 in the New South Wales Cup. Their 73-year drought for the minor premiership was clinched with a 22-all draw against the Bulldogs in the final round.

Going into the game against the Bulldogs, the Jets needed either a draw or a win to finish on top of the ladder in what was set to be a dramatic finish.

With one minute left on the clock, prop Franklin Pele was able to force a penalty from the Bulldogs defence. Former Australian Schoolboy, Mawene Hiroti was able to kick a penalty goal over the black dot earning the Jets two points and a draw.

The Jets finish the season with 16 wins, two draws and four losses. Their attacking flair has helped them gain a point differential of 254 points.

They will be hoping to advance into the Grand Final with the finals starting next week. The team is made up mostly of players training in the Sharks squad with a depth of talent.

Jets lock Jesse Colquhoun made a lot of midfield ground for Newtown on Saturday.
(Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography)

“I congratulate all teams who took part in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup this season and the clubs who are remaining good luck in the finals series,” NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said.

“I also congratulate the Newtown Jets for [winning] the Minor Premiership in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.

“It has been fantastic to see our Major Competitions complete their seasons and the decision to move to a traditional top five finals format should guarantee an exciting month of action for our fans in September.”

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The Jets would go on to sing their team song in style after the game. Looking into the near future, the Jets will have a week off to prepare for the winner of the Penrith Panthers vs. North Sydney Bears game.

NSW Cup Finals Schedule

Saturday 3 September

Qualifying Final: Penrith Panthers [2] vs North Sydney Bears [3]

Elimination Final: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs [4] vs Paramatta Eels [5]

Saturday 10 September

Major Semi-Final: Newtown Jets [1] vs Qualifying Final Winner

Minor Semi-Final: Qualifying Final Loser vs Elimination Final Winner

Saturday 17 September

Preliminary Final: Major Semi-Final Loses vs Minor Semi-Final Winner

Sunday 25 September

Grand Final: Major Semi-Final Winner vs Preliminary Final Winner

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