Newtown 28 North Sydney 4

The Jets beat North Sydney 28-4 at Henson Park tonight in their Premier League trial match which doubled up as the first leg of the Frank Hyde Trophy.

Newtown scored seven tries to one, with kicks at goal not being taken in this game. Newtown are a feeder team for Cronulla this year, while Norths have become a feeder for the Melbourne Storm.

It wasn't a bad crowd at Henson Park for a mid-February trial game, probably 500 or so.

For those unaware, the Frank Hyde Trophy is awarded to the team that comes out on top in head-to-head meetings between Netwown and Norths each year, Frank having played for both clubs in his day. Matches taken into account are the preseason game plus both home and away matches in the Premier League. It was inaugurated in 2003 when the trophy was shared after the third match ended in a draw. Newtown were winners in 2004. Frank, who wasn't at the game this evening, turned 89 on Monday.

In the early game, the North Sydney Jersey Flegg team easily beat the Newtown Jim Beam side... I didn't catch the score unfortunately. This was the Bluebags' last appearance at Henson Park before the competition season begins. They have another trial up at Parkes next weekend.

The playing surface at Henson Park is looking quite good at this time of year, there having been no soccer in the summer months (and no I'm not taking sides over that spat between the Jets and Canterbury-Marrickville FC). I must say that it does look funny, if not sacriligeous, to see aussie rules posts at each end of the ground.