August 20 - 26, 2023: Issue 595


Newport Breakers Colts: Robertson Cup winners Season 2023

The Newport Breakers Colts team are Robertson Cup winners Season 2023. 

On Saturday August 19 they won the Grand Final against the only team they lost to throughout the 2023 rounds to triumph, the final score:  Newport 14 - Lindfield 12. This means the Breakers Colts went one-better than last Season.

Big congratulations to Jack Hanley as well, voted Subbies Colts Player of 2023 across all Clubs.

Coupled with the Breakers Womens team winning their Grand Final against Lindfield Blue on Saturday July 29th, and the inaugural Joy Johnson Cup, the Breakers have had a great Season. 


Both the Colts (Robertson Cup) and 1st Grade (Barraclough Cup) registered wins against UNSW to reach the Grand Finals with the Barraclough Cup side defending their 2022 Premiership, and an opportunity to make it 3-peat of Grand Final wins in a row.

The 1st Grade led a brave finals campaign and an effort those who joined the bus from Porters to Concord were proud to watch from a great team of players. This crew simply does not give in and should be more than pleased with their efforts all Season long. It was tough to go all the way with many players out, particularly the vital on the field Front Rowers, but  the boys showed amazing courage and determination to hang in there, for all 3 post season games and Saturday it was just a task too far. 

There were some great moments for the Breakers and they are sure to come back stronger for 2024.

Alan Jones's excellent words in the last Issue sum up a great 60th year; all heart, awesome broken field running, superb kicking and great sportsmanship, congratulating Lindfield, the Old Soldiers, on their win.

Lindfield won the Barraclough Cup, Stockdale Cup and  Richardson Cup at Concord, topped off with the ultimate prizes of the Div 2 Club Championship  - which sounds like a Newport Season as well, as it was in 2020, except the Breakers took out 4 of the available 5 trophies in their Division and came back strong after the Season cancellations during Covid, to rebuild and kick some more goals in 2022.

The Breakers won the Barraclough Cup in 2022fullback, Sam Groom, awarded the Barraclough Medal for Division Two’s Best and Fairest, and won the Reliance Shield in 2022 as Club Champions in Division 2 of NSW Suburban Rugby Union, and had 4 out of 5 teams heading into the Semis last year.

Newport Breakers President Steve Hewitson said on Saturday April 15, the Breakers first games for the 2023 Season and home games at that, played at Porters Newport, that he's looking forward to building a strong bond between old and new players this year (half of Newport's team members across the grades were new), and replicating the success the club had during the 2022 Season.

Earlier this year both the junior and senior clubs celebrated the opening of the girls and women's change rooms - more brand newness for the Breakers.

Newport Breakers President Steve Hewitson

It's clear they will do it again as they have done so before.

Congratulations on a brilliant Season Breakers, you have done Newport and yourselves proud.

Just as a matter of interest, the Breakers Colts game scores over the whole of the 2023 Season run below - some breath-taking scores in some Rounds, wherever they were playing, whatever the conditions:

Round 1 - 1 April 2023: Bye

Round 2 - 15 April 2023: Newport 58 v 19 Briars at Porter Reserve

Round 3 - 22 April 2023: Hills 3 v 19  Newport at Yattenden Oval

Round 4 - 29 April 2023: Newport 12 v  12 Lindfield at Porter Reserve

Round 5 - 13 May 2023: UNSW 5 v  48  Newport  at David Phillips Field

Round 6 - 20 May 2023: Newport 27 v 7  Epping at Porter Reserve

Round 7 - 27 May 2023: Hawkesbury Valley 7  v 47 Newport at McQuade Park

Round 8 - 3 June 2023: Briars  5 v  47 Newport at Rothwell Park

Round 9 - 17 June 2023: Bye

Round 10 - 24 June 2023: Newport  17 v  1 Hills at Porter Reserve

Round 11 - 1 July 2023: Lindfield  34 v 12 Newport at Soldiers Memorial Park

Round 12 - 8 July 2023: Newport 21 v 20 UNSW at Porter Reserve

Round 13 - 22 July 2023: Epping 0 v 38 Newport at Somerville Oval

Round 14 - 29 July 2023: Newport 17 v 0 Hawkesbury Valley at Porter Reserve

Semi Finals - 5 August 2023: Lindfield 13 v 12 Newport Mjr SF - Concord Oval

Prelim Final - 12 August 2023: Newport 10 v 8 UNSW Concord Oval

Grand Final - 19 August 2023: Lindfield 12 v 14 Newport Concord Oval