The Illawarra Cutters will aim to defend the Tom Kirk Cup when they host the Newtown Jets at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday.

Having come home with a strong second half last week against the Wests Tigers, the Cutters will be hoping to continue that momentum, as they look to become a more consistent football side.

"The players are always proud to be involved in such a great game as this and remembering a player such as Tom Kirk," said Cutters prop Shannon Wakeman.

"The Jets are traditionally a strong team and we expect them to not hold back when the whistle blows on Saturday."
 
Tom Kirk was a record-setting and prolific points scoring rugby league player of the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

An exceptional goal kicking fullback, Kirk won NSWRL premierships with Canterbury-Bankstown in 1938 and Newtown in 1943, as well as being named the competitions leading point scorer in the two respective premiership years and also in 1940 and 1944.

The trophy is a sign of respect for Tom Kirk's dedication to Newtown, as well as a sign of respect to his son Ian Kirk, for his service to Rugby League in the Illawarra.