Is Ricky Stuart’s job under pressure at the Raiders?
Sport
During the 2013 NRL season, in the midst of the Canberra Raiders' worst run of losses in the club’s history, coach David Furner’s position was publicly guaranteed by a board member. Towards the back end of Furner’s tenure, after eight losses in a row and with just six wins for the entire season, it was obvious change was required. His...
Season-defining month ahead for the Raiders and the Brumbies
Sport
It’s pretty much a constant when the Raiders aren’t winning: What’s going wrong? How can it be rectified? Why aren’t key players firing? The Raiders are 13th on the ladder with two wins from five rounds. Against the Melbourne Storm, they were in the game in patches but they struggled for much of the 80 minutes. They appeared to lack...
When it comes to telling a good yarn, words are only part of the story
Opinion
In my line, you get to talk to some of the best people and write stories about them. The ones who ask why you want to speak to them, they've done nothing special they say - except possibly achieve world peace -  they're the best ones. The ones who insist they tell you their story, especially when you haven't asked...
The Raiders’ focus on the Riverina isn’t just a no-brainer, it’s essential
Opinion
The mid-week rugby league competition started as the Amco Cup in 1974 and continued until 1989 under various sponsor names. It provided a unique opportunity for country players to showcase their wares. In the first year of competition, the Western Division side comprised part-time players, including farmers, rabbit trappers, miners and sleeper cutters. Johnny King was the team's coach. In...
Recipe for success: simply make a meal of comfort food
Opinion
If we are what we eat, I'd like to be a custard tart. Tart? Duh. Custard? Because it's such comfortable food. A woman I once worked with was called The Lentil because, well, she looked like one. She also ate them with everything. Except perhaps not custard tarts - not that she'd ever let something pass her lips. It had...
Do you judge someone if they wear their heart on their sleeve in a professional setting?
Opinion
I was at dinner recently and a few younger people at the table were discussing tattoos and when/where they wanted to get their first one. A young man bemoaned that he didn't really know what he wanted to get and was worried he'd regret it. I leaned across to point out that once you have a few tattoos, you don't...
Despite the odds, Wighton’s dragging the Raiders to wins with Daley-esque performances
Sport
A couple of years ago I was standing at the base of the stairs leading up to the Mal Meninga Stand. You know the area at Canberra Stadium. It's where the statues of Meninga and Laurie Daley stand on either side. A young boy, decked from head to foot in Raiders colours, asked his father about the Daley sculpture. He...
By gum, yet another tree’s hit the dust … or was it just hearsay?
Opinion
You know the drill: if a tree falls in the bush when no one is there, did it make a sound? I can't swear to it, but I reckon when the two sides of the tree at the back of my place thundered to earth this week when no one was around, they would have heard it overseas. This tree...
Is the Raiders’ ‘English experiment’ coming to an end?
Sport
In the 2019 NRL grand final against the Sydney Roosters, half the Canberra Raiders starting forward pack comprised English players: Josh Hodgson was hooker, and John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead were in the second row, while Ryan Sutton was part of the wider squad but didn’t play in the decider. The following season, the number had grown to five with...
Archie: the dog who left his mark … just about everywhere
Opinion
Archie was not the sweetest of dogs. He hated everything, except meal times. He'd bite the hand that fed him, constantly. He'd snarl at people when they came through the gate and smirk when they left. There were a couple of people he liked: the lawnmower guy, for one. Maybe his liking was more a snigger when the bones he'd...
After only one round of the NRL it’s easy to see that Super Rugby needs to lift its game
Opinion
As a Raiders fan, the opening game of the season could not have provided more drama and edge-of-the-seat anticipation. Soon after kickoff, it became quickly apparent that the Raiders had adopted a new, more flamboyant approach in attack, with Elliot Whitehead providing an additional attacking option on either side of the ruck. There was Ricky on the sideline jumping with...
Here’s cheers to the good old bad days
Opinion
Carole King got it right when she wrote it and James Taylor put the icing on it when he sang: Up On The Roof. "When this old world starts getting me down, and people are just too much for me to face, I climb way up to the top of the stairs and all my cares just drift right into...
Raiders legends to inspire 2022 team as club enters its 40th season
Opinion
When the Raiders' mascot Tony Wood was battling ill health many years ago, Ruben Wiki and David Furner organised to give his garden a makeover. When Tony was released from hospital, he came home to find his backyard completely transformed with new grass laid by Wiki, Furner and a number of teammates. It was one of the many community deeds...
The silent pandemics the country refuses to face up to
Opinion
When the pandemic is finally laid to rest it is hoped that the lessons health authorities and individuals take out of it extend beyond the "miracle" of vaccines and the war on microbes model. Because, such has been the focus on the jabs as the front-line in the defence against COVID-19, that what should be the fundamentals of good health...
Only an Aussie hero can be laid-back, whilst 10-foot-tall-and-bulletproof
Community
Did you hear about those two blokes in northern NSW who took off in their tinny to rescue what ended up being more than 20 people from the roofs of flooded houses because no one else could get to them? They didn't wait for someone, somewhere else, to give them the OK, an hour after the event, from headquarters in...
Does anybody know the Super Rugby season has started?
Opinion
In the early days of Super Rugby, there was a pizazz surrounding the code. There was Bachman-Turner Overdrive declaring “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” blasting from our television. The glamour in the commercials was translated onto the field, with a sense of flamboyance that attracted plenty to the game. The promotion on Channel 7/Prime was second to none, and by...
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