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...
Canberra Stadium to host Women’s Rugby League State of Origin match
Sport
The Women’s Rugby League State of Origin, now viewed as one of the code’s showcase events, is coming to Canberra in June. The ACT Government successfully bid to host the standalone game, which will be held on Friday night, 24 June, correlating with the men’s second origin match taking place in Perth on Sunday, 26 June. NRL CEO Andrew Abdo...
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...
Former Queanbeyan lad announces to the world he’s arrived on the biggest stage
Sport
Stephen Peios isn’t short on self-belief. In many respects his confidence is a necessary ingredient in his chosen profession. Getting into the middle of a boxing ring as an announcer or to host live World Cup soccer matches takes a fair degree of courage. And judgement on performance, in this age of social media, is almost instant with not everybody...
Goulburn council reignites hopes of a Wakefield Park resolution
News
Goulburn Mulwaree Council will make a last-ditch push for conciliation in the Wakefield Park dispute in a bid to avoid the matter reaching the courts. This is despite general manager Warwick Bennett's prior assertion that even if common ground could be found, the matter would likely require court action. There has been ongoing tension between council and the raceway operators...
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...
Snowboarding boy-wonder Valentino Guseli to enjoy a civic reception on return from first Olympics
Sport
Dalmeny snowboarding prodigy Valentino Guseli will receive a hero's welcome on return from his first Olympics in Beijing tonight (16 February). The Narooma Business Chamber has organised a civic reception for their hometown hero. The 16-year-old finished in sixth in the halfpipe event, closely behind the halfpipe's most decorated male snowboarder Shaun White and Australian silver-medalist Scotty James. The performance...
The South Coast Sapphires women’s cricket team to represent Australia in Dubai
Sport
Established 13 years ago by Narooma's Shaun Martyn, FairBreak promotes fair and equal access to opportunities for all people. The vehicle it uses to progress gender equality and equity is cricket. Why cricket? Because of the very nature of the sport. It is played in over 100 countries, it is not gender-specific, nor is it connected to any specific culture,...
The NRL is more than a game in country NSW
Sport
Canberra halfback Sam Williams was on hand in Wagga Wagga to launch ticket sales for the NRL game in the city between the Raiders and the Melbourne Storm on 9 April. The game is the Raiders' third in Wagga Wagga in four years, and there are high hopes it will be played in front of a capacity crowd. The 2020...
Thredbo basks in bronze glory after Tess Coady’s medal win
Sport
The Snowy Mountains community is basking in bronze glory today after one of their own adopted snowboarders - just months ago training at Thredbo - thrillingly jumped her way to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics podium. In an excruciating final that saw Tess Coady pitted against an international star-studded field of slopestyle snowboarders including American legend Jamie Anderson, New Zealand...
Wakefield Park dispute ‘unlikely to be settled out of court’
News
Goulburn Mulwaree Council has done little to ease fears over the future of the Wakefield Park Raceway, all but confirming the dispute will go to court. Council and Wakefield Park management have been at loggerheads since last July when the former council voted to approve a development application subject to conditions that would control both the regularity and level of...
Ash Barty and the Women’s Ashes at Manuka: women’s sport, bring it on!
Opinion
A decade ago there was hardly any women's sport on free-to-air or pay television. The only offering was the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, one game a weekend of the WNBL and the W League, the Australian Open Golf and tennis. For a number of these sports, there was a sense that broadcasters begrudgingly provided coverage of women's sport as they...
Winter athletes head from Snowys to Beijing with gold in their eyes
Sport
With the opening ceremony for the Beijing Winter Olympics set to be held tomorrow, Jindabyne’s Josie Baff has been pegged as one of Australia’s best gold medal hopes. Aged just 17, the snowboard cross racer blazed a trail at Lausanne 2020 with Australia’s first-ever Winter Youth Olympic Games gold medal and, from that moment, she’s had the Olympics podium in...
Plenty of question marks about the Raiders in 2022, starting with club legend Jarrod Croker
Opinion
There's a sense of deja vu as the Canberra Raiders prepare to head into the 2022 season. I've watched the likes of Laurie Daley, Terry Campese and Alan Tongue struggle to keep going through the latter years of their NRL careers because of injury. They all had time remaining on their contracts, but their bodies simply had taken a pounding...
Has Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios finally found his true calling?
Opinion
The sight of fans queuing to watch a second-round doubles match along with television ratings going through the roof is surely evidence enough that a tennis revolution is taking place. Nick Kyrgios, as the band-leader in his doubles combination with Thanasi Kokkinakis, has almost single-handedly pulled tennis into the mass entertainment market at the Australian Open. Chest pumps, laps of...
Narooma Mountain Bike Hub’s new contractor revealed in plan to create 100km trail network
Community
The successful contractor and March 2022 start date for upcoming works to the Narooma Mountain Bike Hub have been announced. Dirt Art is a large and respected trail development company and will complete the design and construction of stages two and three for the hub. The aim of the project is to create a network of more than 100kms of...
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