Luke Bateman’s return on hold as he starts forestry work in Queensland
Sport
Luke Bateman was set to make his long-awaited return to rugby league after a year out and appear in the New South Wales Cup this season for the Mount Pritchard Mounties, a Canberra Raiders feeder club. However, as is common for almost everyone in 2020, he's had an abrupt change of plan. The NSW Cup season was cancelled entirely due...
NRL’s proposed return to play on 28 May: an act of arrogance or beacon of hope?
Sport
Like most sports, the NRL has been doing everything possible to get back on the field, but the league is the first to actually telegraph a proposed date of return. As such, the NRL has generated significant debate and publicity during this interrupted season. Many objectors to the NRL's proposed resumption have questioned the motives of the league. Questioned is...
Kanga Cup the latest victim of COVID-19 travel restrictions
Sport
One of the region's biggest junior sporting tournaments, the Kanga Cup, has had to postpone what would have been its 30th birthday because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Organised by Capital Football, the junior soccer tournament is held in Canberra in July each year. It's the biggest youth football event in the southern hemisphere and attracts thousands of aspiring players, along...
COVID-19 has exposed the excesses of sport
Opinion
In the early days of the Raiders you could count staff members on two hands and the club was operating out of the Queanbeyan Leagues Club. The gym was located in the squash courts and the coaches were positioned in offices through the club. The players had jobs and trained at night at Seiffert Oval. As a journalist, if you...
Crouch, bind, set: the Brumbies family readies for its biggest challenge yet
Sport
Phil Thomson has been through plenty in his working life, with the police force, with Rugby Australia and now as CEO of the Brumbies. That's why he's well prepared for any hurdle that comes his way. The COVID-19 pandemic, though, and its impact on sport globally, is in a ballpark of its own. There are predictions of a totally different...
Pedal to the medal: how the postponed Olympics gives Caroline another shot at glory
Sport
It’s hard not to be impressed by Caroline Buchanan. Even the toughest of times (and she has had plenty over the past two and a half years) are turned into a positive. In self-isolation in Canberra in the wake of COVID-19 after returning from the US, Caroline has turned her apartment into a home gymnasium in a bid to stay...
Cancelling sport was inevitable, but it still hurts
Sport
I was scheduled to commentate the Raiders versus St George-Illawarra NRL game on Thursday night at GIO Stadium. I was beginning to feel anxious about it before it was called off. Sports commentators by their very nature are a resilient group. Essentially radio commentators just get in and call what is in front of them, at the same time avoiding...
NRL season suspended indefinitely as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic
Sport
With sport effectively curtailed around the world in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the NRL and the A-League remained the last sports standing, not just in Australia, but also globally. This followed the decision by the AFL to suspend their season until the end of May. The NRL had been pressing ahead with plans for Thursday night’s start to...
Brumbies hope fortunes sway in their favour when Super Rugby returns
Sport
In all honesty, the Brumbies couldn't have expected a better start to the 2020 Super Rugby season. The Canberrans have won five of their first six matches this campaign while sitting tall and proud as leaders of the Australian conference. Besides their heartbreaking loss to the Highlanders last month, the Canberra side has already defeated their three Australian counterparts in...
Mel’s on track for Tokyo, but will Olympic organisers pull the trigger or the plug on the Games?
Sport
As the July start to the Tokyo Olympics looms, Canberra's Melissa Breen is asking a simple question: given the world is in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, will the Games go ahead as planned? While some athletes are raising the question in private, others such as two-time Olympic sprinter Melissa Breen are publicly expressing doubts about the Games going...
Aqua fitness is making a splash in the Eurobodalla
Community
The older we get, the more important it is to maintain fitness, not just for heart health and mobility, but to make us less susceptible to falls. The paradox being that as exercise becomes more important, the harder it can be. That's where aqua fitness comes in. Aqua fitness is a growing industry as more people realise the benefits of low-impact...
In an unprecedented season, it’s business as usual for the Raiders
Sport
After the fires, smoke and hail, 'unprecedented' is already the most overused word of 2020, but it perfectly describes tomorrow's round two match between the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors. This match was initially scheduled as a Warriors home game in New Zealand but will instead be played on the Gold Coast. They will also be playing the game behind closed...
Cricketing captains commemorated
Sport
It might have been coronavirus everywhere else but last week in Cootamundra it was all about cricket. The town that revels in its cricketing greats - William Lloyd "Billy" Murdoch and Sir Donald "The Don" Bradman - has, over time, immortalised 42 Australian International Test XI captains along a sculpture-lined walk in Jubilee Park. Known as the Captains Walk, every test captain...
Kata and Brumbies smack Waratahs to claim The Dan Vickerman Cup
Sport
The Brumbies showcased their dominance as Australia's best Super Rugby team with a landslide win at GIO Stadium yesterday, crushing the NSW Waratahs in a 47-14 victory and claiming The Dan Vickerman Cup in the process. Wingers Solomone Kata and substitute Tom Wright crossed the try line on two occasions to lead the Brumbies in the try-scoring department and make...
9th annual Broulee Bay to Breakers draws a record crowd
Community
In yet another step towards bushfire recovery, 340 swimmers powered into the sea at North Broulee beach last Sunday for the 9th annual Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim. The days of black sky and ash-ridden beaches after a summer of bushfires are still close enough that swim coordinator David Butt commented especially on the water clarity. “It was...
It’s taken a while, but the Raiders have come of age
Sport
Walking through the Raiders impressive new high tech, high-performance facility, it’s easy to forget the club’s journey from humble origins to this point. In the early days, the Queanbeyan Leagues Club was the administration hub housing all the coaching staff, with training conducted at Seiffert Oval. Over the years, the Raiders administration staff and coaches have been based at a...
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