Croker takes one step closer to being a Raider for life
Sport
Jarrod Croker is preparing for his 12th season in the NRL. On this particular day in March, he's already completed four media interviews, responding to questions ranging from last year’s aching grand final loss to the impending birth of his first child. Jarrod, it would appear, is ready for almost anything thrown his way. But a pressing concern is his...
Cycling Canberra to Dubbo for mental health
Community
If you’re out and about the South West Slopes this weekend, be aware of the scores of pedalling feet taking part in the Zoo2Zoo bike ride in aid of the Black Dog Institute. With an increase of 22 riders this year, they have already exceeded their fundraising goal of $100,000 and are now just focused on getting to Dubbo safely,...
Curtis Scott cleared to play by NRL
Sport
Raiders centre Curtis Scott has been cleared to play in Canberra's round one clash against the Titans after the NRL confirmed they would not stand him down under their 'no-fault policy'. Scott is charged with seven offences including assaulting police and resisting arrest. He was arrested and tasered by police on the Australia Day long weekend. Under the NRL's no-fault...
Jasper’s Olympic race is taking flight on the snow
Sport
It’s not just watching Jasper Cobcroft ski downhill that’s breathtaking, it’s the sound. The clattering of skis, rasping titanium whooshing against ice, peppered with airborne silence. It repeatedly decrescendos one kilometre down an obstructive 250-metre vertical drop in 70 seconds; a mother’s voice in the background says, “slow down, mate”. Jasper isn't showing signs of slowing down. Just two months...
Bega Bombers looking for a boost from new women’s AFL competition
Sport
The Bega Bombers say they expect a twenty per cent growth in the AFL club's player numbers this season as more young women and girls take up the sport. That target is certain to be boosted this Sunday (March 8) when players from the Greater Western Sydney Giants attend a ‘come and try day’ at Roy Howard Oval. Two of...
Why Don Furner Sr is recognised as one of the fathers of the Canberra Raiders
Sport
Don Furner Senior was unique in rugby league. When Don was asked, “How are you going?”, the answer would always be, “Never better”. His positivity always shone through, and even when he was coaching it was impossible to tell whether his side had won or lost, such was his nature. Another unique aspect about Don was that he never drank,...
Broulee’s Bay to Breakers is back in a big way
What's On
Normal business has resumed at Broulee with the return of the 9th Hotondo Homes Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim on Sunday, 8 March. “It’s a terrific community event, and a great way to get back to things we love about Broulee after such a difficult summer,” said swim coordinator Gary Pettigrove. The 1.4 km open water swim course goes...
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar is right: We should be focusing on the positives in rugby
Sport
Over the years I have been critical of rugby, from the disconnection from the grassroots to the style of play and the interpretation of the rules. But credit should be given where credit is due. The Brumbies are leading the way to change perceptions of rugby – including my own. Not only are they winning (they're three from four in...
Footy festival ahead of sold-out NRL trial at Bega
Sport
Rugby league fans on the South Coast have soaked up the opportunity to see some of the best players in the National Rugby League (NRL), with this Saturday’s ‘Battle of the West’ trial game between Penrith and Parramatta at the Bega Recreation Ground an official sell out. The lead-up to the game holds an exciting few days of action as the Panthers and...
League fans mourn death of Don Furner Sr at 87
Sport
The Canberra rugby league community is in mourning today after the passing of Don Furner Sr, one of its most respected and important figures. Mr Furner died on Monday night after a long illness. He was 87. As a coach, Mr Furner steered the Canberra Raiders through the start of its golden era from 1982 to 1987. He was head...
Brumbies end Chiefs hoodoo in Hamilton
Sport
Having not defeated the Chiefs away from home since 2007, crossing the ditch for Saturday night's Super Rugby encounter was a battle as much with the Chiefs as the weight of history. That the Brumbies turned the tables with a 26-14 win will be one fans long remember, and it wasn't the only record they overturned. The win saw Dan...
Mumps outbreak strikes Brumbies players and staff
Sport
The ACT Brumbies' haven't beaten the competition-leading Chiefs in New Zealand since 2007 and their preparation for this weekend's match in Waikato just got harder after Rugby Australia confirmed several cases of mumps among the team's players and staff. "The initial testing conducted last week was inconclusive, with the second wave of testing confirming the presence of the virus amongst some players and...
Raiders inspire kids as the team looks towards emerging talent
Sport
Following a disappointing NRL Nines campaign, the Raiders have seen some young talent start to shine through ahead of this season as they continue to keep the community in mind on and off the field. While the young guns were over in Perth for the Nines competition, the rest of the Raiders squad were touring bushfire-affected areas on the South...
Wighton set to become a lifelong Raider with new four-year contract
Sport
Canberra Raiders' five-eighth Jack Wighton is on course to become a one-club player in the NRL after a signing a new four-year, $3 million deal with the club. Wighton rejected more lucrative offers from other clubs to stay in Canberra. Wighton, the Clive Churchill medallist from last year's NRL grand final, came of age as a footballer and as a...
Broncs and bulls in a blaze of glory at Tumbarumba
Community
Dust off those boots, chuck on a 10-gallon hat, the flanny, a bit of bling and scoot over to Tumbarumba for one heck of a bronc 'n bull riding time at the Blaze of Glory Rodeo on February 21. It’s a case of be there or be square because this one-of-a-kind event has been organised in conjunction with Tumbafest to...
The Braidwood Bushfire 7s raises spirits and funds for bushfire-affected areas
Sport
As teams took to the field on Saturday morning, the heavens had already opened up. The irony wasn’t lost on the Braidwood community impacted by the bushfires, nor those who had travelled from areas as far afield as Sydney’s northern beaches to take part in the day. The Braidwood Bushfire 7s, with over 40 teams competing, filled the void created...
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