BY DAN The Canberra Raiders have no one to blame but themselves for their 13-12 loss to the Brisbane Broncos. Many may look to the injury to Josh Hodgson, or the borderline incompetent scheduling, but the real enemy was in green last night. Poor last tackle options and astoundingly poor handling undermined their efforts in … More Raiders Review: Own Worst Enemy?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 46-6 victory over the Wests Tigers was not perfect. In fact the Tigers helped as much as hindered the Raiders march to victory. While the errors of previous weeks remained with the Raiders, the side they faced was unable to capitalise. Instead the Raiders found their groove on the back … More Raiders Review: Capable Of More?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 42-16 loss to the Cronulla Sharks was largely of their own making. Their most reliable players dropped the ball. Their most experienced players gave away needless penalties. Their most creative players failed to play direct. And in between their forwards were monstered by one of the best packs in the … More Raiders Review: Panic Stations?
BY DAN If one was harbouring any concerns that the Canberra Raiders were not a premiership contender it was dispelled in their 20-16 golden point loss to the North Queensland Cowboys. The Raiders showed critical factors in their rise last year have carried over to 2017, and in some cases have improved. The Raiders did … More Raiders Review: The Real Deal?
BY DAN NFL Executive Mike Lombardi likes to say it’s harder to climb the mountain the second time. This somewhat obtuse saying is meant to outline that teams tend to think they can start the previous season where they finished. That the playoffs are already guaranteed and that the real challenge will come later in … More The Obstacles to the Premiership
BY DAN David Shillington retired yesterday. When he joined the Canberra Raiders it was part of an upswing in Raiders fortunes. He came to the Raiders a talented prospect, much like the side was at the time. As he matured, so did the Raiders, and by the time he left he had played an important … More David Shillington: He Helped Build This
BY DAN So we have a new Pod. It took ages to upload because hotel wifi is a killer. There’s plenty on the first weekend of the AFLW and the cricket. Also some stuff on the super bowl from before the game which sounds hilarious right now because pretty much none of it was right. … More New Pod: AFLW and Cricket
BY DAN The success of the Canberra Raiders in 2016 has seen them become the pick of the punditry for the 2017 National Rugby League Premiership. With the play of the likes of Hodgson, Papalii, Whitehead, Leilua, Hodgson and Hodgson in 2016 it’s not hard to see why. But before the good people of the … More Dave Taylor Matters
BY DAN To say the debut game of the Australian Football Women’s League at Princess Park Friday night was a success is quite the understatement. 24,000 people crammed into a ground that barely could cope with the mass of humanity, 2,000 outside wishing they could have got in. A million watching at home through free-to-air … More A Roaring Success: AFLW Carlton v Collingwood
BY DAN We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s a text. Maybe it’s a notification from Cricket Australia. One in which even the social media manager seems surprised: “Aussie selection shock for India”. Maybe it’s just a mate cornering you, ready to spit flames at the latest outrage committed by the National Selection Panel. “I can’t … More The 9 Rules For Understanding the Selection Process