BY DAN When the Raiders announced that they were moving fullback Jack Wighton to the halves it predictably set off a round of takes. We were not immune. It’s a lot of pressure on Wighton – his success may mean more than just a position and a season. It could determine the fate of coach … More Wighton to Six: The Hail Mary?
BY DAN “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” — my dude T.S. Eliot The fever dream of many a Raiders fan will become real when Jack Wighton returns from suspension. Instead of returning as custodian, the Daily Telegraph has reported that Jack Wighton will … More The Big Risk: Wighton to Six
BY DAN Throughout summer a rumour has persisted on social media that Dylan Edwards might be making his way to the Canberra Raiders. It’s not yet at the level where actual journalists feel compelled to write about it, but people I respect have whispered about it so often I feel I must address it. The … More The Appeal of Dylan Edwards
BY DAN Sometimes you see an idea so tremendously wrong that it makes you do a double take. In an attempt to solve the problem of an injured Jordan Rapana, “resident NRL.com expert” Jamie Soward came up with such an idea. Jack Wighton to the wing. The offending paragraph Jack’s best position is something that … More Is Wighton A Winger? Is Soward an Expert?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders have had a rough couple of years. After 2016 provided us a sign of what was possible, 2017 and 2018 instead showed us what was likely. 2nd (and spiritual winner of 2016)* became 10th and 10th again as a mixture of injuries, defensive ineptitude and bad luck (so regular it … More 19 Things To Look Forward to in 2019
BY DAN NRL.com recently put out it’s predicted round one lineup for the Canberra Raiders 2019 season. You might wonder why that esteemed website went down this pathway a good two months (more?) from the start of the season. The Raiders have already lost two players for the first half of 2019 since the end … More Predicting 2019: NRL.com and the search for conversation
BY DAN This has been a really fun year for the Sportress. We’ve been at this caper for over four years now, cranking out these hot takes. We are yet to reach the heights that we originally thought this blog would take us (I mean, Grantland shut down, and the Guardian doesn’t seem interested in … More A Very Sportress Christmas
BY DAN The Raiders today cemented my one true love & star rake Josh Hodgson in Canberra lore by naming him co-captain with local legend Jarrod Croker. This move will be more important off the field than on, and reflects the importance of the Englishman to Canberra more than any desire to markedly change the … More Hodgson, Croker and Shared Power
BY DAN Normally by this time of the year, life tends to get a bit slower. Christmas parties, summer nights, cricket on the box (More of a panel these days – Rob). It’s all part of the season where people are occasionally not pricks to each other. This normally applies to the NRL. Generally most … More The Importance of Continuity
BY DAN The National Rugby League (NRL) to the admirable step of reporting on third-party agreements this week. It was an important step by the competition that has already facilitated important discussions about equity across the competition. It also highlights some important problem areas in the effectiveness of the salary cap the NRL will have … More TPAs and the Market Rate