Watch: Raiders Hype!

BY ROB AND DAN It’s late November and for most normal Australians minds are turning to the cricket, and to Christmas.  But here at the Sportress we are not normal. Yeah we’re thinking about 2019. And we’re thinking about 2018. But also 1994. And a bit of 1997. 1989 gets a run, mostly as something … More Watch: Raiders Hype!

Size and Substance

BY DAN Much has been made of the reshaping of the Canberra Raiders previously monster pack this offseason. The Raiders have put a finger to the wind, and decided to get smaller. At the same, they’ve extended the stay of enormous rookie prop Emre Guler. Are these two things compatible?  The decision to let two … More Size and Substance

Quick Hit: How Important Is Rapana’s Injury?

BY DAN Canberra Raiders fans got the worst news this week when the club reported that star winger Jordan Rapana would be sidelined by shoulder surgery until round 11 of the 2019 season. It’s the second year the Green Machine’s premiership hopes had been tempered by injuries in the international ‘season’, and compounds the similar … More Quick Hit: How Important Is Rapana’s Injury?

Fingers Crossed

BY DAN England plays New Zealand in the final test of the year Monday morning Australian time. If you’re anything like me you’re not sad the season is ending. That’s not because I don’t like international rugby league. To the contrary, there’s something magical about test match footy, particularly those tests played on the weird … More Fingers Crossed

Johnson to Canberra?

BY DAN Raiders fans across the world are getting a little bit excited by a rumour printed in the Daily Telegraph that the Green Machine is making a play for dynamic Warriors half Shaun Johnson. Before you get carried away, we’d like to point you to what we referred to as the ‘ridiculous rumour mill’. … More Johnson to Canberra?

Happy Birthday Josh

BY DAN Today is Josh Hodgson’s birthday. If you’ve followed these pages, you’d know we’ve been quite fond of Mr Hodgson from day dot. Since he burst through the doors in 2015 (well technically that happened in 2014 but you get the idea) we’ve considered him the primary driver of much of the Raiders (albeit … More Happy Birthday Josh

The Raiders Draw: The Good, the Bad and the Critical

BY DAN The NRL draw was released on Thursday. Here are the bits we found interesting. The Good 1. Five free-to-air games I’m fortunate enough to have a Foxtel subscription. But most people don’t, so free-to-air games are critical, particularly if you’re not lucky enough to live in Canberra. So I’m glad Raiders’ fans get … More The Raiders Draw: The Good, the Bad and the Critical