BY DAN It was officially announced today that Shaun Johnson won’t be joining the Canberra Raiders. No matter how hard we all tried to wish this scenario into existence, Shaun instead opted for the sunny beaches of southern Sydney. It’s not the first time time the Raiders have been spurned, and it won’t be the last. … More Shaun Johnson and the Raider Raise
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!
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
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?
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
BY DAN For the third time this off-season the Canberra Raiders find themselves the rumoured destination of a big name. First it was Mitchell Moses. Then it was Shaun Johnson. Now the Raiders are potentially the landing spot for a disaffected Matt Dufty, fresh off his breakout year as a speedy custodian for the St … More Dufty to Canberra? Here we go again…
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?
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
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
BY DAN Raiders fans got a sorely needed dose of good news when it was announced that Joe Tapine had signed on until the end of the 2023 season. The magnitude of the player as well as the length of commitment – well beyond anyone on the roster – was a resounding vote of faith … More A Vote of Confidence