BY DAN The slightest ray of sunshine poked through the rain clouds of 2020 today, with the release of round one of the 2021 draw for the National Rugby League. Unlike this time last year, where the NRL, and the television companies, showed little interest in the people’s team, the Raiders have managed to score … More A Modicum of Respect
BY TIM Yesterday Cricket Australia announced new rules to come into effect for the forthcoming BBL10 season. While they all have catchy names, they have all been trialled in or currently part of the first class cricket scene. In there most basic interpretation, they are: Power Surge – What is essentially a 2 over Power … More Cricket Australia and the Art of the Pander
BY ROB It’s being billed as a replay of last year’s grand final but this game is anything but that epic and bittersweet encounter. Lady Fate has taken to the Raiders with a blunt scythe, cutting down key talent nearly every game over the last three rounds. It’s depressing how much talent and cap space … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Roosters Round 10 Preview
BY ROB With COVID19 shutting down sporting events faster than you can sneeze, the Australian Grand Prix officials have taken the unorthodox step of announcing a new sponsorship on the eve of the Melbourne race. “We decided in the interest of public health to commission a new bubbly sanitiser from Dettol to replace the expensive … More Dettol in pole position
BY DAN It’s less 100 days until the people’s team, the Canberra Raiders, take the field in a meaningful game. We know. Too long. So we’ve been thinking about what we can do in the meantime to get us until that wonderful day in early March. 1. Drink and be merry. I mean it’s the … More 15 things to do for the next 100 days til the season starts
BY DAN London: The National Selection Panel has told the Sportress that they are certain that this is the time gambling on a Marsh brother will pay off. Speaking exclusively to the Sportress one member of the panel said lLook I know we’ve already tried this 18 times and it hasn’t worked. But what are … More Selectors sure Marsh will pay off this time
BY DAN After Josh Hodgson, Jordan Rapana, Ata Hingano and Nic Cotric sustained in recent representative games, Canberrans are doing whatever the can to call on fate to ensure their stars are safe during this weekend’s representative round. Fans are praying to the shrine statue of Laurie Daley. Visits to the holy relics like Big … More Canberrans to fate: protect our boys
BY DAN In a wonderful piece for Today’s Tale, Sam Perry did an excellent job of ‘trendspotting’, pointing out that the era of the block play was perhaps on its way out. Before we get going. Read the piece. Please. I’ll wait here. What’s the block play? Well as Sam aptly describes it: “This play, … More The death of the block play?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 19-0 victory over Parramatta was yet another hard-nosed performance. Against an opposition that underwhelmed they attacked through the middle, kicked to the corners, and defended like hell. This was meant to be a big test for the Raiders, but they barely felt troubled. Before we spend the next few hundred … More Raiders Review: The Recipe.
BY DAN So Sunday night games hey? Waiting the whole weekend for footy is not ideal. So here’s some random thoughts to tide you over until six o’clock. 1. BJ has been great this year (and others) I get it. BJ gives away some dumb penalties, and occasionally he tries stuff on offence he probably … More 5 Bonus Things We Think