Raiderettes facing the axe

By 11 December, 2013 53

The Herald Sun brings the unexpected news that the Canberra Raiders are thinking about disposing with their dancing girls:

In an historic move, Raiders chief executive Don Furner told The Daily Telegraph that his club was “reviewing the club’s game-day entertainment.”

“We have always had them but research among our fans indicates it might be time for a change,” Furner said. “It’s not definite but we are reviewing our game day entertainment.”

Furner denied the move was based around any female exploitation.

“There are a couple of reasons,” he said. “One, it is quite cold and a big ask for the woman, particularly during night games. And, two, cost.

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53 Responses to Raiderettes facing the axe
#1
MrPC1:14 am, 11 Dec 13

If they had said it was about female exploitation they’d have at least been honest.

The women involved clearly knew about the weather and the existence of night games. The cost is negligible. Neither of those are valid reasons.

IMHO the era when men could get away with looking at young women dancing in skimpy little costumes and feel excited is over. The world has moved on.

The men that haven’t moved on in that regard can’t afford tickets, and even if they could, they would rather watch the game on the Plasma TV they got on 48 months Interest Free at Harvey Norman (despite the existence of LCD and LED TVs), using that Foxtel subscription that keeps bouncing their credit card up to its limit every month.

Ultimately the club would do better to get a better supply of wine and cheese on game day, with gluten free snacks, and maybe a new stadium somewhere along the new Light Rail line (on the taxpayers dollar of course).

#2
Queen_of_the_Bun6:37 am, 11 Dec 13

The Raiderettes are usually the most entertaining part of often dismal winter experiences at Canberra Stadium, particularly since they stopped getting people to catch footballs in milk crates….

#3
The Great Bambino9:20 am, 11 Dec 13

Considering the indiscretions over the last few years at the Raiders, I find it laughable that they’re looking at removing one of the actual elements of game day that doesn’t bring them bad press.

I take my 4yo daughter to game days and they, for one, are great ambassadors, and always have time to talk to her and other children.

Research from fans, I’m calling shenanigans on that. The girls do no harm, and actually entertain the remaining few before the game and at halftime that are not lining up for Food, the loo or at the bar.

#4
CrocodileGandhi9:26 am, 11 Dec 13

Does anybody actually watch them? I’ve been a season ticket holder for years and have never heard more than the lightest smattering of applause for them. The only time I’ve ever seen any genuine interest is when one of them falls over.

#5
davo1019:36 am, 11 Dec 13

MrPC said :

Ultimately the club would do better to get a better supply of wine and cheese on game day, with gluten free snacks, and maybe a new stadium somewhere along the new Light Rail line (on the taxpayers dollar of course).

So the Raiders should join the AFL?

#6
bd849:53 am, 11 Dec 13

How about they ditch the raiders and just have the raiderettes perform. It would be a lot cheaper and more entertaining. Skill levels would be similar, and they could get into bar fights anytime they like.

#7
isaidno9:54 am, 11 Dec 13

If only the headline had read ‘Raiders facing the axe’… well we can all hope.

#8
chewy149:55 am, 11 Dec 13

MrPC said :

If they had said it was about female exploitation they’d have at least been honest.

The women involved clearly knew about the weather and the existence of night games. The cost is negligible. Neither of those are valid reasons.

IMHO the era when men could get away with looking at young women dancing in skimpy little costumes and feel excited is over. The world has moved on.

The men that haven’t moved on in that regard can’t afford tickets, and even if they could, they would rather watch the game on the Plasma TV they got on 48 months Interest Free at Harvey Norman (despite the existence of LCD and LED TVs), using that Foxtel subscription that keeps bouncing their credit card up to its limit every month.

Ultimately the club would do better to get a better supply of wine and cheese on game day, with gluten free snacks, and maybe a new stadium somewhere along the new Light Rail line (on the taxpayers dollar of course).

LOL, MRPC +1.

#9
Roundhead8910:01 am, 11 Dec 13

Ros Kelly as patron of the Raiders in 1993 wanted to get rid of the Raiderettes. She told a reporter from the Crimes “I loathe them”. MacIntyre had to make an announcement that the Raiderettes would stay but the club had to modify their entertainment due to legal action from a participant in a goal kicking contest.

#10
Genie10:02 am, 11 Dec 13

If the Raiderettes were actually entertaining and could dance – I’d say keep them.

Not that I bothered to renew my membership given my seats were magically $60 more expensive than this year with their new restructure.

#11
zorro2910:16 am, 11 Dec 13

CrocodileGandhi said :

Does anybody actually watch them? I’ve been a season ticket holder for years and have never heard more than the lightest smattering of applause for them. The only time I’ve ever seen any genuine interest is when one of them falls over.

That gave me my first giggle of the day!! Cheers :D

I won’t say what my partner says about the Raiderettes lest I get chased out of here…but a similar thing is happening in Sydney with some NRL franchises opting to get rid of or change the role of their cheerleaders

#12
poetix10:51 am, 11 Dec 13

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

It’s a shame women’s sport, you know, where they actually play, doesn’t get more attention though. I scour these e-pages in vain for updates on women’s soccer, for example.

#13
Pitchka10:54 am, 11 Dec 13

No big loss, they are all fricken ugly…

#14
maxblues10:54 am, 11 Dec 13

When Don Furner states “it is cold” and “the cost” is he giving reasons why fans should not bother turning up to a game?

#15
Ben_Dover10:58 am, 11 Dec 13

Ok, who was this “research” conducted amongst, certainly not amongst members.

Any Raiders fans here been asked for their views? Thought not.

Stinks to high heaven of PC to me. Ah well, just another nail in the Raiders coffin.

#16
Holden Caulfield11:10 am, 11 Dec 13

So who will help the players with their post-match “warm downs”?

#17
Funky111:18 am, 11 Dec 13

NOOOOOOI!!!

I hope this isn’t a groundswell movement by all NRL clubs. Where would the Footy Show be without the girls adding to the colour, to the vibrance, to the sheer entertainment on my screen every Thursday night. We’d have to resort to watching the has-beens ramble on about the mundane business of the game.

Why not give them more important roles. Use THEM as role models. Feature THEM at season launch events. They’re less likely to bring the game into disrepute and feature in sex scandals or domestic violence charges.

#18
DrKoresh11:55 am, 11 Dec 13

poetix said :

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

It’s a shame women’s sport, you know, where they actually play, doesn’t get more attention though. I scour these e-pages in vain for updates on women’s soccer, for example.

Me too, I often find myself staying up ’til 3:30am just to be able to watch the WNBL on the ABC. I think they also play it at a more reasonable time on Saturday afternoon but I usually work on Saturdays.

#19
BelcoMan12:13 pm, 11 Dec 13

Pitchka said :

No big loss, they are all fricken ugly…

At what point does obvious Troll become too obvious?

As for the Raiderettes, let them stay. They do take the focus of the dismal performances of the “Main Event”

#20
chewy1412:30 pm, 11 Dec 13

poetix said :

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

It’s a shame women’s sport, you know, where they actually play, doesn’t get more attention though. I scour these e-pages in vain for updates on women’s soccer, for example.

Agreed, I scour these pages for the local tiddlywinks results and nothing!

It’s blatant discrimination against a clearly popular and well patronised sport I tells ya.

#21
KB197112:30 pm, 11 Dec 13

BelcoMan said :

Pitchka said :

No big loss, they are all fricken ugly…

At what point does obvious Troll become too obvious?

As for the Raiderettes, let them stay. They do take the focus of the dismal performances of the “Main Event”

Dont stress, they can pick up jobs at the Summernats…….

#22
neanderthalsis12:34 pm, 11 Dec 13

MrPC said :

Ultimately the club would do better to get a better supply of wine and cheese on game day, with gluten free snacks….

You do realise that that we’re talking about rugby league here, not polo or the u/10 soccer in Toorak. To most Raiders fans wine is poncey foreign muck, cheese comes in individually wrapped slices and gluten free means eating the inside mush from a chiko roll and not the crunchy goodness on the outside.

#23
poetix12:49 pm, 11 Dec 13

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

It’s a shame women’s sport, you know, where they actually play, doesn’t get more attention though. I scour these e-pages in vain for updates on women’s soccer, for example.

Agreed, I scour these pages for the local tiddlywinks results and nothing!

It’s blatant discrimination against a clearly popular and well patronised sport I tells ya.

Soccer *is* a popular sport, and reasonably well patronised. Whereas Tiddlywinks is your nickname around these parts.

#24
dph12:53 pm, 11 Dec 13

As if it wasn’t already outdated & taxing enough, it’s like they’re trying to make the game day experience as unappealing as possible.

“Hey guys, remember when we use to have fun stuff like game day entertainment, cheer girls, fireworks & atmosphere…? Yeah well we’ve gotten rid of all of that & increased ticket prices… Yeahhhh!!!”

#25
Ben_Dover12:56 pm, 11 Dec 13

poetix said :

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

I agree! Only middle-class hipster burlesque is acceptable in today’s society, how dare therse girls cater to a working class crowd!

#26
Queen_of_the_Bun1:12 pm, 11 Dec 13

dph said :

As if it wasn’t already outdated & taxing enough, it’s like they’re trying to make the game day experience as unappealing as possible.

“Hey guys, remember when we use to have fun stuff like game day entertainment, cheer girls, fireworks & atmosphere…? Yeah well we’ve gotten rid of all of that & increased ticket prices… Yeahhhh!!!”

Burlesque is just porn for fat people, surely?

#27
chewy141:37 pm, 11 Dec 13

poetix said :

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

It’s a shame women’s sport, you know, where they actually play, doesn’t get more attention though. I scour these e-pages in vain for updates on women’s soccer, for example.

Agreed, I scour these pages for the local tiddlywinks results and nothing!

It’s blatant discrimination against a clearly popular and well patronised sport I tells ya.

Soccer *is* a popular sport, and reasonably well patronised. Whereas Tiddlywinks is your nickname around these parts.

Soccer itself is a world wide popular sport as a whole. Women’s soccer in general, mmm, not so much. Local women’s soccer, even less so.

I don’t see local basketball results, I don’t see local table tennis results either. Should we he focusing on them too? What about the local reserve grade Rugby League comp, no coverage.

Now you can rail against how ‘unfair’ it is that people don’t like and support the same things you do or you can join the rest of us in a place called Reality.

Nah, name calling is so much more productive, hope it makes you feel better.

#28
poetix2:13 pm, 11 Dec 13

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

It’s a shame women’s sport, you know, where they actually play, doesn’t get more attention though. I scour these e-pages in vain for updates on women’s soccer, for example.

Agreed, I scour these pages for the local tiddlywinks results and nothing!

It’s blatant discrimination against a clearly popular and well patronised sport I tells ya.

Soccer *is* a popular sport, and reasonably well patronised. Whereas Tiddlywinks is your nickname around these parts.

Soccer itself is a world wide popular sport as a whole. Women’s soccer in general, mmm, not so much. Local women’s soccer, even less so.

I don’t see local basketball results, I don’t see local table tennis results either. Should we he focusing on them too? What about the local reserve grade Rugby League comp, no coverage.

Now you can rail against how ‘unfair’ it is that people don’t like and support the same things you do or you can join the rest of us in a place called Reality.

Nah, name calling is so much more productive, hope it makes you feel better.

Fun guy! The name bit was a harmless joke.

There were about 800 at the women’s soccer at the weekend. Not a huge crowd, but it does indicate an interest.

#29
isaidno2:25 pm, 11 Dec 13

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

chewy14 said :

poetix said :

Clearly, having cheerleaders (or whatever they are called), is quintessentially sexist. It’s just bogan burlesque.

It’s a shame women’s sport, you know, where they actually play, doesn’t get more attention though. I scour these e-pages in vain for updates on women’s soccer, for example.

Agreed, I scour these pages for the local tiddlywinks results and nothing!

It’s blatant discrimination against a clearly popular and well patronised sport I tells ya.

Soccer *is* a popular sport, and reasonably well patronised. Whereas Tiddlywinks is your nickname around these parts.

Soccer itself is a world wide popular sport as a whole. Women’s soccer in general, mmm, not so much. Local women’s soccer, even less so.

I don’t see local basketball results, I don’t see local table tennis results either. Should we he focusing on them too? What about the local reserve grade Rugby League comp, no coverage.

Now you can rail against how ‘unfair’ it is that people don’t like and support the same things you do or you can join the rest of us in a place called Reality.

Nah, name calling is so much more productive, hope it makes you feel better.

Yeah, there’s no reason to focus on popular world sports when there is the minor provincial sport that is rugby league to cover.

#30
chewy143:19 pm, 11 Dec 13

isaidno said :

Yeah, there’s no reason to focus on popular world sports when there is the minor provincial sport that is rugby league to cover.

I know right. I just can’t wait to hear more about the weekly exploits of Ma Long in the Chinese table tennis super league. One billion Chinese can’t be wrong.

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