7 September 2009

Canberra Raiders fall to Broncos 22-10

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Fox Sports reports that the Canberra Raiders have gone down to the Brisbane Broncos 22-10 at Lang Park, in front of over 35,000 fans.

Canberra went into half time down only 8-6, but were unable to contain the Broncos, who scored three more tries after half time to the Raiders’ one extra. Rookie half Josh McCrone set up the Raiders’ first try and scored the second one himself, while Josh Dugan (who is well and truly in the mix for Dally M Rookie of the Year) made some great defensive reads and showed great courage in stopping Broncos giant Dave Taylor from scoring a try.

Despite the loss, there are a number of positives to come out of this season. First and foremost, the emergence of a number of excellent young players will stand the club in good stead in future – Dugan, Jarrod Croker, Travis Waddell, Joel Thompson, Dan Vidot and Josh McCrone have all played extremely well this year. Dugan in particular is a very special player, with enormous talent and courage. Of Canberra’s older players, Josh Miller, Bronson Harrison and Tom Leroyd-Lahrs acquitted themselves well. The team had some outstanding wins, including over Melbourne, the Broncos and St George.

Myself and Ms 2604 will be ordering our 2010 Raiders memberships on October 6, and are looking forward to supporting the Raiders next season and for many more seasons to come.

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I’m happy to support the Raider’s despite their ups and down. I like the approach of maintaining the new players, even if it costs us a chance of a “big name”. Lets face it, we would be flat out with our small population getting a “Star Sydney” player other than those well past their use by date – there is very limited financial opportunities for them through third party sponsorships. The players we can keep here are good enough for me, and a bit more loyal too.
Yeah, maybe that’s a bit naive – but that’s how supporters are.

Gungahlin Al4:56 pm 07 Sep 09

It seems to be endemic across the whole competition this year that every team just plain forgot to turn up at several games.

There have always been lapses – generally post-State of Origin where there are heavy demands for rep players – every Broncos fan is accustomed to such mid-season slumps. But this season it’s been across the season irrespective of rep duties.

Seems there is a general failing on behalf of the coaches to keep their teams motivated and hungry, and to be able to pick them back up at half time after rough starts (leading to some absurd runaway scores).

It’s sure made tipping utter hit and miss…

Love being a raiders fan.

Sure we lost this one, but the result itself is of little consequence. We played well away from home! I’m feeling really positive about our team’s future.

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