10 July 2005

Expected result for the Raiders

| Ralph
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There were no surprises when the Melbourne Storm beat the Raiders by 20-0 on Saturday night. A match summary is available at the Canberra Times site.

For 70 minutes of the game, the Raiders’ defended their line well. However, Jason Smith just could not get his kicks to work, and the Storm also successfully prevented the Raiders from playing the ball quickly.

Unfortunately Simon Woolford continued to set a poor example for his team, being put on report for a high tackle. Tyran Smith was also placed on report for a high tackle, and Adam Mogg was sent to the sin bin with 10 minutes of the game remaining. Having conceded around 9 penalties, the Raiders are lacking in discipline on the field. Some may even say the Raiders play grubby football. This needs to be addressed.

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What happened? I think I blacked out for a second there. I’d better go and have a lie down.

The Knights will stage a stunning comeback and take out the premiership. If I was ever sure of anything, I’m sure of this!

Thankfully you may be right Ralph. If Ricky ever sets foot in Canberra as coach of the Raiders it will be a dark day for football. I for one will boycott Raiders matches and perhaps picket the Leagues club.

Hell hath no fury like a slighted sports fan.

I’ve been told that Ricky does want the job here at Canberra. I doubt that the Raiders could ever match what the Rooters would be prepared to pay for him though.

The choice of Sunday games has been dubious for a long time. Note that the Raiders/Bulldogs clash four weeks ago was the first time the Raiders had been given a Sunday spot in what feels like three seasons!

On Matty Elliot, I’m not so sure he’s to blame for the lacklustre performance. Hell, even Michaelangelo himself could not sculpt a turd. In any case, he’s much better than anyone else liable to stick their hand up for the job.

I think it was Ralph who reported a couple of weeks ago that Ricky Stuart was sniffing around for a coaching job at the Raiders. I would rather see Hitler at the helm of the Green Machine than that F*cktard.

Dave_Heidelberg1:43 pm 11 Jul 05

Yes the choice of Sunday game was curious, however not unexpected. Has a lot to do with Harragan, M. Johnson, and A. Johns all being contracted to Channel nein

They won’t make the finals.

Dave_Heidelberg11:55 am 11 Jul 05

I agree. Woolford is an unbearable whinger, and his nervous twitches are contagious; I often find myself twitching in sympathy.

The word on the Raiders forums are that young players are not being shown the leadership that they desperately need. Also, there is a huge anti-Elliot sentiment running.

I’m sorry to say that I think the Raiders are a zero percent chance of making the finals.

I think we’ll take last weeks performance by Germ as an unexpected peak in a very much downward trajectory. As we’ve said before, the captain should be leading by example. Making foolish tackles because we’re being frustrated by a quality opposition is not the way to do this.

Lo and behold, this will be the third suspension for Germ if he is found guilty. Furthermore he is starting to take good players down with him. Matty Elliot needs to address this problem before the Raiders’ reputation is further tarnished.

As a potential solution I would advocate Jason Croker being nominated as club captain. Good player, good experience with a good reputation.

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