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Support the Raiders. Pleeeease…

By Deano - 13 August 2008 43

Raiders captain, Alan Tongue, has written a passionate plea to fans calling on them to show their support for the Raiders. Apparently only 6500 of them fronted up for the recent record breaking win against the Panthers last week and there has been talk that some people have even handed in their season tickets, which has disappointed the players.

Tongue recalls “I remember the days gone by when you would watch a Raiders game on TV and the stands would be full”. If I recall correctly the controversy at the time was that the Raiders were closing the stands on one side of the grounds to force people to sit opposite the cameras and make it look full.

So, what’s behind the lack of interest in the Raiders? Is everyone staying home to watch the Olympics? Do we not want to associate with a group of social misfits? Is it just too cold?

What’s Your opinion?


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Support the Raiders. Pleeeease…
Holden Caulfield 10:00 pm 13 Aug 08

New Yeah said :

…young Todd has left a bad taste in many peoples’ mouths.

I see what you’ve done there, heheheee.

bd84 9:52 pm 13 Aug 08

Cameron said :

I’m a season ticket holder and just about every game has had 11 to 14 thousand there.

If you take their word on the what looks like a creative attempt at crowd counting. I have a good chuckle at the 14,000 crowd they normally announce especially when you look around the ground and it’s almost 3/4 empty.

There are probably a number of reasons people don’t go including; the high price, they raised gate general admission by 50% this season for a team that were in the bottom half of the ladder, to take your whole family you’re probably looking at about $70+; people don’t go when it’s extremely cold or raining; and Canberrans don’t go watch any team of ours that aren’t winning premierships, the numbers just gradually decline.

ant said :

Another one word: Superleague. That showed us that it was all just big business. Then they named the teams after animals, like the yanks do, so they can move them around easier. Bugger that. Had enough.

The Raiders were great when the blokes were from our region, in from the surrounding country towns. Now they’re from anywhere, if the price is right.

The teams have always been named after animals? The game might have survived if it was still superleague, it needs money to be pumped into it and teams pumped out. 17 teams with memberships of 3000 people isn’t sustainable, it’s well on the way to death if it stays on the same track. But that might have something to do with it only requiring players to stop, start, throw, stop, start, throw, stop, stop, zZzZzZzZzzzz…

AussieGal83 9:50 pm 13 Aug 08

Oh come on! You cant keep blaming Super League. It was almost 10 years ago.

ant 9:18 pm 13 Aug 08

Another one word: Superleague. That showed us that it was all just big business. Then they named the teams after animals, like the yanks do, so they can move them around easier. Bugger that. Had enough.

The Raiders were great when the blokes were from our region, in from the surrounding country towns. Now they’re from anywhere, if the price is right.

astrojax 9:03 pm 13 Aug 08

football? if they didn’t have to put boots on, i wonder if they’d know where their feet were…

and does it cost that much? faark, afl is the people’s game, obviously. go, bite me’s son. hope he kicks a bag in his milestone! and camaraderie is a great outcome of youth sport, if not always translated to the seniors games on the teev

30 squid?? really?? i wonder what a-league games tix will cost when we get a side here.

bite me 8:59 pm 13 Aug 08

PigDog, you sound like a KRuddn speach writer. The $50 you would spend at a Faiders game trickles down to line the pockets of these thugs that our kids are supposed to look up to. My 8 year old son is about to play his 50th game of AFL footy and is a big fan of some of that codes “stars”. All I can do is hope that he learns about the comradery, honour and dedication that team sports are supposed to promote. I don’t like my chances.

PigDog 8:46 pm 13 Aug 08

Well, I will be there.
However, I only go occasionally because of the price. $30 is just to much in my opinion – not quite sure why the Raiders can’t see that. How much to see the Aussie Rules/Soccer/Badminton etc when it is town? With people, apparently, up against the wall with the price of petrol (an extra $5 or $6 a week!), I don’t think they can throw this sort of money at entertainment.
Plus, once you add up a couple of drinks (even the soft variety), some chips or such, you are looking at $50 just to go see the footy. I’m an overpaid fat cat public servant with money to burn – I have no idea how working families can afford to go.

el 8:36 pm 13 Aug 08

Neah.

illyria 8:29 pm 13 Aug 08

And again …. No

bite me 8:18 pm 13 Aug 08

What she said (No)

nyssa76 7:39 pm 13 Aug 08

No.

Cameron 6:45 pm 13 Aug 08

I’m a season ticket holder and just about every game has had 11 to 14 thousand there.

Last weekend was freezing bloody cold and I imagine, as others have pointed out, TC had an impact on the people that chose to go.

I personally think it was a bit of a knee jerk for Tongue to make such a plea – unless he was expecting 15 – 20 thousand a game instead of the 11 – 14…

deye 6:18 pm 13 Aug 08

football – meh.

New Yeah 6:06 pm 13 Aug 08

The games I have attended so far this season (vs Melbourne and vs Balmain) were reasonably well attended.

True, last week was a bit too cold and young Todd has left a bad taste in many peoples’ mouths. Perhaps people are also a bit cheesed off with Raiders management in that this latest controversy was in some ways management’s fault too – they could have sorted Todd out some time ago. Just perhaps.

I don’t think the rest of the team are social misfits though. At least not more so than any other professional sportsmen.

Mr Evil 5:27 pm 13 Aug 08

Too cold last weekend, I guess.

Plus, I think a lot of fans were over the whole Todd Carney shenanigans too.

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