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What have the Canberra Raiders been up to over the years?

By PBO - 5 August 2008 30

With all the Todd talk going on i was wondering what other events have occurred in the Raiders history. 

Can anyone enlighten me as to what they have been up to off the field? I ask this because there always seems to be sportspeople in the paper or on the news for non-sport occurrences. 

I just want to get a bit of history (Old players and new) of our local team’s antics off field.

What’s Your opinion?


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What have the Canberra Raiders been up to over the years?
johnboy 9:44 am 06 Aug 08

As a rule: unless you personally saw it happen, or you can point to a news source of it, we’d rather not have it.

PBO 9:26 am 06 Aug 08

b) I’m not entirely sure what the site’s coverage for defamation is?

Just to put your mind at ease Simbo, this would be hearsay at the best.

Growling Ferret 8:45 am 06 Aug 08

Footballers should not be role models. They are athletes that make their money due to their physical prowess. Its other people such as Religious heads, Politicians, Judges, Lawyers who should be perfect examples of ‘role models’

Shall we expose them to the same level of scrutiny?

Such as the kiddie fiddlers at Marist and hundreds of other religions schools and churches across Australia over the years.
What about a former Chief Minister rolling her car after a big day at a winery?
Or a current ACT Minister going DUI
Or former MLA’s living in their offices?
Or MLA’s rorting the system by living in Government housing?

Footballers are easy fodder for headlines… nothing more, nothing less…

The Jas 10:01 pm 05 Aug 08

I went to a local footy team presentation for a club the company I work for sponsors a while ago. Gary Belcher was the guest speaker, they had flown him down from QLD where he now lives I believe.

He could have told many a story on great games etc to a room full of youngish (18-30 year old) amateur footy players, some of them just below NRL level, for inspiration sake etc. But no, in front of the whole room of 100 or so of sponsors, parents and players, every story was about getting on the piss and getting up to mischeif.

And we wonder why football has alcohol problems, even supposed legends of the game encourage it…….

Panhead 9:24 pm 05 Aug 08

the Ricky Stuart accident that caused the death of a lady is interesting….

But yea current day Raiders are cocks, all the ones I’ve served. Especially Scott Logan and Todd Carney.

DJ 8:36 pm 05 Aug 08

Was Mullins from the same hick town as Carney? Seems neither of them can/could conduct themselves well after a few….

DJ 8:35 pm 05 Aug 08

simbo said :

Hmm, I’m sure I’ve heard a couple of decent Laurie Daley rumours, but:

a) some of them smacked of wish-fulfilment rather than accuracy,
b) I’m not entirely sure what the site’s coverage for defamation is?

Is it true they used his nose as inspiration for the successful Americas Cup challenge?

Sammy 8:24 pm 05 Aug 08

Laurie Daley was a dick when he played for the Raiders, and continues to be one.

I remember with fond memories the story of Laurie arriving at Pizza Hut enquiring about a table, only to be informed that they had none available. This was met with the line recently made famous by those reprobates from round Gosford way: do you know who I am!

Yes, but we still can’t magic a table out of thin air.

Growling Ferret 8:07 pm 05 Aug 08

Does it really matter?

These guys were not under the same scrutiny as players now. I wonder what politicians got up to in the 80’s/90’s? Malcolm Frasers’ pants for instance…

simbo 7:03 pm 05 Aug 08

Hmm, I’m sure I’ve heard a couple of decent Laurie Daley rumours, but:

a) some of them smacked of wish-fulfilment rather than accuracy,
b) I’m not entirely sure what the site’s coverage for defamation is?

VicePope 6:52 pm 05 Aug 08

The Noa Nadruku incident (his defence on an assault was that he was so drunk he could not have formed the intention to do anything) was a high point. There were rumours about a buck’s night that got way out of hand, but I did not hear any details.

Matto 6:47 pm 05 Aug 08

astrojax said :

“back in the day” the club was also very good at persuading prospective complainants to withdraw or not make such complaints, including regarding sexual and other physical assaults. and the stakes (ie wages) weren’t as high, so the media profiles were similarly low key enough for such instances to go under a radar which today would likely see it a gleaming blip…

because we were all out doing the same thing.

exactly who are ‘we’ here, hippy?

but i agree, i have no desire for blokes who might have a talent to kick a ball becoming society’s role models. i blame society.

astrojax, I think what you’re saying is true, but being a Nation that is very sports oriented and damn good at it, it’s hard to keep the limelight away from these people. You don’t really hear kids in the play ground wanting to grow up and be just like Wayne Berry or Kate Carnell?? Probably not the greatest of role models, but I think you know where I’m coming from. Is there really anyone around these days that the younger generation especially would conspire to be like? Not a dig, but I’ve kind of been out of the loop for a bit.

New Yeah 6:47 pm 05 Aug 08

Sam Backo and the late Peter Jackson got into a spot of bother at the Blind Beggars in Belco. I figure it happened before they went to the Broncos, so probably ’88, maybe ’89. If you are dopey enough to get on the wrong side of a first grade footballer then you probably deserve what you get.

On the other hand, Gary Belcher and Big Mal (both wearing dark glasses) visited my school fete and signed plenty of autographs for the kids. That never made the news, it just made a lot of youngsters and their parents happy.

astrojax 6:28 pm 05 Aug 08

“back in the day” the club was also very good at persuading prospective complainants to withdraw or not make such complaints, including regarding sexual and other physical assaults. and the stakes (ie wages) weren’t as high, so the media profiles were similarly low key enough for such instances to go under a radar which today would likely see it a gleaming blip…

because we were all out doing the same thing. exactly who are ‘we’ here, hippy?

but i agree, i have no desire for blokes who might have a talent to kick a ball becoming society’s role models. i blame society.

grunge_hippy 6:03 pm 05 Aug 08

back in the day, when the raiders were good, you used to see the players out all the time. Laurie Daley, Ricky Stewart, Big Mal etc could go out, get plastered and no one would care because we were all out doing the same thing. I think the days like that are long gone with all the talk of ‘binge drinking’ and how these everyday blokes who happen to play football are now ‘role models’.

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