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Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2011, 01:33:53 PM »
Around the Grounds - Team News Round 16

Hot pink will play baby blue on Saturday night at Canberra Stadium, where the Raiders have benched forwards Dane Tilse and Bronson Harrison in favour of Maroons and Kangaroos forward David Shillington and rookie Josh Papalli.

The Eels are unchanged from last night's close loss to Manly.

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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2011, 01:35:43 PM »
Eels' Nathan Hindmarsh is tired of `positives'



NATHAN Hindmarsh doesn’t want to hear how much improved the Eels have been ahead of the side’s clash with Canberra on Saturday.

Parramatta’s better form continued against Manly on Monday night but the 22-18 scoreline meant, like the previous round against the Dragons, they fell short of victory.

The captain wasn’t in the mood to talk about his side’s “positives” after another loss.

“There’s been positives for a month now. We’ve got to stop relying on positives,” he said.

“They’re not winning us games. The pats on the back are all good but they’re not getting us two points.

“We’ve got to stop relying on sitting back and ‘oh yeah, we played well’. At the end of the day, we’re not winning games.”

While the Eels find themselves in 12th place on the ladder, they should be favoured to beat the 15th-placed Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.

Coach Stephen Kearney was more optimistic about the team’s form than his captain.

He believed if the Eels kept improving, wins would come.

“We’ve been right in there,” he said of the recent close contests.

“The message for the group is we’ve got to keep persevering with that commitment and attitude.

“I’m fairly confident if we keep that up then it will turn for us.”

Source: Parramatta Advertiser

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« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2011, 01:36:53 PM »
Eels and Raiders NRL and Toyota Cup teams have been added to the first post

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Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2011, 02:15:09 PM »
Good to see young papali get a start he was on fire last game. Got to go with form over reps. Good call

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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2011, 05:10:38 PM »
Buy a pink scarf this weekend and Support the McGrath Foundation

The Canberra Raiders are calling on their supporters to buy a pink scarf at this weekend’s home match against the Parramatta Eels at Canberra Stadium, to help raise money for the McGrath Foundation.

The Foundation is the official charity of the NRL’s Women in League round and for just $10 you can purchase a pink scarf at Canberra Stadium and help the foundation raise money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in community’s right across Australia, as well as increasing breast awareness in younger women.

Raiders halves Josh McCrone and Sam Williams modelled the Raiders new look Pink Strip which they’ll be wearing on Saturday and took time to get a photo with the kit and McGrath Foundation scarves with McGrath Breast Care Nurse at Canberra Hospital, Brenda Moules.

Williams said the players have gotten right behind the Women in League round and said buying a pink scarf on Saturday is another way you can show your support for the round and also help raise money for a great cause.

“The players are looking forward to the weekend and playing in the new strip so hopefully plenty of people come along and support the Women in League Round,” Williams said. “If you come along to the game and buy a scarf you’re also supporting the McGrath foundation which does a great job in raising money to fund nurses like Brenda.”

The McGrath Foundation’s Tracy Bevan couldn’t be prouder to be involved in the Harvey Norman Women in League Round and to have the Canberra Raiders support the Foundation for the second year running.
“It’s amazing the support we’ve received already this year, with thousands of socks purchased by junior rugby league players keen to pink up and show their support for the McGrath Foundation.

“With $120,000 raised last year, we’re hoping NRL fans will be even more generous and help us expand our network of 62 McGrath Breast Care Nurses,” Tracy said.

For more information on the McGrath Foundation or to make a direct donation, simply visit their website www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au

The Raiders official merchandiser Jersey’s Megastore is also getting right behind the Women in League round, with a wide range of Pink Raiders merchandise available at their merchandise stands this weekend, including the limited edition Raiders Women in League Jersey’s.

Check the jerseys out at www.jerseys.com.auor visit their new store in Canberra City at the Corner of East Row and City Walk.

Source: Raiders.com.au

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« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2011, 05:14:35 PM »
Raiders v Eels preview

Raiders v Eels
Canberra Stadium
Saturday 7.30pm




The Raiders and Eels come together with plenty to be thankful for – mostly the fact despite playing poorly for the majority of the year they still have slim hopes of making a run to the finals.

There are five clear leading sides in 2011 who all appear to have their finals papers stamped – but the six-points drop off from fifth to sixth has given huge life to those at the back end of the ladder.

Two of those teams at the rear come together on what will no doubt be a chilly Canberra evening.

The 15th-placed Raiders can just about call it off this year; they have just three wins – the fewest of any club – and while they have improved from earlier in the season, they are still struggling.

But thanks to banking their two byes they are now on 10 competition points, amazingly just six points away from fifth. They come into this must-win encounter with the Eels off the back of a golden-point loss to Brisbane and last week’s rest.

While their confidence can’t be too high, they have to be motivated by the look of the table and the fact a season of mediocrity so far is still alive… if they start cranking now.

David Shillington will return to the starting side at prop this week, pushing Dane Tilse to the bench, while Josh Papalii has earned a starting second row berth at Bronson Harrison’s expense.

Trevor Thurling and Josh Miller have been added to an extended bench.

The Eels sit down in 12th spot on the ladder, only doing slightly better than the Raiders with one win more and a draw lifting them to 13 competition points. They find themselves in the same boat – having played pretty awful they have a chance to rectify the season… but it needs to start here.

Manly came home over the top of them on Monday might but coach Stephen Kearney nonetheless liked what he saw; he’s remained loyal and retained the same squad of 17.

Watch Out Raiders: It’s not often you need to pay extra special attention to a winger but Eel Luke Burt seems to lift when a milestone is in reach and this week he needs just two points to post a century against the Raiders. It would be the ninth club Burt has scored triple figures against, something just five players in the history of the game have done before him.

He will join illustrious company in Michael Cronin, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Johns, Graeme Langlands and Eric Simms.

So far he has nine tries tallied against the Raiders from 16 games. He is averaging nearly seven points a match in 2011, has five line-breaks, a line-break assist, a try assist and seven tries.

Danger Sign: Players often underestimate Luke Burt but they do so at their peril. He’s not big like a Uate-type player but he is extremely skilful. He is one of the best exponents at kicking ahead for himself when he makes a break and also one of the best kick-chasers in the game when someone else puts the ball in play from the boot. Give him an inch and he’ll take a mile.

Watch Out Eels: The Raiders haven’t had a lot of success in many areas but they still like to hunt for points on the right-hand side, a place the Eels have been struggling to defend.

Despite being without their dynamic right-side duo in Joel Thompson (injured) and Bronson Harrison (bench) from the get-go, the Raiders will still send plenty of traffic right, knowing the Eels have leaked 22 tries there.

Some 12 tries have come on the fringe (only three teams have let more in down this corridor) and 10 on the right sideline, which is actually the most leaked in the NRL.

The blue-and-golds need to find a way to muscle-up here.

Danger Sign: Harrison’s injection from the bench will be a massive danger for the Eels. He’ll be fresh – he’ll be angry he’s lost his starting spot… chances are he’ll find some form… he is a former New Zealand international! And he will go straight to work on the right. Trouble.

Plays To Watch: Blake Ferguson’s speed; Jarrod Croker running hard inside shoulder lines near the Eels’ tryline; Jarryd Hayne’s loop into the backline before a long, no-look cut-out pass wide; Hindmarsh tackling his heart out (no doubt including pulling off some miracle, scrambling try-saver against a back).

Where It Will Be Won:
The kicking game. This contest is going to be heavily influenced by the boot. Sam Williams loves a sneaky 40/20 attempt, Jarryd Hayne can kick a ball high enough to scare a 747 pilot… basically the side that controls the ball from the boot will go a long way to winning.

The Raiders have scored 15 tries from kicks this season, equal second most in the NRL behind just Manly, but the Eels aren’t far behind with 14 tries from the boot. Defensively Canberra have conceded nine tries to kicks, the Eels just five. The Eels are more accurate with long kicks, finding space 54.7 per cent of the time compared to the Raiders’ dismal 42.6 per cent. But both sides have also had further issue with direction – the Eels have kicked out on the full seven times (most by any side), the Raiders six. The team that literally gets the bounce of the ball could end up the victor.

The History: Played 45; Raiders 21, Eels 24. The Eels have won four of the past six but it was Canberra that prevailed in the last encounter when they won 24-14 in Round 5 last year. The Raiders have a distinct advantage over the Eels when playing in Canberra, having won 10 of 14 games. The last time the Eels won in the national capital was 2006. The Eels need 27 points to reach 1000 scored against the Raiders but they have averaged just 18 in the past four games against them and 16 in all games this season, so it might not happen here. 

Conclusion: The Eels were much improved against the Sea Eagles, so much so they are to be given some hope of overcoming the cold and getting a result in Canberra.

The Raiders have definitely been better during the past month and are well rested so it could easily fall their way.

The influence of Hayne could be big – will he play in a dinner suit, thinking about Origin III? If so, the Raiders have the edge. Or will he focus purely on dragging his team back into contention (he has four tries from as many appearances against the Raiders). If so, the Eels are the ‘lean’.

Match Officials: Referees – Jared Maxwell and Chris James; Touch Judges – Jason Walsh and Gavin Morris; Video Ref – Paul Mellor.

Televised: Foxsports – Live 7.30pm.

* Statistics: NRL Stats.

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Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2011, 05:15:52 PM »
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Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2011, 06:30:46 PM »
Eels are nothing special, its all about Hayne and Moi Moi. Stop them and we will win and do it well. 28-6 is my tip for this one boys. 08 style run to the finals ehere we come  :great:

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« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2011, 02:04:33 PM »
Eels move on from heartbreaking NRL loss

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney is confident his side has moved on from a last-gasp loss to NRL heavyweights Manly.

Kearney admitted after the Monday night game it was "heartbreaking" for his side to lose the lead with three minutes left on the clock but, with a must-win game against Canberra on Saturday night, there has been no time to dwell on the result.

"The lads have got over that really quickly. It was disappointing for them but, with a quick turnaround, our focus is now on making sure we prepare well for this match," Kearney said on Friday.

"They've been really good about it, really positive.

"We can take a little bit out of the match, but it's important we turn up with the same attitude and the same commitment this week."

The Eels have shown improved form in their past three matches and were on the cusp of victories over Newcastle, St George Illawarra and the Sea Eagles.

Kearney is unconcerned by his side's inability to snatch victory in those games.

"I'm sure with our performances over the last month, that if we keep persevering and turning up with that attitude and that commitment, I'm sure at some stage things will turn for us," he said.

A clash with the 15th-placed Raiders in Canberra is arguably the time you would expect it to turn for Kearney's charges, but the favourites tag doesn't sit well with him.

"I'm not focused on the winning or the losing of the match. I'm focused on making sure we put in a good performance," he said.
"We know if we go down there with the right attitude and perform well, we give ourselves a great chance."

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« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2011, 02:07:58 PM »
Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels

Canberra Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 5 2010 - Raiders 24 bt Eels 14 at Parramatta Stadium
Stats: Head-to-head
Referees: Jared Maxwell, Chris James
TV: Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet: Raiders $1.68 Eels $2.15
FootyTab: Eels +8.5




Greg Prichard writes: How do you solve a problem like the Raiders? I don't know, and they don't seem to have much idea either. Their win-loss record of 3-10 is bad enough, but their last couple of games were the epitome of what is commonly called a coach killer. They led 22-0 at home against the Cowboys, only to lose 40-24. Then they trailed 24-0 on the road against the Broncos, only to force extra time at 24-24 and lose by a field goal. The Raiders had the bye last week, and coach David Furner would have been excused had he spent it in the foetal position.

The Eels have improved significantly in the last month, but they still haven't been getting the necessary results and they need to start doing that now or they can for get about making the finals. It was a tough loss for them against the Sea Eagles on Monday night. They were worth every bit of their 18-16 lead with a few minutes to go, but couldn't defend an infield kick and the Sea Eagles followed through to score the winning try. If they have recovered from the disappointment of that loss and the physical nature of the clash, they can compete on the road in this one.

RAIDERS: Nathan Massey, James Stuart, Jarrod Croker, Blake Ferguson, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, Brett White, Alan Tongue (capt), David Shillington, Joe Picker, Josh Papalii, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Glen Buttriss, Bronson Harrison, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Dane Tilse, Trevor Thurling, Josh Miller (two to be omitted).

EELS: Jarryd Hayne, Luke Burt, Ryan Morgan, Jacob Loko, Jordan Atkins, Casey McGuire, Jeff Robson, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh (capt), Taniela Lasalo, Ben Smith. Interchange: Shane Shackleton, Mitchell Allgood, Carl Webb, Justin Horo.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2011, 02:09:43 PM »
Raiders home to short Eels charge

The Raiders are coming off back to back losses and need a big win over the Eels to keep any hope of a final appearance flickering.

Canberra welcomes David Shillington back into the starting side for the match, while Josh Papalii also gets a chance to start for the first time in his short NRL career.

STATS BOX
HEAD TO HEAD
Played 45, Raiders 21, Eels 24
At Canberra Stadium, Played 14, Raiders 10, Broncos 4

LAST 5 CLASHES
2010 - RAIDERS 24 d. EELS 20 at Parramatta Stadium
2009 - EELS 18 d. RAIDERS 16 at Parramatta Stadium
2008 - EELS 30 d. RAIDERS 12 at Parramatta Stadium
2007 - RAIDERS 38 d. EELS 10 at Canberra Stadium
2007 - EELS 38 d. RAIDERS 6 at Parramatta Stadium

MATCH-UPS
Nathan Massey - Jarryd Hayne
Massey gets another shot this weekend with Josh Dugan still on the injured list and he'll be keen to keep making an impact. His opponent Jarryd Hayne is one of the most dangerous attacking players in the league and the Raiders will need to make sure they can limit his influence.

David Shillington - Fui Fui Moi Moi
Shillington had a solid hit out against the Broncos last week and will be keen to impress ahead of the final state of origin selection for Queensland. Moi Moi is the metre eater for the Eels and he will come out firing early in the contest.

Joe Picker - Nathan Hindmarsh
Picker has been in and out of the team this year due to injury, but when he gets a few games together he can be a very strong attacking option for the team on the left hand edge. Hindmarsh continues to be one of the hardest workers in the NRL and often tops the tackle count so the Raiders will need to sap as much energy from him as they can.

HE SAID IT - with Sam Williams
"The Eels were very strong on Monday night and they'll be hungry after just getting beat by Manly. We need to improve on the Brisbane game and get out to a lead and then carry on."

WORTH NOTING
* Josh Papalii will start his first NRL match
* David Shillington is back in the starting lineup
* Joel Thompson could be included if he passes a fitness test on Friday
* The Raiders Toyota Cup kicks off against the Eels at 5.15pm

CANBERRA RAIDERS v PARRAMATTA EELS
Canberra Stadium, Saturday July 25 at 7.30pm
Referees: Jared Maxwell and Chris James

Source: Rleague.com

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« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2011, 02:12:31 PM »
Preview: Raiders v Eels



VENUE and TIME: Canberra Stadium, Saturday, June 25, 7.30pm (AEST), 9.30pm (NZT)

COVERAGE: FOX Sports/Sky Sport

HEAD TO HEAD: Played 45, Eels 24, Raiders 21

LAST TIME: Raiders 24-14 Eels at Parramatta Stadium, round 5, 2010

WALKING WOUNDED:
The Raiders will again be without NSW full-back Josh Dugan as he continues to recover from an ankle syndesmosis injury. Centre Joel Thompson (groin) was not named in the extended 19-man squad but is an outside chance to play. Former Kiwi international Bronson Harrison has been dropped to the bench after indifferent form, with impressive rookie forward Josh Papalii coming into the starting side at second row.

Eels coach Stephen Kearney has retained the same 17 that fell just short against the Sea Eagles.

FORM:
The Raiders suffered a heart-breaking 25-24 golden-point loss to the Broncos before the bye to leave their season on life support with 11 weeks remaining. David Furner's men are languishing in 15th spot, a worrying six points out of the eight, having managed just three wins in 2011. Another loss this Saturday could prove fatal for the Raiders.

The Eels are not quite so precariously placed but they are equally desperate to post a win. Stephen Kearney's men have been much improved over the past month – but they've had little reward for their efforts. They looked home against the Sea Eagles on Monday night before Kieran Foran crossed in the 77th minute to steal victory. The unlucky Eels also fought out a golden-point draw against the Dragons before the bye and had a two point-loss to the Knights in Round 12. They sit in 12th spot on 13 points, three points adrift of the eight.

WHO'S HOT:
The Raiders are missing their two best players – Josh Dugan and Terry Campese – through injury, but it's time for the rest of the Green Machine to step up.

Eels full-back Jarryd Hayne was superb in a losing cause against Manly. The former Dally M medallist saved one certain Manly try and produced two no-look bullet passes for try assists up the other end.

WE THINK:

History points towards the hosts but recent form suggests Parramatta are in with a fighting chance to score a rare win at the iceberg commonly known as Canberra Stadium. Like most visiting teams, the Eels have traditionally struggled in the national capital – they haven't won there since 2006. But if Jarryd Hayne can find a way to make fire out of ice, an Eels victory is not out of the question.
Eels by 4

TEAMS
Canberra Raiders:
1. Nathan Massey, 2. Nathan Stuart, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Blake Ferguson, 5. Reece Robinson, 6. Josh McCrone, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Brett White, 9. Alan Tongue (c), 10. David Shillington, 11. Joe Picker, 12. Josh Papalii, 13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange: 14. Glen Buttriss, 15. Bronson Harrison, 16. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, 17. Dane Tilse, 18. Trevor Thurling, 19. Josh Miller

Parramatta Eels:
1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. Luke Burt, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Jacob Loko, 5. Jordan Atkins, 6. Casey McGuire, 7. Jeff Robson, 8. Tim Mannah, 9. Matt Keating, 10. Fuifui Moimoi, 11. Nathan Hindmarsh (c), 12. Taniela Lasalo, 13. Ben Smith
Interchange: 15. Shane Shackleton, 16. Mitchell Allgood, 17. Carl Webb, 19. Justin Horo

Referees: Jared Maxwell, Chris James
 
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« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2011, 02:22:12 PM »
Campos Corner - Round 16

The Green Machine turns pink this weekend for the Harvey Norman Women in League round and it hopefully results in a huge win for the boys at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night when we take on the Parramatta Eels.

The boys will be wearing a new look strip for the game which is all pink and white, with the jerseys being sold online at www.allbids.com.au to help raise money and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

It’s also a great opportunity to help celebrate the contribution that women make to the game of rugby league at all levels, so I encourage everyone to make their way out to Canberra Stadium Saturday night and support a great cause.

On the field the players will be keen to rectify their form of the past two games, and we need to turn the two bad results against the Cowboys and Brisbane into some positive wins in the coming weeks and it starts with the Eels.

Parramatta has had a very similar start to the season as what we have and are only two points above us on the ladder, so we know they will come down here hungry and with a high intensity to get a win away from home.

They have a number of dangerous players in key positions which can bust a game wide open for them, with their fullback Jarryd Hayne still rated as one of the most dangerous attacking players in the NRL.

Hayne has made his way back into the NSW team and he’ll be looking to impress ahead of game three selections, so we need to make sure we can shut him down and keep his involvement with the ball at a minimum.

Their other three big weapons come in the shape of forwards Fui Fui Moi Moi, Tim Mannah and inspirational skipper Nathan Hindmarsh and they can give the Eels early momentum if they are not met hard at the defensive line.

It’s up to our starting forward pack to muscle up in defence early and make sure they match it with the Eels up front early and I think the team we’ve named this week is more than capable of doing this for the full 80 minutes.

It’s been a while since the Eels have played in Canberra so we’re expecting a big crowd on the weekend, so make sure you come to the game dressed in pink or buy a scarf at the game to help support the McGrath Foundation.

See you at the footy!

Source: Raiders.com.au

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« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2011, 02:26:52 PM »
Raiders TV - Women in League

This weeks Raiders TV focusses on the Harvey Norman Women in League Round.

Special guest on the show is Raiders memberships manager Sarah Gilbert, while GT catches up with Josh McCrone and Sam Williams at the launch of the Raiders special Pink Jersey.

There's also the teams thanks to Waves Carwash in Braddon and Gungahlin, as well as all the latest odds thanks to ACTTAB.

To watch this weeks episode please Click Here

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« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2011, 02:29:09 PM »
Chee Kam the Cheeky Raider
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23/06/2011 10:09:07 AM


You’ll find him sitting towards the back of the team bus, ears swamped by headphones, belting out a few choruses to one of his favourite songs. When someone takes notice he flashes his million dollar smile and mutters a polite, “Sorry boys!”

This is the ever colourful Michael Chee Kam.

A footballer’s match preparation can range in a myriad of ways.

Alan “Alfie” Langer would not go a game without vomiting in the sheds prior to kick off, Roy Masters’ face slapping experiment became folklore and Adam MacDougall was famed for having one on one chats with his troublesome legs.

The Raiders’ Under 20s star’s approach to his football is refreshing.
“I love joking around and singing a few songs on the team bus. That’s just me. It helps me to get ready for the game,” Chee Kam said.

“Back home in New Zealand, my Dad always used to tell me to not be nervous before a game. I’m always focused on the game but when I’m in a relaxed frame of mind before kickoff I normally play at my best.”

The powerful centre’s approach to his football is not to be mistaken as a distraction to that of his team mates, as they and the coaching staff alike realise that it’s just part of his personality. If you saw Chee Kam at training without his smile, you would know something is wrong.

“He’s definitely an interesting character and a really good kid who’s always got a smile on his face...he tends to light the place up a bit,” Coach David Hamilton said.

“He’s not a distraction at all. Everyone’s different and that’s what works or him. You don’t want players over thinking the game before kick off so I’m happy for him to get his head in the game about forty minutes prior.”
Having come across from the Melbourne Storm last year, Chee Kam has proved a welcome addition to the Nation’s Capital.

“He’s a hard trainer and everyone appreciates his humour around the club. It’s been a bit of an up and down year and he can always be relied on to bring a smile to everyone’s face,” said cousin and centre partner Sami Sauiluma.

Chee Kam has vastly improved his consistency this year, averaging 110 metres a game. He credits this to the Raiders’ coaching staff, in particular Hamilton.

“The coaching staff here is really good. He’s [Hamilton] really honest and up front with you if you’re not playing well, which I like,” the Mount Wellington Warriors junior enthused.

“Last year I used to get into trouble from him [Hamilton] for being a bit cheeky but we had a chat...and he realises that it’s just part of my personality.”

Chee Kam’s carefree demeanour, however, belies his competitive nature and on-field prowess. When the whistle blows for kick off, Chee Kam is trusted to perform to the high standards he sets for himself each week.

“As soon as I cross that white line it’s serious and I’m 100% focused,” he said.

Blessed with a plethora of natural ability and great footwork for a big man, the Australian Schoolboy representative is fast becoming a player of the future.

“He’s an NRL player if he wants to be. He’s as good as any player I’ve seen come through the system,” Hamilton said.

Chee Kam will need to be at his best to ensure a win in this week’s encounter with the sixth placed Parramatta Eels where he will line up opposite fellow Australian Schoolboys representative Trent Jennings.

Parramatta have been the big improvers in this year’s competition. Their form has been built on the back of the monstrous work rate of lock Rory Brien, the composed kicking game of Jason Wehbe and the attacking brilliance of Ben Barba’s younger brother, Marmin.

The match kicks off at Canberra Stadium at 5:15pm this Saturday.

Source: Raiders.com.au