V'landys floats idea for radical Dally M overhaul

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Yesterday at 08:48:26 PM
ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys has suggested that the votes system for the Dally M Medal could be changed so players on dominant teams aren't disadvantaged.

V'landys' call came after this year's hot favourite Nathan Cleary was beaten to the award by Canberra's Jack Wighton, despite Cleary's Panthers finishing the year as minor premiers.

The current system sees the best players awarded three, two, and one Dally M vote per game, but V'landys suggested that a better alternative may be to rank each player out of 10 every game, before adding up the ranking points to determine the Dally M Medallist at the end of the year.


Nami Qld bolter after steller NRL season

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Yesterday at 04:49:17 PM
Raiders prop Dunamis Lui has capped a career-best year in the NRL by being named in Wayne Bennett's Queensland State of Origin squad. Lui will enter the Maroons camp alongside Raiders enforcer Josh Papalii, as one of 14 players in the Queensland squad who have never played Origin football. His selection caps a stellar two seasons at the Raiders, during which Lui has played 47 games and emerged as one of the club's most consistent performers. He played a key role in solving Ricky Stuart's middle forward injury crisis, and notched his 150th NRL match against Gold Coast in round 15. Papalii's selection meanwhile comes just days after he was named in the Dally M team of the year, and weeks after he collected his fourth Mal Meninga Medal as the club's best player.


Kris returns as Raiders look to finalise roster

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Yesterday at 03:57:07 PM
Local junior Sebastian Kris has returned to the Canberra Raiders after missing the entire season, and is one of several young guns being considered for the final spot available on the club's 30-man 2021 roster. Kris returned in a train-and-trial capacity a few weeks ago after he was given extended sick leave following his debut season in the NRL last year, during which he played four matches for the Raiders. The 21-year-old was part of Canberra's 30-man roster this season, but didn't play in a single game. "He just had some family issues that he had to attend to," head of Raiders recruitment Peter Mulholland said. "He's back and he's looking really keen, and he approached us which was great.


Behind the Limelight: 2020 Review

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Yesterday at 03:06:59 PM
In the final episode for the season, we take a look at the big picture and review the 2020 season.

We discuss the standout performers and emerging stars from the season that was and also look forward to 2021.

Subscribe to Behind the Limelight on Spotify and iTunes.

You can also watch the video version of the podcast above.


Two Raiders added to Maroons squad

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Yesterday at 02:25:49 PM
Queensland Rugby League is pleased to announce five players have been added to the Queensland Maroons squad for next month’s State of Origin series.

South Sydney Rabbitohs trio Jaydn Su’A, Corey Allan and Dane Gagai have been selected, along with Canberra Raiders forwards Dunamis Lui and Josh Papalii, after their respective teams were eliminated from the NRL finals.

The Maroons squad will be finalised on Sunday evening following the NRL grand final between the Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm.

Of the 21 players currently selected by new coach Wayne Bennett, 14 are yet to make their Origin debuts for the Maroons, who will enter camp on the Gold Coast this Sunday to prepare for the series opener at the Adelaide Oval on November 4.

Queensland Maroons squad members Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans)

AJ Brimson (Gold Coast Titans)

Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans)

Phillip Sami (Gold Coast Titans)

Edrick Lee (Newcastle Knights)

Hymel Hunt (Newcastle Knights)

Valentine Holmes (North Queensland Cowboys)

Coen Hess (North Queensland Cowboys)

Xavier Coates (Brisbane Broncos)

Patrick Carrigan (Brisbane Broncos)

Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Josh Kerr (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Harry Grant (Wests Tigers / Melbourne Storm)

Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles)

Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters)

Lindsay Collins (Sydney Roosters)

Jaydn Su’A (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Corey Allan (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Dane Gagai (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Dunamis Lui (Canberra Raiders)

Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)




* Additional players will be added following the NRL grand final.


The @TouchACT Super League competitions started over the weekend. Here are all the scores! #CRRL20

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Yesterday at 10:12:30 AM
The @TouchACT Super League competitions started over the weekend. Here are all the scores! #CRRL20


Raiders support Men4Respect program in Logan

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Yesterday at 09:42:52 AM
The Canberra Raiders, in conjunction with 50/50 Charity Raffle have raised over $4,000 as part of our 50/50 Charity Raffle game at the Storm v Raiders match at Suncorp Stadium last Friday night.

50% of these funds went to the winning ticket holder and the remaining amount to the selected charity.

The charity beneficiary identified was YFS, selected by the Logan City Rec Club who is part of the wider Raiders Group network of licensed clubs. It was an obvious choice as YFS and the Logan City Rec Club already have an established relationship in the community with mutual benefit.

YFS is a not-for-profit organisation that backs vulnerable people in the Logan and surrounding area to overcome adversity and to thrive.

Since 1983, they’ve been building people’s capacity to live independently and participate in our local community through a range of initiatives and services.

These include social enterprises that build employment prospects, programs that help homeless people get into long-term housing and initiatives to reduce the prevalence of domestic and family violence.

The money raised from the 50/50 Charity Raffle will go towards their Men4Respect program where young men support other young men to learn about equality, respectful relationships, consent and healthy masculinity.

The Canberra Raiders would like to express a huge thank you to all partners for getting this one across the line, a win-win for all.

Pictured above is the Men4Respect team and The Rec Club's manager Steve, donned in their finest Raiders gear.

Visit YFS to find out more about what they do in the Logan region QLD.


Stefanovic loses it over Wighton’s Dally M Maccas confession

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October 20, 2020, 07:01:13 PM
Raiders star Jack Wighton is the NRL’s newest superstar — but all Karl Stefanovic wanted to talk about was Maccas.Wighton on Monday night was crowned the 2020 Dally M player of the year after a night of high drama.

The playmaker on Tuesday morning fronted up after his Dally M medal celebrations for a live interview with Channel 9’s Today — and it went pear-shaped almost immediately.


Reaction to Jack's medal win 'disrespectful' says Stuart

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October 20, 2020, 06:05:30 PM
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has blasted the reaction to Jack Wighton's Dally M Medal win, a day after the five-eight became just the third Raiders player to win the prestigious award. Wighton's 26 votes across the NRL season was enough to hold off Parramatta fullback Clint Gutherson and Penrith's Nathan Cleary as he joined Stuart (1993) and Laurie Daley (1995) as Canberra Dally M winners. The result was released by the Daily Telegraph prematurely, and has led to certain arms of the Sydney media suggesting Cleary should have won the Medal and that the system needs an overhaul. "It's totally disrespectful to any award winner who has to put up with such negativity," Stuart told the Sydney Morning Herald. "This is a wonderful achievement and he's done it through a lot of consistency and hard work.


Why Wighton deserves to be latest Dally M medallist

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October 20, 2020, 05:49:33 PM
Any chance we can lay off this 'Jack Wighton didn't deserve to win the Dally M Medal' talk? Give me strength. In amongst the utter debacle of Monday night's event, during which the Daily Telegraph broke a strict media embargo and published the results early, there was a suggestion that Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary had effectively been robbed by not winning the medal. Looks like that isolation Tik Tok video he starred in might have cost him more than just two rounds of football. Wighton polled 26 votes throughout the season, finishing one clear of Parramatta fullback Clint Gutherson with Cleary one vote further back in third. Playing in rounds three and four may well have been enough to earn Cleary the votes required to pip Wighton, or at least finish level with him.


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