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Joe Picker
« on: July 24, 2011, 02:35:07 PM »
Season's shame will spur on Picker


Focused ... Joe Picker at training. Photo: Gary Schafer

CANBERRA second-rower Joe Picker says embarrassment will drive him to help the Raiders salvage some pride from this season.

After last week's 26-0 shut-out at home to Melbourne, the Raiders' finals hopes are all but extinguished. But Picker rubbished suggestions the team will find motivation difficult for the season's final seven games.

''I don't think so. If anything, you want to play that much better,'' Picker said. ''It's embarrassing to go home sometimes, especially if I haven't played well. My mates and family are people who have supported me 100 per cent, and every week you want to do it for them.''

Picker admits his form has been below expectations. Coach David Furner dropped him to the bench for the Storm match, but he was handed a starting reprieve through Jarrod Croker's late withdrawal.

He is focused on increasing his intensity and aggression against St George Illawarra on Monday night. ''I haven't been playing the best,'' he said. ''In defence, I need to get my contact back, and just starting hitting blokes harder. Not so much aggression, just … more effective.''

Competition in the second row is fierce at the Raiders, with the emergence this season of youngsters Sam Mataora and Josh Papalii.

Papalii missed the Storm match with an adductor injury, and wasn't named in the side to face the Dragons. But he trained yesterday and has a chance of returning for Monday's game.

Picker was shocked it took until round 10 for Papalii to step up to the NRL. ''I knew he'd be chipping at our heels early in the year … I thought he'd be there a bit earlier,'' he said.

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Re: Joe Picker
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 11:51:40 AM »
Golden staph hits Raiders forward

Canberra forward Joe Picker has revealed he spent five days in a Newcastle hospital battling a bout of golden staph which forced him to miss the Raiders' win over the Knights.



An infected boil was the initial reason given for Picker's late withdrawal from last Saturday night's clash at Hunter Stadium.

But at the same time his teammates were notching a crucial 32-16 victory, Picker was under the surgeon's knife as doctors worked feverishly to arrest the infection.

The 24-year-old was admitted to hospital on Thursday night and returned to Canberra to rest up on Tuesday.

Despite the ordeal, Picker insisted he should be back at training next week and available for selection for the Raiders' next match against North Queensland on June 23.

''We originally thought it might have been a boil, but it was a cyst abscess and it grew down through my layers of skin,'' Picker said yesterday. ''I was isolated [from other patients] the whole time and they were pumping some pretty solid antibiotics into me, some of the strongest they had.

''It was quite painful before they took me into surgery, because my whole
forearm was swollen.

''I missed the boys playing because I was in theatre, and had to watch the replay. It's drained me a fair bit, so it will probably take me a few more days.''

Picker is unsure where he contracted the infection from, but has been told an illness in the lead-up to Canberra's 40-0 loss to Wests Tigers on June 2 was likely a contributing factor.

''I was real crook before the Tigers game and missed a few days' training,'' he said. ''I trained a bit and then played. My body had enough, got run down and couldn't repel the staph. The doc said something like 50 per cent of people in the world carry the golden staph bug, but your body has to have a weakness to it for it to do anything.

''He said I may have picked something out of the ground [against the Tigers], it could have been at training, the possibilities are endless where it could have come from.''

Picker added it isn't a condition that will require regular monitoring for the rest of his career.

''I don't think it's something I have to worry about,'' he said.

''Maybe if I do get crook again and am on heavy antibiotics, maybe just take that extra day off.''

Picker thanked Raiders prop Dane Tilse, who also battled the infection a few years ago for his reassurance when he was bed-ridden.

''Tilsey's had it once before so he was up there and came and visited me a few times which was good,'' he said.

''He told me a few things about it and it was good to get on top of it. It's always nice that somewhere's there to tell you it's no big deal if you don't let it get too far.''

Picker is likely to battle with fellow second-rower Trevor Thurling for a place on Canberra's bench for next week's crunch match in Townsville.

Source: The SMH

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Re: Joe Picker
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 01:29:12 PM »
Picker plays his 100th NRL match this Sunday against the Warriors. 100 already! Congratulations Joe well done! Hope we see him play a couple of hundred more in the lime green!  :great:

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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 11:18:38 AM »
Joe Picker battled through a frustrating year punctuated by niggling injuries and a golden staph infection however his confidence in his doubtless ability was restored towards the end of the year with David Furner including him in the lineup for the semi finals.

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Re: Joe Picker
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 11:46:45 AM »


GOOD luck pulling the wool over Joe Picker's eyes. The Raiders back rower is a champion sheep shearer, perfecting the respected craft while growing up on a farm two hours outside the ACT. He returns to his parents' property as often as possible to help fleece their sheep and has previously entered shearing competitions.

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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013, 11:46:18 PM »
The Raiders have told second-rower Joe Picker to begin looking for a new club, but the management has denied Canberra faces immediate salary cap pressure this year.

In another incident that has rankled sections of Canberras playing group, Picker - a Raiders junior and popular member of the team - was told on the eve of the NRL season that the club was unlikely to renew his contract beyond this year.

Picker, who has played 103 NRL games with the Raiders, is understood to be devastated by the news.

There had been speculation the Raiders were under salary cap pressure for the year and were looking to immediately release a player before sacking fullback Josh Dugan last week. Raiders chief executive Don Furner rejected that, claiming the club had started the season operating under the cap.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/canberra-serves-notice-to-picker-20130319-2gdwa.html#ixzz2NzFnhmFh

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Re: Joe Picker
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2013, 02:41:18 PM »
Read About a Raider is a weekly segment in which you, the club’s members, get to ask a specific player for that week any question you like. This week’s player is the workaholic back-rower with a love of the country – Joe Picker.

Justin Dobson: Who was your favourite player growing up?

Joe: My favourite player growing up was Brad Fittler. I loved the way he played. He was the go to man in all of the major rep teams like NSW and Australian and he had a great attitude; he’d always be laughing and smiling and it was obvious he just loved playing rugby league. His passion for the game was infectious.

Tristan Fleck: What was the most trouble you go into as a youngster?

Joe: I tried to sneak out one night to go to the pub when I was about 15 and got caught in the main street by my parents so it didn’t work out well at all ha ha. I was grounded for a while after that.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/72770

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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2013, 11:59:30 PM »
Storm brewing

RAIDERS back rower Joe Picker has been linked with a possible move to Melbourne Storm next year, although Joel Thompson's defection to the Dragons may yet give him a lifeline in Canberra.

One player the Raiders did hold on to despite big interest from the NRL defending champion is Paul Vaughan. The Canberra junior turned down a Storm offer and has been rewarded with his first NRL games.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/campo-lives-on-lashings-of-lisas-lasagne-20130511-2jf6w.html#ixzz2SzaJxVIL

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2013, 04:36:46 PM »
100-4-100 Joe Picker’s biggest fans meet their idol

While it is often the flashy players such as Jarrod Croker, Anthony Milford or Reece Robinson that kids list as their favourite players, for Raiders Members Mitchell and Samuel Warner #1042, their favourite player is without a doubt the hard-working and often lacerated Joe Picker.

The two boys, along with their mother Mary and father David, got to meet Joe in an exclusive setting as part of the club’s 100-4-100 program which rewards 100 randomly selected members with 100 money can’t buy experiences.

Mary says that Mitchell and Samuel are “obsessed” with Joe to the point where the pair don girls headbands or tape around their heads because they want to “look like Joe Picker” given that the second-rower often has to sport tape around his head after cutting it open in the line of duty.

“Mitchell is obsessed with Joe Picker and has been disappointed recently because he has not played in the first grade team,” Mary said. “He has been wearing a girls headband to the games which he wears on his forehead because he wants to look like Joe Picker."

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/84105

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Re: Joe Picker
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2013, 03:36:48 PM »
Picker’s future still in the balance

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The future of off-contract Canberra Raiders forward Joe Picker remains uncertain as new coach Ricky Stuart meets the playing group for the first time.

Stuart will talk with the Raiders players who are still in Canberra, including captain Terry Campese and vice-captain Brett White, at the club’s headquarters on Monday.

Several stars, such as rookie sensation Anthony Milford, Maroons forward Josh Papalii and representative prop David Shillington, are interstate on holidays. Stuart’s first task will be to decide on the playing roster for next season.

Picker wants to continue his 110-game career at the Raiders, but has yet to be offered a new deal.

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Re: Joe Picker
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2013, 07:43:44 PM »
Picker has played his last game for the Raiders

[Don] Furner has finally confirmed local junior Joe Picker will not be at the club next season.

The Canberra Times broke that story on March 20 this year, despite denials from the club.

What's more disappointing is the club didn't confirm this before the last match of the season, so Picker, a loyal servant of 110 NRL games, could have received some kind of farewell from the fans.

Locker Room wishes Picker all the best in finding a new NRL gig soon.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/who-the-devil-is-spooking-the-raiders-20130921-2u70t.html#ixzz2fc4Td5fP

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Re: Joe Picker
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2013, 02:29:54 PM »
2013 Player Review: Joe Picker 

After seven years of first grade and over 100 appearances for his beloved junior club, the highly likeable Joe Picker farewells the Raiders to recommence work on the family farm.

Picker has been one of the most popular players at the club off the field and one of the most consistent on it since making his debut back in 2007, although unfortunately his impact on the field this year was hampered by a series of niggling injuries.

The Crookwell Green Devils junior has averaged just under 20 games per season in his career however he only managed to play in a total of eight games in 2013.

Picker missed selection in the starting 17 for round one however was recalled to the Raiders NRL line-up after the opening loss to the Panthers.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/85899