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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2012, 05:33:09 PM »
Congratulations on your 50th big fella! Have a good one!  :great: :great:

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2012, 12:41:46 PM »
Thompson dilemma for Furner

Canberra Raiders enforcer Joel Thompson is renowned for giving opponents headaches with his ferocious hits and fearless charges


Raiders player, Joel Thompson, at the Raiders' recovery following their win against the Tigers on Tuesday. Photo: Rohan Thomson RTT

But it may be coach David Furner reaching for the Panadol in a few weeks as he decides whether to recall Thompson to the starting line-up.

With lock Shaun Fensom out with a torn bicep, Thompson took full advantage of his first starting appearance of the season in Canberra's 30-16 defeat of Wests Tigers on Monday night.

Thompson celebrated his 50th NRL game with a dynamic display, his aggressive hole running and right-side combination with halfback Josh McCrone a highlight of the win.

The 21-year-old, who shifted from centre to second row this year, racked up 128 metres, six tackle breaks and two line breaks.

With Fensom not due back until at least round 10, Thompson has a golden opportunity to press his claims for a permanent starting berth in coming weeks.

''It [starting on bench] took a bit to get used to because I like starting the game, but that's where Furnsey [coach David Furner] sees me playing and I'll take that on,'' Thompson said. ''It was good to start the game and get a win, especially in my 50th.

''I thought this year was going to be a transition year, but I'm loving it in the forwards and always looking to improve my game.''

Thompson's immediate focus is on eradicating the errors which occasionally creep into his game.

He was guilty of two against the Tigers, including dropping the ball over the try line in the second half.

''I just need to know what to do a bit better, stop forcing the pass and go to ground when the option's not there,'' Thompson said.

Thompson said the forward pack has made a pact to increase its defensive workload to compensate for workaholic Fensom's absence.

''Definitely, Fenno's a big loss and controls our middle unbelievably, he's probably the best in the game at that,'' Thompson said.

''But with [Josh] Papalii in the middle and Joey Picker coming in, I thought all the forwards stood up.''

That is something Canberra's under-strength pack will need to do again against North Queensland at Canberra Stadium on Monday night.

Representative front rower David Shillington was named but is unlikely to play after suffering an oblique injury against the Tigers.

However, fellow Raiders prop Brett White hinted Dane Tilse may be a late inclusion to Canberra's front row stocks. Tilse has missed the last two games with rib cartilage damage, but is a chance to fill the void left by Shillington's likely omission.

''He [Shillington] is one of the competition's form front rowers and it would be a big loss, but hopefully Tilsey will be right to go,'' White said yesterday. ''If Shillo plays it would be great, but we don't want him to come back too early if he's a chance of re-injuring it.

''Maybe a week or two [off] will be better for us and for Shillo.''

Second rower Jarrad Kennedy is poised to make his NRL debut should either Tilse or Shillington be ruled out. ''I know he was one of the fittest guys in the pre-season, so it would be great to see him get a start,'' White said.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2012, 02:23:25 PM »
Raiders hit by more NRL forward injuries
3 April 2012, 1:53 pm

Canberra utility Joel Thompson says he was only just starting to get comfortable in the second row before suffering an ankle sprain in the Raiders' 22-6 NRL loss to North Queensland.

He's been left gutted by the injury, which is expected to cost him three weeks when scan results come back on Tuesday.

It's likely to rule him out of Country selection, but Thompson said sitting out matches for the Raiders was the cruellest blow.

"Missing the Raiders' games comes first and I'm devastated," he said.

"I was loving the forward pack and every week I get more used to it, coming from the centres ... so to come out with that injury is just devastating."

It's the latest in a line of injuries for the Raiders, who are already without fullback Josh Dugan and lock Shaun Fensom until round 10, while David Shillington is a doubtful starter for Sunday's match against the Warriors.

If that wasn't enough, Thompson's injury was part of a double hit on Monday, with prop Brett White ruled out for the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee against the Cowboys.

"We've got the best strength and conditioning and rehab programs there are, but it just comes down to bad luck," Thompson said of the Raiders' injury woes.

But he expects the Raiders to fill the void where it counts, particularly given the loss of White.

"He's a good leader as well as a good talker, so he's going to be a big loss, but there's a lot of players - Tilsey (Dane Tilse), and big Tommy (Learoyd-Lahrs) and Campo (Terry Campese) who will stand up."

Coach David Furner insists injuries won't be used as an excuse on Sunday, when the Raiders will be looking to secure their first win at home after two failed attempts.

"It is frustrating and we've had our fair share, but I spoke about it yesterday and we can't use that as an excuse," he said.

Furner said he'll be looking to the Raiders' feeder club Mounties to flesh out his squad on Sunday, rating Mark Nicholls and Jarrad Kennedy a good chance to make the side.

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2012, 01:31:27 PM »
Stats Insider - Thompson finding his groove

Canberra’s re-deployment of Joel Thompson into a backrower after a couple of seasons in the centres is starting to bear fruit, after the 23 year old forward had his best game of the year against the Eels.



Thompson scored two ‘johnny on the spot’ tries but it was his 74 minutes in the middle of the park that impressed. By the end of the day he had run the ball 14 times for 107 metres with a tackle break, an offload and 34 tackles.

While Bronson Harrison returned from injury from the bench, it appears only the arm injury to Josh Papalii will be Harrison’s or Joe PIcker’s ticket into the starting team, especially given Thompson’s recent form.
Do you have any stats about the Canberra Raiders worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below.

Here are a few more stats coming out of Canberra’s 40-34 victory over Parramatta on Sunday.

| STAT |
It was an absolute try-fest at Canberra Stadium on Sunday. But the 74 total points and 13 tries (7 to Canberra and 6 to Parramatta) in total were scored primarily in the latter stages of the game. Canberra led 24-6 with approximately 25 minutes to play and in the final 8 minutes a total of 20 points were scored.
The carnage from the 57th minute onwards: PAR Try (57min), PAR Try (62min), CAN Try (65min), CAN Try (68min), PAR Try (73min), PAR Try (75min), PAR Try (77min), CAN Try (79min).

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Josh Dugan did everything he could to reclaim his Origin spot with a standout display at the back. Dugan was just about the best player on the park and finished the day with 2 try assists, a line break, a line break assist, 4 tackle breaks, 12 runs for 139 metes, 4 kicks for 138 metres and he made 6 tackles including at least one try saver.
But NSW’s loss is Canberra’s gain.

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David Shillington continued to put his best foot forward to regain his Origin jersey with a 64 minute performance in the front row. Shillington had his second highest tackle count of the season with 30 and ran the ball 17 times for 139 metres. He appears to be locked in a tight race for a spot in the Queensland team but his form and Australian jumper from the mid-year test certainly help his chances.
Shillington’s front row partners - Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Dane Tilse also did their job against Parramatta. Learoyd-Lahrs had 14 runs for 131 metres and 18 tackles in just 38 minutes, while Tilse had 12 runs for 109 metres with 16 tackles in 45 minutes.

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Jarrod Croker pulled himself back to the top of the NRL point scoring charts with a 12 point haul from a near perfect day with the boot. In fact it wasn’t until Croker attempted to convert Jack Wighton’s runaway match sealing try in the 79th minute that Croker miscued a shot.
Croker now has 82 points on the season and he also set up Reece Robinson for a try with a nice offload in the first half.

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In Round 11, the Canberra Raiders have the bye, but are back in action on Friday May 25 when they travel to ANZ Stadium to take on South Sydney in Round 12.

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2012, 03:57:48 PM »
The guardian angel who saved Joel Thompson

He's one of the most feared hitters in the NRL, but even hard men like Joel Thompson need guardian angels.


Raiders hard man Joel Thompson shows off his tattoo in tribute to his grandmother, Gloria. Photo: Melissa Adams

For the Canberra Raiders star it's his grandmother Gloria, who helped keep him on the straight and narrow during a turbulent childhood surrounded by crime.

The second-rower paid tribute to her last week by getting a tattoo which features a portrait of his nan, an angel and a heart-warming poem he penned dedicated to ''the kindest woman in the world''.

Thompson moved from place to place as a child, never staying anywhere for longer than a year.

Most of the people he lived with are in jail, or have been behind bars before.

It was his Ivanhoe-based grandmother who convinced him he could have a better life.


Joel Thompson and his biggest inspiration, grandmother Gloria.

On field he's an intimidating and menacing presence, but press him on his grandma and his softer side emerges.

''A few in the family are in jail and everything else, I grew up around that so she made me know I could be a good person rather than being like that,'' Thompson said yesterday.

''I had a bit of a tough upbringing and moved around a fair bit. I lived with her and my pop for a few years and I get a bit emotional thinking about it.

''I don't know where I'd be [without her], she taught me the best she could and loved me when I needed it.

''One of my cousins showed her a portrait of it, and when I talked to her on the phone she was in tears.''

Thompson's impressive inkwork also includes the name of his late grandfather, Albert Thompson, on his left bicep.

He died seven years ago when Thompson was 16, which he remembers as one of the hardest periods of his life.

''I remember it all, it was pretty tough on me for a while,'' Thompson said.

''I was pretty close to pop, he had a few strokes and I looked after him when I lived with them, making him cuppas.''

Thompson spent three years at boarding school in Forbes, before accepting an offer to train with Melbourne Storm. But it wasn't long before the boy from Ivanhoe tired of the big city lights, and the desire to move closer to his grandmother became too strong.

''Melbourne just got a bit too much and I remember telling Bellyache [Bellamy] I just wanted to come home to nan, and that's when she told me to stick it through.

''There was a few times where I just had enough and had some problems and if I got in trouble on the drink she'd always tell me to to stick it out.

''I'm happy she did that, because I'm here now playing footy.''

Thompson's mum Erica moved from Sydney to Queanbeyan shortly before he joined the Raiders, and his nine-year-old identical twin brothers Ronan and Lachlan play for Queanbeyan Blues.

He didn't get to properly know his Bathurst-based father, former Raider Michael Spinks, until he was 14 years old.

''I talk to him a bit, our relationship has got a fair bit better,'' he said.

''It's been a complicated life, but as complicated as it is there's always been people around me that have loved me.''

Thompson said he isn't finished with using his body as a canvas to celebrate the people and places important to him.

''Down the track when [fiance] Amy and I start having a few babies I'll leave some space for them, and I want to get my back done with a tribute to my home town Ivanhoe,'' he said.

Source: The SMH

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2012, 11:16:34 AM »
Thompson puts hand up

Joel Thompson will risk his busted hand to play against the Dragons on Monday as Canberra's injury woes continue.



Canberra forward Joel Thompson will put up his busted hand to play against St George Illawarra on Monday night as the Raiders' staggering injury toll continues to mount.

With eight members of Canberra's first-choice team sidelined, Thompson said he is willing to defy the pain barrier despite injuring his left hand against the Cowboys last week.

The Raiders have already used 26 players this season, and skipper David Shillington's unavailability through Origin duty has further depleted their stocks.

Canberra players have been unavailable for a total 54 appearances from a possible 238 – essentially, for every game the Raiders have played this season, 23 per cent of the team has been unavailable through injury.

The Raiders have managed to find bizarre ways to sustain injuries this year, with trampoline accidents and a boil outbreak adding to their casualty ward.

Whether it be cheekbones, hamstrings, obliques, biceps or sternums, it seems no body part has been immune to Canberra's injury curse.

After last week's embarrassing 40-18 loss to North Queensland, which condemned Canberra to a 5-9 record, Thompson said he doesn't have the luxury of being cautious.

''100 per cent, I'll be definitely playing this Monday,'' Thompson said.

''If I have to get a needle, I have to have  a needle ... I have to do whatever I can to get out there.

''With the injuries we've got at the club at the moment there's a bit more pressure on me to get on there, but I'm happy with that.''

Five-eighth Josh McCrone, centre Jarrod Croker and second-rower Josh Papalii are the only Raiders players to feature in every game this year.

Fellow second-rowers Trevor Thurling and Jarrad Kennedy are unavailable, while doubt hangs over Bronson Harrison (hamstring) and Joe Picker (skin infection) despite being named in the side to play the Dragons.

''They [trainers] thought it may have been broken because there was a bit of a lump, but I was pretty confident it wasn't as bad as they first thought,'' Thompson said.

''I'm just going day by day at the moment, I'm still trying to get my grip back and strength in it.''

Thompson said the Raiders have spoken about their humiliating first half against the Cowboys, and that a similar effort will no longer be tolerated.

''We're just so hot and cold, we need that consistency,'' Thompson said.

''We got out and get beat [40-0 at home] by the Tigers, then have an unreal games against the Knights and then have a game like that [against the Cowboys].

''You can't do that in the NRL and we need to put our hand up and show some pride in the jumper.''

Shillington insisted Canberra's injury toll is bad luck rather than bad management, but admitted the playing group can be more diligent in their recovery.

''You'd like to point the finger at something or someone, but you just can't,'' Shillington said. ''I've read people blaming the medical staff and blaming the trainers and the players, it's just such a vast variety of injuries you can't blame anyone in particular.

''[But] collectively I think there's things we can improve like obviously being aware of those skin infections, and how players look after themselves off the field.''

Source: The SMH

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2012, 12:02:09 PM »
Happy birthday to Raiders star Joel Thompson who turns 24 today! Lets hope he gets a win against the Bulldogs as a present tonight.



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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2012, 12:03:38 PM »
Happy birthday Thommo! Just wait till after the game then hopefully Joely can party hard for two reasons!

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2012, 10:55:05 AM »
Joel Thompson enjoyed his best ever year both on and off the field in 2012, which was epitomized at the club’s presentation night when he took out the NRL Coach’s Award and the Geoff Caldwell Memorial Award for Club Education and Welfare.

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2012, 09:28:27 AM »
Claims bottle thrown from Raiders star's apartment



ACT Policing is investigating a complaint that a cyclist was hit by a bottle last month, allegedly thrown from the apartment of Canberra Raiders player Joel Thompson.

The alleged incident occurred on the same night as the Foreshore music festival on November 24, during which Raiders star Blake Ferguson was thrown out of the VIP area because of accusations that he had spat on other patrons. ACT Policing confirmed it was investigating a potential common assault in Lyneham about 6pm on November 24. A cyclist riding along Mouat Street, Lyneham, claimed to have been struck by a bottle.

Fairfax Media understands a Foreshore after-party was being hosted in Thompson's Lyneham apartment complex.

It is also understood that Thompson, who earlier had attended the festival with some Raiders teammates, was interviewed by ACT Policing as owner of the apartment.

''The matter is currently under investigation so it's not appropriate to comment any further,'' an ACT Policing representative said.

A Raiders spokesman said the club was made aware of the alleged incident on Wednesday.

''We've spoken to Joel and he maintains he had no involvement in any such incident,'' the spokesman said.

Thompson, 24, is a three-time Indigenous All Stars representative player and was recognised by the Raiders for his off-field work this year, presented with the club's Geoff Caldwell Memorial Award for education and welfare after completing a course through the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.

Ferguson, 22, has been punished by the club for his behaviour at the Festival, though the Raiders would not give details of the penalty.

This is another off-field distraction for the Raiders, who returned to pre-season training only last month.

Source: http://www.irrigator.com.au/story/1168583/claims-bottle-thrown-from-raiders-stars-apartment/?cs=2382

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2013, 09:53:21 AM »
Thompson's bid to help a mate

Next month, Joel Thompson will pull on his cherished Indigenous All Stars jersey and run out at Suncorp Stadium feeling on top of the world.

And the Canberra star plans to use his privileged position to help a mate down on his luck.

The second-rower's friend Ryan Dollisson recently had his right foot amputated and received more than 100 stitches to his right leg, after a workplace accident in Albury.

Dollisson faces mounting hospital bills and months of recovery after an excavator reversed over him, and Thompson has rallied the sports community to help him and his family. The 24-year-old has set up an eBay account auctioning off sports memorabilia, including Raiders skipper Terry Campese's NSW and Australia jerseys, a Ricky Ponting Twenty20 outfit and an Everton shirt worn by Socceroo Tim Cahill.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/thompsons-bid-to-help-a-mate-20130116-2cu4y.html#ixzz2IBIbhaE4

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2013, 02:34:56 PM »
TimGavel: #Raiders back rower Joel Thompson says he played the All Star game with a shoulder injury but says it's not a major issue.

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2013, 06:22:34 PM »
St George-Illawarra has its sights set on poaching another Raiders youngster, with the Dragons emerging as Canberras biggest rival in its quest to retain Joel Thompson.

Thompson has been heavily linked to Parramatta after it missed out on fellow Raiders back-rower Josh Papalii, but Fairfax Media understands the Dragons are firming as the Raiders likely challenger.

His Canberra deal expires at the end of the season, and the Raiders are desperate to retain the 24-year-old.

With veteran three-quarter Matt Cooper likely to retire after this year, the Dragons are attracted by Thompsons versatility.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/dragons-in-hunt-for-raiders-thompson-20130327-2guxe.html#ixzz2Ok97WW9T

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2013, 07:01:07 PM »


After graduating from Australia’s leading Indigenous leadership education program, Canberra Raiders star Joel Thompson is now set to take on a new off-field leadership role, working with the Capital’s Indigenous youth.

In between Raiders matches, Mr Thompson has taken on a part-time role working with Australia’s only national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership and governance training, the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC).

A new youth leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the ACT will begin later this month, with fortnightly classes running until July. The program provides Indigenous people aged between 18 and 30 with an introduction to leadership.

AILC CEO Rachelle Towart welcomed Mr Thompson on board and said she hoped Mr Thompson’s profile and example would encourage many young Indigenous people in the ACT to take part in the innovative program.

“Joel Thompson’s journey in overcoming all sorts of adversity to become an NRL star should be an inspiration to young Indigenous people across the Canberra region and we want to draw on his experience to grow the capabilities of young Indigenous people in the nation’s capital,” Ms Towart said.

“Australians want to see a major improvement in Indigenous health, wellbeing and living standards, so more Indigenous people can live up to their potential, like Joel.

“Leaders are not just people who stand up in boardrooms or parliament. Leadership skills such as strategic thinking, communication, ethics and financial management are critical capabilities required across the Indigenous community.

“The AILC provides accredited and non-accredited education programs that enable Indigenous people to fulfil their potential, not just in their career, but as family members and community participants.

“This is an opportunity for young Indigenous people across the Canberra region to join a free program which will develop their capacity to contribute as leaders in their professional, personal, community and / or family roles.
“You don’t have to be a Raiders fan to become a great leader – but it helps!”

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Leadership Program will start on 22 April 2013 and Young Indigenous people in the ACT are invited to register for participation at www.ailc.org.au The Program has been developed in partnership with the Canberra Raiders and the ACT Government and will be delivered free of charge.

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC), founded in 2001, is Australia’s only national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership training.

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2013, 06:08:36 PM »
Thompson to choose between Raiders, Dragons this week

Canberra utility Joel Thompson will decide on his future by the end of the week as he agonises over staying loyal to the Raiders, or accepting a rich offer from the Dragons.

The Raiders have tabled Thompson a three-year deal they believe is highly competitive, but St George Illawarra’s offer is understood to be more lucrative. Thompson’s manager David Riolo will meet with the 24-year-old late this week as he grapples with the biggest decision of his career so far.

Fairfax Media understands Thompson is leaning toward remaining with Canberra at this stage, but the needs of wife Amy and stepdaughter Bella will heavily impact his call.

Canberra wants to keep him, but have ruled out entering a bidding war with the Dragons should their offer prove to hard to refuse.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/canberra-raiders/thompson-to-choose-between-raiders-dragons-this-week-20130415-2hvab.html#ixzz2QW84Y9UM