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Joel Thompson
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:08:05 PM »
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Thompson hit with grade one NRL charge


Canberra's Joel Thompson has been hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge by the Review Committee. Photo: Australian News Channel Pty Ltd

Canberra centre Joel Thompson has been hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge by the NRL Match Review Committee.

Thompson was sanctioned following a huge hit on Melbourne's Rory Kostjasyn midway through the second half of the Storm's 26-0 win over the Raiders on Sunday at Canberra Stadium.

Thompson will not miss a game if he takes an early guilty plea.

Canterbury's Jamal Idris and Brisbane's Josh McGuire were cleared of any wrongdoing after being put on report for striking during their respective games on Friday.

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 03:53:50 PM »
This was crap. Not a thing wrong with that hit

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 04:16:51 PM »
TimGavel: #Raiders forward Trevor Thurling out for season with a snapped Achilles tendon , Joel Thompson looks to be okay after suffering a head knock
26 July 2011, 9:50 am

TimGavel: #Raiders forward Trevor Thurling out for season with a snapped Achilles tendon , Joel Thompson looks to be okay after suffering a head knock

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 01:05:09 PM »
Thompson brings the kryptonite
14 August 2011, 12:00 am

ALL OUT of kryptonite, Canberra will throw themselves in front of Dave Taylor in hope of derailing the devastating South Sydney express.

Source: The Canberra Times - Sport - Rugby League


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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2011, 01:39:26 PM »
Pre-season no cakewalk for Raiders' Thompson

Canberra Raiders star Joel Thompson says he is not concerned by Shaun Berrigan's arrival at the club and the greater competition for centre spots.

Rather, the versatile utility will use it as motivation as he negotiates one of the toughest pre-season regimes in recent club history.

Source: The Canberra Times

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2011, 01:43:50 PM »
Nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition for spots. Also means we should have a bit of depth to cover any injuries this year.

At this stage I would like to see Croker and JT keep the centre spots I think they are the best there right now but if we lose a forward we can move JT to the pack and have Berrigan come into the backs for him. Going to be interesting to see what way Furner goes for round 1.

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2011, 08:16:18 AM »
Buttriss and Thompson eagerly anticipating return to Wagga

It’s a fair way away from Canberra, but for two Raiders stars they’ll feel right at home when the Raiders take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in a trial match at the McDonalds Park in Wagga Wagga.

Glenn Buttriss and Joel Thompson played all their junior rugby league in the Group 9 region and are eagerly anticipating the trial on February 18 as a chance to not only get back to the region to see friends and family, but to promote their code at a grass roots level and give back to the local communities.

Both are strong advocates of supporting the game in country areas and remember fondly their days as aspiring young rugby league players watching their heroes come out to their respective areas of Cootamundra and Forbes.

“I’m looking forward to getting back out in the Group 9 area,” said hooker Glenn Buttriss.

“That’s where I’ve been brought up playing my rugby league so I’m looking forward to getting back out there. You always wanted to beat Wagga as a kid because they had so many teams.”

“It means a lot being an NRL player from the country and being able to go back out there where you grew up and promote the game. I remember when I was growing up you had the Canberra Raiders come out and you always used to get really excited as a kid seeing your idols come out to the schools and run clinics so hopefully I can do the same for them now.”

For Country Origin representative, Joel Thompson, the match takes on perhaps even greater significance as the hard hitting centre spent part of his childhood in Wagga and sill has strong links with the area through his family.

“I’m from Forbes but I’ve had time growing up and playing junior footy in Gundagai and Wagga Wagga too so it will be good to get back there and see a lot of my family there at the game. I’ve got a lot of Aunties and Uncles out there as well as my Nan and Pop so I can’t wait.”

“I think it’s vitally important for the NRL teams to get back to the bush to keep country footy alive and well. A lot of the players that come through the NRL clubs and in particular Canberra are country boys so it really is important to keep the people from the bush interested in our game.”

“I remember the last trial that was in Wagga I was there supporting as a kid and I remember seeing all the players from the Melbourne Storm and Canberra and thinking about how much I’d like to be there one day and now here I am going back to play a trial game there for the Raiders.”

“We’ll definitely be going to the schools and doing a few clinics that we normally do when we go out to country areas. I really enjoy working with the kids. Hopefully we’ll go to some of the old schools I used to go to.”

Source: Raiders.com.au

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2012, 08:51:41 PM »
All Stars' other 'JT' ready for NRL's best

Raiders utility Joel Thompson has come a long way from the isolation of bush football to carve a successful NRL career in the national capital – but victory by the Indigenous team in the inaugural All Stars clash in 2010 remains his rugby league benchmark.



The 23-year-old, who grew up in far-western New South Wales, said he’s counting the days until this year’s game at Skilled Park on February 4.

“It’s awesome being around such quality players, learning from them and also going up there with all my family and friends… it should be good,” Thompson told NRL.com.

“When we go up there it’s such a good vibe, everyone I talk to is looking forward to it. Hopefully we get a sell-out crowd again.”

The Indigenous All Stars’ other popular ‘JT’ revealed he had a fragmented rugby league upbringing.

“My family is from Ivanhoe… out near Wilcannia, Broken Hill. It’s pretty remote. My mum’s Aboriginal and I grew up with my Aboriginal family out there,” he said.

“I started playing when I was pretty young, like eight, but I moved around a fair bit so there’s a lot of years I didn’t play and then there was the years I did play, so I didn’t consistently play rugby league until I was about 16.”

Thompson said that although league was a popular sport in Ivanhoe, he was among the Indigenous minority to leave their mark on the game.

“Yeah, it’s a big sport but not really many Aboriginal players are from out there… our closest town was like Griffith. No, there’s not many coming from that way,” he said.

The centre/second-rower nominated the week leading up to the All Stars clash as every bit as satisfying as the game itself.

“I like mixing with the fans when we do our jumper presentation [at the All Stars Festival] – it’s good to see so many people that love it and the kids and stuff,” he said.

“All the smiles and everything, seeing their favourite players like JT and other players and Princey… it’s all pretty good.”

Also, he’s looking forward to reuniting with Indigenous team halfback Chris Sandow, who he hasn’t played alongside since his teenage years.

And he loves the team’s new jersey design – although he suspects an ulterior motive.

 “I love them actually… the black look – I don’t know if they’re trying to make big Georgie Rose look a bit slimmer or what’s going on there, but I like them. It’s a cool design!”

Source: NRL.com

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012, 03:05:20 PM »
Inspiring model for youth in Ivanhoe

Joel Thomson's description of his hometown, Ivanhoe, is fairly bleak.

''Just got a jail and a railway line,'' he says.

Read more: The Canberra Times

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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 03:18:56 PM »
Smiles on the Agenda for Thompson

The aftermath that Canberra Raiders star, Joel Thompson, wants to evoke from the All Stars fixture is not to have simply bruised and battered the bodies of his NRL All Star counterparts, but rather to have put smiles on the faces of the young Indigenous fans across the nation.

“As Preston Campbell once said, us winning or losing can make a little Indigenous kid either happy or sad,” Thompson enthused.

“A lot of young Aboriginal kids look forward to this game each year and you can see it in their faces when we go out into the community wearing our Indigenous jerseys. I’ll be doing all I can to win the Arthur Beetson trophy for the team and the Indigenous community to make sure there’s as many smiles on young Indigenous kids’ faces as possible.”

Thompson’s sentiments are derived from the particularly positive messages associated with the All Stars fixture.

“It’s always important to promote a healthy lifestyle and the importance of education to not only the Indigenous community, but the wider Australian community. This game in particular can have a massive influence on young children and their families,” said the Forbes Magpies junior.

“Outside of rugby league, I’ve got a business diploma and it’s really important how influential this game can be on young Aboriginal kids to inspire them to chase not only their rugby league dreams but to give them the belief that they can achieve their educational dreams as well.”

Like his Raiders team mates Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Travis Waddell, Thompson has been a part of the Indigenous All Stars side since the concept’s inception in 2010. Thompson believes this year’s fixture is possibly the most important since the games origin due to the trophy being named after the great Arthur Beetson, who was the first Indigenous sportsman to captain his country in any sport.

“He was such a good role model and such a humble man for what he achieved in the game. He gave a lot of his time to the community and he really cared about the game and wanted people to share in the positive effects that rugby league can offer.”

“It’s been a massive honour to have been a part of the All Stars concept since it started. I was lucky enough to be one of the coach’s picks so it’s good to know that Laurie [Daley] wants me in the side. I couldn’t be happier.”

After going down in last year’s encounter, Thompson is confident of reclaiming the Arthur Beetson trophy after having been in camp with the team and witnessing the passion and talent in the side.

“The way we’ve been training, we’ll definitely give them a much tougher game than last year. We were pretty disappointed last year in our ability to control the ruck so we’ll look to rectify that and concentrate on our defence. Our attack will look after itself with the talent and flair in the team and JT [Jonathon Thurston] and Chris Sandow controlling the play. GI [Greg Inglis] and Hodgo [Justin Hodges] are also looking really good and both are set for big games I think.”

When asked about coming up against team mate Josh Dugan, Thompson said: “I’d love to try and put a shot on Duges but he’s a bit too quick for me. But if I do, I’ll make sure he stays down,” laughed the 23 year old.

The match kicks off this Saturday at 7pm at the Gold Coast's Skilled Stadium.

Source: Raiders.com.au

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2012, 07:44:25 PM »
Joel Thompson Eyes Off a Move to the Second Row

As the first trial of the year fast approaches for the Canberra Raiders, strike player Joel Thompson, is counting down the days until he gets to run onto Lavington Sports Ground in Albury this Saturday to lock horns with the Melbourne Storm.

After having spent the previous two seasons plying his trade in the centres, a move to the second row beckons for Thompson. The Indigenous All Stars representative’s confrontational style of play is sure to reap plenty of rewards closer to the action for the Green Machine.

“I’m happy to play second row,” enthused the Forbes junior.

“I see my future in the second row and I’ve put on about four kilograms of muscle this year with Woody [Rehabilitation Officer Leigh Woodbridge]. I’m pretty keen to play in the second row but it’s going to take time to adjust because I’ve been playing in the centres for the last two years.”

The Raiders are blessed with a plethora of talent in the forward pack and Thompson is under no illusions that he’ll be a walk up start to the back row and has been training accordingly.

“We’ve definitely got a lot of good forwards here so it was a big pre-season for me. I didn’t miss a session and put on the weight that I needed to so that I can compete in the second row and do a good job there.”

“It’s going to take time but I’m willing to work hard in the trials and cement a spot there. I want to have a big year so I’ll be working hard.”

Some “experts” believe that Thompson’s positional shift may leave a hole in the club’s outside backs, however Thompson rubbishes such claims by pointing to the up and coming talent in the club.

“There’s definitely some great talent coming through in the centres at the Raiders. Jack Wighton is coming through and I see him as a star of the future. We’ve got big hopes for Jacko.”

“There’s also a bit of talent coming through in the back row with guys like Mark Nicholls. There’s competition in every position at the Raiders at the moment which is healthy for our team.”

Whilst Thompson is keen to stake his claims in the second row in the upcoming trials, he is the first to admit that the team comes first and he is more than happy to play wherever Coach David Furner sees fit.

“I’m not too sure what Furnsie plans to do with me but I just want to be in the 17 each week and play first grade. I’m going to give 100% wherever the coaching staff wants to play me.”

“I can’t wait to play in the trials. I’m feeling unbelievable at the moment. I didn’t get the minutes I’d like to [in the All Stars match] but that’s just the way it worked out there. I definitely want to play in these trial games coming up to get up as many minutes as I can.”

“The last couple of years we’ve lost a few trials and it hasn’t got us off to the best start to the season so I think we need to go into these trials really wanting to win them and set up what’s sure to be a good season.”

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2012, 02:55:50 PM »
Bench pressed with size and skill

Canberra coach David Furner admitted Joel Thompson was a victim of his own versatility after being named on the bench for the Raiders' season-opener against Melbourne at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.

Thompson played all of last season at right centre, but Furner believes his utility value will make him a dangerous impact player coming off the pine.

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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012, 12:26:00 PM »
Clever aggression is Joel's goal

Hard-hitting utility Joel Thompson will pick and choose the moments to unleash his natural aggression in a bid to smooth over the cracks in the Raiders' defensive line.



While vowing to make an impact off the bench, the NSW Country representative has promised a smarter approach in Saturday night's NRL season-opener against the Melbourne Storm at Canberra Stadium.

Thompson delivered a bell-ringer of a shot the last time the Storm came to town, a legitimate shoulder charge blindsiding Rory Kostjasyn and providing the spark for a wild brawl.

And while he loves nothing more than putting on the big hits footy fans have been craving the entire summer, video sessions showed the 23-year-old he put the team at risk by charging out of the line.

''I really didn't think of it until I saw footage of myself, and I can see there's definitely a problem,'' Thompson said.

''I've been working with Morgs (assistant coach Justin Morgan) and the coaching staff, controlling the aggression instead of ripping out of the line and putting that shot on.

''Everyone likes to put on a shot.

''Hopefully this year I've trained so I can use my aggression a bit better instead of flying out and missing tackles, being a bit smarter this year and put on the good shot with technique.''

The Raiders missed an average of 37.4 tackles last season, the second-highest in the competition behind the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Thompson has predominantly been stationed in the centres for the past two seasons but the arrival of Shaun Berrigan has allowed him to return to the forward pack.

With Kiwi international Bronson Harrison and young gun Josh Papalii retained as the starting second-rowers, Thompson will come off the bench for the first time since the round 22 clash with the Bulldogs in 2009. His ability to play in the second-row or cover for an injury in the back-line makes Thompson the perfect bench weapon.

''I've been a starting player for the last few years now so it's going to be something different and something I'll have to adjust to,'' he said.

''Hopefully a few games in I can get used to it.

''When I get on I'll be trying to get involved as much as I can.''

The Raiders' forward pack got a significant boost yesterday when international prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs declared he was on track to face the Storm, having recovered from a foot injury.

The former Kangaroos and NSW front-rower emerged unscathed from a torrid training session two-and-a-half weeks after tearing a muscle in his foot in the trial match against the Storm in Albury.

''I'm ready to go as far as I'm concerned,'' Learoyd-Lahrs said.

''[The injury has] had plenty of time to heal.

''I'm trying to do everything possible to get it right.

''That's probably the most intense session I've had since injuring it, so we'll just see how it pulls up.

''The coaching staff are happy with the way I've trained, so I'm looking forward to Saturday.''

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2012, 05:45:43 PM »
Raiders stars endorse Indigenous Expo

Canberra Raiders and Indigenous All-Stars players Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Joel Thompson attended a special expo in Canberra today, aimed at improving Indigenous employment, education and training.

The Indigenous Employment, Education and Training Expo is aimed to demonstrate the important nexus between the employment and training of Indigenous jobseekers, corporate business, industry, Education and Training Institutions, school leavers and the wider community.

Important stakeholders in these key areas came together to showcase their innovative and creative solutions and through this collaboration the real opportunities for jobseekers will produce significant benefits to employers.

Proud Indigenous player Tom Learoyd-Lahrs said the event was a great way to see the opportunities on offer for young indigenous Australians and said it’s great to know there are pathways out there for young indigenous people.

“These types of events really open your eyes to some fantastic opportunities out there for young indigenous people and if we can use our profile to help promote events like this more people will know about it,” Learoyd-Lahrs said. “I know we have a lot of young indigenous players at our club and a number of them are keen on becoming more involved with careers post footy.”

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Re: Joel Thompson
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2012, 02:20:46 PM »
Congratulations Joel Thompson on 50 games for the Raiders

Captain Terry Campese is not the only player celebrating a special milestone when the Canberra Raiders take on the West Tigers tonight.

Tough as nails Forbes Magpies junior, Joel Thompson, will also celebrate his 50th game for the Green Machine at Campbelltown Stadium alongside Campese in the starting side this week.

Since debuting back in 2008 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Thompson has firmly entrenched himself in the Raiders top squad and has become a popular member of the playing roster.

Equally adept at either second row or centre, Thompson’s impressive and consistent performances in the lime green jersey has seen the former Toyota Cup Team of the Year member progress to further representative honors such as the Indigenous All-Stars (2010-11) and Country Origin (2011).

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