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by edwahu
January 16, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

I think that's a fair call against the top sides but the weaker sides just can't stop some of our individual players. We don't need to beat the tops sides regularly to make it to mid table anyway. I would agree Rapana is a huge loss as he is one of those individuals who contributes to wins on his own.
by edwahu
January 16, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: The Lime Lounge
Topic: Canberra Raiders lookalikes
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Canberra Raiders lookalikes

Not a Raider but this young ScoMo and Big Papi one is pretty good

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by edwahu
January 16, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

I think we could have a top eight team, provided there is a first grade half or fullback recruit. I would change my 12-16th prediction to 6th-10th if we signed a FG standard half or fullback. We are just tissue thin across three of the four creative positions. I don't think we need anymore creativi...
by edwahu
January 16, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

I think the ceiling of the squad is about 6th and floor is 12th or so.

I don't think it's bottom 4 yet, probably mid table on paper. I'd have all of the top 8 except the Warriors ahead of us, plus the Cowboys and Knights. Titans would be on close to par now.
by edwahu
January 16, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Competition Central
Topic: 2019 NRL CEO Comp
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: 2019 NRL CEO Comp

Ferret86 wrote:
January 15, 2019, 9:53 pm
Good on you for setting this up Edwahu! I run the site and am a GH lurker every now and then. Let me know if you’ve got any questions.
Thanks, it's a great site. Hopefully we get enough takers.
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders, Panthers deny Dylan Edwards switch
Replies: 59
Views: 2913

Re: Raiders, Panthers deny Dylan Edwards switch

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So done deal.
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders, Panthers deny Dylan Edwards switch
Replies: 59
Views: 2913

Re: Edwards-Raiders rumour a dud

The only way I can figure in my right mind that we're up against the cap ceiling is if we're still paying a portion of Boyd and Paulo But they were off contract, so that can't be the reason. The only explanation is gross managerial incompetence. If the cap truly is maxed out with us short a half (s...
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: All-Stars voting now open
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: All-Stars voting now open

I think it's a joint decision between the club and player to decide if they play in these promotional games. I'll vote for our guys for the recognition (when it's deserved).
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Wighton set for "shock" switch in Raiders shake-up
Replies: 61
Views: 4911

Re: Jack Wighton set for "shock" switch in Raiders shake-up

Oldfield can only run in a straight line, I don't think he could play fullback.
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

greeneyed wrote:
January 15, 2019, 3:46 pm
Wasn't it Robbie Paul we kept being linked to?
I thought it was both, along with Stuart Fielden.
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

Sid wrote:
January 15, 2019, 3:35 pm
we haven't been linked to quade cooper for a few months.. I'll rehash that one.
I heard there was a Henry Paul mega deal in the works.
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Competition Central
Topic: 2019 NRL CEO Comp
Replies: 2
Views: 163

2019 NRL CEO Comp

I have set up a comp in NRL CEO for anyone interested. This is basically like a US fantasy game rather than Supercoach, so it has drafts, trades and squads can carry across multiple years. See more here www.nrlceo.com. It's a 12 team comp, so feel free to join via the link below. https://thebench.co...
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders, Panthers deny Dylan Edwards switch
Replies: 59
Views: 2913

Re: Edwards-Raiders rumour a dud

It's the mole, so doesn't mean much.

I am sure we don't have much on the cap but we probably wouldn't need a lot the first year.
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

LimeGreenMachine wrote:
January 15, 2019, 10:59 am
Moley putting a nail in the coffin about the Edwards rumour

https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-the-mo ... 82b86ac136
Nobody tells Moley the truth.
by edwahu
January 15, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

I don't get the selection of Murchie. What is he going to add off the bench?
by edwahu
January 14, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

Stuart's future on the line Ricky Stuart looks to be one coach who will be feeling the heat if his Raiders don't get off to a solid start in 2019. They have a draw that should allow them to be up around the top end of the ladder after five weeks, playing four teams which finished below them in 2018...
by edwahu
January 14, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: The most underrated player in Canberra Raiders history
Replies: 157
Views: 4648

Re: The most underrated player in Canberra Raiders history

Same could be said of plenty of players. Most likely he would've been signed by a better club and played Origin anyway.

Really though, calling him an honest player does him a great disservice. He was far better than that.
by edwahu
January 13, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

Publishing salaries would show the entire comp and their managers how much we are paying ordinary players. This will just jack up everyone's asking price even more. It wouldn't be a good thing for our club. There would be a lot of unintended consequences you guys aren't thinking through. TPAs are d...
by edwahu
January 13, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

I can accept a $100k pay cut from a $500-600k/year contract or $200k off $1mil+/year... any more is just unrealistic. A player is lucky to go 10 years consistently in first grade... if you're in your mid 20s, at the peak of your earning potential, you may only have 3 or 4 years left... $300k over 4...
by edwahu
January 13, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Wighton set for "shock" switch in Raiders shake-up
Replies: 61
Views: 4911

Re: Jack Wighton set for shock switch in Raiders shake-up

I'd much prefer Williams and Wighton. Sezer doesn't have the kicking skill for this to function well IMO. He can tackle though. Will be happy to be proven wrong but the kicking looks exceptionally weak with this combo. If Hodgson does more that would help although his kicking game has been a bit do...
by edwahu
January 13, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

I didn't argue against it, but you said it would fix the cap problem, which suggests silver bullet. There has been outrage over the cap for 30 years, then even when they give transparency on something like TPAs the NRL just spin it as a positive and ignore any complaints. Even if the NRL wanted to d...
by edwahu
January 13, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: The most underrated player in Canberra Raiders history
Replies: 157
Views: 4648

Re: The most underrated player in Canberra Raiders history

I actually think Dave Furner is a bit underrated - not dissimilar to Jason Croker in that he gets overlooked a bit given the quality of players he had around him in his prime. His footwork close to the line for a big man really was something special. I also feel the frustrations of his coaching era...
by edwahu
January 13, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Wighton set for "shock" switch in Raiders shake-up
Replies: 61
Views: 4911

Re: Jack Wighton set for shock switch in Raiders shake-up

I'd much prefer Williams and Wighton. Sezer doesn't have the kicking skill for this to function well IMO. He can tackle though. Sam's defensive stats were better than Sezer's in 2018. Not by much but still better. No they weren't. https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/stats/players?teamI...
by edwahu
January 12, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

The thing you miss Pat is that even if what you say is true, your outrage as a Canberra fan will be basically worthless and far more supporters will be willing to accept that it is true because it benefits their club. The NRL will continue to support the status quo and those clubs which make it the...
by edwahu
January 12, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

The thing you miss Pat is that even if what you say is true, your outrage as a Canberra fan will be basically worthless and far more supporters will be willing to accept that it is true because it benefits their club. The NRL will continue to support the status quo and those clubs which make it the ...
by edwahu
January 12, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Wighton set for "shock" switch in Raiders shake-up
Replies: 61
Views: 4911

Re: Jack Wighton set for shock switch in Raiders shake-up

Roger Kenworthy wrote:
January 12, 2019, 7:11 pm
I'd much prefer Williams and Wighton. Sezer doesn't have the kicking skill for this to function well IMO.
He can tackle though.
by edwahu
January 12, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders
Replies: 344
Views: 28455

Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Pretty sure he played on the opposite side most of the time.
by edwahu
January 12, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

The NRL keeps saying that the Salary Cap works because no team has won the comp two seasons in a row. Just another example of using a single and ridiculous measure to support what the NRL want to claim. Roosters and Storm have played in 15 of the last 20 grand finals and much of the same group of t...
by edwahu
January 11, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

I think you're being very optimistic. Most of the public support teams the narrative benefits and the NRL already runs with the narrative. Those clubs will continue to be able to sign players on reduced deals. I also think you underestimate the pay cut people are willing to take to avoid an underper...
by edwahu
January 11, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 16392

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

Making salaries public would be interesting but it wouldn't solve anything. Players could go to the Roosters for half of what they go to Canberra for and they will just report it as the player wanting to win or be near the beach.
by edwahu
January 11, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders
Replies: 344
Views: 28455

Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

There is a reason he is considered a backrower/ centre. Which in the NRL leads me to believe that he is more likely to be successful on the edge. Maybe he is a dogged tough nut that will make it work. However, as we already know, we have 4 international backrowers, and while is generally accepted t...
by edwahu
January 11, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

I can't see Horsburgh starting the year in first grade. He wasn't even in Mounties top grade to start last year and it was quite a number of matches once there before he was starting for them, even dropping back to the bench for a few games towards the end of the year. Seems like they are managing ...
by edwahu
January 11, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders
Replies: 344
Views: 28455

Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

He played a fair few games at lock in the UK, enough to judge his ability there. The only reason he didn't pay there more is they had O'Loughlin there, who is one of Englands best ever.
by edwahu
January 11, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

I can't see Horsburgh starting the year in first grade. He wasn't even in Mounties top grade to start last year and it was quite a number of matches once there before he was starting for them, even dropping back to the bench for a few games towards the end of the year. Seems like they are managing ...
by edwahu
January 11, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?
Replies: 169
Views: 8220

Re: What's your strongest possible Canberra Raiders 2019 line up?

Our best 17 (barring recruitment) 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nic Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (c) 4. BJ Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Aiden Sezer 7. Sam Williams 8. Ryan Sutton 9. Josh Hodgson (c) 10. Josh Papalii 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. John Bateman 14. Sivila Havili 15. Sia Soliola 16. Emre Gu...