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by Finchy
May 6, 2021, 6:14 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What does our next rebuild look like?
Replies: 87
Views: 3294

Re: What does our next rebuild look like?

No one forgets, we all remember. it helps shapes his entire coaching career... this is armchair psychology, but it is clear to me that as a coach he's extremely redisent to give up on seasoned veterans who have done the job for him because he was once seasoned veteran who had done the job and was u...
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 7:30 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Hodgson stands down, Elliott Whitehead appointed co-captain
Replies: 207
Views: 10718

Re: Josh Hodgson reportedly stood himself down as co-captain two weeks ago

This article is a little old now, but some interesting comments from Hodgo re: Sticky. How quickly things change... I feel like I lost a part of myself in December: Josh Hodgson We all hate being written off here in Canberra and I’m sick of sitting at home watching the finals on the telly. The Raide...
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 7:13 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Hodgson stands down, Elliott Whitehead appointed co-captain
Replies: 207
Views: 10718

Re: Josh Hodgson reportedly stood down as co-captain two weeks ago

The Crookwell Witch has to be behind all this
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 7:06 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Hodgson stands down, Elliott Whitehead appointed co-captain
Replies: 207
Views: 10718

Re: Josh Hodgson reportedly stood down as co-captain two weeks ago

I honestly believe if CNK didn't get his neck snapped during that Panthers game, all of this circus isn't happening. At least not yet. His injury highlighting the other massive issues in our side has brought all this to a head.
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 6:59 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Hodgson stands down, Elliott Whitehead appointed co-captain
Replies: 207
Views: 10718

Re: Josh Hodgson reportedly stood down as co-captain two weeks ago

Again, if Hodgo relinquished the captaincy a few weeks ago, I'd say it's because he was never injured, just dropped. Massive ego hit. Croker might be in the same boat shortly.
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 6:56 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Hodgson stands down, Elliott Whitehead appointed co-captain
Replies: 207
Views: 10718

Re: Broncos considering shock play for Raiders star Josh Hodgson

I blame the Curse of Sterlo. As soon a Sterling declared Hodgo a better hooker than Cam Smith after the first Storm game last year, his form fell off a cliff and never returned. And Cam Smith retired a premiership winner. Thanks Sterlo.
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 6:51 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Hodgson stands down, Elliott Whitehead appointed co-captain
Replies: 207
Views: 10718

Re: Broncos considering shock play for Raiders star Josh Hodgson

Does anyone think we may have seen Hodgo play his last game in green? Barring any unforeseen injuries to Starling or Havili, I have a feeling he's done as a Raider. Like the Tapine, Papa, and GWilly situation, I have a feeling a few release requests are coming...
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 6:44 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Hodgson stands down, Elliott Whitehead appointed co-captain
Replies: 207
Views: 10718

Re: Broncos considering shock play for Raiders star Josh Hodgson

Stood down as captain because he's not really injured, just dropped, I would think.
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 6:11 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Is Ricky losing the team?
Replies: 83
Views: 4161

Re: Is Ricky losing the team?

I found this part interesting: "The Herald has been told Hodgson, who was instrumental in Canberra’s run to the grand final in 2019, is privately disappointed with the narrative that the side has improved with him out of it." The truth hurts Hodgo, because the side has statistically improv...
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 6:09 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Is Ricky losing the team?
Replies: 83
Views: 4161

Re: Is Ricky losing the team?

Broncos considering shock play for Raiders star Josh Hodgson The rumblings of discontent in Canberra are set to escalate, with the Brisbane Broncos talking about luring Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson to the club next season. The Broncos feel there is reason to believe Hodgson and the Raiders might not...
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 4:31 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 307
Views: 18202

Re: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews

GreenMachine wrote: May 4, 2021, 4:15 pm Were either Jagging a win or hitting rock bottom....that Knights list is putrid.
Ponga and Best are worth about 5 tries between them against us. That's literally all you need to beat us at the moment, one gun player. Two is a nightmare
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 4:29 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 307
Views: 18202

Re: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews

Northern Raider wrote: May 4, 2021, 4:27 pm
radicalraider wrote: May 4, 2021, 4:20 pm Sweepstake time
How many minutes will Tapine play:
0-10
11-20
21-30
31-40
41-50
Or Late withdrawal.
I'll check with his wife first on how long he should play.
Late withdrawal for Lui or James
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 2:23 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 307
Views: 18202

Re: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews

The Nickman wrote: May 4, 2021, 11:44 am
Raiders666 wrote: May 4, 2021, 11:38 am Surely we win this game....Surely
We won't.
Is CNK back yet? *checks notes* Nope.

I’m with Nickman, the odds are not in our favour.

Ponga is going to absolutely tear us a new one. If he doesn’t score a hat-trick I’ll be amazed
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 2:18 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Is Ricky losing the team?
Replies: 83
Views: 4161

Re: Is Ricky losing the team?

Luffto wrote: May 4, 2021, 1:50 pm I've got a better question.

Is the sky blue?

Hint; it's the same answer to this question.
So no then?

https://science.discoveryplace.org/blog ... purple-sky
by Finchy
May 4, 2021, 10:04 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 148
Views: 9671

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

The thing is, most of the squad was off contract last year so they had ample time to plan it. Maybe the person(s) making these calls ain't up to it? Lloyd Braun was selling computers by cold calling people using a disconnected phone. Hello?!? "Hey Braun, I've got good news and bad news, and th...
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 9:19 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Too much depth?
Replies: 34
Views: 1080

Re: Too much Depth?

We’re two middles too heavy, too light in the backs. Probs a knee jerk reaction to having so many injured middles last year
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 9:18 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What does our next rebuild look like?
Replies: 87
Views: 3294

Re: What does our next rebuild look like?

Surely Papalii doesn't leave- he just re-signed and is a club legend. I understand he is going through a tough patch but surely not unless I have recently missed something dramatic? EDIT. With him dropped and unmotivated, and his references last year to wanting to be closer to family back in QLD, a...
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 8:32 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What does our next rebuild look like?
Replies: 87
Views: 3294

Re: What does our next rebuild look like?

Jeeez some people are being very harsh on josh hodgson. Is he really a "terrible" defender? Average i'd say but not terrible. I reckon any chance of the raiders doing anything really meaningful over the next 2 years relies quite heavily on both Hodgson and Starling playing significant rol...
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 8:17 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Is Ricky losing the team?
Replies: 83
Views: 4161

Re: Is Ricky losing the team?

The Nickman wrote: May 3, 2021, 7:50 pm I just think he should stick solid, like rayden said.
So no bleeding green as well? Just stick solid?
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 8:04 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: What does our next rebuild look like?
Replies: 87
Views: 3294

Re: What does our next rebuild look like?

What will happen: I think Papa, Taps, GWilly, and Hodgo will request and be granted a release by the end of the year (or sooner). Papa and Taps because they are clearly unhappy for some reason, GWilly homesick, and Hodgo is no longer the best hooker in the club, terrible defender, and a ball hog who...
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 148
Views: 9671

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

Are these just the vagaries of the Ricky Stuart coaching life cycle? Build squad (2014/2015)> Brief period of moderate success (2016) > Squad gets stale, toxic elements emerge and players stop buying into Ricky’s message (2017/18) > Dismantle/rebuild squad with new branding and enjoy period of mode...
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 4:41 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 148
Views: 9671

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

I could understand the homesick thing for Bateman given his daughter, but who is G Willy homesick for? His mummy and daddy? It almost sounds like the kind of excuse an agent makes up when they’re trying to gain a release on compassionate grounds so they can negotiate a better deal for their client....
by Finchy
May 3, 2021, 4:29 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 148
Views: 9671

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

Seeya Georgie, thanks for your efforts.

Now, time to find an organising halfback...
by Finchy
May 2, 2021, 7:51 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 307
Views: 18202

Re: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Teams and Previews

Eight rounds down and the top five are already 4 points clear with the rest of the comp at a 50% or worse win rate. This season could end up in English Premier League territory. Given the recent improvements of some of the lesser teams, I'm not confident putting down any of our games as a W at the ...
by Finchy
May 2, 2021, 9:00 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Coaching issues
Replies: 262
Views: 11700

Re: Coaching issues

With all the losses the Broncos, Bulldogs, Tigers, and Cowboys have had the last few years, I’ve not heard about any of the players wives blasting the coach on social media, even though I’m sure plenty of players were unhappy with aspects of the coaching. Unfortunately I suspect the only way to get ...
by Finchy
April 30, 2021, 3:52 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 8 V Rabbitohs: Game Day
Replies: 1022
Views: 25205

Re: 2021 Rd 8 V Rabbitohs: Game Day

It will be very interesting to see how Ricky responds to EDIT and I am sure the club has spoken to them about it. Yes they are entitled to their opinion but airing it publicly like that is a no win situation and EDIT EDIT At the end of the day Ricky is the coach and has a lot more experience and kn...
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 11:49 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

There’s been a bit of talk about us not evolving. I can’t remember who said it, but I’m sure the mantra was something along the lines of you need to change the message, change who’s delivering it, or change who it’s being delivered to, to remain fresh and competitive. If we aren’t changing the head ...
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 10:50 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

I said this a few weeks back, in the stands and again this week we lost tonight because We didn’t go forward after half time Errors from kickoffs Forward passes from dummy half x 3 Gubler unforced errors Old, slow error riddled left side Kris is no winger The islanders are not happy We are not fit ...
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 10:26 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

Honestly, look at our next five games. We will be lucky to beat the Dogs out of that bunch. For once Azza is right. Season over.
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 10:13 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

We dropped out our most creative 2 forwards ( hodgo and taps).. surprised we scored 24 I honestly don't think Hodgo was dropped. Go watch the press conference closer Yeah Hodgo was definitely dropped. Anyone that can read body language can see Stuart was fibbing when asked about it. So much so they...
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 10:09 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

Green Taipan wrote: April 24, 2021, 10:08 pm
Luffto wrote: April 24, 2021, 9:48 pm Reckon we're that close to being a premiership team. Losing to a strong team like that away from home and only losing by two. We'll be right.
I love your enthusiasm but you are delusional; there are at least 6 teams better than NQ! We are not top 8 material!
Is that a dubby, or am I dubbying?
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 10:08 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

I thought 2017/2018 was bad. We were at least close to making the eight, and competitive in each game (losing by less than a try). This year is worse. Unlike 2014, when we pretty much had a wooden spoon squad, this year we have a top 4 squad, yet will be competing for the spoon. I really think we'll...
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 6:38 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

CHN to start on the edge, Young off the bench, as it should be. Young is far better coming on as a middle against tired forwards, that's how he carved up last year.
by Finchy
April 24, 2021, 12:19 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day
Replies: 929
Views: 22258

Re: 2021 Rd 7 V Cowboys: Game Day

The Nickman wrote: April 24, 2021, 10:39 am
raiderskater wrote:I hope Sticky keeps them as named, I'm actually a bit keen to see the sort of damage a Kris/Croker combination could do. I think it could be really good.
It won’t be though, it’ll be Kris outside **** Scott and Rapana botching tries on the left all night.
This.