Raiders under 20s to return in 2019 as club announces Ash Barnes as new coach

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Raiders under 20s to return in 2019 as club announces Ash Barnes as new coach

Post by greeneyed » October 9, 2018, 11:23 am

Raiders under 20s to return in 2019 as club announces Ash Barnes as new coach

The Canberra Raiders have announced the return of the under 20’s Raiders to the NSW Jersey Flegg competition next season, with Woden Valley Rams Premiership Coach Ash Barnes to lead the team.

Previously, any Raiders players contracted with the 20’s played with Mounties during the 2018 season, after the National Youth Competition concluded at the end of 2017. The Raiders 20’s team will now be based full-time in Canberra and return under the Raiders logo and play in Raiders team colours.

The under 20’s will play a number of their home matches at GIO Stadium and other local venues, with these fixtures to be announced once the NRL and NSWRL draws have been finalised.

The return of the Raiders under 20s to Canberra gives locally based players a clear and direct pathway into the NRL system, with the club’s junior representative program to field four teams in 2019, with the under 16s (Harold Matthews), under 18s (SG Ball) and under 20s (Jersey Flegg) men’s teams and the under 18s (Tarsha Gale Cup) women’s team.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the Raiders have long prided themselves on their junior development program and the re-inclusion of the under 20s into the club’s pathway program allowed the club to continue this into the future.

“The Raiders are a club with a proud history of developing players and this comes from the work we have always done in junior development in Canberra and the surrounding regions,” Furner said. “We want to make sure we are giving players from Canberra, the Monaro Region, the Riverina and the Far South Coast the opportunity to identify a clear pathway and having the under 20s is a vital stepping stone in this process.”

“It’s also great to see a Coach who has achieved success locally in Ash Barnes, get the opportunity to further his career and lead the next generation of Raiders along this pathway.”

Barnes has an impressive Coaching resume, taking the Woden Valley Rams to their first Canberra Raiders Cup title since 1996 this season after four years in the Head Coach role at the Rams. Barnes also coached the Monaro under 23’s team in 2017-2018, winning the Country Championships in 2017 and making the Final in 2018. He was also an Assistant Coach for the Mounties under 20s team in 2018.

Barnes said he’s honoured to have the opportunity to become the Coach of the clubs under 20s team in 2019 and said the return of the team to the Raiders colours gives players the perfect opportunity to continue their career progression.

“I’m excited about the opportunity and it shows the Raiders are an organisation who reward local coaches and help develop them like they do with players,” Barnes said. “Its great to have the under 20s back in Canberra playing under the Raiders colours again and I know the club has a strong tradition of developing local players and helping them with a pathway into the NRL.”

Barnes said the under 20s team showed resilience and professionalism to achieve success in 2018 and he expected the squad to return for pre-season training with a strong attitude and desire for more success in 2019.

“The under20s had a phenomenal season this year considering all of the travel they had to do each week and it’s a credit to the Mounties organisation to have helped them reach the Preliminary Final,” he said. “The players I’ve spoken to are really excited to have the opportunity though to pull on the green jersey again and it gives us the opportunity to continue their progression as players as Raiders.”

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Post by edwahu » October 9, 2018, 11:25 am

Good to see, it would be great if we eventually had a NSW Cup side back in Raiders colours as well.

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Post by greeneyed » October 9, 2018, 11:32 am

edwahu wrote:
October 9, 2018, 11:25 am
Good to see, it would be great if we eventually had a NSW Cup side back in Raiders colours as well.
Great news... and would be great to get back to a NSW Premiership team too!
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Post by ALX22 » October 9, 2018, 11:52 am

Good news.

The NSW Premiership might be a 2020 option?

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Post by Bay53 » October 9, 2018, 2:05 pm

This should be on the main board as it is a Raiders decision rather than specifically about a pathways player.

I think it is very good news.

I doubt the Mounties partnership will end at NSW cup level anytime soon.

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Post by edwahu » October 9, 2018, 4:01 pm

I know it's cheaper to run mounties, but when I look at the ACT comp or regional reps sides there are always a few ex-raiders who I reckon would cut it at NSW Cup level or players like Cornish or the Pickers who ended up retiring early or didn't hit first grade level. It would be great to have a NSW Cup side and pad it out with those guys or other players from the local area rather than the Mounties players.

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Post by greeneyed » October 9, 2018, 5:07 pm

Canberra Raiders reintroduce under-20s

New coach Ash Barnes says the Canberra Raiders are renowned for developing juniors and the re-birth of the club's under-20s creates a clear pathway to the NRL for them. It also provides Barnes with a pathway to realise his dream of coaching at the elite level. Barnes will take the reins in a part-time capacity and will continue working as a teacher at Karabar High.

"The Raiders are really renowned for developing their juniors and coaches," Barnes said.

Read more: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/ ... 508la.html
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Post by -GD- » October 9, 2018, 6:41 pm

Fantastic news.

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Post by julian87 » October 9, 2018, 7:40 pm

edwahu wrote:
October 9, 2018, 4:01 pm
I know it's cheaper to run mounties, but when I look at the ACT comp or regional reps sides there are always a few ex-raiders who I reckon would cut it at NSW Cup level or players like Cornish or the Pickers who ended up retiring early or didn't hit first grade level. It would be great to have a NSW Cup side and pad it out with those guys or other players from the local area rather than the Mounties players.
I don’t know a whole lot about the Canberra Raiders Cup but if it’s anything like the Newcastle comp (I’m assuming it is) then those players make more money there than NSW Cup.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.

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Post by greeneyed » October 10, 2018, 9:46 am

Eels team returning to Intrust Super Premiership as they refocus their attention on becoming a strong development club: https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/10/10/par ... emiership/

This is what the Raiders should be doing. Ironically, it was the Eels under Denis Fitzgerald who led the charge to NRL clubs offloading their lower grades.
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julian87 wrote:
October 9, 2018, 7:40 pm
edwahu wrote:
October 9, 2018, 4:01 pm
I know it's cheaper to run mounties, but when I look at the ACT comp or regional reps sides there are always a few ex-raiders who I reckon would cut it at NSW Cup level or players like Cornish or the Pickers who ended up retiring early or didn't hit first grade level. It would be great to have a NSW Cup side and pad it out with those guys or other players from the local area rather than the Mounties players.
I don’t know a whole lot about the Canberra Raiders Cup but if it’s anything like the Newcastle comp (I’m assuming it is) then those players make more money there than NSW Cup.
I'd be suprised if the money is that good in the local league but I figured maybe that could be used to reduce costs. Use it like a rep team for the local comp and have the local clubs pay the players, then pay them in contra for the missed games. Or just stack the clubs we own, I am not really sure on the structure of local comp.

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Post by Dusty » October 10, 2018, 4:25 pm

There’s some ridiculous coin flying around in the Newcastle and Central Coast Rugby League competitions.


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Post by greeneyed » October 10, 2018, 6:12 pm

edwahu wrote:
julian87 wrote:
October 9, 2018, 7:40 pm
edwahu wrote:
October 9, 2018, 4:01 pm
I know it's cheaper to run mounties, but when I look at the ACT comp or regional reps sides there are always a few ex-raiders who I reckon would cut it at NSW Cup level or players like Cornish or the Pickers who ended up retiring early or didn't hit first grade level. It would be great to have a NSW Cup side and pad it out with those guys or other players from the local area rather than the Mounties players.
I don’t know a whole lot about the Canberra Raiders Cup but if it’s anything like the Newcastle comp (I’m assuming it is) then those players make more money there than NSW Cup.
I'd be suprised if the money is that good in the local league but I figured maybe that could be used to reduce costs. Use it like a rep team for the local comp and have the local clubs pay the players, then pay them in contra for the missed games. Or just stack the clubs we own, I am not really sure on the structure of local comp.
The Raiders already farm out Under 20s not required for Jersey Flegg on any given weekend. They’re shared as equally as possible. The Raiders could easily do that with contracted NSW Premiership as well... but the local clubs, the Blues aside, couldn’t afford to do it the other way around.


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Post by Ronny P » October 16, 2018, 1:56 pm

I cant wait to see the Raiders 20’s next year. They had some good young players who where stand outs this year that will go around again. Be good to see them in green


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Post by Fuifui Bradbrad » October 18, 2018, 6:51 am

edwahu wrote:
julian87 wrote:
October 9, 2018, 7:40 pm
edwahu wrote:
October 9, 2018, 4:01 pm
I know it's cheaper to run mounties, but when I look at the ACT comp or regional reps sides there are always a few ex-raiders who I reckon would cut it at NSW Cup level or players like Cornish or the Pickers who ended up retiring early or didn't hit first grade level. It would be great to have a NSW Cup side and pad it out with those guys or other players from the local area rather than the Mounties players.
I don’t know a whole lot about the Canberra Raiders Cup but if it’s anything like the Newcastle comp (I’m assuming it is) then those players make more money there than NSW Cup.
I'd be suprised if the money is that good in the local league but I figured maybe that could be used to reduce costs. Use it like a rep team for the local comp and have the local clubs pay the players, then pay them in contra for the missed games. Or just stack the clubs we own, I am not really sure on the structure of local comp.
That’s how I see it in the Fuiverse. We use the local league as a development path. Make sure each local league has teams right down to Mini Mods. Give them all access to Raiders facilities/personnel/coaching... everything. Have the league provide players then for Harold Matt’s, SG Ball all the way to eventually a NSW Cup side, then finally NRL.

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