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What excites you most about the Raiders 2019 season?

Post by greeneyed » January 30, 2019, 2:35 pm

What should excite you most about your club in 2019

RAIDERS — A fit Josh Hodgson

The England international is obviously a crucial cog for Canberra and that was evident when he was sidelined for half of 2018 due to an ACL injury. But the Raiders hooker will be fit and firing this time around and fans will be hoping he can get the side firing straight out of the blocks. Hodgson is also now the Raiders’ co-captain, a move that could see his game thrive even more.

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Re: What excites you most about the Raiders 2019 season?

Post by -TW- » January 30, 2019, 3:12 pm

They had the 2016 QF on Fox the other day, and that first half he was the best player on the field by a mile until he got sniped by Sezer

If he plays like that this year we'll be in with a show.

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Post by Brew » January 30, 2019, 3:39 pm

What excites me? The 26th Round where it’s all over and we become blindly optimistic for 2020.


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Post by edwahu » January 30, 2019, 3:40 pm

Watching John Bateman. I wasn't a big fan of signing another backrower but after watching him in superleague more I think he will make a big difference. Just having less lazy players in the side will be good in general.
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Post by gergreg » January 30, 2019, 4:05 pm

edwahu wrote:Watching John Bateman. I wasn't a big fan of signing another backrower but after watching him in superleague more I think he will make a big difference. Just having less lazy players in the side will be good I'm general.
The Whitehead/Bateman bromance is going to be sizzling. I can't wait to see it develop to the point where Whitehead scores a match winning try in Round 26 and Bateman boofs him in the in goal area, with Hodgo rushing in to break it up "cat i'oot ewe blocks, deres keds in de crowed".

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Post by Rickmando » January 30, 2019, 4:12 pm

gergreg wrote:
January 30, 2019, 4:05 pm
edwahu wrote:Watching John Bateman. I wasn't a big fan of signing another backrower but after watching him in superleague more I think he will make a big difference. Just having less lazy players in the side will be good I'm general.
The Whitehead/Bateman bromance is going to be sizzling. I can't wait to see it develop to the point where Whitehead scores a match winning try in Round 26 and Bateman boofs him in the in goal area, with Hodgo rushing in to break it up "cat i'oot ewe blocks, deres keds in de crowed".

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Post by -PJ- » January 31, 2019, 6:15 am

The ups and downs, highs and lows, the joy and depression..

We sign up for this...
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Post by FROG » January 31, 2019, 7:20 am

John Bateman.. closely followed by emre guler

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Post by Sid » January 31, 2019, 8:43 am

a chance to begin the season better than 0-4
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Post by -PJ- » January 31, 2019, 9:06 am

Sid wrote:
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a chance to begin the season better than 0-4
We get that chance every season mate.. :)
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Post by sprintman » January 31, 2019, 10:27 am

Arrival of our new coach

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Post by edwahu » January 31, 2019, 10:38 am

sprintman wrote:
January 31, 2019, 10:27 am
Arrival of our new coach
We got rid of the greyhound?

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Post by -PJ- » January 31, 2019, 10:46 am

edwahu wrote:
January 31, 2019, 10:38 am
sprintman wrote:
January 31, 2019, 10:27 am
Arrival of our new coach
We got rid of the greyhound?
They couldn't wash the egg off it.

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Post by BadnMean » January 31, 2019, 1:22 pm

A fit Hodgo.

I'm excited to see where Stuart puts everybody actually, after all the speculation.

I think Jack has bulked up a bit in his 3 months off and might have a breakout year in terms of tackle busts & running game.

I'm curious to see how these two new Englishmen go. Bateman has all the raps but both of them might find the pace & physicality a bit much first year out. We can't expect everyone to adapt & thrive- can we?

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Post by Johno » January 31, 2019, 2:45 pm

Im just excited....

that not as many gaps in defence will be left as Blake Austin has gone, and 2 lazy forwards not pulling their weight on a consistent basis

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Post by RedRaider » February 1, 2019, 7:08 pm

gergreg wrote:
January 30, 2019, 4:05 pm
edwahu wrote:Watching John Bateman. I wasn't a big fan of signing another backrower but after watching him in superleague more I think he will make a big difference. Just having less lazy players in the side will be good I'm general.
The Whitehead/Bateman bromance is going to be sizzling. I can't wait to see it develop to the point where Whitehead scores a match winning try in Round 26 and Bateman boofs him in the in goal area, with Hodgo rushing in to break it up "cat i'oot ewe blocks, deres keds in de crowed".

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So will it be White/man or Bate/head. Maybe Bat/Ew. I know the quality that Hodgo can bring, but I've never really watched much of Bateman. Here's hoping all the positive reports are spot on. One question - does he have any twin brothers?

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Post by Ginga » February 2, 2019, 10:33 am

This new look mobile pack, mostly because it's first time in a while there's not been pre-season articles about the giant Raiders forwards. Fingers crossed that excitement last longer than the first 10min of Rd1.

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Post by nacho » February 2, 2019, 10:53 am

If Wighton has managed to develop soft hands/feet instead of his usual ***** fingers and cinder blocks he may be a revelation at 5/8th imo

Also, our defence has been so poor for such a long time, we MUST have focused on that this off-season.

I truly believe with Austo gone (defensively) and a far, far more mobile pack and middle third, we have every chance of being in the 'top 8' defensively instead of the usual bottom for defence, and top 4 attack.

Top 4 attack and top 8 defence is the only thing giving me hope.

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Post by dubby » February 2, 2019, 2:03 pm

I'm not sure how Jack will go at 6. He was uncomfortable there last time. It always looked awkward and uneasy.

And we don't have a better replacement for him at 1.

I expect it to happen. Just not sure if it will succeed.

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Post by nacho » February 2, 2019, 3:56 pm

Yeah Dubs I hear ya. I'm hoping the extra few years have helped. To be totally honest he looked just as awkward at fullback, back then remember? Poor hands, laughed at for dropping bombs, etc.

We'll see. He is a bit tall and range-y for mine as a 5/8th, susceptible to being picked up and driven, or dragged towards the sideline, but time will tell :)

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Post by edwahu » February 2, 2019, 4:04 pm

His performances last year gave me a lot of confidence it will work this time.

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Post by dubby » February 2, 2019, 4:44 pm

Jack is a center. That's his place.
He'll never play there again unless BJ or Croker retire. Even then, Neddy wil play centre before him.

In fact, I think Jack and Neddy are better centres. In some ways.

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Post by gangrenous » February 2, 2019, 4:57 pm

I don’t believe we’ll be a top 4 attacking team without Rapana. Just don’t see it.

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Post by T_R » February 2, 2019, 5:36 pm

Other than the pleasant background buzz I get from the NRL season in general and the Raiders in particular, I can't see a single thing to be excited about for the 2019.
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Post by nacho » February 2, 2019, 6:39 pm

dubby wrote:
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I think Croker should play on the wing, truly. Fast, less decisions, still a great goal kicker. The El Masris and Halligans of our world have done it.

I know it's an impossible call for Ricky because Toots is "captain" and "rusted on" ... but ... football-wise, do you agree?

Part of me wonders if that's why Stick has gone with co-captains this year...

There is a significant difference between what Inglis and Croker are just as body shapes.

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Post by dubby » February 2, 2019, 7:16 pm

gangrenous wrote:I don’t believe we’ll be a top 4 attacking team without Rapana. Just don’t see it.
Me either mate

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Post by dubby » February 2, 2019, 7:18 pm

T_R wrote:Other than the pleasant background buzz I get from the NRL season in general and the Raiders in particular, I can't see a single thing to be excited about for the 2019.
TR, brother, I get that.

But have the slightest inkling of faith. I know you do. That's why we're raiders fans.

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Post by Bennyinthewest » February 2, 2019, 7:46 pm

I’m excited to get a mid season transfer and replace Sam Williams and patch the holes in our defense


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Post by Ilanraiders » February 2, 2019, 9:47 pm

Can’t wait to see Hodgson play behind a very mobile pack...
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Post by -PJ- » February 7, 2019, 4:17 pm

Fox league is currently showing Raiders wins from 2018.

On now is the rnd 9 home game v Titans.

This has me excited for 2019.

Can't wait.
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Post by -PJ- » February 22, 2019, 3:59 pm

Josh Papalii.

He's looks in great nick and will hit the ground running in 2019.

12 months ago..not so much.

This will be Papas best season I reckon..fire up !!
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Post by Johno » February 22, 2019, 5:46 pm

Winning a few games in the last 2 minutes

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Post by edwahu » February 22, 2019, 6:06 pm

That they have finally hired a sports psychologist.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/raider ... 50z8p.html

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Post by Green_Hammock » February 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

edwahu wrote:That they have finally hired a sports psychologist.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/raider ... 50z8p.html
That's actually great news. They are finally doing something about the close losses.

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Post by Raiders666 » February 22, 2019, 7:07 pm

gangrenous wrote:
February 2, 2019, 4:57 pm
I don’t believe we’ll be a top 4 attacking team without Rapana. Just don’t see it.
A monumental loss no doubt, We have attacking weapons right across the park.. Defense as always will be the issue

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