POLL: Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

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Who should be the captain(s) of the Canberra Raiders Team of the 2010s?

Alan Tongue
0
No votes
Terry Campese
1
4%
David Shillington
1
4%
Jarrod Croker
19
73%
Josh Hodgson
2
8%
Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson
3
12%
 
Total votes: 26

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POLL: Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

Post by greeneyed » January 7, 2020, 4:44 pm

Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

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It has been 10 years since The Greenhouse voted on the Canberra Raiders Team of the Decade - for the 2000s. Now it is time to vote on the captain or captains of the Team of the 2010s!

Here are the nominees:

Alan Tongue

Alan Tongue played 220 games for the Canberra Raiders, after making his debut in 2000 and winning the Raiders' Rookie of the Year Award. He first played at hooker in 2002 (three matches) and went on to play 50 first game matches in that role. He was primarily a second rower or lock - often playing off the bench in his early years. However, he mainly played in the No. 9 jersey from mid 2009, playing 24 games at dummy half in the 2010s. Tongue retired at the end of 2011, having scored 31 tries and one field goal, for 125 points. He won the Raiders' Player of the Year in 2006, and the Dally M Lock of the Year and Captain of the Year in 2008. He played one game for NSW Country, at lock, in 2009. He played six finals games for the Raiders over five seasons - and one in 2010, off the bench, in the clash with the Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium.

Alan Tongue became captain in 2007 after the departure of Clinton Schifcofske. He captained the team in 31 matches in the 2010s over two seasons. Tongue has not been selected in the starting team of the 2010s, but may yet be selected on the bench.

Terry Campese

Terry Campese made his first grade debut for the Canberra Raiders in 2004 and went on to play 139 NRL games in green, all but 15 of them at five eighth. It's fair to say he made a slow start to his first grade career, but by 2008, he showed he was one of the best players in the game. He led his team on a memorable charge to the finals and named Dally M Five Eighth of the Year - and was just three points away from winning the Dally M Medal. He was selected for the Kangaroos in that year, but he had just one game for Australia, cruelly forced from the field early with an eye injury. He was selected for NSW Country and the NSW Blues in 2009.

In 2010, Campese found another purple patch of form, leading his team to the finals. He was named co-captain in that year, alongside Alan Tongue - and took over the captaincy after Tongue retired. Injury again sadly intervened in the 2010 Semi Final against the West Tigers - when Campese ruptured his ACL. The Raiders went on to narrowly lose the match - and if he'd stayed on the field, many Raiders fans wonder whether Canberra might have qualified for the Grand Final, or even defeated the eventual premiers, the Dragons. His 2011 and 2012 seasons were particularly impacted by injury. He only played one game in 2011, suffering another season ending injury (groin) in his comeback game. He went on to play 69 matches in the 2010s, before leaving at the end of the 2014 season to join Hull Kingston Rovers in England.

Campese shares the record for most goals in a match for Canberra (10) with David Furner - and is second to Mal Meninga for most points in a match at the club. Campese scored four tries and 10 goals (36 points) in the 74-12 win over the Penrith Panthers in 2008. Campese famously could have equaled Meninga's record of 38 points against the Roosters in 1990 - but Alan Tongue threw the ball to young half Marc Herbert for the final conversion, unaware the record was on the line.

He scored a total of 24 tries, 124 goals, one field goal and 345 points for the Raiders. He was included on the bench in The Greenhouse Canberra Raiders Team of the 2000s and won the Fans' Choice Player of the Year in 2008.

Terry Campese became captain in 2012, after the retirement of Alan Tongue, but Campese first captained the team in 2009. He was captain in 18 matches in 2010, and Tongue just 12 - but no games in 2011, given he made only one appearance due to injury. He captained the team for 60 matches in the 2010s.

David Shillington

David Shillington joined the Canberra Raiders in 2009 from the Sydney Roosters. The Brisbane Brothers junior made his NRL debut for the Roosters in Round 22 of 2005 against the Panthers, and he played 73 games for the Sydney eastern suburbs outfit. He made 131 first grade appearances for the Raiders, all but 14 as starting prop. He played 115 games in green in the 2010s, 103 at starting prop and 12 off the bench. Virtually of his representative football came while he was at the Raiders, making eight appearances for the Queensland Maroons (2009-10, 2012-13) and 14 for Australia (2009-12), six as starting prop. He also played three matches for the Prime Minister's XIII while at the Raiders (2009, 2011 and 2013) and two for the NRL All Stars (2010, 2013). Shillington was named Dally M Prop of the Year and won the Meninga Meal in 2010. He scored five tries in green, for a total of 20 points. He appeared in four finals games for Canberra (2010, 2012), all at starting prop. He left the club at the end of 2015, for one final season with the Gold Coast Titans.

David Shillington was never officially named club captain, but he led the side in 29 matches in the 2010s. He first captained the team in 2011 and named vice-captain in 2012. He played more games as captain in 2012 than any other player.

Jarrod Croker

Jarrod Croker has made 257 appearances for the Canberra Raiders, the second most capped player in club history. He debuted on the wing in Round 2 of 2009 against the Roosters, but he has played at centre in every subsequent first grade match. He holds the club record for most tries (127), most goals (744) and most points (1996). He also holds the club record for most points in a season (295 in 2016). He won the Meninga Medal in 2014, and has twice been named the Fans' Choice Player of the Year (2013, 2014). He was named club captain prior to the commencement of the 2015 season, sharing the duties with Josh Hodgson from 2019. He is a Canberra Raiders junior from Goulburn - and was part of the premiership winning National Youth Competition in 2008. He was an Australian Schoolboys and NSW U18s representative. At senior level, he has represented NSW Country, the Prime Minister's XIII and the All Stars. Croker was named Dally M Captain of the Year and Provan Summons Medalist in 2016. He has played in nine finals matches for Canberra (2010, 2012, 2016, 2019), culminating in the 2019 Grand Final.

Croker became club captain in 2015, after captaining the team for three games in 2014. He has played 116 games as captain, 24 as co-captain with Josh Hodgson in 2019.

Josh Hodgson

Josh Hodgson joined the Canberra Raiders in 2015, from Hull Kingston Rovers. Has gone on to play 108 matches in green over five seasons. He has played the majority of matches in each of those seasons, with the exception of 2018. He spent half of that season on the sidelines, after suffering an ACL injury in a the World Cup semi final against Tonga at the end of 2017. He made an immediate impression in the NRL - and was a leading contender for the Dally M Player of the Year in 2016. He was an integral part of the club's second placed finish in that season. He has played in six finals games for Canberra, three in 2016, with the club progressing as far at the Preliminary Final against the Storm. Hodgson became co-captain with Jarrod Croker in 2019, and helped lead the Raiders to the Grand Final. He has scored 13 tries for Canberra, for a total of 52 points. He has played 20 Tests for England and Great Britain while playing at Canberra.

Josh Hodgson first captained the team in 2017, and stood in as captain in nine games in 2017-18 while Jarrod Croker was injured. He became co-captain with Croker in 2019, and has now led, or co-led, the team in 33 matches in total.

You have ONE vote in this poll. You may change your vote. Given that Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson co-captained the team in 2019, we will make that an option.

Bronson Harrison, Brett White, Josh McCrone and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs also captained games in the 2010s, but for less than our cut off of 20 matches.

See the list of all the results of the polls as they unfold: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=33793
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Re: Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

Post by Seiffert82 » January 7, 2020, 5:10 pm

This could be hilarious!

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Re: Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

Post by BadnMean » January 7, 2020, 7:00 pm

Toots was the captain for bad times and the good.

It might be Hodgo's team now, but Toots dragged us through.

Tubby got the success, AB did the yakka.

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Re: Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

Post by The Nickman » January 8, 2020, 1:34 pm

It’s Croker easily. Anyone who votes otherwise should be banned from the forum for a period of forty minutes
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Re: Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

Post by Roger Kenworthy » January 8, 2020, 1:49 pm

Co-captains for mine.

GE can I register a write in vote of Campo/Shillo/Hodgo/Tongue-o/Croko please?

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Re: Canberra Raiders 2010s Team of the Decade: Captain

Post by Matt » January 8, 2020, 9:09 pm

The Nickman wrote:
January 8, 2020, 1:34 pm
It’s Croker easily. Anyone who votes otherwise should be banned from the forum for a period of forty minutes
:thumbsup and :lol: , 40mins, gold!

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