Come on be honest. As if you aren’t totally behind the Canberra Raiders going all the way in 2019? What a story. What an exciting footy team!
There’s so much to love about the Green Machine.
It makes it easier to jump on the Raiders bandwagon when you look at the other three mobs left remaining. They’re always floating around the top of the table. But Ricky Stuart’s Raiders are the undisputed fairy tale yarn of the year.
And if you’re not convinced yet…here’s 40 reasons to get behind the Raiders on their road to the first Sunday in October!
40 REASONS TO JUMP ON THE CANBERRA BANDWAGON
The Viking Clap
Skipper Jarrod Croker is one of the nicest blokes in the NRL
John Bateman is a mad man
Who didn’t love Questacon as a kid?
Josh Papalii is the form prop forward in the world
‘Sticky’ sits on the sideline like an old school boss
They have a really cool zoo
Their feeder club is Mounties in the people’s South West
The rise of CNK
The sheer skill and class of Josh Hodgson
There’s heaps of hiking and bush walks around the city
Sia Soliola leading from the front
Their random acts of kindness away from the field
They haven’t won the title since 1994
It was also the last time they appeared in the grand final
There’s heaps to eat for foodies around town
Summernats for rev heads
Mooseheads for piss heads
Only Joey Leilua has ever played in an NRL grand final
Josh Hodgson is now an Australian citizen
John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead are also thinking about doing the same
The club is expecting a ground record crowd of just under 30,000 this Friday
You’re only a few hours’ drive from the snow
Ricky Stuart enjoys a beer (or several) with his players
There’s no traffic!
You might run into the Prime Minister at Macca’s*
Their A-Grade comp boasts the likes of Terry Campese, Lincoln Withers, James Aubusson, Jarrad Kennedy and Mitch Cornish
Coach Stuart says this is the tightest footy team he’s ever coached
They’ve beaten the Storm twice in just a few short weeks
Elliott Whitehead will play his 100th NRL game this Friday night
It’s the club’s first ever home preliminary final
The A.C.T sits inside New South Wales…so we’re basically brothers
They have some of the best young talent in the game coming through
Who didn’t love Brett Mullins?
Who didn’t love Big Mal?
Who didn’t love ‘Lozza’ and Clyde?
Who didn’t love Nadruku, Nagas and Wiki?
Or the ‘Brick with Eyes’?
The team’s theme song – ‘The Mighty Green Machine’ – is catchy as hell