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PostPosted: December 1, 2013, 12:13 am
Cash-strapped Yass doesn't want to rush return to top tier

YASS Magpies are hopeful of returning to the Canberra Raiders Cup fold in 2015 after financial constraints and lack of player depth forced them to sit out this year's competition.

But the club won't be rushed into a return to the first-grade ranks if it does not find the money and talent to be competitive against the league's heavyweights.

After a strong 2012 where they made the semi-finals, the Magpies opted to sit out the 2013 season to rebuild. They hope that process will begin by fielding an under-18 side next year, with first grade to hopefully follow in 2015.

''That was the only way we got our head back above water this year was we didn't have to pay out 100-odd grand for players,'' Yass president Greg Smith said.

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Former Canberra Raiders player Lincoln Withers signed by Gunghalin Bulls

The Gungahlin Bulls have lured one of the biggest recruits for the upcoming Canberra Raiders Cup rugby league season, signing former NRL utility Lincoln Withers.

The 32-year-old has returned to Canberra to be closer to family, Bulls coach Mick Slater excited the club had been able to sign the former Dragons and Wests Tigers utility.

''We've been quite lucky, he could have gone to any club in the group so it's great to have him on board,'' said Slater, who is likely to use Withers at halfback.

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PostPosted: January 16, 2014, 6:23 am
Former Dragons and West Tigers utility??

What the hell are we??
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PostPosted: January 16, 2014, 9:02 am
Withers is only 32? He should lace up for our hooker position, possibly better than our other options (McCrone being untested at the position full time), certainly better than Buttriss.
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Ultima wrote:Withers is only 32? He should lace up for our hooker position, possibly better than our other options (McCrone being untested at the position full time), certainly better than Buttriss.

I think he could be handy to have on a second-tier contract in case McCrone doesn't work out in the number 9.
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PostPosted: January 16, 2014, 3:05 pm
Right decision not to sign him for NRL IMO (can't forget all those forward passes!) but it's good to see him back running around in Canberra Raiders Cup.
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Gungahlin Bulls add former Canberra Raider David Howell to recruits

Former Canberra Raiders utility Lincoln Withers has backed once-teammate Josh McCrone to make the successful switch from half to hooker as the 32-year-old prepares for his own return to Canberra's rugby league scene.

The Gungahlin Bulls have snared Withers and former Raiders winger David Howell for 2014, the pair returning from the European Super League to bolster the Canberra Raiders Cup competition.

Withers, who made the transformation from half to hooker during his 154 games in the NRL and 113 matches in the Super League, backed McCrone to excel in his own move to dummy-half.

''He's a runner, he's a tough kid, he's fit and I think most hookers these days are ex-halfbacks anyway,'' Withers said.

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Launch of $12.5 million Gungahlin Oval for Gungahlin Bulls

One $12.5 million complex. The Gungahlin Bulls (rugby league), with Lincoln Withers and David Howell in the thick of the action at the new Gungahlin enclosed oval.

The grandstand holds 1150 people with 550 seats undercover.

Bulls development officer Pat O'Sullivan said the benefits of using the ground would flow back to an increase in junior numbers after playing out of West Belconnen for the past seven years.

''It's very difficult to link with the area when you're playing out of the area,'' Mr O'Sullivan said.

''We're going to link better with the Gungahlin community with sponsors and supporters and make it accessible for our juniors to watch the games.

''We have one of the largest junior bases in Canberra in rugby league and that will only improve with a fantastic venue.''

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Defending the title: Gorrell previews massive Roos season

Queanbeyan Age sports reporter Joshua Matic caught up with Queanbeyan Kangaroos coach, and possible captain, Aaron Gorrell to see how the team is placed heading into round one on April 24.

JM: Aaron you've had the losses of two retiring players in Jeff Donald and Lee Welsh for this season and have had two trial matches to settle in the new-look squad. Who will fill the voids this season?

AG: We've got Josh Mitchell who's a hooker that's come over from Tuggeranong, and we've also got Will Berry who's come over from Cooma, and that's it for the new blokes.

JM: Will you be putting on the boots yourself this year Aaron?

AG: I'm not too sure yet, we'll see in a couple of months but it won't be any time soon.

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PostPosted: April 21, 2014, 1:17 am
Michael Bani bolsters star-studded Goulburn in Canberra Raiders Cup

He's the NRL cult hero who grew up hunting dugongs and turtles in the Torres Strait, now Michael Bani is chasing a Canberra Raiders Cup premiership with Goulburn at fullback.

Captain-coach, former Canberra Raiders player Michael Picker, will play in the halves and hopes to have former Rooster James Aubusson beside him.

His younger brother Ben Picker, who featured in Canberra's 2012 under-20 grand final team, will return as hooker for a second straight season.

"He's told us a bit about where he's from, it's a different world and he's a long way from home,'' Michael Picker said. "He's still got the wife and his two young boys up there, getting up there costs him a fortune.

CANBERRA RAIDERS CUP ROUND ONE

Thursday: West Belconnen v Belconnen United at Raiders Belconnen, Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Valley at Freebody Oval, Goulburn v Queanbeyan Blues at Goulburn Workers Arena (all games at 9pm)

Saturday: Tuggeranong v Gungahlin at Greenway Oval (3pm).

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Canberra Region Rugby League clubs request 9pm kick-offs on Thursday

It's the opening round of the Canberra Raiders Cup and the majority of teams have already asked for the weekend off.

Three of the four games in the opening round will be played at the unusual slot of 9pm Thursday at the request of clubs, giving teams the long weekend off.

The games on Thursday night - Goulburn v Queanbeyan Blues at Workers Arena, Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Valley Rams at Freebody Oval and West Belconnen Warriors v Belconnen United Scholars at Raiders Belconnen - are at 9pm to allow for all three grades to be played.

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Justin Giteau backs John Papalii to revive career at West Belconnen Warriors in Canberra Raiders Cup

New West Belconnen Warriors coach Justin Giteau believes John Papalii can overcome his recent off-field troubles and use the Canberra Raiders Cup to revive his rugby league career.

John Papalii, the younger brother of Josh, pleaded not guilty in January to allegations he robbed, and attempted to rob, Canberra supermarkets in December.

The 20-year-old's case continues, which could decide his availability for the Warriors.

CANBERRA RAIDERS CUP ROUND ONE

Thursday (all games 9pm): Wests Belconnen v Belconnen United at Raiders Belconnen; Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Valley at Freebody Oval; Goulburn v Queanbeyan Blues at Goulburn Workers Arena.

Saturday: Tuggeranong v Gungahlin at Greenway Oval (3pm).

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VIDEO: Canberra Raiders Cup Launch

The 2014 TTM Canberra Raiders Cup was launched yesterday, with a representative from all eight local teams speaking with Raiders TV to talk about their chances in 2014.

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Tuggeranong coach backs youngsters against star-studded Bulls

Gungahlin may have former Canberra Raiders stars Lincoln Withers and David Howell, but Tuggeranong believes the junior development it prides itself on is ready to bear fruit this season.

After three years of solid rebuilding under Jarrad Teka, the Bushrangers have a new player-coach in Michael Brophy and they are confident of building on their shock finals appearance last year.

"Developing players is one thing we pride ourselves on,'' he said. ''If you look around every club in this comp there'd probably be at least one to six former Bushrangers there.

CANBERRA RAIDERS CUP

Thursday: West Belconnen 26 (Isaac Hamad, Riley Thomas, Wayne Bullock, Brad Capello, Tio Sione tries; Zach Smith 2, Scott Jones goals) bt Belconnen United 12 (Mun Mapiou, Tsai Tua tries; Lachland Sund, Chris Thorley goals)

Queanbeyan Kangaroos 27 (Jordan Macey 2, Ratu Tagive, Robbie Byatt, Matt James tries; Josh Mitchell 3 goals, field goal) bt Woden Valley 20 (Tim Crome, Kilu Pangai, George House, Jordan Martin tries; Crome two goals)

Queanbeyan Blues 26 (Tyler Stevens 2, Jake Knight, Adam Misios, Andy McLean tries; McLean 3 goals) bt Goulburn 22 (Michael Bani, Michael Dodson, Ben Picker, Luke Turner tries; Picker 3 goals)

Saturday: Tuggeranong v Gungahlin at Greenway Oval, 3pm

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Canberra Raiders Cup Round 1

HALF TIME

Gungahlin Bulls 16
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 0

FULL TIME

Gungahlin Bulls 34
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 18
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Gungahlin win fuels hope of Canberra Raiders Cup resurgence

Former NRL stars Lincoln Withers and David Howell have signed up, but it was a young half-back who showed he could be the most important new peg in a potential Gungahlin resurgence.

In tandem with five-eighth Pat O'Keeffe, Brad Woods gave the Bulls the direction they've lacked in recent Canberra Raiders Cup seasons in Saturday's 34-18 round one win over Tuggeranong at Greenway Oval.

In other round one results on Thursday, Queanbeyan Blues beat Goulburn 26-22 and Queanbeyan Kangaroos edged Woden Valley 27-0.

GUNGAHLIN 34 (Dwayne Connors 2, Pat O'Keeffe, James Ulrich, Hayden Pengilly, Josh Ayers tries; Connors 5 goals) bt TUGGERANONG 18 (Jayden Pollard 2, Carl Johnson, Jordan Hammond tries; Johnson goal).

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Roos versatility to save undecided Gorrell

WITH Queanbeyan Kangaroos coach and captain Aaron Gorrell still undecided about putting on the footy boots again, the crucial halves positions for the defending Canberra Raiders Cup premiers are still up for grabs.

But Kangaroos experienced talent Jordan Macey, who kicked the winning field goal in last season's grand final against the Queanbeyan Blues, believes who plays where will not matter as the candidates are all versatile enough.

Macey, a half by trade, will likely start the competition at five-eighth with Tuggeranong recruit Josh Mitchell slotting into half-back.

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Quest for revenge for Blues

The Queanbeyan Blues will began their redemption Canberra Raiders Cup campaign on Thursday night in Goulburn. Blues coach Simon Woolford and senior player Marc Herbert will be keen to go one better this year.

QA: First of all Marc, will you be taking the captaincy again this season?

MH: I haven't spoken about it with the Germ [Woolford] yet so we'll just wait and see. I'd love to take it on again but if there's someone else he's got in mind, there's a fair few senior guys around the club that could do it as well.

QA: Will Trevor Thurling still hit the paddock for the boy despite some niggling injuries last year?

MH: He sure is. He's trained more lightly over the last couple of weeks, but he's been building it up and he'll be ready to go for round one.

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Canberra Raiders Cup – Round 1 Wrap Up

A classy double by Queanbeyan Kangaroos five-eighth Jordan Macey has inspired the reigning premiers to an opening round win over the Woden Valley Rams.

“Macey is a dynamic attacking player and he really stood up for Queanbeyan, especially in the second half,” Woden front-rower Adam Kyle said. “His two tries proved the difference.”

Kyle believes that the Rams were best served by Raiders NYC squad member Kilu Pangai whilst Tim Crome’s 70 metre intercept was another highlight.

“Kilu had a great game and really led the way forward for us with some strong carries and bruising tackles,” Kyle said. “When the game was on the line in the second half, some of his actions really inspired the boys to lift another gear.

Queanbeyan Kangaroos 27 (Jordan Macey 2, Ratu Tagive, Robbie Byatt, Matt James tries; Josh Mitchell 3 goals, 1 field goal) def. Woden Valley Rams 20 (Tim Crome, Kilu Pangai, George House, Jordan Martin tries; Crome 2 goals)

West Belconnen Warriors 26 (Isaac Hamad, Ryley Thomas, Wayne Bullock, Brad Cappello, Tino Sione tries; Zach Smith 2, Scott Jones 1 goals) def. Belconnen United Scholars 12 (Mun Mapiou, Tsai Tui tries; Lachlan Sund, Chris Thorely goals)

Queanbeyan Blues 26 (Tyler Stevens 2, Jake Knight, Adam Misios, Andy McLean tries; McLean 3 goals def. Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 22 (Michael Bani, Michael Dodson, Ben Picker, Luke Turner tries; Ben Picker 3 goals)

Gungahlin Bulls 34 (Dwayne Connors 2, Josh Ayers, Hayden Pengelly, James Ulrick, Patrick O’Keefe tries; Connors 5 goals) def. Tuggeranong Bushrangers 18 (Jayden Pollard 2, Carl Johnson, Jordan Hammond tries; Johnson 1 goal)

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Demolition derby to set Seiffert alight

Queanbeyan is set for another ripper of a local derby as the Blues and Kangaroos prepare to face off on Saturday at Seiffert Oval in round two Canberra Raiders Cup action.

The two local rugby league heavyweights last faced off at Seiffert in last season's grand final where the Kangaroos took a 17-16 victory to claim the competition silverware in what was the most physical game in recent years.

Kangaroos Tuggeranong import Josh Mitchell said he was looking forward to his first Queanbeyan derby with his new team.

"You've also got Lincoln Withers [former Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders player] over at the Gungahlin Bulls and Michael Brophy over at the Bushrangers who used to be an NRL fringe player. I feel the competition is getting a lot bigger and a lot stronger," he said.

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Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 2 Preview

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The clash between Queanbeyan’s cross-town rivals the Blues and the Kangaroos is always a fierce affair however when you take into consideration that this will be the first time these two sides have met since last year’s Grand Final, things may get even more heated at Seiffert Oval this Saturday.

After being the most dominant side all year in 2013 the Blues will be out to extract revenge over the Kangaroos after they upset them in last year’s decider to claim premiership honours.

The loss hurt Coach Simon Woolford and his players deeply and the former Raiders Captain will have his troops particularly fired up for the re-match.

Both sides have retained a strong nucleus from last year’s sides so spectators can expect a typically high-class and passionate affair.

Gungahlin Bulls (1) v West Belconnen Warriors (2) on Saturday at 3:00pm at Gungahlin Town Centre Oval
Belconnen United Scholars (7) v Goulburn Workers Bulldogs (5) on Saturday at 3:00pm at Northbourne Oval
Queanbeyan Blues (4) v Queanbeyan Kangaroos (3) on Saturday at 3:00pm at Seiffert Oval
Tuggeranong Bushrangers (8) v Woden Valley Rams (6) on Saturday at 3:00pm at Greenway

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David Howell returns from English Super League to play for Gungahlin Bulls

In the 11 years since he started his carpentry apprenticeship, former Canberra Raiders centre David Howell has had stints with two NRL clubs and six seasons in the English Super League. But after not having his contract with the London Broncos renewed, the 30-year-old is getting back on the worksite while putting back into the grassroots.

Howell will have his second game for the Gungahlin Bulls when they host the West Belconnen Warriors on Saturday in what will be the first Canberra Raiders Cup fixture at the new $12.5 million Gungahlin Enclosed Oval complex.

The Bulls pulled off a coup in recruiting Howell after he moved back to Canberra with his wife and two children in February, after he was unable to secure a contract in the Super League.

''I was hoping to stay over there for a couple more years, I broke my arm last season and had a bone infection in it last year, so I didn't get to play a great deal of games,'' Howell said.

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greeneyed wrote:David Howell returns from English Super League to play for Gungahlin Bulls

In the 11 years since he started his carpentry apprenticeship, former Canberra Raiders centre David Howell has had stints with two NRL clubs and six seasons in the English Super League. But after not having his contract with the London Broncos renewed, the 30-year-old is getting back on the worksite while putting back into the grassroots.

Howell will have his second game for the Gungahlin Bulls when they host the West Belconnen Warriors on Saturday in what will be the first Canberra Raiders Cup fixture at the new $12.5 million Gungahlin Enclosed Oval complex.

The Bulls pulled off a coup in recruiting Howell after he moved back to Canberra with his wife and two children in February, after he was unable to secure a contract in the Super League.

''I was hoping to stay over there for a couple more years, I broke my arm last season and had a bone infection in it last year, so I didn't get to play a great deal of games,'' Howell said.

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Gungahlin Bulls and Queanbeyan Kangaroos lock horns at top of table

The Queanbeyan Kangaroos and Gungahlin Bulls remain the only undefeated teams after two rounds of the Canberra Raiders Cup competition, both recording strong wins on Saturday in a round of local derbies.

The Kangaroos' backline showed its true colours to run away in the second half from cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Blues, winning 26-10 at Seiffert Oval.

In a typical Queanbeyan derby, it was a tight contest with the Roos leading 8-4 at half-time.

"A decent side would have been up by 20 points," Gorrell said of the first half. "We had all the ball and all the field position and so we took our foot off their throat and let them back in the game.

Queanbeyan Kangaroos 26 (Tagive 2, Byatt 2, Whiley, Macey tries; Mitchell goal) defeated Queanbeyan Blues 10 (Freeman, Knight tries; McLean goal) at Seiffert Oval

Other results:
Gungahlin Bulls 42 defeated West Belconnen Warriors 6
Goulburn Bulldogs 28 Belconnen Scholars 26
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 42 Woden Valley Rams 6

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Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 2 Wrap Up

Queanbeyan Kangaroos (2) 26 defeated Queanbeyan Blues (5) 10 at Seiffert Oval

In the Grand Final re-match between these two cross-town rivals, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos have mirrored the result of the 2013 decider by trumping the Queanbeyan Blues at Seiffert Oval.

The local derby is always a heated affair however the Blues were especially fired up for this clash given that the Kangaroos upset them in the Grand Final last year after they finished with the Minor Premiership.

In a typically tightly-fought opening to the match, the Kangaroos took an 8-4 lead into the sheds at halftime.

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Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 3 Preview

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Queanbeyan Kangaroos (2) v Belconnen United Scholars (7) on Saturday at 3:00pm at Freebody Oval

Despite the contrasting fortunes of these two sides over the opening two rounds of the 2014 TTM Canberra Raiders Cup season, fans can expect a fiercely fought encounter in this match simply because these two sides absolutely detest losing to one another.

“The rivalry with the Scholars is always strong and they can never be taken lightly,” Kangaroos fullback Daniel Watt said. “They’re a tough team and they always seem to play strongly against us.

“We’ve had some good battles with them over the years in semi-finals and grand finals and this week will be no different, we’ll have to show up ready to play. They haven’t had the best start to the year but regardless of that, they’re always hungry for a win when they come up against us.”

Woden Valley Rams (8) v Queanbeyan Blues (5) on Saturday at 3:00pm at Phillip District Oval
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs (4) v Gungahlin Bulls (1) on Saturday at 4:00pm at Goulburn Workers Arena
West Belconnen Warriors (6) v Tuggeranong Bushrangers (3) on Saturday at 3:00pm at Raiders Belconnen

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Don't get too excited: Gorrell

Queanbeyan Kangaroos coach Aaron Gorrell is not getting too excited about his men's Canberra Raiders Cup season despite sharing the top of the ladder after running away from cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Blues 26-10 at Seiffert Oval last Saturday.

"A decent side would have been up by 20," he said.

"We had all the ball and all the field position and so we took our foot off their throat and let them back in the game."

"We spoke about a few players [from the Blues] and the way they play, and I think our right edge really got over their left edge, and we made the most of the opportunities that we had," he said.

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Bulldogs bag first win… just

A LUKE Turner try in the dying minutes stopped the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs from notching a 0-2 start to their campaign.

Turner – semi-famous in league circles for last year beating outed Raider Blake Ferguson in a boxing bout – crossed late on Saturday to cap a come-from-behind win over rivals Belconnen United Scholars in Canberra.

“We need to be more fluid. We’ll play five minutes good, then 10 minutes bad,” captain coach Michael Picker said.

“We’d get the ball from kick-off and basically hand it straight back. I still think our attack is good, it’s everything else we need to concentrate on,” he said.

Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 28 [M Bani, J Vatikani, J Gray, L Turner, B Picker tries; B Picker 4 conversions] defeated Belconnen United Scholars 26.

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Roos backline in firing form after two rounds

THE Queanbeyan Kangroos remain one of two sides undefeated after two rounds of the Canberra Raiders Cup along with Gungahlin, and their backline is so far proving the difference in two crucial performances.

The likes of halves Jordan Macey and Luke Jones spreading the ball out wide to centre Robbie Byatt and backs Ratu Tagive and Bryan Cronan haas generated eight tries already, and proved the difference in last Saturday's local derby win over the Queanbeyan Blues.

"Once we started throwing the ball around a little bit we did find a few holes [in the Blues' defence] and got to get around them a little bit," Robbie Byatt said.

With head coach and captain Aaron Gorrell unlikely to play in the near future, Byatt said Macey and Jones had been firing well enough to continue good form in the weeks to come.

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