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In 2011, we established an "Ask the Raiders" thread... so as to enable questions from the members of The Greenhouse to be put to the club HQ. The thread aims for some good communication between the fans and the club, to clarify any misinformation that is out there, and maybe help fix people's problems or issues as well.

Ben Pollack at the Raiders helps us with these question, but of course, there are no guarantees that he or others at the club will be able to answer every question that we send in.

When we have a reasonable body of questions to send in, we'll do so. The Administrators will decide which questions we forward on to the club... and we won't be sending a lot of questions like... "Why do the Raiders keep selecting "player X", he's hopeless!". We'll be sending the sensible, well thought through questions, where the members of the site have a real desire to find out what's happening and why.

Here's the first instalment, for questions put so far over the off season. Thanks to Ben for his answers!

1. When will tickets go on sale for the trial at Griffith between the Raiders and the Storm? Who will be selling them?

Should be very soon. They were supposed to be set up before Christmas but there's been a hold up by the event organisers. As soon as we have information we'll communicate it to members and supporters. It will be through Pro Ticket.

2. Will there be any internet live video streaming of the trials, as there was last year from the Melbourne trial?

No there won't be. There's various reasons for this which I won't go into, but unfortunately there will be no streaming of either trial. We are in conversation with both ABC and 2CC to do radio calls of the Knights trial in Queanbeyan.

3. Will there be a members day prior to the season kick off?

Yes. The date for this is also being finalised as there is a very hectic schedule leading into the season (Nines, All-Stars, Trial matches). Most likely it will be the Saturday before the first home game. This will be confirmed in the next week.

4. Are the tickets for the Seiffert trial general admission and will there be any access to the grandstand?

All tickets are general admission. There will be a limited amount of seats available in the grandstand, but they will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

5. When will the Auckland Nines squad be announced?

At this stage we will be looking to do it sometime in the next two weeks. Once we confirm it with the NRL we will provide details of when it will be announced.

6. Just wanted to say thank you for all the updates. Haven't had a lot of time recently, but absolutely loving all things the club is doing with regards to the new players and pre season training. The magazine, photos, updates about the top 3 in each category, interviews etc. are all going down a treat. Thanks very much to all involved.

No problem. We're really making a concerted effort to make raiders.com.au a better source of information!

7. Is there an updated membership count for season 2015?

I don't have a specific number. I know we were ahead of where we were at the corresponding time last year. It's around 4000.
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I believe there's no live streaming because Telstra has exclusive rights for online games, they kicked up a fuss after last year's trial from Melbourne.
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GE, could you please tell Ben that Jarrod Croker better be playing in the 9s or I could be facing a mutiny before I even get to New Zealand??
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Could you also please ask if I can redeem my two outside ACT members pack tickets at Canberra home games? I was going to go to Saturday night Sydney games, but there isn't any that suit.
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Membership questions are best put to the membership team, you'll get a faster answer. reception@raiders.com.au
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PostPosted: January 6, 2015, 9:08 pm
greeneyed wrote:
6. Just wanted to say thank you for all the updates. Haven't had a lot of time recently, but absolutely loving all things the club is doing with regards to the new players and pre season training. The magazine, photos, updates about the top 3 in each category, interviews etc. are all going down a treat. Thanks very much to all involved.

No problem. We're really making a concerted effort to make raiders.com.au a better source of information!


They should be pleased with their efforts to make raiders.com.au the second best source of Raiders information on the net.
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Son, we live in a world that has forums, and those forums have to be guarded by Mods. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Nickman? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Lucy, and you curse GE. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know -- that GE’s moderation, while tragic, probably saved lives; and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, keeps threads on track and under the appropriately sized, highlighted green headings.
You want moderation because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that forum -- you need me on that forum. We use words like "stay on topic," "use the appropriate forum," "please delete." We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very moderation that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather that you just said "thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you get a green handle and edit a post. Either way, I don't give a DAMN what you think about moderation.
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PostPosted: January 7, 2015, 11:11 am
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greeneyed wrote:
6. Just wanted to say thank you for all the updates. Haven't had a lot of time recently, but absolutely loving all things the club is doing with regards to the new players and pre season training. The magazine, photos, updates about the top 3 in each category, interviews etc. are all going down a treat. Thanks very much to all involved.

No problem. We're really making a concerted effort to make raiders.com.au a better source of information!


They should be pleased with their efforts to make raiders.com.au the second best source of Raiders information on the net.


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I'm certain everyone, including TR, is very grateful to Ben, and he's just joking around.
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Son, we live in a world that has forums, and those forums have to be guarded by Mods. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Nickman? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Lucy, and you curse GE. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know -- that GE’s moderation, while tragic, probably saved lives; and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, keeps threads on track and under the appropriately sized, highlighted green headings.
You want moderation because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that forum -- you need me on that forum. We use words like "stay on topic," "use the appropriate forum," "please delete." We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very moderation that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather that you just said "thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you get a green handle and edit a post. Either way, I don't give a DAMN what you think about moderation.
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Updates on a couple of questions from Ben:

1. Griffith trial tickets are now on sale http://www.raiders.com.au/news/2015/01/ ... _tria.html

2. Nines team being announced at 11am this Saturday at Jersey's Megastore. Members to get 20% off merchandise from 12.00pm-1.00pm
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PostPosted: January 14, 2015, 9:57 pm
If Jason Croker was called toots, and Jarrod is toots jnr what does lachlan want to be called?
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cat wrote:If Jason Croker was called toots, and Jarrod is toots jnr what does lachlan want to be called?

Tootles?

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Can raiders members attend raiders training sessions? If yes, what days and times can we attend training?
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Some answers from Ben, thanks again to him for helping out!

1. Can Raiders members attend Raiders training sessions? If yes, what days and times can we attend?

Yes they can. They are asked to email membership@raiders.com.au to confirm a time to come and watch as training session times as they differ from week to week

2. Will the Raiders have open training in Auckland in the lead up to the Nines? Will there be any other public appearances apart from the fan zone on Friday?

No we won't. Our only public appearance for the event will be at the Fan day on Friday. This will be for the whole squad.
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PostPosted: February 7, 2015, 5:58 pm
Any chance of getting a live stream of the trial at Seiffert Oval?

as you may be aware the Storm vs Raiders one was on tonight
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The Raiders don't have the equipment...
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greeneyed wrote:The Raiders don't have the equipment...


How hard would it be to acquire it.

Im sure they would record footage for their own purposes
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greeneyed wrote:The Raiders don't have the equipment...

I very highly doubt that....
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Haha yeah, what would GE know, Whiz??
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Raidersrawesome wrote:
greeneyed wrote:The Raiders don't have the equipment...


How hard would it be to acquire it.

Im sure they would record footage for their own purposes


It's not the recording part, they do their own footage for the 20's gameday..

It would be the ability to stream it
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and there is still the issue of the NRL\telstra not wanting it to happen
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Raidersrawesome wrote:
greeneyed wrote:The Raiders don't have the equipment...


How hard would it be to acquire it.

Im sure they would record footage for their own purposes


The club's told us they don't have the equipment. However, as we know from the Griffith trial, there are strong incentives for the clubs to hold back information that a trial will be streamed until just before the match, so as to maximise ticket sales. If it is streamed, it'll probably be announced half an hour before, or something like that.
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Hi Ben

Does the top 25 in regards to the salary cap have to be locked in at any time ? for example before round 1

With Hawkins new contract , does that push him into the top 25 ?
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Thanks to Ben for his answers, as usual!

1. What is the precise schedule for the trial match on Saturday? When will gates open? What are the warm up games and will they be Round 2 junior reps?

It's going to be a big day out at Seiffert with three matches to be played.

2.45pm: Gates Open
3.00pm: Raiders v Rabbitohs Harold Matthews
4.30pm: Raiders v Rabbitohs S.G Ball
6.30pm: Raiders v Knights NRL Trial

2. What transport options are there to Seiffert Oval? Will there be buses from the Raiders' or other licensed clubs?

Queanbeyan City Council are organising buses to and from the venue. Once we have the information we will put it up on our website.

3. Will there be a live stream of the Seiffert trial on line?

Won't be happening unfortunately. $10 for a ticket and come and see it live! But I understand some people are not from the Canberra district. QBN FM will be calling the match. You can listen live at http://www.qbn967.com.au/

4. When is the top 25 squad finalised for salary cap purposes for each year? For example, would Jeremy Hawkins' new contract deal put him in the top 25 for 2015?

The time on when its finalised does vary as players can move in and out based on upgrade/extensions etc. Jeremy's new deal is for 2016/17 where he will be in the top 25. At the moment though he's still part of the second tier cap.
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Thanks Ben

The Salary cap just keeps getting a bigger **** fight
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greeneyed wrote:4. When is the top 25 squad finalised for salary cap purposes for each year? For example, would Jeremy Hawkins' new contract deal put him in the top 25 for 2015?

The time on when its finalised does vary as players can move in and out based on upgrade/extensions etc. Jeremy's new deal is for 2016/17 where he will be in the top 25. At the moment though he's still part of the second tier cap.


That's how i figured it was going to go. Which leads me to think Rapana is definitely going to get first crack at the wing spot.
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Pigman wrote:
greeneyed wrote:4. When is the top 25 squad finalised for salary cap purposes for each year? For example, would Jeremy Hawkins' new contract deal put him in the top 25 for 2015?

The time on when its finalised does vary as players can move in and out based on upgrade/extensions etc. Jeremy's new deal is for 2016/17 where he will be in the top 25. At the moment though he's still part of the second tier cap.


That's how i figured it was going to go. Which leads me to think Rapana is definitely going to get first crack at the wing spot.


If they are neck and neck I can see the reasoning behind that decision.
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100% agree. If it's that close, we should use guys in our 25 first and allow flexibility in our 2nd tier cap down the stretch.
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Pigman wrote:
greeneyed wrote:4. When is the top 25 squad finalised for salary cap purposes for each year? For example, would Jeremy Hawkins' new contract deal put him in the top 25 for 2015?

The time on when its finalised does vary as players can move in and out based on upgrade/extensions etc. Jeremy's new deal is for 2016/17 where he will be in the top 25. At the moment though he's still part of the second tier cap.


That's how i figured it was going to go. Which leads me to think Rapana is definitely going to get first crack at the wing spot.


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I'm going to be so pissed if Bill Tupou ends up on the wing
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No thanks. Even if he starts every game, i doubt he ends up as our top try scorer. Croker or Waqa will get it
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Pigman wrote:No thanks. Even if he starts every game, i doubt he ends up as our top try scorer. Croker or Waqa will get it


Croker and Waqa would be front runners, yes, but I think Rapana is better than $51-1 odds. Especially with injuries etc.

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