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PostPosted: August 27, 2015, 12:34 pm
Bleed green: A season with the Canberra Raiders

First Time Canberra Raiders member Mark Watkins blogged about his first season as a Canberra Raiders member. Read about his experiences following the team and bleeding green in 2015. Mark and his family have attended every home game this season.

Luck is a funny thing. When we first arrived in Canberra, last November, one of the things I was sure I’d miss most about Europe was football and supporting my favourite team, Liverpool. More than that, I was concerned that I’d struggle to fill the gap that left in my life.

As a potential solution – and as part of my policy of ‘make the most of your new life by trying new things’ – I signed up for a season ticket (known as a membership here) for Canberra’s local rugby league team the Canberra Raiders.

My decision was partly influenced by price – I think it cost me around $190 (about £95) for an adult and child season ticket. That gained me and either Mini or Maxi-CBRbound access to all 12 of the Raiders home games. By comparison, it would cost about the same for us to go to just one English Premier League game.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news/2015/08/ ... eason.html

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PostPosted: August 27, 2015, 1:49 pm
greeneyed wrote:Bleed green: A season with the Canberra Raiders

First Time Canberra Raiders member Mark Watkins blogged about his first season as a Canberra Raiders member. Read about his experiences following the team and bleeding green in 2015. Mark and his family have attended every home game this season.

Luck is a funny thing. When we first arrived in Canberra, last November, one of the things I was sure I’d miss most about Europe was football and supporting my favourite team, Liverpool. More than that, I was concerned that I’d struggle to fill the gap that left in my life.

As a potential solution – and as part of my policy of ‘make the most of your new life by trying new things’ – I signed up for a season ticket (known as a membership here) for Canberra’s local rugby league team the Canberra Raiders.

My decision was partly influenced by price – I think it cost me around $190 (about £95) for an adult and child season ticket. That gained me and either Mini or Maxi-CBRbound access to all 12 of the Raiders home games. By comparison, it would cost about the same for us to go to just one English Premier League game.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news/2015/08/ ... eason.html

The GH's exclusive Round 25 preview: http://thegh.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php ... 3#p1289883
Matt's Match-ups Round 25: http://www.thegh.com.au/forum/viewtopic ... 3#p1290333
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tbh this probably deserves a thread on its own. A great story in a rough year!
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PostPosted: August 27, 2015, 3:26 pm
It's a great read in what has been an average year. I can't wait to get home now for next season :)
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He's not wrong about those EPL ticket prices. Wowee.
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PostPosted: August 27, 2015, 6:26 pm
I would love to go to every game, but alas we are soo far away.
We get to Canberra every year to at least 2 games. This year was Knights and Sharks games and the Titans game because we are closer to them.
I just love the atmosphere of the game, the roar of the crowd, the Raiders chant and the occasional yell, get em on side or bulls***.
Some people don't realise how lucky they are with the team so close.
I'd like to thank Mark for sharing his story, I have the greeneyed monster now.
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Too much wanking over soccer for my liking
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Poor guy supports Liverpool AND Raiders :(
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Schifty wrote:Poor guy supports Liverpool AND Raiders :(

And he is a pom
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Raidersrawesome wrote:
Schifty wrote:Poor guy supports Liverpool AND Raiders :(

And he is a pom


At least they can play cricket...
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Maybe. Its more that we can't
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He also needs to learn that we don't have a close season, we have an off season.
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Schifty wrote:Poor guy supports Liverpool AND Raiders :(


Beats me as a fan of the raiders and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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BJ wrote:
Schifty wrote:Poor guy supports Liverpool AND Raiders :(


Beats me as a fan of the raiders and Wolverhampton Wanderers.


I'll call that and raise you a Raiders and Bolton Wanderers.

181 Million pounds in the red and 1 goal in 4 games. :|
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Schifty wrote:
BJ wrote:
Schifty wrote:Poor guy supports Liverpool AND Raiders :(


Beats me as a fan of the raiders and Wolverhampton Wanderers.


I'll call that and raise you a Raiders and Bolton Wanderers.

181 Million pounds in the red and 1 goal in 4 games. :|


I'll give you that!
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What about Raiders, Tottenham Hotspur AND Essendon!!
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Schifty wrote:Poor guy supports Liverpool AND Raiders :(

I know them feels.
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Bay53 wrote:What about Raiders, Tottenham Hotspur AND Essendon!!

Same here. I literally have not watched an AFL game since Round 9 or so.
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Nothing wrong with the kop
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Raiders, Leeds United and Williams F1. Life after the 90s have been cruel.
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PostPosted: September 5, 2015, 10:18 am
Raiders for life

It started with a phone call from the Canberra Raiders’ Fan Engagement office.

“The final home game of the season is Members’ Appreciation Day, and we’ve selected 40 members who have attended every home game this season to form a guard of honour as the team runs out onto the pitch. Would you like to be one of them?”

I would, but I hesitated, because I knew someone who’d like to do it even more.

“Absolutely,” I said, “but would it be possible for my son to do it instead?”

Read more: https://cbrbound.wordpress.com/2015/09/ ... -for-life/
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Bay53 wrote:What about Raiders, Tottenham Hotspur AND Essendon!!


That's rough, I've been pretty lucky with my afl team, 3 flags in the last 10 years
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Hey BJ, love to see people following the West Midlands teams mate.

Are you from the Wolverhampton area by chance?

Up the Villa !
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PostPosted: September 5, 2015, 4:44 pm
Nah not from the Midlands, just had two Commando comics books as a poor kid that I read and re-read over and over. The comic I liked the most, had a Wolves player picture on the back and I have followed them passionately ever since. Funny how you can choose a team sometimes.


The win during those two seasons in the premier league from dead last over top of the table Manchester United about the only real highlight as a fan. Although staying up that year thanks to a last minute goal on survival Sunday made that win all the more important.



The big English teams have full season, League or cup winning DVDs, wolves have a lone premier league game DVD. Featuring shocked and crying fans in the grandstand.
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Wolves have a proud history mate, check it out.

Billy Wright, Derek Dougan, John Richards. Willie Wagstaff, Peter Broadbent, Ron Flowers, Steve Bull (scored 50 goals in two consecutive seasons)

When I lived there as a kid I loved Villa and despised the other Midlands teams, now I love to see them all do well, alas we all struggle with the lop sided money clubs, it's a boring predictable game now.

Ive been to the Molineux a few times in the old South Bank, vibrant night life around there too !

Villa, West Brom, Wolves, Birmingham and Walsall..... go you good things.
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Johno wrote:Wolves have a proud history mate, check it out.

Billy Wright, Derek Dougan, John Richards. Willie Wagstaff, Peter Broadbent, Ron Flowers, Steve Bull (scored 50 goals in two consecutive seasons)

When I lived there as a kid I loved Villa and despised the other Midlands teams, now I love to see them all do well, alas we all struggle with the lop sided money clubs, it's a boring predictable game now.

Ive been to the Molineux a few times in the old South Bank, vibrant night life around there too !

Villa, West Brom, Wolves, Birmingham and Walsall..... go you good things.


Ahh yes know the history, but I'm talking about the more recent years.

Off topic but going forward, I don't know how any lower clubs in the premier league can make it to the top under the current make up of the EPL competition. Unless a billionaire likes you, your best juniors will be snapped up by the big teams. Southampton for example.
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