1990 was a stellar year for the club at all levels. Another early blow to the Raiders at the start of the 2013 season was the irresponsible behaviour of up and coming superstar Josh Dugan whom was sacked from the club for disciplinary reasons after he and teammate Blake Ferguson missed a team recovery session in favour of spending the day drinking on the rooftop of Blake Fergusons home. On the other side of the ledger, the Raiders are on a roll. Jarrod Croker is Canberra's highest ever point scorer with 1,996 (127 tries, 744 goals) between 2012 and 2019. The Raiders are through to another preliminary final. NRL finals 2020 as it happened: Remarkable Raiders send Roosters packing. The Roosters' games record holder just came up with a huge defensive play on Jack Wighton to stop the Raiders and give the tri-colours both possession and field position when they desperately needed it. But as the season progressed, injuries took their toll and the Raiders finished second last on points differential to the Newcastle Knights. It's 22-18 with four minutes to play at the SCG.  Canberra's largest attendance at Seiffert came in Round 12 of the 1989 season when 18,272 saw the Raiders triumph 27-6 over the Brisbane Broncos who were coached by former Raiders co-coach Wayne Bennett. The team was notorious for late game collapses, leading to the nicknames "Canberra Faders" and "Pine Lime Splices", in what was also a reference to the team's colours. The Viking, also a mascot at Raiders' games, is known as Victor the Viking. In one of the closest games in recent history, the Raiders were eclipsed by one point in the preliminary final by the New Zealand Warriors and eliminated from the 2003 competition. In the 2018 NRL season, Canberra finished in 10th place on the table and missed out on the finals for the second consecutive season. Since inception, the Raiders' team colours have been lime green and white with blue and gold bands. The Raiders advanced to the finals on the back of eight wins from their past nine and were drawn a tough away final against the second-placed Penrith Panthers whom the Raiders had beaten just five weeks earlier. This was also the final match for coach Matthew Elliott, who is coaching Penrith in 2007. They made the finals for the first time since 2012, Jarrod Croker broke the club point scoring record, they scored the most points for any Raiders team in a single season and they made a preliminary final for the first time since 1997. As part of the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership's first expansion outside Sydney, the Raiders were admitted to the League, along with the Illawarra Steelers in the 1982 season. The Raiders' current home ground is Canberra Stadium (GIO Stadium) in Bruce, Australian Capital Territory. He turned, popped the ball to Sitili Tupouniua and he found an unmarked Tedesco, who did the rest. The Raiders' Toyota Cup team won 28–24 over the Broncos' team in golden point extra time to win the Toyota Cup (Under 20s) Premiership in the lead-up game to the NRL Grand Final on 5 October 2008. Widnes however, with their main strike weapon, Great Britain winger and the fastest player in rugby league at the time, Martin Offiah, in top form, defeated Canberra 30-18 in front of 30,768 fans. Canberra player Jack Wighton would then be tackled with the ball. With 5 rounds to play in the 1989 season, Canberra were 7th and in danger of missing the semis. Jarrod Croker took out the award of highest point scorer in the NRL in 2012, 2015, and 2016. They played their first game at the ground on 6 March 1982 against the Western Suburbs Magpies. Reserve forward Steve Jackson then scored the winning try to win the premiership for the Raiders in extra time after crashing through 4 Tigers defenders. There's 25 minutes still to play at the SCG. Following the Grand Final win, the Raiders then went on to play in England at Old Trafford in the official World Club Challenge against Stones Bitter Championship winners Widnes. An average performance resulted, with the Raiders missing the finals for the first time since 1986. The team bowed out in Round 1 of the 1996 finals series, losing to St George. The GF attracted the Raiders all-time record attendance of 50,201. The 2005 side was written off by fans and critics alike, as the club's two major signings, Jason Smith and Matt Adamson, were ageing veterans considered well past their prime. They eventually lost in the preliminary final 14-12 to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park.. 1989 also saw the Australian and Queensland fullback become the first Raider to lead the league in try scoring when he crossed for 17 tries. The Raiders are through to another preliminary final.Credit:Getty Images. Final score, 22-18. CASUALTY WARD>>, The Rabbitohs have confirmed who will take Campbell Graham’s spot in the centres, while the Panthers have settled on Viliame Kikau’s replacement. The Roosters just leaked an uncharacteristic try or two which proved the difference tonight. Belcher was also the first ever fullback to lead the try scoring list in a season. The Raiders semi-final appearance was brief, however. The visitors are applying the blowtorch to the tri-colours, who simply must score next to remain a hope of snatching this game in the next 25 minutes. Melbourne has also had some good news. Canberra would finish the 2014 NRL season in 15th place, narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon. The next year, they were one of several teams that joined the breakaway Super League competition, losing in the preliminary final to the Cronulla Sharks. From a standing start beat Semi Valemei, Jarrod Croker and left Elliott Whitehead clutching at thin air as he burst through a hole to give the Roosters the try they desperately needed. As my Herald colleague Christian Nicolussi just said in the media box, a ball hasn't turned like that at this ground since the Sydney (cricket) Test. The Raiders then managed to win 5 of the next 7 games including upsets to the undefeated Melbourne Storm away from home and premiership favourites Sydney Roosters, winning all games played at Canberra Stadium for the first 12 rounds of the premiership season. Jason Croker has played the most games for the Raiders with 318 between 1991 and 2006. The Roosters just leaked an uncharacteristic try or two which proved the difference tonight. In 2014, Canberra hired Ricky Stuart as their new head coach. LATEST TEAM NEWS>>. During the 2000s the Raiders suffered from an exodus of experience. At the completion of round 21, Canberra sat in 3rd place with a record of 13 wins and 7 losses which was almost identical position on the ladder and win/loss record they had at the same stage of the 2016 season. The Raiders' largest ever winning margin was 68 points, when they defeated the Parramatta Eels 68-0 during the 1993 NSWRL season. Updated: 23 September 2020Source(s): Raiders Team Profiles, This is the 25-man "Dream Team" picked in the Canberra Times to celebrate the club's 25th season in 2006. Saturday 9 September 2006 saw Jason Croker, Simon Woolford, Clinton Schifcofske, Michael Hodgson, Jason Smith and Adam Mogg all play their final games for the club. They have competed in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership since 1982.
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