2013 Season Review: Terry Campese
Tuesday 1 October 2013 1:05 PM
Captain Terry Campese made his long awaited return to the field in 2013 and reminded fans of how influential he is to the Raiders fortunes of on field success. Off the field he was just as influential, with Campese taking out the NRL’s Ken Stephen Medal in recognition of his superb contribution to the community.
After an injury riddled two years, Campese made his return in his beloved lime green jersey at Canberra Stadium in round six against the New Zealand Warriors.
Coming off the interchange bench, Campese entered the fray after 30 minutes and lifted the quality of the Raiders play in the process through his leadership, communication and direction.
The mercurial five-eighth made it a night to remember when he laid on the match-winning try for Edrick Lee when the talented outside back latched onto a superb cross-field kick by Campese in the 74th minute.
Campese assumed the starting five-eighth role in the round eight defeat of reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm and went onto play in 17 matches for the year, forming a promising spine with Reece Robinson, Anthony Milford and Josh McCrone.
Although his running game was down compared to previous years, Campese’s authority and direction as a playmaker along with his booming kicking game was a telling improvement on the Raiders play in 2013.
He registered the highest amount of try assists with 11 as well as two line breaks, three line break assists, 11 tackle breaks, four offloads and 5767 metres with the boot.
Off the field, Campese was just as impressive.
In a football sense he provides the younger members of the side with a positive role model and goes to great measures to make sure every member of the squad feels welcome and an important part of the squad. In a somewhat eventful year off the field, Campese was integral to keeping the squad focused on the job at hand and what is expected of them at the club.
It is in the community though where Campese really thrives.
Campese was awarded the Ken Stephen Medal at the One Community Awards for his outstanding service to the ACT community.
The 29 year old launched the Terry Campese Foundation last year after spending almost the entire 2011 and 2012 seasons out with serious injuries and used his time on the sidelines to focus on helping people who have fallen on hard times in Southern New South Wales, Canberra and Queanbeyan. He is also an Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House, CanTeen and Raising Hope.
Despite missing only a handful of games this year, Campese continued with his stellar work in the community and raised over $100,000 for local charities through his foundation.
Average Minutes: 74.6
Try Assists: 11
Line Breaks: 2
Line Break Assists: 3
Tackle Breaks: 11
Average Metres: 19.8
Average Tackles: 17.5
Average Missed Tackles: 2.3
Kick Metres: 182 kicks for 5767 metres