Read About a Raider – Josh McCrone
Wednesday 12 June 2013 4:00 PM
Michelle Bridges: Hey Josh, what’s the story behind you leaving your mouth guard in your mouth until you’ve showered and changed? It’s a pretty weird superstition!
Josh: Ha ha yeah it is a bit weird I guess. I believe it’s good luck not take it out until after I’m showered and fully dressed. I’ve been doing it since I was about 12 when I lost one. I took my mouthguard out straight out after the game and lost it. After that Mum told me not to take it out until I’m dressed and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Aaron Staple: Who was your favourite player growing up and why?
Josh: Steve Renouf. He was a real speedster and scored a few pretty impressive long range tires in his time. The ‘Pearl’ was also a pretty cool nickname.
Danielle Gurney: What was your favourite TV show to watch when you were a kid?
Josh: I was a bit of a Bob the Builder fan. There wasn’t much his crew weren’t capable of, Scoop, Muck, Dizzy, Rolly and Wendy. Can he fix it? Yes he can!!
Brian McAuiliffe: Being a cheeky halfback, which player at the club do you most like to stir up or play pranks on? And what’s the best prank that you’ve pulled?
Josh: Big Tilsey’s a bit of an easy target. He’s tall, clumsy, going bald and talks reeeaaalllyyy slow. I can’t really put my finger on any one prank in particular but I think it’s more about consistency. Just keep getting them with little annoying pranks and eventually they crack.
David Camileri If you could pick any five-eighth in the history of the game to play with who would it be?
Josh: Darren Lockyer was always one of my favourite players, so I’d have to say him. I was lucky enough to get the chance to play against him and that was a pretty awesome experience in itself. He always seemed to have heaps of time with the footy in his hands and made the players around him look pretty good.
Matthew Jacobs: The Raiders have a lot of good young players coming through the ranks, which one are you most excited about?
Josh: It is a pretty exciting time to be at the club but I’d have to say Jack Wighton. We all know how good his defence is, but I think he has shown this year that his attack is first class especially when he was in the centres. His effort in the City/Country Origin was very impressive and showed that he can handle the step up in class easily.
Rachelle White: What would you like to be doing after you retire? Would you like to stay involved in the game?
Josh: I’d like to retire to the Bahamas and drink Coronas most days, but I haven’t quite figured out how to fund it yet so in the meantime I’m currently finishing my Electrical apprenticeship which I started when I first moved to Canberra to play under 20’s. Hopefully I can get that finished and then I’ll end up on the pliers somewhere.
Jack Bowman: What was it like playing for Country earlier in the year?
Josh: It was a pretty awesome experience to be able to represent where you’re from. I’m a proud country boy that grew up on a farm and I really enjoy getting back out there now. I was lucky enough to play Country Under 18’s, so to get the opportunity to pull the maroon and gold on again with a group of boys all with similar backgrounds was a real honour and one I’ll never forget.