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There is finally some good news for all us long suffering fans; it’s time for a break.

With two points in the bag, there’s no need to defend yourselves from your friends’, colleagues’ and possibly, your family’s jibes.

There’s no need to give in to the frustration and pain of weeks gone by.

You can forget about crying yourself to sleep.

Rest easy, knowing the heartbreak is not yours to deal with. 

It’s time to put your feet up and forget about it for just a little while.

For a weekend, forget what you saw against the Broncos and come back fresh.

Picture a warm, sunny island or whatever it is that calms you down. Find your happy place.

Me? I’ll be celebrating the guaranteed two points by basking in shelter, away from Canberra’s fresh winds and predicted rain.

Electric blanket on, remote in hand, I’ll probably tune into some of the other NRL games for research purposes.

It’s important to scope the talent on offer and play the role of Raiders recruitment officer.

Any day now, you or I could get the call up, so it’s best to be prepared.

From the fantasy footy basement, all the way to the big stage… Now that’s my happy place!

Back in the real world, I actually have an entire weekend to fill, so let’s look at my choices.

Saturday morning sees our World Cup campaign kick off against Chile.

That’ll fill in a good ten minutes before I can no longer tell the difference between a gymnastics floor routine and the sport they demand we call, ‘football’.

Calm down soccer fans, I’m only joking. I would never insult gymnastics like that.

With the morning sorted, there’s also Australia v France in the Rugby Uniooooooooooonnzzzzzzzz… Sorry I’ve already dozed off!

Someone hit me with a dose of chess to wake me up!

All jokes aside (and apologies to soccer fans, gymnastics enthusiasts, chess geniuses, and union lovers – actually I’m not sorry, Union!), it is important to take 5 here and there and recharge your batteries.

It’s been a tough season so far but there is still a long way to go and we’re all in this together.

The boys need us to recuperate, re-energise ourselves so that we can cheer on this proud club with all our might when next Friday rolls around. 

So watch whatever you like and be sure to partake in what makes you happy.

Personally, I’ll still miss watching the mighty Raiders run around, because even though we’re not in the best place, my heart is still well and truly wrapped up in it.

And after watching another electrifying Origin encounter, I can’t wait to see you all again, supporting the boys in some Friday night footy! Ah, how long has it been?!

Have a great weekend off and c’mon New South Wales!

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.