From the Stands: Round 16

Well you don’t need me to tell you that last week was an absolute heartbreaker.

We’ve all sat through some hard ones before but that one was especially rough.

When a field goal pops over after not one, not two, but three attempts in a row, it leaves an especially bitter taste in your mouth.

Sure, we could wonder about a whole host of what ifs but as they say, it’s in the books and time to move on.

The last couple of weeks has brought some real changes to the club.

We’ve jagged someone who we hope will be a real asset, in Joseph or Joey or BJ Leilua.

There’s no doubt he brings huge potential with him and if all goes well, he’ll be a real asset to the club.

But with the celebration of new signing Leilua, we farewell a man who has been an absolute treasure for the club, David Shillington.

Since 2009, Shillo has put his heart and soul into the Raiders.

He’s always played his guts out and has not only been a fantastic Canberra Raiders ambassador but a wonderful NRL ambassador.

I for one am glad we aren’t losing Shillo to the drizzly Super League and instead we’ll get to see him strut his stuff in the NRL for a few more years.

Good luck to the big fella in the new digs but until then, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing him off in style in 2015.

And what a better way to start off that farewell than against the Warriors this weekend?

Now I know what you’re thinking? Not them again!

Manu and his crew have dished it out to us recently but I’ve seen enough this season to suggest that we can win across the ditch this time.

Last week might’ve hurt but losses like that do one thing. They build heart.

The boys showed a resolve in defence and discipline in attack that was reminiscent of at least a top eight side, if not far better.

If we carry that attitude into this Saturday’s game, we’ll be carrying out a whole lot more than just pride. We’ll take the two points.

Now, I’m no fortune teller but a win this weekend could be huge for our season.

It’s not just the two points. It’s important momentum leading into the bye but it’s also confirmation of something Green Machine fans have known for a very long time.

We’re on the up and up and we can beat anyone on our day.

With momentum on our side and a good attitude to match, we’ll be the team the others want to avoid at all costs come finals time.

Step 1, let’s get that momentum moving and make it there first.

Go Raiders!