The Canberra Raiders will use their final home match of the season on Monday night against the Penrith Panthers to thank their most loyal supporters, with the annual member appreciation round at GIO Stadium.
The Raiders are hoping for a big crowd to end the 2015 home season and will use the final home game to showcase the wonderful contribution members have made in 2015.
18 lucky Canberra Raiders members (See below) have been selected at random from members who attended every home game of the 2015 season to receive a jersey straight from the players back, with the presentation to occur at fulltime on Monday night.
Each of the Raiders players involved in Monday night’s game will present the lucky member with the jersey worn in the match, as a personal thank you for being at every home game this year. The concept also took place at the end of last season, with some very happy members getting a match worn jersey as a personal keepsake from the season.
In addition to this, another 40 members who have attended every game have been selected to line the tunnel as the players run onto the ground on Monday night, giving them an up close experience as a thank you for their support.
The full list of members who have attended every game will also appear on the big screen during the night, while one lucky member will pick up an all expenses trip to the NRL grand final as part of the Bleed Green Competition which has been running all season.
The Grand Final of the Huawei high ball challenge will occur at halftime, where two members will face off to win another all expenses trip to the grand final. The winner will be determined in a knock-out style challenge of catching the ball from Huawei high ball machine.
The Raiders will also be paying tribute to departing players after the jersey presentation, with fans encouraged to stay at the ground and say goodbye to players who are departing at the end of the season.
Canberra Raiders Captain Jarrod Croker said he hoped to see as many of the club’s 10,000 members at the game on Monday night, so the players could thank them for their support this season.
“It hasn’t been the best season for us at home this year but we really do appreciate the support of our loyal members and we want as many of them there on Monday night so we can thank them for their support,” Croker said. “I truly believe we have the best supporters in the game and we’d love to have a vocal crowd at GIO Stadium for our final home game of the season.”
Full season Members can bring-a-mate to the game for FREE on Monday night. Details for this promotion can be found HERE
List of Members who will receive a player worn jersey on Monday night
Member No. Member Name Membership type
RAI-1283536 James Wilson 2015 Premium Grandstand
RAI-1283110 Ewen Cameron 2015 Gold Grandstand
RAI-1284379 Mark Power 2015 Gold Grandstand
RAI-1285279 John Bannon 2015 Gold Grandstand
RAI-2255620 Tristan Melhuish 2015 Silver Inner Bowl
RAI-2725416 Mark Hankinson 2015 Bronze GA
RAI-2811363 Jodie Tolson 2015 Bronze GA
RAI-123456 Rob Gutterson 2015 Gold Grandstand
RAI-2812126 Ian Duve 2015 Gold Inner Bowl
RAI-2659773 Kimberley Logan 2015 Silver Inner Bowl
RAI-2913234 Maggie Hanson 2015 Gold Inner Bowl
RAI-2076307 Peter Lette 2015 Gold Grandstand
RAI-2811799 Catherine Fletcher 2015 Gold Inner Bowl
RAI-2912666 Reece Harrigan 2015 Premium Grandstand
RAI-2911491 Michael Simms 2015 Bronze GA
RAI-2913021 Janice Ogilvie 2015 Silver Inner Bowl
RAI-2913267 Lee Colson 2015 Bronze GA
RAI-2911562 Mackenzie Bennett 2015 Season Ticket Gold Inner Bowl
IMAGE: Josh Papalii presents a Raiders member with the jersey he wore in the final home match last season.