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14. Matt McIlwrick

The starting side has been selected and now it’s time to pick our bench.

Although we have asked our panellists to name which players they would have on their bench, players that have been picked by a panellist in their starting side have also been given consideration.

Molyneux - Travis Waddell, Mark Nicholls, Shaun Fensom, Mitch Barnett

Mulholland – Lachlan Croker, Tevita Pangai Jr, Jack Murchie & Emre Guler

Hamilton –  Luke Bateman, Jarrad Kennedy, Mitch Barnett, Haydon Hodge

Final Choice:

Matt McIlwrick
63 appearances, 2008-2011

Matt McIlwrick had an incredible longevity in the NYC as he represented the Raiders in the competition for four years.

After graduating from the U20’s program, McIlwrick played for the Raiders on 19 occasions scoring a solitary try in the process.

McIlwrick went on to represent the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla Sharks before settling at the Wests Tigers for the start of the 2017 season.

Luke Bateman
37 appearances, 2013-2015

15. Luke Bateman
15. Luke Bateman

The current Raiders forward played in the NYC for three seasons where he spent a period captaining the side.

Despite still being eligible to play NYC, Bateman made his NRL debut in 2015 as he went on to make 6 appearances that season.

Since then, the lock has become a regular fixture on the Raiders bench and has made 49 appearances from the club.

Tevita Pangai Junior
37 appearances, 2013-2015

16. Tevita Pangai Junior
16. Tevita Pangai Junior

A standout for the Raiders in his time in the NYC, Tevita Pangai Junior was named in the second row in the 2015 NYC Team of the Year.

Having joined the Brisbane Broncos before the start of the 2016 season, the now 22 year old has made regular appearances off the bench for his new side.

Mitch Barnett
38 appearances, 2014-2015

17. Mitch Barnett
17. Mitch Barnett

Capable of playing anywhere in the forward pack, Mitch Barnett is our final player selected in our Greatest Ever NYC Team.

Barnett went on to play two matches for the Raiders in 2015 and was also named in the 2015 NSW Cup Team of the Year.

In 2016, Barnett joined the Newcastle Knights where he has made 31 appearances.


Canberra Raiders Greatest NYC Team

1. Josh Dugan
2. Edrick Lee
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Jack Wighton
5. Nick Cotric
6. Anthony Milford
7. Sam Williams
8. Paul Vaughan
9. Travis Waddell
10. Shannon Boyd
11. Josh Papalii
12. Joel Thompson
13. Shaun Fensom


14. Matt McIlwrick
15. Luke Bateman
16. Tevita Pangai Jr
17. Mitch Barnett

Panelists Biographies

Barry Molyneux was the Raiders NYC long-serving team manager.

David Hamilton oversaw junior development at the Raiders from before the NYC’s inception in 2008 until 2015.

Peter Mulholland is the Raiders current Recruitment and High Performance manager, having taken over the role after Hamilton’s departure.

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.