NRL GF - Storm or Roosters?

September has been a long month for Raiders fans as finals football began and we've been forced to watch other clubs attempt to crown themselves in Premiership glory.

It all comes to an end this weekend when the Storm take on the Roosters, so we've put together a guide to help all Raiders fans decide who they should cheer for on Sunday.

Let's take a look at both sides to see who you should get behind come kick-off.

Melbourne Storm

Led by Raider #26 Craig Bellamy, the Melbourne Storm have green running through the veins. Bellamy represented the Raiders between 1982-1992 and has since gone to become one of the great coaches in the game. The Storm also have the retiring Ryan Hoffman in their ranks who is the son of Raider #6 Jay Hoffman.

With all the controversy surrounding Billy Slater's appearance at the judiciary this week the Storm have had their share of drama leading into the big one, but with Billy free to play it gives them a stronger chance at once again lifting the trophy.

The Storm big game experience is sure to give them an edge on Sunday, especially when led by Cameron Smith, who has dual roles as Storm Captain and pocket referee.

The men in purple have had their fair share of success in recent years so do we want them to see them with another trophy? Imagine having the NRL and AFL trophies owned by the Storm and Collingwood, scary stuff!

The Storm are also responsible for inflicting one of the most painful losses in our history in the 2016 Preliminary Final and haven't missed a Grand Final since. That's probably reason enough to get behind the Chooks on Sunday.

Sydney Roosters

Hard to find much to like about the tri-colours but we'll do our best. Mitch Aubusson has been named in the no.7 jersey with huge doubts surrounding Cooper Cronk's fitness. His brother James currently plays for the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs in the Canberra Raiders Cup.

Eastern Suburbs locals are known for their love of fine coffee and the Raiders will soon find themselves in their brand-new centre of excellence right in the heart of Canberra's clone of Bondi, Braddon. If you take a stroll along the beautiful cafes along Lonsdale St come Sunday morning you might find a few locals sporting a red, white and blue scarf whilst sipping on a latte.

The Roosters are a team glittered with international/representative players. The tri-colours have become accustomed to success recent seasons where their last grand final success was in 2013 against the Sea Eagles. They have been a regular come September for quite some time.

It's hard to watch a former Raider go on to premiership success with another club and no doubt plenty of the Canberra faithful will find it hard to watch Blake Ferguson lift the Premiership trophy after the winger left the green machine in controversial circumstances.

The Verdict


Toss a coin, then put on your red white and blue Sombrero or purple skivvy and enjoy what should be a good game of footy. If all else fails, fire up the DVD player and watch the 1989 decider. At least you'll go to bed happy on Sunday night.