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Sometimes its the little things. Some great feedback last week following our trip to Magic Weekend.

As reported in the media the team had experienced some lengthy delays as they traveled to the sunshine state.

The Raiders' original flight from Canberra to Brisbane was cancelled and after waiting for most of the day, the team were flown to Melbourne so they could board a flight there and fly to Brisbane.

It was a long day of travelling and the team didn't arrive in Brisbane until late that night. Andrew Webster from the Sydney Morning Herald received the email below following the weekend. 

This is what the email read:

I caught a plane from Melbourne to Brisbane for magic round and most of the Raiders were on my flight. I sat next to Jarrod Croker. In front of me was Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and behind me was Josh Hodgson.

They’d been travelling in airports all day after a diverted flight from Canberra dumped them in Melbourne. They’d have every right to be tired and cranky.

Instead, they were all honestly the most polite and decent humans I’ve ever seen on a plane.

I fly every week from Sydney to Melbourne and I see a lot of travellers. Most keep to themselves. Some are a bit rude. Occasionally someone is nice.

Honestly, these players were a different level. They were exceptionally polite to the Qantas staff. They chatted happily to the passengers that they sat with. I observed Charnze, a very young man, going out of his way to talk to an older man he sat next to.

At the end of the flight, Charnze said to him “good luck with your grandson, that sounds very special”... no idea what they were talking about, but the young lad had obviously taken an interest.

Anyway. We read a lot about players when they do the wrong thing. But if most of them behave like these Raiders, then the game is going to be just fine.

“Players well behaved on a plane” won’t get a lot of clicks. But I wish it would.


Thank you for your email Tony! #WeAreRaiders

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