The Canberra Raiders will play at GIO Stadium once again on Saturday as they take on the North Queensland Cowboys with kick off at 3:00 pm. Here are five things to look forward to.
Saturday afternoon footy
Last Saturday the green machine took on the Rabbitohs with kick off at 7:30 pm. While that was not an ideal time slot for families to bring the kids down, this week’s match presents a great opportunity to bring the kids down and soak up some afternoon NRL action at GIO Stadium. With the early forecasts predicting a beautiful afternoon in the nation’s capital, we can’t think of a better way to spend your Saturday.
Croker nearing more milestones
Jarrod Croker needs just two more tries to equal Jason Croker’s record for the most amount of tries for the Canberra Raiders. The Raiders co-captain is also 32 NRL points away from scoring over 1,000 at GIO Stadium. Will we witness history on Saturday afternoon?
State of Origin auditions
The team lists for Origin I will be announced next week and this weekend will be the last round of NRL action for any Origin hopefuls to impress Kevin Walters and Freddy Fittler. Josh Papalii is in line for a call up to the Queensland Maroons while Jack Wighton, Jarrod Croker, and Nick Cotric have all been thrown into the discussion for the NSW Blues. The Cowboys will also have a number of players vying for positions with Kyle Feldt, Michael Morgan, Matt Scott, Jake Granville, Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess fighting for a spot in the Maroons side.
Round 11 of the NRL will be Indigenous Round. The Canberra Raiders will wear their 2019 Indigenous jersey which can be seen in the picture below. If you are attending the game on Saturday you can purchase the jersey from the merchandise tent in the Western Forecourt. There will be Indigenous artwork on display in the Members lounge in the Western grandstand prior to the match so make sure you come on down to GIO Stadium as we celebrate Indigenous Round.
Staying in the four
The green machine currently remains inside the top four on the NRL ladder. However, there are multiple teams breathing down their necks and Saturday’s clash against the Cowboys is a must win if the Raiders are to remain inside the top four. The Raiders won’t be too demoralised after the defeats to the Roosters and Rabbitohs however they will need to bounce back against the Cowboys to remain with the pack.