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The Canberra Raiders would like to acknowledge the passing of former player Ray Blacklock (Raider #36), who passed away after a long battle with illness.

Ray Blacklock

Ray played 29 matches for the Raiders between 1983-1984 scoring eight tries, arriving at the club after successful stints with both the Penrith Panthers and Newtown Jets.

Raiders Patron John McIntyre said Blacklock was a much-valued member of the Raiders community during his time in Canberra, after arriving from Newtown where he played in the 1981 Grand Final on the wing.

“Ray was a tried and proven winger who was brought to the club to help bring experience and was a great player and valuable part of the team in our early years as a club,” Mr McIntyre said.

“We stayed in touch with Ray over the years and we’re very sad to hear of his passing. We pass our condolences onto his family at this tough time.”