The Canberra Raiders are a Rugby League footy club that play in the NRL Telstra Premiership competition. They are the only club located in the ACT and the sole Australian team situated outside of the three leading NRL states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Known colloquially as the Green Machine because of their team colours, the Canberra Raiders have enjoyed three premiership successes throughout history but haven’t been able to secure the title since 1994.
Canberra Raiders Information
- Established: 1982
- Home Ground: Canberra Stadium
- Colours: Lime Green, Black, Blue & White
- Mascot: Victor the Viking
- Number of Premierships Won: 3 (1989, 1990, 1994)
- Number of Minor Premierships Won: 1 (1990)
The Canberra Raiders were founded in 1982 when the NSWRL began to expand outside of Australia’s Rugby League capital in Sydney.
They enjoyed their best success during their early years, despite finishing with the Wooden Spoon in their debut season. Just two years after their inaugural poor season they made the finals finishing sixth on the ladder, becoming the first team outside of NSW to do so.
After a couple of dismal season’s the Raiders’ next big success came in 1987 when they made the Grand Final. They were that year’s runners-up as they lost 18 – 8 to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
For the rest of the 1980s and into the early 1990s the Canberra Raiders enjoyed a golden era making the finals every year from 1987 – 1991. During this time they also secured back-to-back Premiership wins in 1989 and 1990. They won their first Premiership shield in 1989 in a thrilling 19 – 14 last minute win ahead of the now-extinct Balmain Tigers. The following year they won again in another close 18 -14 victory over the Penrith Panthers.
The Raiders won their third and most recent Premiership in 1994 when they thrashed the Canterbury Bulldogs 36 – 12.
Since then Canberra have failed to match the on-field success they enjoyed in the early years and the last time they were in the finals was in 2008.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
The Canberra Raiders’ emblem features a fearsome looking Viking face complete with helmet, horns and a green beard. It is a more stylised and imposing logo from their original, which also featured a Viking but inside of a circle.
Lime green and white are the classic colours of the Canberra club, who also use blue and gold bands on their jerseys. From 2000 on, the Raiders also introduced black as one of their primary colours.
The Raiders, like all NRL teams, have two different jerseys used separately for their home and away games. Their home jersey, introduced in 2006, is predominantly lime green with blue and white bands on the sleeves. Their away jerseys are black with lime green stripes across the body and a lime arch over the chest.
The Raiders current home ground is at Canberra Stadium in the ACT. The club made the move to Canberra Stadium in 1990 after previously playing home games at Seiffert Oval in New South Wales to gain a following with the established Rugby League fans.
Canberra Stadium, previously known as the Bruce Stadium and the National Athletics Stadium has a capacity of 25,011 and the Raiders use the grounds for training as well.
If you love the Green Machine and want to get more involved in the club becoming a member is a great way to show your support and get some excellent special offers. Another way to get behind this great club is to back them to win at Ladbrokes.com.au and show them the punters are with them!
Victor the Viking is the Canberra Raiders’ official mascot. A real larrikin Victor also has a son Victor Junior or VJ who is another Raiders’ mascot and their biggest fan. Victor plays in the second row and is very courageous showing no mercy on the field. But if you are a Canberra fan like him, he will show you nothing but love!
Best Bet To Make
The Canberra Raiders haven’t won a premiership since 1994 and this was also the last time they played in a Grand Final, so Make the Top 4 and Premiership Winners are probably bets to avoid.
There are, however, plenty of other great bets open at Ladbrokes.com.au to make on the Raiders. For example, they have an excellent record playing at chilly Canberra Stadium and backing them to win at home usually pays off.