Raiders celebrate after winning their Qualifying Final against the Warriors at Canberra Stadium this year.

Raiders celebrate after winning their Qualifying Final against the Warriors at Canberra Stadium this year. Photo: Melissa Adams

The Canberra Raiders have been snubbed by Channel Nine once again, with just one Raiders game to be televised by the broadcaster during the opening 20 NRL rounds.

In news sure to enrage the club’s fans, Canberra’s away clash against Souths on Friday, June 28 is the only Raiders match slotted for free-to-air coverage after the draw was released yesterday.

After its barnstorming finish to last year where it won its last six regular season games to make the semis, Canberra is unhappy that form hasn’t been rewarded.

Reports emerged some weeks ago the Raiders were set to be allocated just one or two free-to-air games after a draft of the draw was leaked to the media.

The timeslots for the final six rounds will be determined later in the season, dependent on the form of each side. 

Raiders boss Don Furner is scheduled to hold a press conference at 12.10pm today.

Other highlights of the draw include:

  • Canberra will begin its season with an away clash against Penrith on Sunday, March 10;
  • Canberra’s first home game will be in round three against St George Illawarra on Sunday, March 24 at 6.30pm;
  • The Raiders away clash with Manly has been set down for round 11 at Brookvale Oval. However, it remains probable this fixture will be shifted to China. Representatives from both clubs are believed to be heading to China for further discussions as soon as next week, and;
  • No Raiders home games have been scheduled for Perth, an initiative which was mooted by Furner last month.
  • Canberra other home games will be against the Roosters (rd 5), Warriors (rd 6), Knights (rd 9), Broncos (rd 13), Panthers (rd 14), Cowboys (rd 17), Eels (rd 19), Storm (rd 21), Bulldogs (rd 23), Sea Eagles (rd 24) and Sharks (rd 26)