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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Juniors realise grand final dreams in local rugby league deciders

SPORT: Junior rugby league grand finals at Canberra Stadium in Bruce. Under 16s Zone 1 grand final between West Belconnen Gold and Queanbeyan United Blues. From left, Gold players Dustin Lister and Harry Brown celebrate a try.14th September 2014 . Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Stadium may not have been a successful hunting ground for the Canberra Raiders this year, but the region's best juniors were able to live out their dreams when the Canberra junior rugby...


NRL stars headline Canberra Raiders Cup grand final

Queanbeyan Blues captain Marc Herbert, left, with friend, now foe, Goulburn Bulldogs captain/coach Mick Picker.

Jon Tuxworth Marc Herbert won an SG Ball premiership and Mick Picker an under-20 title for Canberra Raiders, but only one will add a local premiership to their trophy cabinet on Sunday. 


Queanbeyan Blues reverse last year's extra-time heartache with grand final win over Goulburn

Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan Blues coach Simon Woolford played 262 NRL games, but his last premiership as a player was as a 17-year-old. 


David Pangai hopes brothers learn from his mistakes after guiding Queanbeyan Blues to grand final

SPORT:  The Canberra Raiders Cup first grade major semi final at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan. Queanbeyan Blues v Queanbeyan Kangaroos: centre: Blues player Dave Pangai celebrates his try ..  24th August 2014 .  Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan Blues forward David Pangai kicks himself reguarly over squandering his chance at the big time.


Queanbeyan Blues edge out Goulburn in slogfest

12th May 2012. Sport.  Journalist Jon Tuxworth.  Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan. Belconnen United Scholars player Brent Crisp gets tackled during the match at West Belconnen Leagues Club.

Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan Blues coach Simon Woolford praised his side's toughness and grit in difficult conditions in a 22-12 top-of-the-table victory over Goulburn at Seiffert Oval on Saturday.

Rugby League

Basics to fire Canberra

Sandor Earl at Raiders' training on Friday morning. 
22 March 2013.
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.


Chris Wilson, Jon Tuxworth In terms of NRL attacking football, the scoreboard makes it look like popguns at 10 paces.


Tilse urges core group to save season

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27:  Dane Tilse of the Raiders looks dejected during the round seven NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canberra Raiders at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 27, 2013 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Canberra prop challenges Raiders' experienced players to lift as injuries threaten to ruin season.


Shortened finals likely after rain

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Raiders Cup finals series is likely to be condensed by a week to accommodate Sunday's washed-out fixtures.


Woolford tells Raiders it would be a crime to ignore Blues star Chudleigh

Sport.   Belconnen Scholars player Bobby Roberts, centre, gets tackled during the game at Seiffert Oval. 29 June 2013 Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan

Jon Tuxworth Simon Woolford has urged the Canberra Raiders to take a chance on hooker Josh Chudleigh next year.


Warriors on the rise

Jon Tuxworth New West Belconnen coach Justin Giteau is confident he can help bring the Warriors back from the brink.


Blues get timely title reminder

Bushranger Reinhold Kamilo is tackled.

Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan Blues were given a timely warning they can't expect to coast to the title in a 42-30 win over Tuggeranong.

Rugby League

York wins McIntyre Medal in a thriller

Sport: Raiders Cup Season Launch. Left: Daniel York from Goulburn Workers and Trevor Thurling from Queanbeyan Blues. 17th of April 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths.

Jon Tuxworth Hard working lock Daniel York was rewarded for an outstanding Canberra Raiders Cup season by winning the Les McIntyre Medal as the competition’s best and fairest player.


Friends become foes

Sport. The opposing rugby league coaches, who work together in a cleaning business, will line up against each other for this weekend's Canberra Raiders Cup grand final at Sieffert Oval. At left is Aaron Gorrell of the Queanbeyan Kangaroos and his boss, Simon Woolford of the Queanbeyan Kangaroos. August 29th. 2013 Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Jon Tuxworth Coaches Simon Woolford and Aaron Gorrell want to take each other to the cleaners in Sunday's Canberra Raiders Cup grand final.


Macey the villain and hero

Queanbeyan Blues v Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

Jon Tuxworth Queanbeyan Kangaroos grand final hero Jordan Macey thought he'd thrown the grand final away.


Waddell keeps head above water to reach half ton

Canberra Raiders player Travis Waddell.

Jon Tuxworth It wasn't that long ago Travis Waddell feared he may be thrown on the NRL scrap heap before his career had really begun.


Woolford helps 'Tongan Tornado' case

14   April  2012,   Canberra Times photo by RICHARD BRIGGS,  Belconnen United Scholars player Tsai Tui heads to the goal posts to score against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos at Northbourne Oval.

Jon Tuxworth Belconnen United will use a character reference from Canberra Raiders legend Simon Woolford to help ''cleanskin'' prop Tsai Tui beat a high-tackle charge and play in Sunday's grand final against...

Rugby league

Waddell urged to seize the moment

The Canberra Raiders train at the club's headquarters in Bruce. Hooker Travis Waddell.

Jon Tuxworth Former Raiders skipper Alan Tongue has urged Travis Waddell to seize his chance when the NRL's least experienced starting hooker clashes with the best dummy-half in the game, Melbourne's Cameron...

Tongue urges rookie Waddell to walk tall in No.9 jersey

Travis Waddell

Jon Tuxworth FORMER Canberra skipper Alan Tongue has urged Travis Waddell to seize his chance when the NRL's least experienced starting hooker clashes with the best dummy-half in the game, Melbourne's Cameron...


Riding the Raiders' rollercoaster

Riding the Raiders' rollercoaster

Lee Gaskin and Jon Tuxworth Grip tight Raiders fans. Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Graph Canberra’s past eight seasons and the Green Machine resembles a rollercoaster.


Home grown hooker

Canberra Raiders player Matt McIlrick at home in Macgregor.

Jon Tuxworth HELPING his home town Christchurch rebuild after last year's massive earthquake was the toughest experience of Matt McIlwrick's life.