Jarrod Croker

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Jarrod Croker
Jarrod Croker at an Raiders autograph session at Bolton Park.jpg
Croker in 2012
Personal information
Born (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 24)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009– Canberra Raiders 140 68 304 0 880
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2015 NRL All Stars 1 0 1 0 0
Source: RLP

Jarrod Croker (born 11 September 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders of the National Rugby League (NRL).[1] A goal-kicking centre, he has played his entire career to date with the Raiders, with whom he became the 2012 NRL season's top point-scorer.

Biography[edit]

Hailing from Goulburn, New South Wales, Croker played for the Goulburn Stockmen club as a junior. He played for the New South Wales Schoolboys and Australian Schoolboys representative teams in 2007 before being selected for the New South Wales Under-18s in 2008. Croker was part of the Canberra team that won the inaugural National Youth Competition (Toyota Cup) in 2008.[2]

Croker broke into Canberra's first-grade side in 2009, making his debut in Round 2 against the Sydney Roosters,[1] and went on to make 21 appearances in his rookie season.[3] He was again a regular in Canberra's 2010 side, making 25 appearances as Canberra finished 7th and made the NRL finals.[4] However, it was a missed penalty goal from Croker that ended the Raiders' 2010 season. In a sudden-death finals match against the Wests Tigers, in front of a home crowd of 26,476, he pushed wide a 30-metre kick that would have tied the match at 26–26.[5] Canberra's coach David Furner—himself a former Raiders goalkicker—defended Croker, arguing his goalkicking form had won a number of matches for the team during the season.[6] Days later, Croker was selected for Australia's train-on squad for the Four Nations tournament.[7]

Croker is contracted to the Raiders through to the end of the 2018 season.[8] He is distantly related to former Canberra, NSW and Australia player Jason Croker.[9]

Croker was the NRL's leading points scorer in 2012 with a total of 226 points.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jarrod Croker - Canberra Raiders". raiders.com.au. Canberra Raiders. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jarrod Croker: Interview". www.nrl.com. National Rugby League. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Raiders re-sign gun rookie". Herald Sun (News Limited). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jarrod Croker - Profile". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Proszenko, Adam (19 September 2010). "Croker leads Canberra in mourning glory missed". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Read, Brent (18 September 2010). "Jarrod Croker left kicking himself after penalty sails wide". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Dutton, Chris (21 September 2010). "Australian call-up helps drown Croker's sorrows". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rookie Jarrod Croker signs new two-year deal with Canberra Raiders". foxsports.com.au (News Limited). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Read, Brent (16 September 2010). "Croker senses new Raiders dynasty". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  10. ^ http://afltables.com/rl/scorers/2012_sc.html

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