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 25)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009– Canberra Raiders 182 94 471 0 1324
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–15 Prime Minister's XIII 2 1 2 0 8
2015 NRL All Stars 1 0 1 0 2
2015–16 NSW Country 2 1 5 0 14
2016 World All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 3 March 2016
Source: [1]

Jarrod Croker (born 11 September 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders of the National Rugby League. A goal-kicking centre, he has played his entire career to date with the Raiders, with whom he became the 2012 and 2015 top point-scorer. Croker is a Country Origin, Prime Minister’s XIII, NRL All Stars and World All Stars representative.

Background[edit]

Born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Croker played his junior football for the Goulburn Stockmen[2] before signing with the Canberra Raiders. 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.[3] He played at centre and was involved in the try that won the Raiders the match 28-24 in Golden Point Extra Time.[4]

Croker is distantly related to former Canberra, NSW and Australia player Jason Croker.[5]

Playing Career[edit]

2009[edit]

Croker broke into Canberra's first-grade side in 2009, making his debut in Round 2 against the Sydney Roosters.[6] In round 3 against the Parramatta Eels, Croker scored his first NRL try in the Raiders 18-16 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[7] He went on to make 21 appearances in his rookie season,[8] and was the Raiders highest try scorer with 12 tries.[9] On 3 September, Croker re-signed with the Raiders to the end of the 2012 season.[10]

2010[edit]

Croker was again a regular in Canberra's 2010 side, making 25 appearances as Canberra finished 7th and made the NRL finals.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] Days later, Croker was selected for Australia's train-on squad for the Four Nations tournament.[14] Croker played in all of the Raiders 26 matches and was the club’s highest point scorer with 5 tries and 53 goals.[15]

2011[edit]

On 6 August, Croker re-signed with the Raiders to the end of the 2013 season.[16] He finished the season as the Raiders highest point scorer with 9 tries and 53 goals in 23 matches.[17]

2012[edit]

Croker was the NRL's leading points scorer in 2012 with a total of 226 points, scoring 16 tries and kicking 81 goals in 25 matches.[18]

2013[edit]

In Round 3 against the Roosters, Croker played his 100th NRL match in the Raiders 24-22 win, kicking the winning goal after scoring his second try in the final minutes of the match at Canberra Stadium.[19] On 13 April, he re-signed with the Raiders to the end of the 2015 season.[20] In Round 25 against the New Zealand Warriors, Croker scored his first hatrick of tries and also scored all of the club’s points in the Raiders 50-16 loss at Mt Smart Stadium.[21] He finished the season as the Raiders highest point with 9 tries and 52 goals.[22]

2014[edit]

In February, Croker played in the Raiders Auckland Nines team.[23] In Round 24 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Croker surpassed club legend Mal Meninga’s 864 club career points, taking him to 3rd highest point scorer for the Raiders.[24] He finished the year as the highest point scorer and try scorer for the Raiders, scoring 18 tries and scoring 202 points.[25] On 5 September, Croker re-signed with the Raiders to the end of the 2018 season.[26] He was named as the 2014 Meninga Medallist for Raiders’ best and fairest player.[27]

On 12 October, Croker played for the Prime Minister’s XIII team against Papua New Guinea, filling in for Raiders team mate Jack Wighton on the interchange bench after he was a late scratching.[28][29] On 19 December, Croker was named by coach Ricky Stuart as the new captain for the Canberra Raiders following the departure of Terry Campese to Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League.[30][31]

2015[edit]

In the pre-season, Croker was captain of the Raiders Auckland Nines squad.[32] On 13 February, Croker played at centre for NRL All Stars,[33]kicking a goal in the 20-6 loss to the Indigenous All Stars.[34] On 3 May, Croker played for Country Origin against City Origin, scoring a try in the 34-22 win.[35] In Round 10 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Croker played in 150th NRL match in the Raiders 32-18 win at WIN Stadium.[36][37] In Round 13 against the Newcastle Knights, Croker notched a 1000 career points in the Raiders 44-22 win at Hunter Stadium.[38] At the end of the season, Croker was the NRL's top point scorer with 236 points.[39] On 26 September, Croker played for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea.[40]

2016[edit]

On 13 February 2016, Croker played for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2016 All Stars match, playing at centre in the 12-8 win at Suncorp Stadium.[41][42] On 8 May 2016, Croker played for Country Origin against City Origin, where he played at centre and kicked 5 goals in the 44-30 loss in Tamworth.[43]In Round 10, Croker became the highest ever point scorer for the Raiders in a 16-12 golden point loss to the Dragons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (12 February 2016). "Jarrod Croker". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ CHRIS CLARKE (5 March 2015). "From boys to men, and Stockmen to Raiders". Goulburn Post. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jarrod Croker: Interview". www.nrl.com. National Rugby League. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Raiders win inaugural Toyota Cup". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Read, Brent (16 September 2010). "Croker senses new Raiders dynasty". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jarrod Croker - Canberra Raiders". raiders.com.au. Canberra Raiders. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Adrian Crawford. "Eels scrounge 'ugly' win over Raiders". ABC News. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Raiders re-sign gun rookie". Herald Sun (News Limited). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (26 February 2016). "Custom Match List". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rookie Jarrod Croker signs new two-year deal with Canberra Raiders". foxsports.com.au (News Limited). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jarrod Croker - Profile". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Proszenko, Adam (19 September 2010). "Croker leads Canberra in mourning glory missed". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  13. ^ Read, Brent (18 September 2010). "Jarrod Croker left kicking himself after penalty sails wide". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  14. ^ Dutton, Chris (21 September 2010). "Australian call-up helps drown Croker's sorrows". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  15. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (26 February 2016). "Custom Match List". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Jarrod Croker a Raider until 2013". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  17. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (26 February 2016). "Custom Match List". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rugby League Tables / 2012 Point Scorers". afltables.com. 
  19. ^ "Canberra Raiders steal game from Sydney Roosters in brilliant comeback". Fox Sports. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Star centre Jarrod Croker re-signs with Canberra Raiders until the end of 2015". Daily Telegraph. 
  21. ^ "Warriors mesmerise sorry Raiders with hat-tricks". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  22. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (25 February 2016). "Custom Match List". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "SQUADS FOR AUCKLAND NINES". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  24. ^ "Jarrod Croker on track to re-write Canberra Raiders records". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  25. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (26 February 2016). "Custom Match List". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Canberra Raiders finally get a break with re-signing of rising local junior Jarrod Croker". Fox Sports. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "Canberra Raiders centre Jarrod Croker claims Mal Meninga medal". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  28. ^ "Raiders star Jarrod Croker expects brutal initiation for Prime Minister's XIII". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  29. ^ "PM's XIII defeat valiant PNG". NRL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  30. ^ "Canberra captain Jarrod Croker leads Raiders into future". Fox Sports. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  31. ^ "Croker named Raiders captain". NRL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  32. ^ "RAIDERS UNVEIL 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  33. ^ "2015 All Stars teams revealed". NRL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  34. ^ "Indigenous All Stars leave it late". NRL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  35. ^ "Country overcome City in seesawing affair". NRL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  36. ^ "Be there to celebrate Jarrod Croker's 150th". NRL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  37. ^ "Halves star in Dragons win". NRL.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  38. ^ DARRYL FERNANCE (7 June 2015). "Croker passes 1000 points for Raiders". Goulburn Post. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  39. ^ "Croker lands NRL top pointscorer title". NRL.com. 
  40. ^ "Merrin to lead Prime Minister's XIII". NRL.com. 
  41. ^ http://www.nrl.com/teams-named-for-nrl-all-stars-match/tabid/10874/newsid/91188/default.aspx
  42. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/world-all-stars-defeat-indigenous-all-stars-128-at-suncorp-stadium/news-story/034a63c6602597828b4b9a5ce72f986e
  43. ^ https://www.nrl.com/young-city-side-stun-country/tabid/10874/newsid/95694/default.aspx

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