Jarrod Croker

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Jarrod Croker
Jarrod Croker.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 26)
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 207 104 561 0 1538
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–15 PM'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
2016–17 World All Stars 2 0 0 0 0
As of 26 March 2017
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, 2015 and 2016 top point-scorer. Croker is a Country Origin, Prime Minister’s XIII, NRL All Stars and World All Stars representative. In 2016 Croker won the Dally M Captain of the year award. Croker is the Canberra Raiders highest point-scorer in their history.[2]

Background[edit]

Born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Croker played his junior football for the Goulburn Stockmen before signing with the Canberra Raiders.[3]

Croker is distantly related to former Canberra, NSW and Australia player Jason Croker.[4]

Playing career[edit]

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 in 2008.[5] He played at centre and was involved in the try that won the Raiders the match 28-24 in golden point extra time.[6]

2009[edit]

Croker broke into Canberra's first-grade side in 2009, making his debut in round 2 against the Sydney Roosters.[7] In round 3, against the Parramatta Eels, Croker scored his first NRL try in the Raiders 16-18 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[8] He went on to make 21 appearances in his rookie season,[9] and was the Raiders highest try scorer with 12 tries.[10] On 3 September, Croker re-signed with the Raiders to the end of the 2012 season.[11]

2010[edit]

Croker was again a regular in Canberra's 2010 side, making 25 appearances as Canberra finished 7th and made the NRL finals.[12] However, it was a missed penalty goal from Croker that ended the Raiders' 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.[13] 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.[14] Days later, Croker was selected for Australia's train-on squad for the Four Nations tournament.[15] Croker played in all of the Raiders 26 matches and was the club’s highest point scorer with 5 tries and 53 goals.[16]

2011[edit]

On 6 August, Croker re-signed with the Raiders until the end of the 2013 season.[17] He finished the season as the Raiders highest point scorer with 9 tries and 53 goals in 23 matches.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20] On 13 April, he re-signed with the Raiders to the end of the 2015 season.[21] 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.[22] He finished the season as the Raiders highest point with 9 tries and 52 goals.[23]

2014[edit]

In February, Croker played in the Raiders Auckland Nines team.[24] In round 24, against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Croker surpassed club legend Mal Meninga’s 864 club career points, taking him to third highest point scorer for the Raiders.[25] He finished the year as the highest point scorer and try scorer for the Raiders, scoring 18 tries and scoring 202 points.[26] On 5 September, Croker re-signed with the Raiders until the end of the 2018 season.[27] He was named as the 2014 Meninga Medallist for Raiders’ best and fairest player.[28]

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.[29][30] 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.[31][32]

2015[edit]

In the pre-season, Croker was captain of the Raiders Auckland Nines squad.[33] On 13 February, Croker played at centre for NRL All Stars,[34] kicking a goal in the 20-6 loss to the Indigenous All Stars.[35] On 3 May, Croker played for Country Origin against City Origin, scoring a try in the 34-22 win.[36] In round 10, against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Croker played in 150th NRL match in the Raiders 32-18 win at WIN Stadium.[37][38] In round 13, against the Newcastle Knights, Croker notched a 1000 career points in the Raiders 44-22 win at Hunter Stadium.[39] At the end of the season, Croker was the NRL's top point scorer with 236 points.[40] On 26 September, Croker played for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea.[41]

2016[edit]

On 13 February, Croker played for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars, playing at centre in the 12-8 win.[42][43] In May, he again represented Country, kicking 5 goals in the 44-30 loss.[44] In Round 10, against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Croker became the highest ever point scorer for the Raiders in the 16-12 golden point loss at Jubilee Oval.[45][46] At the end of the season, Croker picked up the Provan Summons award as well as Dally M Captain of the Year and seasons leading point scorer in a year were the Raiders fell one game short of the Grand Final.[47][48] Croker played in all of the Raiders' 27 matches, scoring 18 tries and kicking 112 goals. After the season ended, Croker was named the Australia Four Nations train-on squad but later dropped out due to a knee injury.[49]

2017[edit]

On 10 February 2017, Croker played for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2017 All Stars match, playing at centre in the 34-8 loss at Hunter Stadium.[50] In Round 5 against the Parramatta Eels in the 30-18 win at Canberra Stadium, Croker became the third player to score 100 tries for Canberra,[51] after Jason Croker and Brett Mullins, and the fifth player to score 100 tries and kick 500 goals in Australian first grade rugby league.[52] He also became only the seventh player after Terry Lamb (Canterbury-Bankstown), Greg Alexander (Penrith), Ryan Girdler (Penrith), Hazem El Masri (Canterbury-Bankstown), Darren Lockyer (Brisbane) and Luke Burt (Parramatta) to score 100 tries and over 1,000 points for a single club. In Round 11 against the Parramatta Eels, Croker played his 200th NRL career match in the Raiders 22-16 win at ANZ Stadium.[53][54]

Career Statistics[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Club Season App T G GK % FG Pts
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 2009 21 12 - - - 48
2010 26 5 53 84.1% - 126
2011 23 9 59 78.7% - 154
2012 25 16 81 74.3% - 226
2013 21 8 52 85.3% - 138
2014 24 18 65 84.4% - 202
2015 24 12 94 84.7% - 236
2016 27 18 112 81.2% - 296
2017 11 5 36 80% - 92
Total 2009-2017 202 103 552 81.3% 0 1,516

Representative[edit]

Team Season App T G GK % FG Pts
Australian colours.svg Prime Minister's XIII 2014 1 - - - - -
2015 1 1 2 100% - 8
NRL All Stars 2015 1 - 1 100% - 2
Country colours.svg Country 2015 1 1 - - - 4
2016 1 - 5 100% - 10
World All Stars 2016 1 - - - - -
2017 1 - - - - -
Total 2014-2017 7 2 8 100% - 24

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