Now raiderettes have competition
o Rugby League
MOVEover Raiderettes, here comes Captain Raider.
The Tweed Coast Raiders may only be finding their feet in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition but when it comes to promotion, they are setting the pace.
The club, enjoying its first year back in the senior competition in 15 years, has introduced its own cheer squad, the Raiderettes, who entertain the crowd during the break between the reserve grade and A-grade games, at half-time during the main game and whenever the Raiders score.
In a move that might be seen as "equal opportunity employment", the Tweed Coast raiders have now introduced their mascot, Captain Raider, who will be joining the cheergirls by providing some comic relief at the club's home games.
Captain Raider, whose true identity remains a mystery, made his debut last Sunday at Les Burger Oval, Bogangar much to the crowd's delight.
"At my first game, I did the Village People hit, YMCA, which seemed to go down well with the crowd (who were a little bewildered by the wild-looking man)," he said. "I've got something special planned for this Saturday night when we play Mullumbimby at home, but I can't reveal that here."
The Captain admits he has never had any formal dance training (Raider/Viking-types don't have much need for it) but he is happy to bring a bit of fun to the games.
"I've changed my ways, no more plundering and pillaging for me, just rallying support for the Tweed Coast," he said.