Meninga to sound the horn
CANBERRA legend Mal Meninga will blow the horn before the Viking clap at next Sunday’s grand final.
The Raiders have enlisted the help of their greatest test play player to help inspire Canberra to premiership ip glory.
Meninga captained the Raiders to o their first grand final al win in 1989. That hat premiership decider has been an inspiration for the Raiders 30 years on.
Teammate Dean Lance blew the horn — one of the most spine-tingling experiences in the NRL — before Friday night’s game. Raiders boss Dave Furner said Meninga (below) was the logical choice for the club’s biggest day in 25 years.
“Mal is a perfect pick,” Furner said. “We’ve made plenty of synerg synergies with the 1989 side alre already.
“We inducted Mal i into our hall of fame this year.”
Plans were being m made yesterday to ha have the horn transporte ported to ANZ Stadium in time for kick-off.
Furner has worked with the NRL to ensure the Viking clap is part of the build-up to the grand final, even though it is not a Raiders home game. The Raiders chief executive is confident any neutral fans will get behind the Green Machine.
“Hopefully we will get the fence-sitters and become everyone’s’ second favourite team,” Furner said.
“We want everyone to enjoy the experience and soak it up. It’s been a long time between drinks.”
NRL chief commercial officer Andrew Abdo confirmed the Viking clap would be used as the Raiders run out on to ANZ Stadium.
“Canberra have made the Viking clap one of the great pre-game traditions in Australian sport and we will absolutely facilitate it happening on grand final day,” Abdo said.