Archive for November 7th, 2010

Most popular Australian athletes, clubs, leagues and sport organizations on Twitter (November 7)

Posted by Laura on Sunday, 7 November, 2010

Yeah, it is that time again! I’ve added about 100 new accounts to this list. There are a few that appear to have been deleted and those are just left off this list. This is an updated version of Most popular Australian athletes, clubs, leagues and sport organizations on Twitter (version 2), October 4 and October 11. If I’m missing anyone or anything, let me know. This work is a constant work in progress, with the results changing every time it updates.

Most popular Australian athletes, clubs, leagues and sport organizations on Twitter

Account League Team Description Followers Friends Listed
warne888 Cricket Australia Victorian Bushrangers player 211200 93 4293
MClarke23 Cricket Australia New South Wales Blues player 56503 52 1525
AndrewMBogut Basketball Australia Australian Boomers Andrew Bogut 29482 159 1523
Mick_Fanning Surf Life Saving Australia Mick Fanning surfer 24695 258 905
JohnSmit123 Super 14 Natal Sharks player 20154 27 624
dmartyn30 Cricket Australia Western Warriors former player 19629 955 797
VictorMatfield Super 14 Pretoria Bulls (Northern Bulls) player 17777 48 561
AFL AFL AFL official 16528 1149 570
Olympics International Olympic Committee International Olympic Committee official 16371 288 1156
LoteTuqiri NRL Wests Tigers player 14436 82 586
PH408 Cricket Australia New South Wales Blues player 13971 0 520
ItsStephRice Swimming Australia Stephanie Rice athlete (female) 12909 49 419
australianopen Tennis Australia Tennis Australia event 12806 513 1341
CricketAus Cricket Australia Cricket Australia official 12008 1263 473
QuadeCooper Super 14 Queensland Reds player 11883 45 380
RealBigDell NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons unofficial 11519 202 329
harry_o AFL Collingwood Magpies player 10756 527 300
LionsRugbyTeam Rugby World Cup South Africa Lions 10631 11685 337
SamBurgess8 NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs player 10356 108 223
NRL NRL NRL 9840 52 321
jarrydhayne_1 NRL Parramatta Eels player 9642 124 199
Collingwood_FC AFL Collingwood Magpies official 9585 5534 291
jimstynes AFL Melbourne Demons player 9290 13 226
karmichaelhunt AFL Gold Coast Football Club Karmichael Hunt (player) 8847 185 287
giteau_rugby Super 14 ACT Brumbies player (male) 8362 38 257
mornesteyn Super 14 Canterbury Crusaders unofficial 8094 8 287
JamesOConnor832 Super 14 Western Force player 7672 47 235
mat_rogers6 NRL Gold Coast Titans unofficial 7556 140 318
mickmalthouse AFL Collingwood Magpies Mick Malthouse 6741 27 183
adam_gilly Cricket Australia Western Warriors former player 6662 1 154
GaryAblettJnr AFL Geelong Cats player 6655 31 117
Adelaide_FC AFL Adelaide Crows official 6639 6544 238
DT_13 AFL Collingwood Magpies Dale Thomas 6504 16 138
JobeWatson AFL Essendon Bombers player 6307 4 188
NBRACKEN142 Cricket Australia New South Wales Blues player (Nathan Bracken) (male) 6220 212 278
bokrugby Rugby World Cup Springboks official team 6192 119 310
sydneyswans AFL Sydney Swans official 6155 2439 249
NeemiaTialata Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes Neemia Tialata 6032 805 360
SP_10 AFL Collingwood Magpies player 5901 59 121
lehmo23 AFL Hawthorn Hawks player 5491 578 207
drew_mitchell Super 14 New South Wales Waratahs player 5447 39 192
stkildafc AFL St. Kilda Saints official 5416 5525 210
robbiefarah NRL Wests Tigers player 5203 38 101
watsonjessica Yachting Australia Jessica Watson sailor (female) 5193 8 191
BrendanFevola05 AFL Brisbane Lions player 5182 28 139
AngusMonfries AFL Essendon Bombers player 5163 18 184
Carlton_FC AFL Carlton Blues official 5144 4054 238
AdamCoopy Super 14 ACT Brumbies player (male) 5100 38 176
socceroos World Cup Socceroos official 5050 2081 228
QantasWallabies Rugby World Cup Wallabies 5019 442 262
NathanHiney NRL Parramatta Eels player 4725 13 118
libby_trickett Swimming Australia Libby Trickett athlete (female) 4689 111 162
scottprince7 NRL Gold Coast Titans player 4556 98 91
markMGgeyer NRL Penrith Panthers former player 4398 106 188
The_Man_Mundine NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons former player 4207 60 65
northkangaroos AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos official 4164 4567 161
kurtley_beale Super 14 New South Wales Waratahs player 4150 25 138
SharrodW_21 AFL Collingwood Magpies player 4117 25 108
Hurricanesrugby Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes 3977 3291 176
Richmond_FC AFL Richmond Tigers official 3808 1248 157
Geelong_FC AFL Geelong Cats fansite 3733 1944 161
HawthornFC AFL Hawthorn Hawks official 3687 10 171
BENJI_MARSHALL6 NRL Wests Tigers player 3657 56 69
GCTitans NRL Gold Coast Titans 3516 24 144
nathan2jones AFL Melbourne Demons player 3468 302 143
SuperCoachAFL AFL AFL fansite 3374 2305 169
SpidaEveritt AFL AFL former player 3169 1409 73
tim_mannah NRL Parramatta Eels player 3095 59 76
nzwarriors NRL New Zealand Warriors (Auckland Warriors) unofficial 2911 377 92
DemonsHQ AFL Melbourne Demons official 2877 540 156
gomvfc A-League Melbourne Victory 2855 1411 167
bigjstevens NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks former player 2823 69 72
Wests_Tigers NRL Wests Tigers official 2821 821 108
sharksrugby Super 14 Durban Sharks (Coastal Sharks)(Natal Sharks) 2794 36 127
CyclingAus Cycling Australia Cycling Australia official 2769 41 172
GoldCoastFC AFL Gold Coast Football Club official 2745 595 151
craiglowndes888 V8 Supercars TeamVodafone driver 2654 41 143
stevenbaker10 AFL St. Kilda Saints player 2566 125 69
Fremantle_FC AFL Fremantle Dockers official 2560 165 141
marcmurphy3 AFL Carlton Blues player 2547 34 78
LayneCBeachley Surf Life Saving Australia Layne Beachley surfer (female) 2543 33 125
MelbStormRLC NRL Melbourne Storm official 2516 2019 127
CamSchwab AFL Melbourne Demons ceo 2514 449 106
WCEofficial AFL West Coast Eagles 2502 152 143
PAFC AFL Port Adelaide Power official 2497 75 162
TennisAustralia Tennis Australia Tennis Australia official 2407 92 225
SSFCRABBITOHS NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs 2392 1036 128
Follow24Hodge NBL Melbourne Tigers player 2344 55 128
THESTORMERS Super 14 Cape Town Stormers (Western Stormers) 2263 213 91
AndrewMackieGFC AFL Geelong Cats player 2242 3 97
Bushrangers Cricket Australia Victorian Bushrangers official 2229 999 132
KeeganDaniel Super 14 Natal Sharks player 2118 15 77
chooka_86 AFL Carlton Blues player 2049 198 72
Rickypetterd15 AFL Melbourne Demons unofficial 2006 88 92
manlyseaeagles NRL Manly Sea Eagles 1970 1905 107
M_Jennings_03 NRL Penrith Panthers player 1963 10 52
Adam0017 AFL Western Bulldogs player 1959 51 58
westernbulldogs AFL Western Bulldogs official 1955 44 102
andrewswallow AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos unofficial 1947 14 84
MCC_Members AFL Melbourne Demons 1891 1559 49
Beamdogg AFL Melbourne Demons player 1875 112 63
socceroos_news World Cup Socceroos unofficial 1857 1714 82
benross23 NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs unofficial 1759 67 72
SharelleVixens ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens player (female) 1757 42 70
howcroft AFL Melbourne Demons player 1745 76 70
BradMilzy AFL Melbourne Demons player 1726 67 54
MelbourneVixens ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens official team (female) 1703 25 70
NRLNEWS NRL NRL unofficial 1670 464 47
Real_ColSylvia AFL Melbourne Demons player 1655 32 54
AUSOlympicTeam International Olympic Committee Australian Olympic Committee official 1622 43 109
caseydellacqua Tennis Australia Casey Dellacqua player (female athlete) 1620 24 216
Hawks_AFL AFL Hawthorn Hawks unofficial 1612 1952 30
bigdyman AFL Collingwood Magpies player 1602 23 86
snorkymortlock Super 14 ACT Brumbies player 1602 14 92
penrithpanthers NRL Penrith Panthers unofficial 1540 88 89
SteveAlessio AFL Essendon Bombers former Essendon AFL player 1535 222 80
AndrewMcDonald4 Cricket Australia Victorian Bushrangers Andrew McDonald 1525 49 91
warrentredrea AFL Port Adelaide Power player 1492 93 57
Joeingles7 NBL South Dragons unofficial 1479 53 83
kadesimpson6 AFL Carlton Blues player 1425 13 45
katehollywood10 Hockey Australia Hockeyroos player (female) 1424 83 59
Adelaide36ers NBL Adelaide 36ers 1422 832 82
ALFbrisbane AFL Brisbane Lions fansite 1421 3 57
_Moffy Triathlon Australia Emma Moffatt triathlete (female) 1418 12 96
sgrigg88 AFL Carlton Blues player 1399 15 43
SydneyFC1011 A-League Sydney FC 1395 1167 105
crusadersrugby Super 14 Canterbury Crusaders 1394 2 91
PeterDaicos AFL Collingwood Magpies unofficial 1374 678 74
QLDrollerderby Australia Roller Derby Queensland RollerDerby Roller Derby team or league 1368 1911 78
arodionova Tennis Australia Anastasia Rodionova player (female athlete) 1366 19 238
kevin_gordon1 NRL Gold Coast Titans player 1302 19 37
BrumbiesRugby Super 14 ACT Brumbies official 1292 135 86
team_gws AFL Greater Western Sydney official 1258 171 76
ClarkeVC Cricket Australia New South Wales Blues player 1256 32 44
NBLhoops NBL NBL 1251 90 74
adrianleijer A-League Melbourne Victory player, Adrian Leijer 1243 60 83
RochelleGilmore Cycling Australia Rochelle Gilmore biker (female athlete) 1236 88 85
clintmckay27 Cricket Australia Victorian Bushrangers Clint Mckay 1220 29 60
therabbitohs NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs official 1218 10 77
EricGrotheJnr NRL Parramatta Eels player 1212 0 25
wgtnphoenixfc A-League Wellington Phoenix 1211 77 69
Reds_Rugby Super 14 Queensland Reds 1201 27 67
geoffhuegill Swimming Australia Geoff Huegill retired athlete, former Olympian 1188 12 55
MichaelWrightMP AIS South Australia Institute of Sport Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Recreation, Sport and Racing 1182 1655 91
zacd_6 AFL St. Kilda Saints player 1182 54 32
TorahBright Ski and Snowboard Australia Torah Bright snowboarder (female) 1181 2 75
AFLphotos AFL AFL official 1180 96 58
CaleMorton AFL Melbourne Demons player 1179 53 45
auckland2011 Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup official city 1171 937 46
NRLTweet NRL NRL unofficial 1169 225 64
cmail_sport General Australian sport General Australian sport newspaper (Courier Mail Sport section) 1146 9 28
ADRD Adelaide RollerDerby Adelaide RollerDerby official 1140 697 98
richtercity New Zealand Roller Derby RC Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league from New Zealand 1137 497 86
gorgeousgrose NRL Manly Sea Eagles unofficial 1134 74 56
NetballAust Netball Australia Netball Australia (female) 1133 130 58
LawrieMcKinna A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club coach 1132 1 84
AFL_Shifter AFL AFL talent scout Kevin Sheehan 1131 12 33
AFLInsider AFL AFL official 1112 84 58
TimmyRRoe Cycling Australia Timothy Roe athlete (male) 1110 58 79
parramatta_eels NRL Parramatta Eels 1095 1071 40
wollongonghawks NBL Wollongong Hawks 1095 1693 74
RedsRugby Super 14 Queensland Reds unofficial 1090 176 53
RaidersCanberra NRL Canberra Raiders 1082 6 82
sydneyderby Australia Roller Derby Sydney Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league 1073 123 91
samjacobs32 AFL Carlton Blues player 1057 23 32
AFL_JenWitham AFL AFL 1040 260 56
rebekahkeat Triathlon Australia Rebekah Keat triathlete (female) 1040 38 85
aussieboomers Basketball Australia Australian Boomers national team 1028 0 71
Rivshouse AFL Melbourne Demons player 1016 8 47
alauterstein Swimming Australia Andrew Lauterstein athlete 1007 132 63
MarkBosnich NSW Premier League Sydney Olympic unofficial 1005 15 57
perthwildcats NBL Perth Wildcats 1003 69 62
AshHarrison1 NRL Gold Coast Titans unofficial 998 25 56
lukeodwyer NRL Gold Coast Titans unofficial 998 68 62
PirtekParraEels NRL Parramatta Eels unofficial 997 7 59
thefootballsack A-League A-League fansite 993 1803 66
MelbourneStorm_ NRL Melbourne Storm unofficial 991 12 36
hockeyaus Hockey Australia Hockey Australia official federation 991 596 63
wolfmanwilliams NRL Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles player 990 29 26
collingwoodnews AFL Collingwood Magpies unofficial 988 1 34
saskystewart AWIHL AWIHL player (female) 987 1039 87
ade_cyclists Cycling South Australia Adelaide Cyclists club 974 467 78
sba_ Skateboarding Australia Skateboarding Australia official 967 1910 18
AussieDiamonds Netball Australia Australian Diamonds national team (female) 963 81 52
bater06 AFL Melbourne Demons Matthew Bate 961 63 38
rabbitohs NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs unofficial 957 716 44
nqfuryfc A-League North Queensland Fury FC 955 1772 68
NicLiv Swimming Australia Nicole Livingstone retired athlete, former Olympian (female) 953 20 41
melbournerebels Super 14 Melbourne Rebels 952 749 51
bcr_rollerderby Australia Roller Derby Brisbane City Rollers Roller Derby team or league 932 905 64
troychaplin30 AFL Port Adelaide Power player 925 83 36
njbrown17 AFL St. Kilda Saints player 922 19 52
Clintontoopi NRL Gold Coast Titans player 918 27 30
andrew_symonds Cricket Australia Queensland Bulls player 909 5 34
PerthGlory_FC A-League Perth Glory 903 33 83
ASICSaustralia Australian Olympic Committee Australian Olympic Committee apparel (official brand) 901 100 41
tamsynlewis Athletics Australia Tamsyn Lewis athlete, media personality 895 148 49
JasonJohnson14 AFL Essendon Bombers former Essendon AFL player 891 25 35
thenzwarriors NRL New Zealand Warriors (Auckland Warriors) 885 72 66
unicanberra AIS University of Canberra National Institute of Sport Studies 885 282 58
milkandco Swimming Australia Michael Klim athlete 854 127 22
patjonker Cycling Australia Patrick Jonker athlete (male) (retired) 849 28 58
meagen_nay Swimming Australia Meagen Nay athlete (female) 832 98 46
ssalopek3 AFL Port Adelaide Power player 827 49 33
biancachatfield ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens player (Bianca Chatfield) (female) 819 111 40
thesydneykings NBL Sydney Kings official 813 20 49
L_Weeks Super 14 Queensland Reds player 795 129 55
AFLBrisbaneFC AFL Brisbane Lions fansite 789 26 33
BNERoar A-League Brisbane Roar unofficial 773 219 60
Renaehallinan ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens player (female) (Renae Hallinan) 755 47 35
Robeddy40 AFL St. Kilda Saints player 753 52 26
JulieCorletto ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens Julie Corletto (female) 750 116 28
laurafirebirds ANZ Championship Queensland Firebirds player (female) 749 11 39
StarsIceHockey AIHL Southern Stars Ice Hockey Club team (male) 748 1881 9
APWelsh AFL Essendon Bombers player 728 56 24
Soph_Edington Swimming Australia Soph Edington athlete (female) 726 201 56
TWiLeague NRL NRL show 722 1477 41
johnrillie NBL New Zealand Breakers unofficial 708 374 52
victoryinmelb A-League Melbourne Victory 708 100 53
MitchellWatt Athletics Australia Mitchell Watt athlete 704 144 41
JaredCrouch AFL Sydney Swans former player 703 124 41
SophieSmith86 General Australian sport General Australian sport sport journalist for Geelong Advertisers (female) 690 272 51
NatTbirds ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds (female) 676 24 42
brisbaneroar A-League Brisbane Roar 664 33 66
newcastle_jets A-League Newcastle Jets 652 14 42
adelaideunited A-League Adelaide United team (male) 646 133 49
RTTF_AU AFL Sydney Swans fansite 642 912 38
amberhalliday Cycling Australia Amber Halliday rower, biker (female) 637 321 69
Freo_Dockers AFL Fremantle Dockers fansite 636 373 43
SusanSwifts ANZ Championship New South Wales Swifts player (female) 628 28 37
newto29 AFL Melbourne Demons player 628 92 28
NSWRL Rugby League/State of Origin New South Wales Blues 612 81 36
GGArmy World Cup Socceroos unofficial 610 629 35
RowingAust Rowing Australia Rowing Australia official 610 18 26
SANFLnews SANFL SANFL news site 610 104 41
ash_delaney Swimming Australia Ashley Delaney athlete (female) 610 69 45
wingsofperth AFL West Coast Eagles unofficial 608 8 10
hughesy_53 AFL Melbourne Demons player 602 43 23
crickettas Cricket Australia Tassie Tigers state organization 594 1 38
AliciaMolik Tennis Australia Alicia Molik player (female athlete) 579 8 70
PencilsCase AFL Melbourne Demons Jake Spencer 576 40 36
RustyRussell02 AFL Carlton Blues player (male) 571 10 14
Wortho33 NBL Melbourne Tigers player 565 100 32
Fergo1990 NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks unofficial 557 15 30
eddiecowan Cricket Australia New South Wales Blues player 554 167 47
SFCNews A-League Sydney FC unofficial 548 135 59
PlanetEels NRL Parramatta Eels unofficial 545 604 33
TsvCrocs NBL Townsville Crocodiles 541 375 42
CatsGM NBL Perth Wildcats 526 62 60
fakebrycegibbs NRL Wests Tigers unofficial 521 383 22
Sam_Blease AFL Melbourne Demons player 520 66 13
milisimic NBL Wollongong Hawks player 519 848 38
ultimatealeague A-League A-League fansite 515 94 48
Maverick_weller AFL Gold Coast Football Club player 513 73 29
flickabram Triathlon Australia Felicity Abram triathlete (female) 510 109 31
adelaidereds A-League Adelaide United team (male) 509 286 60
rachneylan Cycling Australia Rachel Neylan athlete (female) 509 256 50
Carltonfc AFL Carlton Blues fansite 506 46 19
NikButterfield Cycling Australia Nikki Butterfield biker (female athlete) 490 102 49
TalkingCarlton AFL Carlton Blues fansite 487 36 33
FremantleFC AFL Fremantle Dockers unofficial 486 0 13
Kimmygee8 Netball Australia Aussie Diamonds player (female) 483 98 25
snowygrl Triathlon Australia MacBeth Kingsbury Watson triathlete (female) 483 832 33
rgray17 AFL Port Adelaide Power player 482 40 19
AthsAust Athletics Australia Athletics Australia organization 471 107 29
WestEndRedbacks Cricket Australia Southern Redbacks fansite (male) 468 19 45
broncosbigfan NRL Brisbane Broncos unofficial 463 492 31
chomicide NBL Townsville Crocodiles player 452 468 29
MitchJbrown17 AFL West Coast Eagles unofficial 449 6 40
Jade_Sutcliffe Triathlon Australia Jade Sutcliffe triathlete (female) 448 67 10
BrendanWhiteX AFL Hawthorn Hawks player (male) 446 21 8
netballvic Netball Victoria Netball Victoria (female) 446 625 29
essendonfc AFL Essendon Bombers unofficial 443 0 10
BlairEvans Swimming Australia Blair Evans athlete 437 101 21
Dusty_Rychart NBL Cairns Taipans player 437 60 28
NZBreakers NBL New Zealand Breakers 436 14 38
WilliamstownFC VFL Williamstown Football Club 426 301 17
AnnaMeares Cycling Australia Anna Meares biker (female athlete) 420 194 32
PAFCNews AFL Port Adelaide Power fansite (male) 419 151 17
ryanmcrowley AFL Fremantle Dockers player 415 17 26
saracarrigan Cycling Australia Sara Carrigan coach (female athlete) 415 29 30
shayne_hope General Australian sport General Australian sport sport journalist (The West Australian) (male) 412 187 27
GCUSC A-League Gold Coast United unofficial supporter club 408 439 34
Bridie_OD Cycling Australia Bridie O’Donnell biker (Cyclones) (female athlete) 407 28 37
Israel_Folau NRL Brisbane Broncos player 406 10 12
KateBevNetball ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds player (Kate Beveridge) (female) 404 24 20
dsrwa AIS Western Australia Institute of Sport The Department of Sport and Recreation 403 29 23
madibrowne ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens player (Madison Browne) (female) 399 27 20
CricketNSWBlues Cricket Australia New South Wales Blues fansite (male) 397 84 31
mighty_dragons NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons unofficial 393 7 17
teamjaycoskins UCI Continental Team (Oceania Region) Team Jayco Skins / Cycling Australia official 382 22 26
_the_kennel_ AFL Western Bulldogs fansite 378 37 20
HalfTimeHeroes World Cup Socceroos soccer fansite 376 1076 19
SarahLWall ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens player (Sarah L Wall) (female athlete) 376 69 16
piratecity New Zealand Roller Derby Pirate City Rollers Roller Derby team or league from New Zealand 366 316 33
NRLlivebetting NRL NRL unofficial 365 18 5
qldcricket Cricket Australia Queensland Bulls state organization 364 22 28
bmsew AFL Hawthorn Hawks unofficial 358 61 23
geelongrollers Australia Roller Derby Geelong Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league 356 52 32
NBRrollerderby Australia Roller Derby NBR Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league 346 227 29
SusanWCFever ANZ Championship West Coast Fever player (female) 345 22 24
nswswifts ANZ Championship New South Wales Swifts official team (female) 341 8 27
CaseyScorpions VFL Casey Scorpions 338 5 14
CCMarinersFC A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club unofficial 337 127 39
kennymonk Swimming Australia Kenrick Monk athlete 334 89 8
MelbourneFC AFL Melbourne Demons fansite 329 0 9
mhfcsupporters A-League Melbourne Heart 321 87 29
WestCoastEagles AFL West Coast Eagles unofficial 311 0 2
athsvic Athletics Australia Athletics Victoria federation 310 215 17
SouthYarraSC Football Federation Victoria South Yarra Soccer Club club 308 118 6
oscarforman NBL New Zealand Breakers unofficial 306 42 25
bigfootynews AFL AFL fansite 302 141 15
demonland AFL Melbourne Demons fansite 302 208 12
go_saints AFL St. Kilda Saints fansite 298 273 13
Blueseum AFL Carlton Blues fansite 296 270 16
PerthRollaDerby Australia Roller Derby Perth Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league 296 39 35
amygillettfdn Cycling Australia Amy Gillett track cyclists (female) 296 106 11
ccaallward AFL Western Bulldogs player 295 0 31
AdelaideTBirds ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds official team (female) 294 0 20
TheMelbourneIce AIHL Melbourne Ice 294 1 21
TheRealSchensh NBL Perth Wildcats player 293 52 22
Dockerland AFL Fremantle Dockers fansite 291 0 13
Demonblog AFL Melbourne Demons fansite 287 53 14
kristy_giteau Australian Rugby Union Wallaroos player (female) (Kristy Giteau) 284 26 23
520507 AIS University of Canberra National Institute of Sport Studies Keith Lyons 283 348 14
NB_Roosters VFL North Ballarat Roosters 283 16 14
TheFirebirds ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds team (female) 282 32 16
joe_tomane29 NRL Gold Coast Titans player 282 32 6
rustyhinder NBL Townsville Crocodiles player 281 115 25
Brogsy5 AFL Port Adelaide Power player 280 40 15
AusCanoe Australian Canoeing Australian Canoeing official 267 17 17
AusComGamesTeam Australian Commonwealth Games Team Australian Commonwealth Games Team organization 266 38 15
WNBL WNBL WNBL (female) 266 45 28
gymaustralia Gymnastics Australia Gymnastics Australia official 266 12 4
MattAbood Swimming Australia Matt Abood athlete 265 28 32
ausvolley Volleyball Australia Volleyball Australia 265 9 16
Andrew_Crowell AFL Adelaide Crows AFL Ladder Project Officer (Adelaide Crows Emcee) (SANFL Radio Commentator) 262 255 18
CyclonesHQ Cycling Australia Cyclones 2010 Road World Championships (national team) 261 245 14
wirdrollerderby Australia Roller Derby Wollongong Derby Roller Derby team or league 261 153 36
sydneybears AIHL Sydney Bears 256 483 6
sarahkent90 Cycling Australia Sarah Kent biker (female athlete) 255 56 32
AUSParalympics Australia Paralympics Australia Paralympics organization 253 82 19
AussieBall Australian Olympic Committee Australian Olympic Committee Australian sport fansite 253 333 24
catslisch NBL Perth Wildcats 251 15 13
DarrenNg8 NBL Adelaide 36ers player 250 69 16
1eyedeel NRL Parramatta Eels unofficial 249 636 16
Robert_Hurley Swimming Australia Swimming Australia Athlete (Robert Hurley) 249 64 22
katebevilaqua Triathlon Australia Kate Bevilaqua triathlete (female) 245 54 21
jsaffy NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons unofficial 241 11 21
petrinaprice Athletics Australia Petrina Price athlete, high jumper (female) 239 140 15
JoeyDaye AFL Gold Coast Football Club player 238 111 23
RohanDennis Cycling Australia Dennis Rohan athlete (male) 235 35 27
BionicSwan AFL Sydney Swans unofficial 233 20 27
SportingSheilas Australian Olympic Committee Australian Olympic Committee fansite (female) 232 107 21
Mengelsman Swimming Australia Michelle Engelsman athlete (female) 228 453 6
ABLeague Australian Baseball League Australian Baseball League official 227 5 13
AUFC_Official A-League Adelaide United team (male) 227 11 25
NorwoodFC SANFL Norwood Football Club official team (male) 226 54 9
sallypeers3 Tennis Australia Sally Peers player (female athlete) 226 8 29
melbourneaces ABL Melbourne Aces official team (male) 225 225 10
jgovereasy NBL Adelaide 36ers player 224 259 13
s14_force Super 14 Western Australia Force (Western Force) 223 2 13
theNSWIS AIS New South Wales Institute of Sport official 223 300 5
sashpet Handball Australia Canberra Handball Club player 222 913 9
NABCup AFL AFL fansite 221 217 23
bulldogsnews NRL Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs unofficial 221 123 8
VicInstSport AIS Victorian Institute of Sport official 219 261 8
SydAFLFan AFL Sydney Swans fan account 216 618 8
QLD_Maroons Rugby League/State of Origin Queensland Maroons 213 1 6
crickethof Cricket Australia Cricket Australia Cricket Hall of fame 213 648 17
GCRollerDerby Australia Roller Derby Gold Coast Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league 211 371 24
SturtFC SANFL Sturt Football Club official team (male) 211 13 13
mvfcfanzone A-League Melbourne Victory 210 245 25
OZrollerderby Australia Roller Derby Australia RollerDerby Roller Derby team or league 209 53 25
Epicrollerderby Australia Roller Derby ENRG Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league 207 232 20
tigers1908 NRL Balmain Tigers unofficial 206 7 14
JK404 Cricket Australia Tassie Tigers player ( Jason Krejza ) (male) 202 24 29
s14_queensland Super 14 Queensland Reds unofficial 201 2 11
briansham AFL Fremantle Dockers unofficial 200 12 16
matesOmelbourne AFL Melbourne Demons unofficial 200 22 14
Centericeaus AIHL AIHL fansite (male) 199 470 0
pattmurphy Swimming Australia Patrick Murphy athlete 199 101 8
hayden_stoeckel Swimming Australia Hayden Stoeckel athlete (male) 197 38 13
Saints_FC AFL St. Kilda Saints fansite 194 8 14
aidenblizzard Cricket Australia Southern Redbacks player (Aiden Blizzard) (male) 193 70 16
Ausport AIS AIS Official Australian Sports Commission and Australian Institute of Sport 190 34 12
AFLgf2 AFL AFL fansite 189 846 4
CF_Demons AFL Melbourne Demons fansite 187 106 10
AustralianOpals Basketball Australia Australian Opals national team (female) 186 468 4
timmacs Cricket Australia Tassie Tigers player (Tim Macdonald ) (male) 186 103 24
sw_cultivate Australian Olympic Committee Australian Olympic Committee sport management company 180 432 10
sydneykings NBL Sydney Kings 178 60 16
localfootysa SANFL SANFL news site 176 307 12
MPNFL Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League official league 175 111 3
SportForWomen Australian Olympic Committee Australian Olympic Committee fansite (female) 174 275 8
Towns_Villains Australia Roller Derby Towns Villains Roller Derby Roller Derby team or league 174 239 26
wceaglesfc AFL West Coast Eagles fansite 174 55 5
Marcus__White AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos player 172 27 19
CanberraCycling Cycling ACT Canberra Cycling Club organizational website 169 3 6
swansreserves AFL Canberra Sydney Swans Reserves 162 152 7
AusWomensGame W-League W-League fansite (female) 160 44 14
victorytwit A-League Melbourne Victory unofficial 160 49 12
AaronNye23 Cricket Australia Queensland Bulls player (Aaron Nye) (male) 156 217 7
SydneyBlueSox ABL Sydney Blue Sox official team (male) 155 27 13
CaulfieldBears SFL Caulfield Bears 154 241 4
WesternReds NSW Touch Association Western Reds official team (male) 152 537 1
danjackson9 NBL Wollongong Hawks player 152 76 13
Nrimmington Cricket Australia Queensland Bulls player (Nathan Rimmington) (male) 151 52 19
AFL_Aus AFL AFL fansite 148 0 10
saltydolls Australia Roller Derby Salty Dolls Roller Derby team or league 148 189 15
ftscrazy AFL Western Bulldogs fansite 147 29 12
adelaidefc AFL Adelaide Crows fansite 145 0 5
Cats_Coach NBL Perth Wildcats 144 11 9
ceonetballvic Netball Australia Netball Victoria ceo of Netball Victoria 144 63 8
MelissaBreen_ Athletics Australia Melissa Breen athlete (female) 142 47 11
RWBFooty AFL St. Kilda Saints unofficial 140 78 8
CatsWagstaff NBL Perth Wildcats 137 16 7
Aaron_Cannings NRL Gold Coast Titans unofficial 136 3 15
WomensportNSW AIS New South Wales Institute of Sport fansite 136 128 7
kateporter83 Australian Rugby Union Wallaroos player (female) 133 24 18
SWSRockets Australia Roller Derby SWS Rockets Roller Derby team or league 130 308 18
PerthHeat ABL Perth Heat official team (male) 129 28 10
ForrestPJ Cricket Australia New South Wales Blues player (Peter James Forrest) (male) 128 31 22
melbfcblog AFL Melbourne Demons fansite 128 83 5
CatsTM NBL Perth Wildcats 126 33 11
LDevanna_dc Football Federation Australia Matildas player (Lisa De Vanna) (female) 125 1 16
LisaWeightman Athletics Australia Lisa Weightman Marathon runner, Olympian (female) 125 20 12
LaurenBoden Athletics Australia Lauren Boden athlete (female) 123 52 10
PortMagpies SANFL Port Adelaide Magpies team (male) 121 0 8
TasU18s U18 National Championships Tasmania U18s team 120 7 3
BF_Lions AFL Brisbane Lions fansite 118 46 5
WA_U18s U18 National Championships Western Australia U18s team 118 10 3
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Joel Monaghan’s Mad Monday and the Online Canberra Raiders Fan Base

Posted by Laura on Sunday, 7 November, 2010

Laura Hale, University of Canberra

November 7, 2010

A copy of this article is available in .pdf.

This article references the Jason Akermanis and Melbourne Storm articles.


The Joel Monaghan dog sex picture story broke on November 3, 2010. By November 5, people were demanding that Monaghan be sacked. Sponsors were threatening to pull their support if the team failed to fire him. This was another major Australian sport controversy in the making. Given the sponsor demands and media attention to the story, the questions are: How much do fans of the Canberra Raiders and the NRL really care about it, and what is the impact of Monaghan’s action on the online fan base? This paper answers that question by looking at Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Wikia and a few other selected sites. It concludes that the story was largely a non-event in terms of causing people to stop barracking for the Raiders. It also finds that there may be indicators that this type of story gets more attention in geographic areas where the NRL would hope to grow their fanbase. This latter part could be the biggest problem for the NRL.

Keywords: NRL, Canberra Raiders, Joel Monaghan, Mad Monday, RSPCA, social media

Joel Monaghan’s Mad Monday and the Online Canberra Raiders Fan Base

Figure 1. 5 Nov 2010 front page of The Canberra Times.

Figure 2. 6 Nov 2010 front page of The Canberra Times.

Figure 3. 7 Nov 2010 front page of The Canberra Times.

In Canberra, the story of Joel Monaghan’s Mad Monday actions has been above the fold in the city’s leading newspaper for two days and was the whole cover on the third. The story was sensational and received coverage in other newspapers across the country such as The Daily Telegraph, The Herald-Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Adelaide Advertiser and The Australian. According to The Canberra Times, Monaghan was involved in a prank where he was photographed “sitting on a tiled floor with a dog’s head near his exposed groin.” (Dutton & Moloney, 2010, November 5) The pictures had gone viral on Twitter (Dutton, 2010, November 6) and sponsors threatened to pull their support if the Raiders failed to sack Monghan for his actions. (Dutton, 2010, November 6)

This news was bad news for the Raiders as sponsorship is an important revenue stream for the club. Beyond that, Monaghan’s actions are potentially bad for rugby league and the NRL who have an image problem in Australia, where players are viewed by some people as uneducated thugs. This characterization of NRL players can be witnessed by doing a quick Google search for NRL scandal as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. A screencap of a search for NRL scandal on Google. Screenshot is dated Nov 6, 2010.

Scandals like Monaghan’s have the possibility of hurting the NRL in terms of growing the size of their potential audience and widening their demographic base so that they can better compete with other leagues in the country like the AFL, who draw upon larger segments of the population, including women. Measuring exactly how people respond to these controversies is difficult as there are an array of dependent and independent variables that factor into why people support their clubs, and how much money they will spend to do that. These variables include a club’s performance, loyalty to a club, available disposable income, amount of free time, availability for attending matches, television coverage, and merchandise to name a few.

It is an interesting exercise to critically examine how scandals can impact a club’s supporter base. In the case of the Jason Akermanis scandal in the AFL in June 2010, there was little negative impact in terms of supporters shifting their loyalties away from the club in the immediate aftermath of the scandal. (Hale, 2010, June 14) In the NRL, the Melbourne Storm salary cap controversy in May 2010 saw a huge immediate spike in interest and demonstrations of online loyalty to the club. (Hale, 2010, May 20)

The question for this scandal is thus: What was the immediate impact on the online Canberra Raiders community in response to the media coverage of the Joel Monaghan dog sex prank? This paper will attempt to answer that question by looking at Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Wikia, YouTube and Yahoo!Groups.


Twitter is a microblogging platform that is popular in Australia. According to Alexa, it is the tenth most popular site in the country. (Alexa Internet, Inc., 2010) There is an active community of Australian sport fans on it who frequently discuss what is going on with their favorite teams and athletes. Sport organizations, leagues, clubs and athletes also use Twitter to engage with fans. The Canberra Raiders are on Twitter at @RaidersCanberra.

There are several methods that can be employed to begin to understand how the Canberra Raiders fanbase responded to the Monaghan controversy that broke on November 4, 2010. This includes looking at any shift in the geographic location of Canberra Raiders fans on Twitter, comparing the total number of new followers for the Raiders to other teams over the same period, looking at the geographic location of Tweets that mention Monaghan versus the team, and looking to see how many Tweets mention Monaghan and the Raiders together. Each of these different methods gives a different perspective on how fans responded and when looked at together, give a more informed big picture perspective.

One way of measuring the impact of the Monaghan scandal on Twitter is to compare the geographic location of the Canberra Raiders followers and to see if there were any noticeable shifts before and after the scandal broke. The way this was done in this paper was to get a list of all the followers for @RaidersCanberra, get the location that the user included on their profile, and get the timezone that the person listed themselves as from. Using those two pieces of information, translate that into a real location. For example, “canberra :) ” would be the location Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Once as many locations have been identified as possible, they are totaled by date.

The October 15 @RaidersCanberra list had 996 followers on it. Of these, 772 had a country location attached to them. The November 6 @RaidersCanberra list had 1,071 followers on it. Of these, a country location could be identified for 790. When locations are removed because they are not Australian or New Zealand locations that include a city, there remains 454 locations for October 15 and 483 for November 6. Table 1 shows difference for followers by city and date. Only the cities where the difference did not equal zero were included.

Table 1

@RaidersCanberra followers by City



Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand


Belconnen,Australian Capital Territory,Australia






Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,Australia


Casino,New South Wales,Australia


Cremorne,New South Wales,Australia


Gold Coast,Queensland,Australia


Gosford,New South Wales,Australia


Greystanes,New South Wales,Australia


Hamilton,Waikato,New Zealand


Jerrabomberra,New South Wales,Australia


Mandurah,Western Australia,Australia


Newcastle,New South Wales,Australia


Orange,New South Wales,Australia


Parramatta,New South Wales,Australia


Penrith,New South Wales,Australia


Queanbeyan,New South Wales,Australia




South Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand


Sydney,New South Wales,Australia




Turramurra,New South Wales,Australia


Tweed Heads,New South Wales,Australia


Wallacia,New South Wales,Australia


Wellington,New South Wales,Australia


Wellington,Wellington,New Zealand



There were 93 total Australian and New Zealand cities on this list. Of them, only 27 saw any difference in the total volume of followers from that location. Some of these differences could be explained as an issue with processing or user profile changes. A person may have used geographic coordinates for their location and updated them as they traveled around, resulting in a change in city location for the user. Some may have removed location information from their profiles. The populations are so small that these small shifts in normal user activity may have nothing to do with being a Raiders fan.

The independent user profile variables aside, the data appears to support a conclusion geography did not play a role in choosing to follow or not follow the team in response to the controversy. There might be small micropatterns at play. Of the four New Zealand cities where there was a difference, three saw a loss in followers for the team. This might be a bit misleading as four New Zealand cities saw no change in the total number of followers from them. Of the four cities that saw gains of five or more, all are large cities that are traditional league strong holds. Their increase is probably reflective of that reality, rather than as an increase in interest in the team because of the controversy. Geography does not appear to have played a role in Twitter users decision to follow or not follow the team in response to the Monaghan situation.

On Twitter, people follow accounts that are of interest to them. This can be seen as a positive expression of interest in the club as people are unlikely to follow groups or organizations they despise. By measuring comparative growth patterns, we can begin to see if the scandal had an impact on the Raider’s Twitter follower fanbase. As the official team account has not mentioned the controversy and the Raiders have not changed their Twitter practices in response to this controversy, the official account content can be excluded as a variable for growth; the Raiders have not used the situation to try to leverage their fanbase. Given that, Table 2 shows the total follower counts by date for the Raiders compared to the official accounts for the Manly Sea Eagles, Gold Coast Titans, New Zealand Warriors and Melbourne Storm.

Table 2

Total Twitter Followers: Raiders, Eagles, Titans, Warriors, Storm

Date collected















































Difference: October 4

- November 6






The controversy did not appear to create a spike in new followers for the Canberra Raiders. The total number of new followers for the most recent period available with the data suggests that the total number of new followers for the Raiders is in line with other teams with similar follow totals.

Beyond user follow patterns, it is sometimes useful to look at content. The geographic location of Tweets is one method of looking at tweets. There is a tool called Tribalytics that allows this to be done. Tribalytics maintains a list of over 200,000 Australian based Twitter users, sorted by state. Tribalytics allows users to search for a word or phrase on Twitter and adds up the total number of people who tweeted using it by state. This data can then be visualized over time. Table 3 uses data provided by Tribalytics to show the total number of tweets that mention Monaghan.

Table 3

Tribalytics: Tweets that mention Monaghan by state

State Monaghan


Australian Capital Territory







New South Wales Tweets




Northern Territory Tweets





Queensland Tweets




South Australia







Tasmania Tweets




Victoria Tweets





Western Australia Tweets












The geographic location of the Tweets that mention Monaghan suggests that the controversy had the biggest audience in New South Wales, one of rugby league’s traditional strongholds. The situation in regards to Queensland and Victoria is interesting. Victoria has a much larger population than Queensland. Thus, it is not surprising that the total number of Twitterers and Tweets from Victoria is larger than Queensland. On the other hand, Victoria is not a rugby league stronghold; Queensland is. Logically, it would seem that this story should be bigger in Queensland but it isn’t. Interpreting what this means in a practical sense is difficult. The best conclusion is that this story will not help the NRL’s attempt to expand into Victoria, as fans are more aware of negative news regarding players and the league. On the other hand, for the traditional stronghold of Queensland, the controversy is not as interesting to the local population so there should be less risk in terms of attempting to grow the fan community for the NRL in the state.

The last major method for analyzing Twitter given a controversy like this is to examine the other words used in Tweets that include the word Monaghan. This can be done using Tribalytics, which provides a table that includes a list of the most popular words used in tweets mentioning a term and the percentage of time that the word is included in a Tweet involving a specific keyword. Table 4 was generated using Tribalytics and the keyword Monaghan.

Table 4

Popular words used in Tweets mentioning Monaghan

Word Inclusion Word Inclusion Word Inclusion
monaghan 87.31% sex 2.79%


joel 73.10% worse 2.54% wrong
dog 21.32% monday


#nrl 9.64% trending 2.28% clear
photo 8.88%


2.28% bad
raiders 6.85% sticking 2.28% takes


dangers 2.28% sexual
canberra 6.09% club 2.28% room


5.33% ve 2.03% qantas
statement 5.08% social 2.03% mad


nrl 5.08% sack 2.03% jokes
news 4.57% releases 2.03%


twitter 3.30% player 2.03% bulldogs
sacked 3.30% mr


wow 3.05% danger 2.03% barking
sick 3.05%


2.03% admits
breaking 3.05% #rugbyleague 2.03% #thatpicture

This table suggests good things for the NRL and the Canberra Raiders. While people are discussing Monaghan and a lot of them are mentioning the dog, only 9.64% mention the NRL and even fewer Tweets reference that Monaghan plays for the Canberra Raiders. Based on Tweets, people are not necessarily associating the controversy with the NRL and the Raiders. Things may not be as bad as they could be for both organizations in terms of what Australians are choosing to focus on.

Overall on Twitter, the controversy involving Joel Monaghan has been rather neutral for the Raiders and the NRL. The Canberra Raiders did not see a mass defecting of followers. Those that did leave were geographically distributed so there was not a geographic area that responded particularly badly. Outside of New South Wales, most of the tweets came from an area where the NRL is not strong: The NRL should not lose strength in their traditional strongholds. The controversy may hurt their ability to push into Victoria as it may reaffirm negative opinions about rugby league. When people are tweeting about Monaghan, they are rarely connecting it to the Raiders and the NRL. While Twitter suggests not all-good news, things could be much, much worse in terms of the respective fanbases.


Facebook is the most popular social networks in Australia. According to Alexa, the site ranks as the second most popular web site in the country. (Alexa Internet, Inc., 2010) According to Facebook’s “What do you want to advertise?” page on November 6, 2010, the site has 9,530,800 users from Australia. The site probably has more Australian sport fans on it than any other site in Australia. This is because a lot of the users are fans of the fan pages run by Australian sport leagues, clubs and athletes. Several of these official fan pages have well over 100,000 fans.

Given the large number of Australians using the network, the official presence of so many clubs and the amount of media attention paid to the service, a response to the Monaghan controversy was inevitable. Given the timing of the writing of this paper, there are two methods that can be used to measure the impact of the Joel Monaghan controversy on the Canberra Raiders’ fanbase on Facebook. The first way is to see if there has been a demographic shift in fans of the Canberra Raiders using Facebook’s advertising page data. The second is to measure the relative growth in the number of followers for the Raiders compared to other NRL teams. The third is to look at total and nature of the groups and fan pages created about Monaghan. As group and fan page size had not been recorded earlier, it is impossible to compare their growth like was done in the Akermanis paper.

Facebook’s advertising buy page provides demographic information about Facebook users in order to help advertisers target specific audiences. This information can be found at and is the easiest method of accessing publicly available demographic data on Facebook. On November 5 and November 6, 2010, the number of Canberra Raiders fans were recorded that lived in Australia, in New South Wales and in the ACT. During this 24-hour period, there was no change in the size of these groups. Data regarding various demographic groups for the Canberra Raiders was also collected on June 16 and November 6, 2010. It can be found in Table 5. The gap between data collection periods is large and covers a period where a player was suspended for drink driving and the Canberra Raiders finals run.

Table 5

Facebook data regarding Canberra Raiders fan demographics


Sex Education Relation Interested in


Difference: Jun 16 to Nov 6
All All All




All Men All All All


All Women All All




All Women All All Women


All Women All All Men



All Women All Married Men




Women All Single Men


All Women All

In a relationship



All Women All Engaged Men

< 20

All Men All All



< 20



All All Women


All Men All Married




All Men All Single Women


All Men All In a relationship Women



All Men All Engaged Women




All College grads All All


All All University of Canberra




All All ANU All All


All All University of Melbourne All


< 20

< 20

All All In College All All


All All In High School All





During this period, the number of engaged female fans engaged to men dropped to almost zero. The number of women interested in men who were married or in a relationship also dropped. The number of engaged male fans engaged to males also dropped. While it is unlikely that the controversy caused these population shifts, it is possible contributor as the Canberra Raiders may have had a net gain of zero but lost old followers and gained new followers.

The response to a controversy can also be looked at by examining the comparative growth of a team to other teams in a league. If fans connect the problem to the team, they may punish a team by removing their like or not liking the fan page at the same rate that fans of other teams like their fan page. Table 6 shows the comparative growth of the Canberra Raiders official Facebook page to other teams for the period between July 30 and November 6, 2010.

Table 6

NRL official team fan page growth

Team Name Type


Difference % Difference
Melbourne Storm Storm Man User




Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Page



Newcastle Knights Newcastle Knights Page



Canberra Raiders Canberra Raiders User



Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Cronulla Sharks




Canberra Raiders Canberra Raiders Sports Team



North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Page



Brisbane Broncos Brisbane Broncos





Gold Coast Titans Gold Coast Titans Page



Canberra Raiders Canberra Raiders Sports Team



Wests Tigers Wests Tigers – Official National Rugby League Club Page



Sydney Roosters The Official Sydney Roosters Page






The Canberra Raiders are listed three times because they have three official accounts: A user page and two fan pages. Thus, it is a little hard to make good comparisons as each experienced different growth levels. The time period is also a long one, which includes a drink-driving incident involving a player and the club’s finals run. That said, if the controversy did have an impact on short term growth, it is not readily apparent or a big one as the three Canberra accounts are not on either extreme for percentage growth. It is unlikely that the controversy had an impact on the club’s Facebook fan growth. It may still yet but that will require waiting to see if the controversy continues for another few weeks.

Facebook makes it easy to create groups and fan pages and many people do in response to controversies. One example of this is the Jason Akermanis controversy, where fifteen anti-groups were created within three days of the story breaking. Many of these groups had names that questioned his intelligence and had names that implied criticism of his views on homosexuality. By day four of the controversy, the largest group had over 540 fans. The Joel Monaghan Facebook group and fan page creation situation is similar to that of Akermanis in that fifteen groups and pages had been included. The difference is that the membership was much smaller. The top likes for an anti-Joel page is 127. The titles of the Monaghan groups also contrast to that of Akermanis in that there is not implied condemnation of zoophilia and animal abuse. The group names also do not appear to criticize his intelligence. Rather, the names involve jokes about dogs. Table 7 gives an idea as to the nature of these groups and their size as of November 6, 2010.

Table 7

Size of Joel Monaghan related Facebook group and fan pages

Name Total members


Joel Monaghan
i deserve to play for NSW.. LOL jk im Joel Monaghan


Joel monaghan = SICK FUCK

Joel Monaghan Appreciation Group

give joel monaghan a brake
Joel Monaghan… one sick puppy!
Joel Monaghan, “Go the dogs!!” 2010.
I dont screw dogs jks im joel monaghan :L
I hate playing the Bulldogs LOL JKS I’m Joel Monaghan
That awkward moment when Joel Monaghan offers to walk your dog
Joel Monaghan… Stay the F**K away from my dog!!!


I think joel monaghan misstated his wife with his dog
The Awkward moment when Joel Monaghan plays the Bulldogs


joel monaghan… hate to get sucked off by a dog :/

The Awkwardness when Joel Monaghan is Caught in a room with a dog…

awkward moment when you walk in on joel monaghan copping head off a dog..
lets take the dog for a walk, LOL JK im Joel Monaghan lets fuck it instead
Joel Monaghan Loves Dogs…….. No I Mean He Really Loves Them……

Against the backdrop of the Jason Akermanis situation, this appears pretty favorable for the Raiders and the NRL. It could be concluded that the nature of these groups is a positive for the Canberra Raiders and the NRL in that the groups do not mention the Canberra Raiders. They do not imply an activation of a moralistic fan base that could be highly motivated to cause trouble for the team. These groups also have very little reach and show that many people are uninterested in joining even for a laugh.

While the available Facebook data for this section was sparse, what is available suggests that the Canberra Raiders did not lose a fan base because of Monaghan’s actions. The community that appeared left the Raiders was one that they weren’t specifically targeting such as gay men and women in relationships. Those who were expressing anger over the situation were not doing so from a troublesome moralistic position; rather, they were doing so from a less serious perspective involving cracking jokes about having sex with dogs. Like Twitter, the Facebook situation does not look particularly good but it could be much worse.


Wikipedia is one of the first sources that many Australians turn to when a news story breaks. The articles on the site often provide useful background, contain brief useful summations of ongoing events and include links to find additional information. At the same time, Wikipedia is important because of its high search engine placement. While people may not be looking for Wikipedia articles, they may just stumble upon it because the result is the first or second one for the term they are searching for.

In terms of the Joel Monaghan controversy and Wikipedia, the easiest way to measure the controversy as it impacts the Canberra Raiders would be to compare the total page views and edits between the article about Monaghan and the one about the Raiders. If the controversy reflected more upon Monaghan than his team, the expectation is the page view spike would be higher for the player. This information was found at and and is visualized in Figure 5.

Figure 5. A visualize of the total number of article views using data from .

In the two days prior to the story breaking, the Canberra Raider article had more views: 202 to 23 on November 1, 160 to 19 on November 2. The day that the story broke, the total article views were 984 for Monaghan’s and 162 for the Canberra Raiders’ article. At the onset, while people may have been aware that Monaghan’s actions took place during the Raiders’ Mad Monday event, they did not seek out additional information on the Raiders, like seeing if the Raiders article had a section on Mad Monday.

The Wikipedia article views data strongly suggest that people were less interested in the Canberra Raiders and more interested in Joel Monaghan. While the content on the Monaghan page includes many references to his playing for the Canberra Raiders, the page view data supports a conclusion that people were less interested in the team and their response to the controversy than they were interested in knowing what exactly Monaghan had done.

Another way of measuring interest in a topic on Wikipedia is to look at the article’s edit history. The history possibly provides two methods for analysis: Total edits per article that can be viewed as an active edit participation counter to the passive reading consumption. The other possible method would involve trying to determine the location of the edits made to both articles. The latter is possible if anonymous edits were geotagged using IP address information to establish the location. This would be useful because the Raiders are probably striving for a fan base in and around Canberra. If most negative edits are coming from inside Canberra, that would be more problematic in terms of maintaining a local fan base than if the edits were coming from outside of Australia or in Australian locations that are not traditional NRL bases. This type of analysis, while possible, is extremely unreliable; many programs that produce this information have conflicts with others in attempting to accurately identify the city that the IP address originated from. Because of these issues, that methodology will not be done in this article. The first is another matter and can easily done.

The article about Joel Monaghan was created on March 17, 2006. As of the November 5, there have been 213 total edits to the English language article about Joel Monaghan. Of these, 47 edits or 22% of all edits to the article were made on and between November 3 and November 5, dates when the story broke. There likely would have been more edits to the article except the article was locked from editing by anyone except sysops at 4:49 UTC/15:49 Canberra time on November 4. In contrast, the Canberra Raiders article saw an increase in edits but was never locked to prevent anyone from editing. Still, given the difficulties in editing, there are noticeable difference between editing volume that can be seen in Table 8.

Table 8

Total edits to Joel Monaghan and Canberra Raiders Wikipedia articles

Joel Monaghan Canberra Raiders
















The volume of edits suggests that people were not as interested in putting information about Joel Monaghan in the Canberra Raiders article as they were in editing the article about Monaghan. The edit volume suggestions are supported by a critical reading of both articles, where the controversy is only mentioned on the article about Monaghan and not the article about the Canberra Raiders. This is good news for the Canberra Raiders because the Wikipedia article about the team appears high in Google rankings. The controversy is about Monaghan and not as much about the Raiders and their Mad Monday.

When all three things are looked at together, comparative article views, edits and content, the picture looks better for the Canberra Raiders. People visiting and contributing to Wikipedia who are interested in the situation are not as interested in the Canberra Raiders. The association between the two does not appear to be high.


Wikia is a wiki company that hosts over a million wikis. These wikis can be created for free and about any topic that a person wants. There are several wikis on Wikia that have been created about Australian sport, including a wiki about the NRL that can be found at . This wiki is very small and only has 23 articles. Since the controversy involving Monaghan started, there have been no edits to the wiki. The situation did not inspire any members of the large Wikia family to visit the wiki and create an article about the Canberra Raiders or Joel Monaghan. This could be read as another positive for the Canberra Raiders and the NRL as the situation did not active a dormant fan base to document the situation.


YouTube is the largest video site online. It is also the second biggest search engine online. (Hill, 2008) It is a popular site for sport fans; several teams around the world for different sports capitalize on this by having their own official accounts including the Chicago Red Stars, Real Madrid, and Perth Glory. Beyond the presence of official team accounts, fans upload many videos. Fan videos can be music videos, news clips, and video blogs. The frequency of uploads is one way to determine interest in a club compared to other teams while a controversy is taking place. A comparison between the Canberra Raiders and other NRL teams and clubs can be found in Table 9.

Table 9

Total search results on YouTube for NRL related keywords






Difference 21-Jun to 7-Nov

Difference 24-Oct to 7-Nov
Brisbane Broncos “Brisbane Broncos”




Brisbane Broncos “Darren Lockyer”




Canberra Raiders “Canberra Raiders”





Canberra Raiders “Joel Monaghan”
Gold Coast Titans “Gold Coast Titans”





Melbourne Storm

“Melbourne Storm”




Parramatta Eels “Parramatta Eels”




Parramatta Eels “Timana Tahu”




Wests Tigers

“Wests Tigers”






The total number of new videos uploaded between June 21 and November 7 that mentioned the Canberra Raiders is 148, about 80 more than any other team. There does not appear to be a clear reason for this as when the results are looked into to see what has been uploaded during this period, there is no major topic of interest, nor are all the videos being uploaded by one or two individuals. For the period between October 24 and November 7, the Canberra Raiders topped the table with 19 new videos. The next closest club is Parramatta with 11. It is highly likely that the increase in videos relates to the controversy, though not certain as the team had elevated video totals in the prior period when compared to other clubs.

Given the mixed conclusion from video totals over time, other YouTube variables need to be looked at. On November 5, a search result total of 20 was found for “Joel Monaghan”. By November 7, this had increased to 24. This suggests that as the controversy took off, there was a significant increase in interest about Joel Monaghan. A search on November 7 for “Canberra Raiders” “Joel Monaghan” had 10 results. This means that 41.7% of all videos that mentioned Monaghan also mentioned the team he was playing for on Mad Monday. It also means that only 2.3% of all videos that mention the Raiders also include a reference to Monaghan. If the 10 results are sorted by date, six were uploaded since the controversy broke. If only the Monaghan/Raiders videos that were uploaded between November 4 and November 7 are included, than 1.4% of all videos relate to it the controversy. Of the six videos that mention the Raiders and Monaghan, the least viewed video as of November 7 had 1,589 views. The most viewed video had 17,683 views. The average total views for these six videos was 6,352. This can be compared to the 4 videos uploaded prior to the controversy, where the least viewed had 788 views, the most viewed had 4,431 views and the average views was 2,406. The audience for the controversy-related videos was 2.6 times larger than the non-controversy videos.

The additional data does not really clarify the situation. The best conclusion that can be reached is that the Canberra Raiders had an already elevated audience of people uploading videos prior to the controversy. In the period around the controversy, if the six videos that mentioned the Raiders and Monaghan were removed, the Raiders would still be the top team for video uploads. The fan base continued to upload videos and these videos continued to be viewed but at a smaller rate than the videos referencing the controversy. On the whole though, YouTube data suggests that based on pure volume and established audience, the controversy will not have an adverse effect on the team’s fanbase because the controversy uploads represent a tiny segment of the content about them. There is not the quantity of videos about it that should be a long-term concern for the club in term of its image with their fanbase.


Mailing lists once were one of the most popular tools for Australian sport fans to use in order to communicate with each other. They were easy to create with hosts like egroups, coollists, topica, Yahoo!Groups and Google groups. Two such lists still exist for Canberra Raiders fans: raiders and raiders82, both found on Yahoo!Groups. In the case of raiders, the list has 9 members, open membership and open posting. There has not been a new post since 2003. The controversy did not activate Raiders fans in terms of encouraging them to post. raiders82 has closed membership, requiring that the moderator approve new members. It currently has 128 members. The list had no posts on it between March 2008 and October 2010. There was one new post in November 2010. As the archives are not publicly available, what the contents are is not entirely clear but it could be assumed that the controversy inspired a fan to be less dormant in their support of the club. All things said, the controversy did not inspire much activity on this particular service. It suggests that things are not so heinous as to encourage people to condemn the team they support.


The Joel Monaghan controversy is different than a number of the other sporting controversies that took place during the 2010 NRL and AFL seasons. There were not the moralistic and human rights related issues underpinning it like there were for the Akermanis controversy and the racism controversy during the State of Origin. There was not the harm or potential to cause harm and death that there were for the alleged sexual assault by a St Kilda player or the drink-driving situation by another Canberra rugby player. There were not the illegal actions like the St Kilda player and the Canberra Raiders player allegedly did. There was not the break of unstated football rules regarding the poaching of players from rugby to Aussie rules like there was for the Israel Folau code change controversy. There was not the issue of cheating and bringing unfairness to the game that the Melbourne Storm salary cap violations had. The lack of these issues probably underscores the reasons why fans behaved online such as they did. This was a drunken act in a culture that can understand and relate to someone engaging in drunken stupidity. If other structural issues to the controversy had been at play with a similar amount of media coverage, if the Raiders had been in a bigger market and if the player had been more famous, this might have played differently, as the author’s Akermanis and Melbourne Storm controversy articles demonstrate.

Beyond the underlying variables regarding the nature of the controversy, the results suggest that the Monagahn controversy did not adversely effect the Canberra Raiders fan base in that there were few numbers that suggest the player and the Raiders were inextricably linked. On the other hand, the club did not receive a benefit from the controversy in that it did not inspire Raider fans and Canberrans to show support of the club by following them on Twitter, fanning them on Facebook, or editing articles about the team on Wikipedia and Wikia. The amount of interest about the controversy expressed in YouTube views, Tweets and views to the Monaghan page on Wikipedia suggests that there might be underlying structural image issues in places like Victoria where the NRL wants to grow its fanbase. In the end, the controversy did not hurt the team, but it did not help them.


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