Gympie’s newest rugby league star’s career is flying
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gympie's newest rugby league star, Carlin Anderson, showed why he was hot NRL property scoring a freakish length-of-the-field try in Sunday's Intrust Super Cup preliminary final.
Anderson, playing fullback for the Ipswich Jets in the final against the PNG Hunters, was highly influential in the Jets' brave and defiant 28-12 win.
The former James Nash State High School and Gympie South School student scored an amazing intercept try late in the first half to break the will of PNG.
With the Hunters pressuring the Jets line and looking likely to score Anderson sprinted out of the defensive line and intercepted the ball.
He then outpaced five PNG defenders to score a length-of-the-field try.
The individual effort comes on top of and even freakier try earlier in the season against the Pride.
Many commentators are calling it the best individual Intrust Super Cup try ever.
In that effort Anderson toed the ball through from inside his own half, he then went on to kick the ball another three times while outpacing the defence to score.
The 19-year-old has signed for the Broncos in 2016 after a standout season.
He will hopefully end his time at Ipswich with a grand final win.
The Jets are into their fifth first-grade grand final.
The Townsville Blackhawks await in Sunday's grand final at Suncorp Stadium.
The Jets lost in the 1988 and 1989 deciders in the old Brisbane Rugby League comp and in 2002 and 2008 in Queensland Cup deciders.
But only a fool would write them off in their fifth attempt.
"Fifth time lucky," Jets co-coach Shane Walker grinned after Sunday's triumph.
"We are proud of the whole club.
"To see our BRL boys get up and win their grand final (against Wynnum) yesterday was a great inspiration.
"Our boys played with great courage today against PNG."
Walker has played on the biggest stage in the NRL, but he said a win for the Jets on Sunday would "mean everything" to him.
"We are looking forward to every part of the coming week," he said.
"Our players have great belief in themselves.
"The Blackhawks are a side littered with NRL stars and former Origin players and we will know we have been in a game of footy next week, and so will they."