Tireless Anthony in new NRL ad

A KARALEE rugby league fanatic’s first aeroplane flight was to Sydney to star in the NRL’s 2011 season commercial.

Anthony Madden’s house was destroyed in January’s vicious flood and his family has been forced to sleep on a friend’s couch for the past three weeks.

But Madden was finally able to take his mind off the disaster when he and his three kids flew to Sydney yesterday for an all-expenses paid overnight trip.

Today, the family will star in the NRL’s annual season commercial, interacting with NRL legends like Benji Marshall.

Madden is a tireless volunteer for the Karalee Tornadoes’ rugby league club, coaching junior teams, helping to keep the fields in order and generally doing anything he can to help.

“This trip is what we needed; just to take our minds off everything that happened,” Madden said.

“Neither me or my kids have been on a plane before so the kids are pretty excited about it.

“A couple of days ago we got a call from an NRL guy out of the blue saying they want to fly us down; it was bizarre.

“I’m a mad footy fan and the NRL is paying for everything.

“We are staying in a hotel in Darling Harbour and have guys from the NRL getting us jerseys in our size.”

The past three weeks have been very difficult for the Madden family.

“We are trying to get a caravan to live in, but there are none available,” Madden said.

“We are lucky our friends have been so good to us.”

Madden said a member of the Ipswich Junior Rugby League told the NRL about his predicament.



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