Young Jets lead way in CQ flogging
THERE'S a saying in sport if you're good enough, you're old enough.
On Saturday, it was the Ipswich Jets' young brigade that proved they were more than old enough to dominate in the Queensland Cup.
The Jets' 19-year-old fullback Carlin Anderson celebrated signing a contract for 2016 with the Brisbane Broncos last week by scoring 24 points in his team's thrashing of Central Queensland.
Anderson scored three tries and kicked six goals in the 52-6 win at the North Ipswich Reserve.
He had admitted his form of late was not been as potent as earlier in the season.
But, refreshed by the bye and the thought he may be playing NRL under Wayne Bennett next season has brought out his best.
He was not the only young gun to shine, with teenage hooker Landon Hayes putting in a sterling performance.
"Landon Hayes continues to impress," Jets co-coach Shane Walker said.
"He's a really classy footballer.
"He only started playing hooker this year and his game was amazing. He's got plenty of speed.
"He's strong, he's got a good passing game and a great kick.
"In two games he's kicked two 40-20s for us."
Almost as inexperienced as Hayes in the Queensland Cup, second game 21-year-old centre Richard Pandia more than held his own in place of the injured Chris Walker.
"Richard did a great job," Walker said.
"He was full of energy."
Pandia came to the Jets as a forward last year but has prospered since being shifted into the centres.
The Jets under the Walker brothers Ben and Shane have had great success both in backing youth and shifting players to new positions.
Tyson Lofipo was a winger who is now a prop.
Brisbane Broncos winger Daniel Vidot has also been used as a prop by the Jets while second rower Kurt Capewell shifted to the forwards from the centres this season.
"In rugby league, and sometimes in life, people do what they've always done," Walker said.
"He was probably put there because of his build or size, or a coach maybe said 'you're a hooker' when he was young. But he's got speed, agility and skills so why not play him in the centres."
Ipswich Jets 52 (Carlin Anderson 3, Nemani Valekapa 2, Dane Phillips 2, Kurt Capewell 2, Landon Hayes tries; Carlin Anderson 6 goals) def CQ Capras 6 (Hayden Buckman try; Ian Webster goal).