NRL-contracted whiz scores 5 tries in local league

Five tries in one game in the Townsville and Districts Rugby League has seemingly not been enough for Carlin Anderson to earn a recall for the Townsville Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are set to take on fellow Intrust Super Cup minor premiership aspirants the Burleigh Bears on Saturday, but Anderson was not named when teams were announced on Tuesday.

Anderson was last year the Intrust Super Cup's leading point-scorer and won a premiership with the Ipswich Jets in 2015.

He was contracted to the Brisbane Broncos in 2016 and then the North Queensland Cowboys in 2017, but is yet to feature in the NRL.

Last weekend he scored five tries in the local TDRL as the Western Lions overcame the Burdekin Roosters 74-4.

He also slotted nine goals for a personal tally of 38 points from the encounter.

Anderson had only recently returned to Intrust Super Cup level after a long injury recovery from ruptured ligaments in his hand, the latest in a line of untimely injuries.

Three weeks ago he spoke with QRL.com.au's Living League team about his quest to put aside his misfortune and finally break through to NRL level.

The TDRL finals series kick-off on Sunday, August 19 with Centrals facing Western Lions at Townsville Sports Reserve at 1.45pm, followed by Brothers versus Herbert River at 3.30pm.

A special midweek playoff is being held in reserve grade tonight (Wed, August 15) between Centrals and the Charters Towers Miners.