Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Get It out to Fred!

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Get It out to Fred!

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'GET the ball to Fred' became the catchcry as Northern United centre Fred Waters scored an amazing eight tries as the Dirawongs flogged Marist Brothers 66-26 at Crozier Field, Lismore, in the final round of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.

United club officials believe the chunky flyer has scored 38 tries this season which would give him a try-scoring record not only for the NRRRL but also for the old Group One competition.

It is believed the record was held by former South Grafton centre Mark Laurie who scored 37 tries in the 1994 season, but Waters will have to wait until his tally is officially confirmed by league administrators this week.

Waters scored four tries in each half, three in the first eight minutes of the first half and four in the final 13 minutes of the game.

Five of his tries were legitimate with him backing up or making the bust, but three were handed to the Armidale product by fullback Roy Bell over the try line.

Waters' eight tries overshadowed an astonishing final 13 minutes from United.

Up until then, the Bundjalung Cup match was shaping up for a grandstand finish with the Dirawongs in front only 36-26 and Brothers on the attack.

However, Waters inspired his team to pile on 30 points in 13 min-utes to demoralise the Brethren and delight United supporters who broke into a massive cheer when the centre crossed for his eighth try, the final four-pointer of the match, with just 45 seconds left on the clock.

"We didn't train for that, that's for sure," chuckled United coach Chris Binge.

"Basically Freddie and I had given up on the record a few weeks ago when he was injured and we didn't think he would get close to it.

"We have a good group of boys and full credit goes to Grantley Creighton (secretary) and Ash Moran (committee) and the committee for helping get players of this quality.

"They're not just footballers, they are best mates and they have a heap of talent. …

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