11 August 2023

Region Riverina vs Tumut's Jordan Anderson

| Glenn Pallister
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Tumut playmaker Jordan Anderson uses the boot.

Tumut playmaker Jordan Anderson uses the boot. Photo: Supplied.

Englishman Jordan Anderson started playing footy at around 12 years of age at Stanningley in Leeds in the UK, before moving to Australia when he was 20.

Since being on Aussie soil, the talented playmaker turned out for Tumbarumba for two years, before Tumut secured his services in 2018.

Jordy also snared some impressive rep honours this year, wearing the No. 7 jumper in the Riverina Bulls side, partnering up in the halves with respected Kangaroos’ captain/coach Nathan Rose.

With the Blues sitting near the top of the ladder as they approach the finals, Jordy is a big part of the Blues’ push for premiership glory in 2023.

He was the leading contender for the Weissel Medal at the halfway mark of the season and remains in the mix.

Married a year and a half ago, Jordan and his partner have recently welcomed a baby boy named Alfie.

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Where are you from and where did you first start playing footy?
England, specifically Leeds, where I first played with my local club, Stanningley.

Best footy memory?
Winning the Group 9 premiership.

Favourite player as a kid and why?
Rob Burrow. He was tiny but still could handle himself against the big fellas!

*Rob Burrow MBE is a former English rugby league player who stands at just 165 cm tall. The Leeds Rhinos legend and former captain was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2019, only a couple of years after he ended his playing career. Since the diagnosis, he has lost the ability to walk and now has to communicate through a keyboard controlled by his eyes.

Favourite childhood meal you can remember?
My best food memory when I was young is definitely Grandad’s lasagna.

Favourite ground to play on and why?
Has to be Twickenham (Tumutʼs home ground), I love hearing the crowd on the hill.

Why should young kids take up rugby league?
Rugby league offers so much, but for me I believe you create great memories and are able to make some really good mates, creating friendships that will last forever.

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Do you have a celebrity lookalike?
Harry Souttar – plays for Socceroos (Author’s note – Yes, an outstanding lookalike.)

What annoys you?
Not too much, Iʼm pretty chilled.

Best advice youʼve ever been given?
Never give up when you get told you canʼt do something.

On a car trip from the Riverina to Sydney, who would you not want in the passenger seat?
Thereʼs nobody that I wouldnʼt have.

Any person (dead or alive) you would want in the passenger seat?
My dad.

Down to your last $20 – what would you spend it on?
I reckon Iʼd spent my last $20 on a feed at McDonalds!

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