Carter carves his career path in rugby union

Congratulations to BBC First XV Captain, Carter Gordon on his section into the Australian Schoolboys team to contest the Tri Nations Tournament in Brisbane this October.

Carter was selected into an initial 41 player Australian squad following the National Schools Championships in July, and has now been further selected into the 23 player Australian Schoolboys side (a 23 player Australian Barbarians team has also been selected).

Carter is one of SIX Queenslanders in the team (three from ACT and 14 from NSW). Click here to view the full team.

The Australian Schools teams will  assemble in Brisbane on 24 September and will play NZ and Tongan Schools as follows:

1 October - Gregory Terrace Grounds, Tennyson

2.00pm: Australian Schools Barbarians v New Zealand Schools
4.00pm: Australian Schoolboys v Tongan Schools

6 October - Ballymore

3.00pm: Australian Schools Barbarians v Tongan Schools
5.00pm: Australian Schoolboys v New Zealand Schools

Brisbane Boys' College flyhalf Carter Gordon determined to forge career in rugby union

Brisbane Boys College sharp shoot Carter Gordon nominates former All Blacks ace, the ironically named Dan Carter, as his hero but the schoolboy No. 10 is carving out his own career path in rugby.

Gordon is the state’s premier schoolboy fly-half whose presence is such he forced another quality No. 10, Nudgee College student Reesjan Pasitoa, to inside centre when the Queensland team was announced earlier in the GPS rugby season.

Gordon is a beautifully rounded player who has all the passing, kicking and handling traits you would expect in an elite fly-half.

But it is his defence which tops off his game and makes him an exciting all around prospect for the Queensland Reds.

Gordon grew up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Mooloolaba, playing rugby from Grade 1 and breathing it off the field as well. “I can’t remember a time when rugby balls, posters, jerseys weren’t laying around at home; and that’s mostly because of my dad,’’ he said.

“From a young age dad would always be throwing footys at me and my brother Mason; he’s been my biggest fan and probably the best coach I have ever had and I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without him.’’

It was a lovely childhood in semirural Mooloolaba, with a slice of Irish flair also helping provide him with a grand foundation for his chosen sporting career.

“My favourite place to play rugby growing up was the front yard,’’ he said.

“We had a pretty big rugby orientated family from Ireland living across the road from us at the time, so we would always have games of touch or tackle in the front yard before having a barbecue and watching the Super Rugby on the weekends.’’

One of those players he watched in admiration was New Zealander Dan Carter. “Everything he did on the field just made me want to be like him,’’ Gordon said.

At aged 14 the bosom of his family home was then replaced with life as a boarder at BBC, a move which took his rugby game to the next level.

“I think moving to Brisbane and becoming a boarder was the best thing I ever did for my rugby,’’ Gordon said. Just having balls, tees, fields around 24-7 makes you never want to leave, and I feel like that has really benefited me since I made the change.

“The work has been hard and it’ll never get easier but I don’t mind that because I love doing it. I want to be the best rugby player I can be, and I know I can’t do that if I don’t work for it.’’

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Andrew Dawson
Westside News
28 August  2018
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