FASTEST TRY SCORER: Albert Torrens in action for the Dragons in this 2005 file shot. Picture: GETTY
FASTEST TRY SCORER: Albert Torrens in action for the Dragons in this 2005 file shot. Picture: GETTY

Fast Albert

By ADAM HICKS

THE man credited with scoring the fastest try in NRL history will spearhead the Tabulam Turtle Divers' campaign in this weekend's NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival at Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Former Manly and St George Illawarra centre Albert Torrens returned to Tabulam two weeks ago to train with the team.

Torrens, who played 147 first-grade games with Manly and 10 with the Dragons before moving to English club Huddersfield in 2005, scored a try just 34 seconds into Manly's Round 17 clash against the Bulldogs in 2004.

This weekend he will slot into a backline that includes Roy Bell, a former South Sydney fullback and one of the lightest men to play in the NRL.

Tabulam president Wayne Caldwell said that while the two speedsters would be hard to stop, it was the team's forwards that would do the most damage.

He said the hard-running Tom Walker, Kenny Avery and Ryan Henderson would be the men to lead the Tabulam pack.

Tabulam have made the semi-finals of the knockout twice but have never gone on to take the trophy.

Caldwell blamed the team's lack of fitness for past failures, but said this time the Turtle Divers had been training for five weeks.

"We've gone into past events with no training," he said.

"Fitness is the answer to winning these knockouts.

"There is only 20 minutes of football so you've really got to get in there and give it a go."

More than 400 athletes are expected to turn out for the event which starts today with the women's and junior competition. Play will continue over the weekend with the finals being played on Monday.

The Australian Sports Commission will also be at the carnival today, testing for potential athletics and boxing talents to represent Australia at the London Olympics.

All competitors will be given a chance to try out for the testing at Crozier Field, from 1pm to 2pm today.



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