Jordon Remfrey has always made the tough decisions
RUGBY LEAGUE: At just 17, Noosa Pirates centre Jordon Remfrey made a decision which saved a woman's life.
But it was nothing new for the now 20-year-old, who has made handfuls of life-altering decisions in his young life and rugby league career thus-far.
Remfrey moved to the Sunshine Coast in search of job and playing opportunities, and was eventually picked up by the Melbourne Storm, playing 10 games with its under-20s outfit in 2016.
Before that he had enjoyed a stint at the Sydney Roosters, leaving his hometown of Mount Isa for the Bondi club as a teenager.
He said "things didn't work out” down there and homesickness got the better of him.
It's fair to say his rugby league journey has taken him far and wide.
But nothing could prepare him for what he and his friends witnessed one Easter holidays in New South Wales.
"We were sitting at home and heard screams for help ... we went and had a look just being curious 17-year-olds,” he said.
"We had a look what was going on over the back fence and (a woman) was getting assaulted and abused by her partner.
"We told him to stop and then he tried to set her on fire. Me and a few mates jumped the fence and jumped in to help her. There was a bit of adrenaline going through the system at the time. It wasn't until we did it that we knew what we did.
"We did something right that day. We saved a woman's life.”
Remfrey and Jarrod Lymburner were awarded the Group Bravery Citation by the Governor General's office for their efforts.
Remfrey "lost some confidence” after he left the Roosters and was playing local league in the far-north before a mate convinced him to come to the Coast.
He's now playing his rugby league trade with the Pirates in the Caloundra RSL Division 1, and dreams of another shot at the Melbourne system, via the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
He's made a good impression at centre early this season, scoring six tries, including four in the Pirates' shock win over Kawana before the Easter break.
"I'd like to get another taste ... to get back into the system and fulfil my dream,” he said.
"Training is going good. I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully when the opportunity arises I'll take it with both hands.
"I think I'm doing well at the moment but still need a few more games to prove I can keep the consistency up.”
Sunshine Coast Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said he was impressed with how a number of former Storm's under-20s players had embraced the local league.
"We worked hard in the pre-season to get that core group of under-20s coming out of the Storm system,” he said.
"They've come out and they're playing well in the local league ... not many kids can come out of the National Youth Competition and play (straight away in the) Intrust Super Cup.
"Lach(lan) Timm is an example of the can. But there's a lot that can't.
"Lachy is probably near the cliff and we know he's going to fall off soon, but we've got to manage him the best we can.
"He's an incredible, I don't know if you'd call him athlete, but an incredible rugby league player. I've got a lot of time for Lachy.”
Remfrey is currently working as a labourer but is on the hunt for a electrical apprenticeship.