General Rookie Warrior making the most of his chance

Skinny_Ravs82

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When rookie Warrior Patrick Ah Van was 10 years old, he just wanted to be like his brothers.


So he quit playing the round ball code (football) and joined the Te Atatu rugby league club in west Auckland. Now, eight years later, the winger has won a national Bartercard Cup premiership with the Mt Albert Lions, represented his country at age group level (under-16s and Junior Kiwis), played for the New Zealand Residents XIII and is starting to cement himself in the Warriors' starting lineup in the National Rugby League.

Ah Van, the youngest member of the current Warriors first-grade squad, has achieved a lot, but he knows more than anyone the big challenges are still ahead of him.

The first of those will be tomorrow night against Penrith in Auckland, where he will make his seventh NRL appearance since debuting in the round five home loss to Manly in April. Ah Van will mark Luke Rooney, one of the best in the game and a recent Australian and New South Wales representative.

"I've been watching the Panthers on TV, they're a good side and this is a great chance for me to play against a premiership-winning team (2003)," Ah Van said.

"It will be a bigger test for us, and for me marking Luke Rooney. He's a quality player, a test winger, so I'm looking forward to it."

Ah Van goes into the match with confidence, however, after playing 80 minutes in the last four games, including three wins, and scoring his first two NRL tries.

"It was awesome to score that first try in front of a home crowd (a 23-18 loss to Brisbane four weeks ago), and to score my first try at Telstra Stadium last week (a 66-0 thrashing of South Sydney) was one of the highlights of my career, even though there weren't many people there."

But, notwithstanding the poor crowds the Warriors have been attracting in Auckland, Ah Van will have plenty of support for tomorrow night's match, which he describes as his "biggest so far".

"I always have a lot of family support in the crowd. My parents have always supported me, especially when I used to struggle getting to training."

Ah Van set a goal at the start of the season to make the first-grade team and now that he has achieved it, the next step is to keep his spot.

And there shouldn't be any complacency.

"I played my first two games then got injured, and I didn't think I would get my spot back because Misi (Taulapapa) was playing so well."

However, Taulapapa's off-field alcohol problems saw his contract terminated, which gave Ah Van another opportunity – one he intends to continue making the most of.
 

Samoan Souljah_old

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Good on Ah Van! .. hes a good young player who will only get better! i like his attitude lol
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Samoan Souljah said:
Good on Ah Van! .. hes a good young player who will only get better! i like his attitude lol

Yeah hope he keeps the way hes going! Cos he could go along way
 

Wiki_old

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I think Ah Van would really profit from an increase in size. If he put on an extra 4-8kg over the next two seasons which is attainable over the offseason, I believe he will turn into something really special.

I think size is the only thing lacking in his game.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Wiki said:
I think Ah Van would really profit from an increase in size. If he put on an extra 4-8kg over the next two seasons which is attainable over the offseason, I believe he will turn into something really special.

I think size is the only thing lacking in his game.

While size is helpful, it's not everything either.
 

Samoan Souljah_old

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i agree with ravs and wiki .. size isnt everything but it wouldnt hurt him to put abit on .. he will benefit if he doesnt lose speed or anything like that ..
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Samoan Souljah said:
i agree with ravs and wiki .. size isnt everything but it wouldnt hurt him to put abit on .. he will benefit if he doesnt lose speed or anything like that ..

that's also quite true, but when you gain something you can lose something else. But hey if it works for him then I don't see why not.

Ps- nice banner ;)
 

Wiki_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
Samoan Souljah said:
i agree with ravs and wiki .. size isnt everything but it wouldnt hurt him to put abit on .. he will benefit if he doesnt lose speed or anything like that ..

that's also quite true, but when you gain something you can lose something else. But hey if it works for him then I don't see why not.

Ps- nice banner ;)

Actually he has the potential to become quicker if he does it the right way. If he trains for speed like a winger should and you put on muscle then there is no reason why his speed would not go up. People usually become slower if they put on fat, not muscle.

It isn't everything I agree, but I would like to see him up against someone like Vatuvei and then you might see that size does matter. I don't want him as bulky as say Vatuvei, but he should be aiming to put on some mass.
 

Esoj_old

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maybe just a bit more bulk wouldn't hurt too much. certainly turning into a fine winger so far.
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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The guys only 18. The more he trains and plays full time the more he'll develop physically as well as mentally. He'll never be the biggest winger, but as long as he keeps playing the way he is then I don't care what size he is.
 

AmeriKiwi_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
Wiki said:
I think Ah Van would really profit from an increase in size. If he put on an extra 4-8kg over the next two seasons which is attainable over the offseason, I believe he will turn into something really special.

I think size is the only thing lacking in his game.

While size is helpful, it's not everything either.

That`s not what she said. :wink:
 

sebastian_old

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geez hes got a humble head on him, nice article. I don't know about actually bulking up but more muscle tone would be good, just for defense. The stronger his upper body the more power he can inflict in the tackle. Webb would be a good example for what Ah Vahn can become.This is his biggest test as a player as complecency is the warriors biggest eniemies.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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AmeriKiwi said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
Wiki said:
I think Ah Van would really profit from an increase in size. If he put on an extra 4-8kg over the next two seasons which is attainable over the offseason, I believe he will turn into something really special.

I think size is the only thing lacking in his game.

While size is helpful, it's not everything either.

That`s not what she said. :wink:

LOL, what you talking about Danny?! :?
 

Wiki_old

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I'm feeling where your coming from AK don't worry.

At least some of us are in the loop around here :p.
 

AmeriKiwi_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
AmeriKiwi said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
Wiki said:
I think Ah Van would really profit from an increase in size. If he put on an extra 4-8kg over the next two seasons which is attainable over the offseason, I believe he will turn into something really special.

I think size is the only thing lacking in his game.

While size is helpful, it's not everything either.

That`s not what she said. :wink:

LOL, what you talking about Danny?! :?

Umm.... CARS!! Yeah, that`s it... she likes big cars!! :p
 

playdaball_old

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Ah Van blinks alot (check it out). Seriously though he looks to have potential especially as he is only 18.
 

Jesbass_old

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AmeriKiwi said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
AmeriKiwi said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
Wiki said:
I think Ah Van would really profit from an increase in size. If he put on an extra 4-8kg over the next two seasons which is attainable over the offseason, I believe he will turn into something really special.

I think size is the only thing lacking in his game.

While size is helpful, it's not everything either.

That`s not what she said. :wink:

LOL, what you talking about Danny?! :?

Umm.... CARS!! Yeah, that`s it... she likes big cars!! :p

Lol...it was the Sherriff of Nottingham who tried to insist to Maid Marion in Robin Hood: Men In Tights, that "it's not the size that counts - it's how you use it!" :lol:
 

AmeriKiwi_old

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Jesbass said:
AmeriKiwi said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
AmeriKiwi said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
Wiki said:
I think Ah Van would really profit from an increase in size. If he put on an extra 4-8kg over the next two seasons which is attainable over the offseason, I believe he will turn into something really special.

I think size is the only thing lacking in his game.

While size is helpful, it's not everything either.

That`s not what she said. :wink:

LOL, what you talking about Danny?! :?

Umm.... CARS!! Yeah, that`s it... she likes big cars!! :p



Lol...it was the Sherriff of Nottingham who tried to insist to Maid Marion in Robin Hood: Men In Tights, that "it's not the size that counts - it's how you use it!" :lol:

Old Bonnie Raitt song lyrics - "It ain`t the meat it`s the motion, that makes your momma wanna rock".
 

playdaball_old

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Well done Patrick. I would have liked to have seen him run all of the way.
 

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