Patrick Ah Van
17 March 1988 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (15 st 8 lb) |
|As of 7 September 2013|
Patrick Ah Van (born 17 March 1988 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league player who currently plays in the Super League for Widnes. His position of preference in on the wing. He is of Chinese descent.
Educated at Kelston Boys' High School, Ah Van played for New Lynn Stags and Te Atatu Roosters in the Auckland Rugby League competition before playing for the Mount Albert Lions in the Bartercard Cup. His brothers Tom and Ralph are also rugby league players with Tom previously playing for the Warriors Under 20s and Ralph an ex Vulcans player.
New Zealand Warriors
Ah Van made his debut for the New Zealand Warriors in 2006 against the Manly Sea Eagles. He went onto play in fifty four games for the club. In 2007 he also played for the Auckland Lions in the NSWRL Premier League and he played for the Auckland Vulcans in the 2009 and 2010 NSW Cup competitions. In 2008, his third year at the club, Ah Van was still young enough to be eligible for the Toyota Cup team, and made thirteen appearances for the Junior Warriors, scoring six tries.
It was announced on 31 August 2010 that Ah Van had been released from the last year of his Warriors contract so he could sign a one-year deal with Bradford for the 2011 season.
2011 - 2011 Season
Patrick Ah Van appeared in three of the four pre-season games. He played against Halifax, Dewsbury and Wakefield Trinity. He scored against Halifax (6 goals), Dewsbury (1 try, 7 goals) and Wakefield Trinity (2 tries, 4 goals).
Ah Van featured in all the games that season except for Round 10 against Salford, he scored 12 tries and kicked 97 goals for a total of 242 points.
It was announced on 2 August 2011 that Ah Van had signed a 2-year contract with Widnes for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Ah Van featured in five consecutive games from Round 1 (Wakefield Trinity) to Round 5 (Hull Kingston Rovers). He also featured in three consecutive games from Round 10 (Warrington) to Round 12 (St. Helens). He featured in ten consecutive games from Round 14 (Catalans Dragons) to Round 24 (Leeds). He also appeared on the wing in the 40-38 Challenge Cup loss to St Helens. He has scored 132 points this season, (16 tries, 34 goals).
He missed Rounds 1-4 due to an injury. He featured in Round 5 (Hull FC) to Round 9 (Warrington Wolves). Ah Van was injured for Round 10-11. Patrick featured in Round 12 (Castleford Tigers) to Round 13 (Wakefield Wildcats). He was injured for Round 14-17. He returned to Round 18 (Wigan Warriors) to Round 27 (Salford City Reds). He also played in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster RLFC and Wigan Warriors. He has scored 116 points this season, (18 tries, 22 goals).
Super League statistics
Ah Van was a New Zealand representative from an early age. In 2002 and 2003 he made the New Zealand Under-16 side while in 2005 he played for both the Junior Kiwis and New Zealand Residents sides. He captained the Junior Kiwis in 2007.
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