Patrick Ah Van

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Patrick Ah Van
Personal information
Nickname Paddy
Born (1988-03-17) 17 March 1988 (age 27)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2010 NZ Warriors 54 16 5 0 74
2011 Bradford Bulls 28 12 97 0 242
2012– Widnes Vikings 42 36 57 0 258
Total 124 64 159 0 574
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
As of 30 March 2014
Source: RLP

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.[2]

Early years[edit]

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.

Playing career[edit]

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

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.[3]

Bradford[edit]

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.

Widnes[edit]

It was announced on 2 August 2011 that Ah Van had signed a 2-year contract with Widnes for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

2012

Patrick Ah Van appeared in all 3 of Widnes' friendlies. He played against Warrington, Swinton and St. Helens. He scored against Warrington (3 goals), Swinton (1 goal) and St Helens (2 goals).

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).

2013

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).

2014

He missed Rounds 1-5 due to injury. He featured in Round 6 (Hull FC) to Round 7 (Bradford Bulls). He scored 10 points this season, (2 tries, 1 goal). (For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)

Super League statistics[edit]

Season Appearance Tries Goals F/G Points
2011 Bradford 28 12 97 0 242
2012 Widnes 20 16 34 0 132
2013 Widnes 19 18 22 0 116
2014 Widnes 2 2 1 0 10
Total 69 48 154 0 500

Representative career[edit]

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.[4]

In 2006 he was named in the New Zealand Kiwis training squad for the 2006 Rugby League Tri-Nations but had to withdraw due to injury.

He was named in the Samoa training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup but chose not to represent Samoa and was not selected in the final squad.[5]

In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The official Engage Super League web site". web page. Super League. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.rleague.com/content/article.php?id=45759
  3. ^ Van,_Patrick Ah Van 2008 nzleague.co.nz
  4. ^ "League: Ah Van in Junior squad". The New Zealand Herald. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  6. ^ Poching names strong Samoan squad therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009