mt.wellington

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Tom Ale

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
13/9/2017

Hail Ale - Tom wins National League MVP


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Tom Ale moved from Mount Roskill Grammar School to Wesley College in a bid to improve his rugby. That ambition was further enhanced when in late 2015, Ale earned a scholarship to Rotorua Boys’ High School, then the national champions

Ale spent two years in the Rotorua BHS First XV and the flanker was good enough to earn a place in the Chiefs Under-18 squad.

Rotorua’s season ended several weeks ago, leaving Ale with the chance to play at the NZSS league Nationals last week.

Ale performed so strongly for semi-finalist Rotorua he was named MVP of the tournament.

“It was a surprise. They had the prize giving a night before the final and I was happy and humbled to get it,” Ale says.

Ale plays in the second row and is noted for his athletic running and tough tackling. He was satisfied with how Rotorua performed.

“We lost to Kelston Boys’ in the semis. Our start was too slow and it cost us. Our best game was against Wesley. We beat them 20-14 and used the ball well,” Ale recalls.

Ale first played league when he was 11 before switching to Union. After his success at the League Nationals he aspires to a career in the NRL.

“I like both sports, but I enjoy running the ball and league gives me more chance to do that. My favourite NRL team is the North Queensland Cowboys,” Ale states.

Ale is a cousin of Highlanders and North Harbour wing Tevita Li who has been an important mentor.

“He visits me a lot in his spare time. He is a real cool guy. He has told me a lot of hard work is the key to making it as a pro,” Ale concludes.

2017 National Secondary Schools Tournament team:

1. Konrad Tu'ua (Kelston BHS)
2. Jonathan Aumua-Falelua-Malio (Kelston BHS)
3. Aiden Aue (Kelston BHS)
4. Awatere Kiwara (Manukura)
5. Javvier Pitova (Mt Albert Grammar School
6. Kayal Iro (Mt Albert Grammar School)
7. Hayze Perham (Rotorua BHS)
8. Selesitino Ravutaumada (Rotorua BHS)
9. Tom Ale (Rotorua BHS)
10. Tukimihia Simpkins (Rotorua BHS)
11. Samuel Nati (Southern Cross)
12. Nitoa Kairau (Southern Cross)
13. William Fakatoumafi (Southern Cross)
14. Star To'a (St Pauls)
15. Sione Moala (St Pauls)
16. Christian Tuipulotu (St Pauls)
17. Lewis Sio (St Pauls)
18. Caius Fa'atili (St Thomas')
19. Patrick Elia (St. Thomas')
20. Jordan Riki (St. Thomas')
21. (Lotu) Mateaki Inisi (Westlake BHS)

 
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zaggo

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Jul 19, 2016
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Ale, Ravutaumada and Perham - talk about a stacked team at school boy level!

From reading the article it sounds like he had more of a background in Union before switching over to league in 7th form? Seems to be pretty common.
 

matiunz

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Ale, Ravutaumada and Perham - talk about a stacked team at school boy level!

From reading the article it sounds like he had more of a background in Union before switching over to league in 7th form? Seems to be pretty common.

Id suspect it’s the availability of league in high school vs Union
 

bangbros18

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May 20, 2019
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I'm more disappointed to see that in that team was jordan riki and we got ale and Perham instead! Riki looks the good from what I saw I'm the Maori team!
 
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pbrown01123

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Mar 12, 2018
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Ale (Ah-Lei) He's a good kid by the sounds of it. Has a good skill set. Built like Taumalolo , Similar attributes. Altho, so haven't seen much of him to judge yet.
as soon as I saw his name I knew it would be a kerayzee down under pronunciation. Why can't you all have good old straightforward English names like Mainwaring, Featherstonehaugh or Cholmondeley?
 

playdaball

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Apr 23, 2012
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Ale, Ravutaumada and Perham - talk about a stacked team at school boy level!

From reading the article it sounds like he had more of a background in Union before switching over to league in 7th form? Seems to be pretty common.

Reading the article, seems like he started in RL before playing RU and then switching back to RL. Starting in RL is common .... Kaino, Jeremy Stanley, Umaga, Weepu and then the switch at College ( esp if in at a good rugby school) - some switch back, many stay with RU.
Happens in Aust too ... Ponga, Lewis, Stuart.
 

Billy Teets James

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Ah-Le, as in the French pronunciation for Le...
Yes my bro. I wasn't sure how to spell the correct pronunciation. I thought that if I just said Ah-le he may still think it was Ale(As in beer) So I said Lei(Lay) hoping he'd get Le out of it somehow? Lmao......Yup, I'm that should of stayed in school guy lol
 

Run_it_str8

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Apr 1, 2016
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as soon as I saw his name I knew it would be a kerayzee down under pronunciation. Why can't you all have good old straightforward English names like Mainwaring, Featherstonehaugh or Cholmondeley?
Yeah some pronunciations are so inconsiderate. How dare they?

Bloody names like Green, Harris, Egan.

How are us savage natives supposed to keep up. Keep it to easy names like Ravuwaqacokobobovatu hyphen Tahiruatoruwha hyphen Omarapeti hyphen Smith.
 

pbrown01123

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Mar 12, 2018
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Yeah some pronunciations are so inconsiderate. How dare they?

Bloody names like Green, Harris, Egan.

How are us savage natives supposed to keep up. Keep it to easy names like Ravuwaqacokobobovatu hyphen Tahiruatoruwha hyphen Omarapeti hyphen Smith.
at the risk of namesplaining, it maybe worth saying that I chose those names not for the number of letters they contain, but because they are pronounced Mannering, Fanshaw and Chumley.
 

Old Sid

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Nov 8, 2014
714
After Tom welcome efforts, young Mason Lino showed how to manage the game really well... wonder if he's interested in a #7 slot
 

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