YOUNG GUN: Tino Fa'asuamaleaui.
YOUNG GUN: Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Photo: Jonathan Demos

Why Tino's big break is so important

OUR boy Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, finally gets his chance to show everyone his greatness tonight when he makes his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm.

After weeks of being listed on the extended bench, Storm coach Craig Bellamy could not deny our Gympie boy any more and named him.

I still remember the first story I wrote about Fa'asuamaleaui was when he travelled with the Storm team to New Zealand to play.

 

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui QRL Media

That was the starting of the excitement we in The Gympie Times newsroom have felt with every milestone he has made.

We have screamed with happiness with the two tries he scored for the young Maroons and after such a long time he has finally done it.

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When the NRL season was about to kick off, the top FOX Sports league commentators spoke about who would be their NRL rookies of the year.

NSW Blues legend and Newcastle Knights former hooker Danny Buderus had Fa'asuamaleaui as his rookie - it was the start of something.

There has been numerous games I watched Fa'asuamaleaui play but this one is going to be special.

 

CHAMP: Tino Fa'asuamaleaui  leading the way for the Queensland U20s historic victory on Wednesday night.
CHAMP: Tino Fa'asuamaleaui leading the way for the Queensland U20s historic victory on Wednesday night. QRL Media/NRL Photos

I am a proud North Queensland Cowboys fan but I cannot help but have a soft spot for the Storm since writing about Fa'asuamaleaui.

The Dragons big forwards will not know what hit them.

Come on Tino, we are all behind you.