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Boyhood dream complete for Tonumaipea

Boyhood dream complete for Tonumaipea

Most people go their entire careers without doing it but Young Tonumaipea took just six NRL games to fulfill his boyhood dream.

The 21-year-old winger played the ball as the final siren sounded in Melbourne's Monday night clash with the Dragons, before being the recipient of a Ryan Hoffman pass as the ball returned in calamitous circumstances from across the field.

Tonumaipea crossed in the corner to cap off one of the most dramatic finishes to an NRL game in memory and send the Storm crowd into raptures.

"To be honest that is probably the moment I will never forget," Tonumaipea said. 

"As a kid growing up you play a game of 'last try wins' or 'last goal wins' and to actually do it in real life and to do it for Melbourne in front of our home town is an awesome feeling."

The beaming smile on the Victorian winger's face as he relived the final seconds of the Monday night madness made you realise this is still a kid starting out in the big time.

His youth could be summed up with how he received feedback for his winning try.

"I got a few notifications on Facebook and a few messages, all my friends were really happy for me," he said.

However a little more than 12 hours after the euphoria of the win, the left winger had his feet firmly planted on the ground.

"There is still a lot to improve on, I try to improve on every game as it comes," he said.

"I know I'm not there yet but I am still trying to secure my position so trying to play the best I can every week."

Starring down the barrel of three straight defeats the fortunes of Storm's season may have turned in the frantic final 20 minutes on Monday night.

Suddenly they now head to Canberra, a place they have won on their past four trips, in sixth position with a 4-2 record.

A season may not be dictated entirely by 20 minutes of a single game, but it can certainly steer it back onto the right path.

Melbourne will play Canberra on Sunday afternoon at GIO Stadium. 

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