Rumba rumbles on
- Friday, 26 September 2014
Darren Rumble will go down in history as a Subiaco legend, after securing his fifth WAFL premiership, with a 16-point victory over the Royals.
Rumble sits with the likes of Gerard Neesham and Mal Atwell as the only three Western Australian footballers to achieve this rare accolade.
The quiet achiever has played 12 seasons of WAFL football, with the upset victory against the Royals hitting the sweet spot for the veteran Rumble.
“Yeah that was a really good feeling. You never know if the opportunity to win a grand final is going to come up again but I knew we could be there if we played to our potential. We came to play on the day and I’m still in a bit of disbelief.” said Rumble
Rumble gets a kick away against his East Perth opponent in WAFL Grand Final 130 Photo: Michael Flood
Rumble was a part of a well cogged back line in his fifth premiership with Scott Worthington, Clancy Wheeler, Wayde Twomey, Charlie Le Fanu and Daniel Leishman all rising to the occasion.
Although Rumble acknowledged that the Lions defense was excellent; the 12 season veteran gave all credit to the midfield.
“I thought the back six did their job; they were consistent in the one on ones all day in trying conditions. But the credit really needs to go to the midfielders,
“That was probably one of the best performances from a midfield group that I’ve seen in my time in football. The midfields during the glory years had a lot of stars but this year we didn’t really rely on individual players. Their skills, pressure and structures on game day were first class and we wouldn’t have been able to win without them.” Said Rumble
Eight players were remaining in the Subiaco side that felt grand final heart-break against Claremont in 2011 and Rumba believes those players learnt from their mistakes and grew.
“The biggest difference was that the players who were a part of the 2011 Grand Final defeat were a lot more composed. They didn’t get caught up in the euphoria of the moment and were switched on from the get go.” said Rumble
At age 29 with another premiership medal around his neck, Rumble could be excused for going out on a high, but the Lions legend will go again in 2015.
“At this stage I’m looking at playing again in 2015. If I was struggling I would consider retirement but I feel good enough to go another. The 2004 premiership reunion put it in perspective a little bit when I told a few of the boys I was considering retirement. They looked at me like I was stupid, you’re not even 30 yet Darren. After a chat with Schoey my decision was pretty simple.” Said Rumble
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