It took 244 games with Bacchus Marsh for Daniel Velden to taste premiership success.
For Velden, the wait was worth every game.
Velden said he was extremely proud to not only be part of the success, but also of the effort put in by everyone involved.
The 31-year-old said it was all about the team – “doing it for each other.”
Velden said he had initially been happy to play in a final – this was the Cobras’ first finals series since 2001 – but as each game passed the desire to achieve the ultimate had become stronger.
He said he had enjoyed tremendous support from his family and this was also something to share with them.
Velden had one of biggest jobs of the grand final, picking up Sunbury star Alik Magin when he forward, and he did is with aplomb in his usual unassuming manner. And is he ready to play on next year? Certainly, especially with 250 around the corner.