Nathan Terlich is enjoying his return to Rumbalara after a season in Goulburn Valley Football League and believes Rumba has what it takes to play finals.DAMEN FRANCIS April 17, 2014 3:15am
Nathan Terlich is putting his Goulburn Valley Football League experience to good effect on his return to this season’s Murray Football League prime-mover Rumbalara.
Nathan Terlich raised a few eyebrows when he returned to Rumbalara after just one Goulburn Valley Football League season.
But less than two weeks into the new Murray Football League season, Terlich, 22, is more than happy with his decision.
For the moment at least, the work-life balance is in order and under high-profile new coach Damian Cupido, Rumbalara is the place to be.
‘‘The mood seems really good, we’ve just come off a good win, so that always helps, but even in pre-season the mood seemed a lot more upbeat and positive than it had been the last couple of years,’’ Terlich said.
‘‘It’s a very different side. There are still a lot of the same guys that had been here the last couple of years, when it hasn’t been very successful, but with a few extra guys coming in and the guys gaining a bit more experience, it’s got a really positive feel around the club.’’
Last time Terlich played at Rumba, the club won just two games under the guidance of his father Dallas — one year after contesting an elimination final.
Last year they won just four under Damian Morgan-Bulled, while Terlich played in a GVFL preliminary final for Shepparton Swans.
After working hard to earn his place on the forward flank in the senior team, Terlich was disappointed to then leave the following summer, but felt he wasn’t in a position to deal with the rigours of GVFL.
‘‘I’ve just started my own electrical business and I wasn’t able to keep up with commitments of GV level,’’ he said.
‘‘The amount of running involved in GV and the amount of training you put in is a lot more demanding.’’
Terlich’s development may not necessarily stall despite the setback.
He’s in line for a permanent on-ball gig at a premiership contender and has the opportunity to work with players with AFL experience in Cupido and Nathan Lovett-Murray.
‘‘It’s been really good having Cupido come to the club, with him playing AFL and then being able to bring what he’s learned from playing at the top level to us has been a great learning curve,’’ he said.
‘‘One of the things he’s brought has been not being too scared to take risks, but if things don’t pay off, being able to push back in defence so it’s not just forward running.
‘‘I wanted to have a go at GV footy and I went to Swans, because they seemed to be a really good club and I liked Warby (Swans coach Brett Warburton) and what the club was about.
‘‘Playing the one year was just a starting point and I would like to play GV footy again in the future, so if the opportunity is there I’ll be back at Swans.’’
For now, though, Terlich is focused on making the most of the Rumba revival and even playing a key role in it.
‘‘I’d like to play finals and I reckon we have the side here that’s capable of finals,’’ he said.
‘‘Damian has brought in more professionalism to the club. He’s put in place a lot of things, like going to functions and presenting as a team, so everyone is dressed the same and has the same expectations.
‘‘It’s probably something that is a bit different to what it has been and that’s a good thing.’’
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