Dargie, Rumble honoured


Subiaco added two more members to the 200 club last Friday with Ian Dargie and Darren Rumble receiving the honour.

24 Lions have now achieved the 200 game honour from the WAFC and the additions of Dargie and Rumble make Subiaco one of the most decorated clubs.

Rumble is an active member of the Lions and continues to be one of the WAFL’s best defenders in his 12th season.

The 29 year old crossed the 200 mark against East Fremantle in Round 13 this year and holds the unique honour of winning three premierships in his first four seasons.

Subiaco great Ian Dargie was a delayed inclusion to the 200 club with 131 of his games played at Subiaco and the remainder recognised in the QAFL and AFL.

The hard-nosed midfielder collected two premierships in 1986 and 1988 and won the Sandover medal for the best WAFL player in 1991 and 1994.

“It was obviously a great honour to be inducted into the 200 club, I got recognised 20 odd years later because of my 60 games at Southport but it was a really good night, the WAFC did really well.” Said Dargie

Dargie played in an era where the Lions weren’t proven as a premier WAFL side and had only won a single premiership in 72 years.

The then 23 year old didn’t expect much when he wandered down to a 1986 training session but he would eventually break the longest Sandover medal drought in WAFL history for Subiaco.

“I wasn’t expected to play league football in 1986 because no one even knew who I was. It was a different era then and you didn’t need to be invited or recruited to train with a WAFL side so I went to a Lions training session and went from there. I got myself fit and I could play a bit so that put me a head of the rest.” Said Dargie

Dargie had an outstanding debut season for the Lions in the midfield and claimed the rare feat of winning a premiership in his first season of WAFL football.

“It’s pretty hard to pinpoint one game that stood out as the highlight of my career but the ’86 Grand Final for Subiaco was pretty special. We weren’t expected to make an impact that year so it was incredible. Other than that playing in front of 70,000 people at the MCG for St Kilda was surreal. It’s pretty hard to separate the two.” Said Dargie

Outstanding form and another Subiaco premiership in 1988 resulted in Dargie departing for St Kilda as pick 85 in the 1988 VFL National Draft but the midfielder struggled with the intense standards.  

“The standard over there was twice of what it was in Western Australia and I probably wasn’t skilled enough to match it with the VFL’s elite. You had to have silky skills, great pace and endurance so it was pretty hard to adapt. I ended up working in a tagger role in my short career because the skill standard was so high at the time. “  added Dargie

Dargie returned to Perth for one game with the West Coast Eagles in 1990 but played a majority of his football for Subiaco that year. After an outstanding season for the Lions in 1991 Ian Dargie broke the longest Sandover Medal count for any WAFL club, which dated half a century back to Haydn Bunton Snr.  

Ian Dargie made history in 1994 to join Bunton Snr as the only players to win two Sandover medals whilst playing for the Subiaco Football Club, a perfect departing present as he re-located to Queensland the following year.

Whilst remaining in football through coaching in Western Australia’s south-west Dargie hopes to return to the Subiaco Oval in 2014 for another Lions premiership.

“I’ve been involved in coaching in Collie and Bunbury since I came back to Western Australia, which has been good to stay in touch with the game. I’m hoping to watch the Lions return to the Grand Final this year and record a 12th premiership.” Said Dargie

Dargie was included as a Subiaco life member in 2000 and featured as a WAFL ball legend in 2012.

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