HE came here to conquer Group 10, and Orange CYMS’ Frechman Romaric Bemba has done just that.
Claiming his first grand final victory at the ripe-old age of 31, Bemba was strong up front against the likes of Hawks duo Terawhiti Cooper and Arty Shead in the green and golds’ 22-14 decider victory at Wade Park on Sunday.
Emotional beyond belief following the triumph, the absence of the translating keyboard necessary for the first time the Central Western Daily interviewed Bemba didn’t hold the big import back on Sunday.
“Good, good. I’m very happy,” he said in between hugging any and every man and woman in green and gold after the win.
“When I come here, I have very very bad conditioning. Now, I’m very happy. I play good and I win the cup.
“I’m very lucky, very happy.”
Bemba is just one of a handful of CYMS players celebrating their first grand final victory on Sunday.
Flying centre Cody Robbins was another, as is lock Matt Penny.
For juniors Riley Law and Cameron Jones, it was also their first premier league triumph.
Robbins scored the game’s first try in just the second minute, capitalising on the 40-20 by Dave Scott Medal-winner Ben McAlpine in the opening set when he hit a hole off a lovely ball from captain-coach Mick Sullivan to score.
“That got rid of the nerves,” Robbins said of his grand final try.
“It’s my first ever grand final win, I’m over the moon. I was nervous right up until I scored that try.”
Nerves, too, played a role in Bemba’s efforts.
Thrown in to start the match by Sullivan, the 103 kilogram ball of muscle was able to get his hands on the ball early and make in impact in the front row for CYMS.
Now a premiership winner with the green and golds, the French international was thrilled he made the move from the other side of the globe to play at Wade Park in 2013.
“I wasn’t sure what it would be like before I come here. But I love the beautiful people,” Bemba said.