They say all good things come in threes: a BLT, the three little pigs and the Hanson brothers lay testament to that.
However when Port Adelaide veteran Domenic Cassisi elected to hang up his boots, he effectively became the third player to do so in as many days and a collective sigh rang throughout the AFL.
Many would say the former Power captain was past his prime, and it would be hard to argue; it has been 10 years since he played an integral role in Port Adelaide’s landmark premiership win, but the reverberations will be felt throughout the entire league as we farewell an underrated war-horse of the game.
The 31-year-old will bow out of the game this Sunday with a send-off match at Adelaide Oval after 228 games across 12 seasons in the Power guernsey.
Cassisi will be best know for his stint as club captain, where he steered the club through the tough times between 2009 and 2012.
The decision comes after Lenny Hayes and Nick Maxwell – also 200 game veterans of the sport – pulled the pin on lucrative careers during the week. – Patrick Boddan
Top photo from Port Adelaide Power’s Twitter page.