Sacrifice has followed North Adelaide’s Mitch Clisby on his way to his 100th Macca’s League game milestone.
First, the half-back initially traveled to Adelaide from Broken Hill as a teenager just for a chance to play in the Roosters’ Under-17 side back in 2006.
Next, Clisby made the move from the NSW mining town to SA’s capital to play regularly at Menzies Crescent once he was initially overlooked by AFL recruiters.
Then, after spending two seasons on Melbourne’s AFL list in 2013 and 2014, Clisby was about to settle back into life in the red and white when he answered the call to play for Essendon as a ”top-up” player during the 2015 pre-season amid the club’s drugs scandal.
It was no surprise he eventually assumed the captaincy at North in 2016, once again sacrificing his own game for the betterment of the team during the previous two lean seasons.
But after a conversation with coach Josh Carr over summer, the 28-year-old decided to step down from the leadership group to focus on his own game having effectively put it on hold for the past two years.
Just when the sacrifice was supposed to end, Clisby was at it again on Monday when he kept Glenelg star Terry Milera scoreless in the Roosters’ 10-point win at the Bay.
No doubt there will be another selfless act when the former Rooster skipper lines up against Central District at Prospect to reach triple figures on Sunday.
CHIEF SANFL WRITER