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Cassins of Colac

Conor Walsh  May 15, 2018 3:40 PM

BTV: The Cassins of Colac Jack Cassin played 150 games including two premierships for Essendon. His family reunited earlier in the year in Colac at the Essendon v Geelong JLT match.

A very special Bombers family attended Essendon’s thrilling JLT Community Series victory over Geelong in Colac in March, and they have been honoured this week before the two teams clash again at the MCG on Saturday.

The Cassin family is synonymous with Essendon. Jack Cassin was the first of the family to become a part of the club’s fabric, stamping himself as one of the competition’s toughest competitors in the 1930s and ‘40s.

Over a 150-game career for the Bombers, he booted 145 goals and enjoyed premiership success in 1942 and 1946.

During that time he became known as a fierce footballer, never afraid to throw his size around. But he wasn’t just a brute, Cassin was a terrific player highlighted by his second-place finish in the best and fairest to Dick Reynolds in 1943.

After retiring from the club he moved to Colac as a captain-coach, leading the side to its first ever premiership.

And it was there that he would remain with his family, including his son John, growing up in the country town.

John went on to make a name for himself in the AFL, playing 51 of his games 134 games for the Bombers ahead of successful stints with North Melbourne and Fitzroy.

It was a special reunion for the whole family on March 11. The group has now spread across the country, but was reunited in their love for the Bombers and their home town, while two young Cassins had the chance to run out onto the ground with their heroes.

Bomber TV followed the family’s journey for the upcoming third annual Country Game and you can learn more about the Cassins in the video above.