Stingrays veterans like Sarah Gollop have become part of the furniture around JJ Kelly Park.
The Illawarra shot-stopper has been with the club since its inauguration in 2006 and has played a pivotal role in the Stingrays run of five consecutive NSW Women's Premier League grand final appearances.
On Sunday, the 26-year-old will contest another title decider but admits 2013 may well be her last in the famous Stingray pink.
With marriage to reserve grade coach Graham Shaw on the horizon and a body in desperate need of a rest, Gollop is prepared to take a break from the club where she has spent "some of the best years of her life".
"It is going to be hard not seeing them as often," Gollop said.
"It is like you have got two families, your family at home and your Stingray family, who you know you can always lean on and know you are going to see three or four times a week.
"I will still help out coaching and I will still be there because Graham is going to be there, but it is going to be weird not seeing everyone all the time."
Gollop had contemplated hanging up the boots in the past when an ACL injury crippled her season.
But the strength of the Stingrays family and support of coach Brett Wallin made it near impossible for her to give the game away.
"A couple of years ago after the injury I wasn't going to come back, but after getting phone calls off players and texts, it pushes you to get through your injury and get there and be back with the team," Gollop said.
"Having the girls' support and knowing they are there cheering you on and that they would do anything for you, makes you want to do anything for your team, I guess."
It's little wonder a team with such camaraderie has had success to match.
In 2013, the Stingrays again demonstrated their strength, taking out the club championship and getting two sides to the grand final.
Gollop's first grade will meet the star-studded Marconi Stallions, a scalp worthy of retirement.
"I would love to win, you always want to end your career on a high like that, especially playing against a team like Marconi," Gollop said.
"But I guess just being out there with those girls who you have been with for so long, that have been part of your family for so long, win or lose I couldn't think of anyone else I would rather finish my career with."
Gollop might not be alone in retirement after Sunday's grand final, but has complete confidence in the young group of players ready to take her place.
Her successor, Hannah Ryan, is one of many young players who are tipped to play a big role in the future of the Stingrays.