Prominent families being honoured in showdown between Roos and Tigers

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Kalgoorlie coach Michael Worthington.
Camera IconKalgoorlie coach Michael Worthington. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

Saturday’s round 12 clash in the Goldfields Football League between Kalgoorlie and Boulder honours two of the local game’s most prominent families with strong links across both clubs.

The clash at Sir Richard Moore Sports Centre is for the inaugural O’Loughlin/Worthington Trophy, with the Glenn O’Loughlin Medal awarded to the best player.

Dr Mal Hodsdon proposed the concept in April.

O’Loughlin won the 1982 and 1983 Mitchell Medals while playing for Boulder, but was also a member of Kalgoorlie’s 1988 and 1992 premierships.

His 75-game WAFL career for Subiaco included a premiership in 1986 – the year before he made one AFL appearance for the West Coast Eagles, against St Kilda at Moorabbin.

The 64-year-old is among three brothers, alongside Craig (who played for Boulder) and Ron (Kalgoorlie), who were each premiership players in the GFL.

Phil and Rhonda Worthington are stalwarts of Boulder and the GFL whose three sons – Matt, Michael and Scott – have all played.

Scott Worthington won the 2017 Mitchell Medal after lining up in Subiaco’s 2014 and 2015 WAFL premierships.

Michael Worthington - who is married to Glenn O’Loughlin’s daughter Jaymi - had playing and coaching stints at Boulder and Kalgoorlie, and his mother in 2015 was the first woman honoured with GFL life membership.

Phil Worthington was GFL chair from 2011 to 2013.

Boulder go into the clash in third place with four wins, a game and percentage clear of Kalgoorlie.

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