New GFL concept to honour stalwart families from Roos and Tigers

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Scott Worthington in action for Boulder.
Camera IconScott Worthington in action for Boulder. Credit: Kelsey Reid/Kalgoorlie Miner

Dr Mal Hodsdon, who came up with the original Rivalry Round concept eight years ago, is the mastermind of a similar Goldfields Football League initiative featuring Kalgoorlie and Boulder that will honour two of the local game’s most prominent families with strong links across both clubs.

Dr Hodsdon’s proposal centred on an inaugural clash for the O’Loughlin-Worthington Trophy on August 3, with the player judged best afield earning the Glenn O’Loughlin Medal.

It was given the green light by the GFL on Friday.

“We all know what Phil and Rhonda (Worthington) have done over many years for Boulder and the GFL,” Dr Hodsdon said.

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“Their sons, Matt, Michael and Scott, have all played and then you have the O’Loughlins — Craig (who played for Boulder), Ron (Kalgoorlie) and Glenn (Kalgoorlie and Boulder).

“To top it all off, Michael (Worthington) is married to (Glenn’s daughter) Jaymi.

“I think it adds interest to the competition and further recognises our champions of the game.”

Glenn O’Loughlin — who played in Subiaco’s 1987 WAFL premiership and was on the West Coast Eagles’ inaugural list — won dual Mitchell medals in 1982-83 while playing for Boulder, and Scott Worthington grabbed the same honour in 2017.

O’Loughlin also lined up in Kalgoorlie’s 1988 and 1992 premierships and Worthington played in Subiaco’s 2014 and 2015 premierships.

Among an extensive list of accolades for the two families, Phil Worthington is a former GFL chairman and his wife, Rhonda, in 2015 was the first woman honoured by the GFL with life membership.

Michael Worthington had playing and coaching stints at Boulder and Kalgoorlie.

In 2016, Dr Hodsdon stepped up his longtime support of the GFL when he put up specially struck medals for the inaugural Rivalry Round, featuring the traditional Kalgoorlie and Boulder derbies.

He also arranged for the two unique perpetual trophies to be made by renowned Perth sculptor Robert Hitchcock.

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