Worsfold and Jakovich team up for Albany hospice fundraiser

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John Worsfold as Essendon head coach earlier this year.
Camera IconJohn Worsfold as Essendon head coach earlier this year. Credit: AAP image

AFL legend John Worsfold is looking forward to being involved in the Albany Community Hospice footy stars fundraiser for the first time this month, albeit a few years later than he had hoped.

A West Coast Eagles premiership player and coach, Worsfold had planned to take part in the Albany event before he took an unexpected coaching role with Adelaide after the death of close friend Phil Walsh in 2015.

Worsfold then went on to spend five seasons as coach of Essendon.

After ending his time with the Bombers, “Woosha” jumped at the chance to be involved with this year’s fundraiser.

West Coast legend John Worsfold with the 1992 premiership trophy.
Camera IconWest Coast legend John Worsfold with the 1992 premiership trophy. Credit: Getty Images

Worsfold will join premiership teammate Glen Jakovich as the special guests.

“I’ve heard a bit about it after they got in touch to be involved quite a while back,” Worsfold said.

“It is a really important fundraiser for the hospice that does great work and I’ll be down with my old mate Glen.

“Last time when I was coming I would have been solely talking about my West Coast days, but now I have my time at Adelaide and Essendon to speak about.”

Worsfold, who is back living in Perth, said he was looking forward to launching a new chapter in 2021 after spending some time catching up with family and friends.

The charity event, which incorporates a golf day and gala dinner, is celebrating its 10th year.

The gala dinner and memorabilia auction will start at 6.30pm on Saturday, November 21 at Motel Le Grande.

Tickets are still available for $150 per person, and include a four-course dinner, drinks, and entertainment.

The golf day, a four-person Ambrose teams event at Albany Golf Club on November 22, has sold out.

Glen Jakovich has been a regular Albany Community Hospice footy stars fundraiser.
Camera IconGlen Jakovich has been a regular Albany Community Hospice footy stars fundraiser. Credit: Megan Powell

Long-time event organiser Todd McGregor said the annual event had raised more than $250,000 for the local hospice.

He said there was also an opportunity for a low-key private luncheon with Worsfold on November 21. For bookings, call McGregor on 0427 892 001.

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