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SWFLW 2022: Special moment for Worsfold family on Saturday against Harvey Bulls

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Several Donnybrook women's players have close ties to the Harvey Bulls.
Camera IconSeveral Donnybrook women's players have close ties to the Harvey Bulls. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

There are few people who know more about the Harvey Bulls women’s team heading into Saturday’s elimination final than Donnybrook’s Lisa Worsfold.

Worsfold, who has been a classy player in the SWFL women’s competition for many years, played with the Bulls during the competition’s infancy, alongside her daughters Zoe and Matilda.

In 2020, the Worsfolds headed across to VC Mitchell Park, where Lisa and Matilda still play to this day, as does former Bulls teammate Fleur Parker.

As an added family tie, Lisa’s husband Peter — a decorated South Bunbury premiership captain and AFL footballer with the Brisbane Bears — coaches the Donnybrook women’s team.

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Ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die final at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Worsfold was excited about reuniting with old teammates.

“It’s always good to come up against the Bulls. We have such close ties with them, so it’s a good excuse for a catch up,” she said.

“The banter on the field is always entertaining — especially between Rebecca Fry and Fleur Parker — and it’s a match we always look forward to.”

Despite hoping for a Donnybrook victory to keep their finals campaign alive, Worsfold looks back at her time with the Bulls fondly.

“Our time with the Bulls was gold as we went through so much with them as a team and club,” Worsfold said.

“We were such a close knit group — and with Zoe boarding at the ag college, Thursday night training was our family night.

“Harvey is not dissimilar to DFC, as being a smaller town, they work hard in providing a good club culture for the players and their families.

“I think both clubs do it well.”

But who is primarily to thank for Worsfold putting on the boots all of those years ago?

“I know how lucky I’ve been to play with Zoe and Tilly,” she said.

“I always thank Zoe for talking me into playing with the Bulls — and I am grateful for the support from Bernie (Murnane) and the girls.

“It seemed a dumb idea at the time, especially starting at 46 years of age, but we have had heaps of great times and share special memories.”

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