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Michael O'Loughlin

Michael O'Loughlin
O'Loughlin at an autographing session in September 2012
Personal information
Full name Michael Kevin O'Loughlin
Nickname(s) Micky O, Magic Mick, Paradise
Date of birth (1977-02-20) 20 February 1977 (age 47)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Central District (SANFL)
Draft 40th overall, 1994
Sydney
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–2009 Sydney 303 (521)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1997–1999 South Australia 3 (?)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2013 Indigenous All-Stars (1–0–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2013.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael Kevin O'Loughlin (born 20 February 1977) is a former professional Australian rules footballer, who played his entire Australian Football League career with the Sydney Swans.

O'Loughlin was named a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century. He was the third player with Indigenous heritage to play 300 AFL games. He twice achieved All-Australian selection, played for Australia twice in the International Rules Series, and was a Fos Williams Medallist as best player for South Australia in State of Origin. O'Loughlin was the first Sydney Swans player to play more than 300 career games. In 303 games he kicked 521 career goals.

Early life

Michael Kevin O'Loughlin[citation needed] was born on 20 February 1977.[1] His parents never married, so he was given his mother's maiden name of O'Loughlin, which came from her Irish great-great-great-grandfather. O'Loughlin's ancestors were Czech Jews, Aboriginal Australian (Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri), Irish and English.[2] He is a descendant (the great great great grandson) of Kudnarto (c.1832–1855), the Kaurna woman who made history by being the first Aboriginal woman to marry a British settler in the colony of South Australia in 1848.[3][4][5]

He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia,[citation needed] and first played junior football with Central District in the SANFL.[6]

AFL career

O'Loughlin with Sydney in 2009

Selected in the third round of the 1994 National Draft, O'Loughlin played 12 senior games for the Swans in 1995 and earned an AFL Rising Star award nomination. The following year, he was a key player in the team that won the minor premiership and then lost to North Melbourne in the grand final. He was the games record holder for the Swans, passing John Rantall's VFL/AFL record in Round 14 of the 2007 season and Bill Windley's 102-year-old overall club record in the Elimination Final of that year, until he was overtaken[citation needed] by his cousin Adam Goodes.[7] He became the first Sydney Swans/South Melbourne player to break the 300 games milestone in Round 19, 2009.[citation needed]

O'Loughlin played the majority of his early football in a half-forward flanker role, where his combination of speed, strength and agility made him a difficult player for opposing teams to match up against. He was known by the nickname "Magic" throughout his career, in recognition of his capacity to play football so skillfully that it could sometimes seem he had "cast a spell" on his opponents.[citation needed] He was also known by the nickname, "Micky O".[8] In the latter part of his career, he was primarily used as Sydney's full-forward. In 2000 and 2001, he was the club's leading goalkicker. He was club best and fairest in 1998 and runner-up in 2000. He was selected in the All Australian Team in 1997 and 2000. When State of Origin matches were still being played, he represented his state on several occasions, receiving the Fos Williams Medal for best South Australian player in 1998.[citation needed]

In 2005, he was selected alongside Sydney Swans teammate and cousin Adam Goodes in the Indigenous Team of the Century. O'Loughlin was chosen in the full-forward position. He described this honour as the highlight of his career, alongside the 2005 premiership.[citation needed]

O'Loughlin, the only player remaining in the team from the 1996 loss, played strongly during the 2005 grand final, including a number of exceptional marks. However, and uncharacteristically, his kicking for goal during the game was inaccurate.[citation needed]

In 2006, O'Loughlin continued to be a key part of the Swans' line-up, including playing a decisive role in the qualifying and preliminary finals that put the Swans into the grand final for the second consecutive year. In the close qualifying Final against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval, O'Loughlin ran into an open goal, then carried on to the fence and roared into the faces of some rather stunned-looking Eagles' fans from a few inches away. The moment is captured in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport.[9]

In the 2006 Grand Final, O'Loughlin played well, kicking 3.1 (19). He continued to play consistently well for Sydney through the balance of his career.[citation needed]

On 23 June 2009, O'Loughlin announced that at the end of the 2009 season he would retire. He played his 300th game in round 19 at the MCG against the Richmond Tigers.[citation needed]

Career achievements

Statistics

[11]
Legend
  G  
Goals
  K  
Kicks
  D  
Disposals 
  T  
Tackles
  B  
Behinds 
  H  
Handballs 
  M  
Marks

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game)
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
1995 Sydney 38 11 12 4 62 52 114 24 16 1.1 0.4 5.6 4.7 10.4 2.2 1.5
1996 Sydney 19 25 21 14 228 153 381 109 45 0.8 0.6 9.1 6.1 15.2 4.4 1.8
1997 Sydney 19 23 26 14 270 117 387 85 41 1.1 0.6 11.7 5.1 16.8 3.7 1.8
1998 Sydney 19 24 40 25 289 130 419 129 28 1.7 1.0 12.0 5.4 17.5 5.4 1.2
1999 Sydney 19 18 26 18 167 69 236 81 20 1.4 1.0 9.3 3.8 13.1 4.5 1.1
2000 Sydney 19 22 53 24 282 122 404 142 23 2.4 1.1 12.8 5.5 18.4 6.5 1.0
2001 Sydney 19 23 35 29 279 111 390 128 36 1.5 1.3 12.1 4.8 17.0 5.6 1.6
2002 Sydney 19 19 30 11 181 106 287 92 33 1.6 0.6 9.5 5.6 15.1 4.8 1.7
2003 Sydney 19 16 41 20 132 55 187 90 16 2.6 1.3 8.3 3.4 11.7 5.6 1.0
2004 Sydney 19 18 38 18 144 40 184 99 19 2.1 1.0 8.0 2.2 10.2 5.5 1.1
2005 Sydney 19 23 52 26 188 68 256 104 30 2.3 1.1 8.2 3.0 11.1 4.5 1.3
2006 Sydney 19 25 47 32 219 82 301 138 37 1.9 1.3 8.8 3.3 12.0 5.5 1.5
2007 Sydney 19 23 40 14 182 84 266 112 32 1.7 0.6 7.9 3.7 11.6 4.9 1.4
2008 Sydney 19 16 36 21 126 66 192 90 19 2.3 1.3 7.9 4.1 12.0 5.6 1.2
2009 Sydney 19 17 24 16 131 63 194 95 30 1.4 0.9 7.7 3.7 11.4 5.6 1.8
Career 303 521 286 2880 1318 4198 1518 425 1.7 0.9 9.5 4.3 13.8 5.0 1.4

Post-AFL career

O'Loughlin was awarded the 2009 AFL Players' Association Madden[clarification needed] for his on and off-field contributions to the game.[citation needed]

In 2010 O'Loughlin coached the Flying Boomerangs Indigenous side during their Cape Town tour, leading the side to victory against the South Africa National Australian Rules Football Team. He was later named coach of the World 18 for the AFL National Under 16 Championships.[12]

In 2011 he was named as coach of the Indigenous All Star team for their biennial game, this time against the Richmond Tigers. O'Loughlin also represented South Australia against Victoria in the State of Origin Slowdown charity match at the Adelaide Oval on 3 October 2011. Both teams were composed of retired players with the match supporting both the Little Heroes Foundation and the Reach Foundation youth charities started by former Melbourne Demons star player, the late Jim Stynes.[citation needed]

The GO Foundation

In September 2009 he launched the Goodes O'Loughlin Foundation, or GO Foundation, along with his cousin and co-chairman Adam Goodes[13] and their friend James Gallichan, in Dareton, NSW, where it was involved in various community programmes for the local Aboriginal population. In 2014, it started focusing on education for Indigenous Australians, and established a board of directors. Founding partners include the Sydney Swans, Allens Linklaters, QBE Insurance and KPMG Australia.[14] After starting with a few scholarships to independent schools, by 2021 GO had expanded into 26 mostly public schools, as well as five universities.[15]

Off-field controversy

In 2000, it was alleged that O'Loughlin had been present during the rape of a woman in a park in Adelaide by two other AFL players, Adam Heuskes and Peter Burgoyne. O'Loughlin was said to have been "present before or during the incident, but not directly involved in it.[16] O'Loughlin was neither charged nor questioned by police but Burgoyne and Heuskes were both charged with rape. The case, however, did not go to court as the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paul Rofe, said there was "no reasonable prospect of conviction on any criminal charge" due to a lack of witnesses.[17] Despite this, the three players made a $200,000 cash payment to the alleged victim.[16] The incident came to public light when it was examined on the ABC investigative program Four Corners in 2004.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Michael OLoughlin". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  2. ^ Green, Warwick (11 October 2013). "International Rules coach Mick O'Loughlin proud of his Irish heritage". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  3. ^ McManus, Bridget (30 April 2012). "Who Do You Think You Are?, Tuesday, May 1". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  4. ^ "Program Guide: Week 10: Sunday, 5 March to Saturday, 11 March, 2017" (PDF). TV Tonight. Aboriginal footballer Michael O'Loughlin returns to Adelaide to trace his family bloodlines. His mother's maternal line stretches back before white settlement to his great, great, great grandmother, Kudnarto, a Kaurna woman.
  5. ^ Brock, Peggy (4 August 2022). "Hidden women of history: Kudnarto, the Kaurna woman who made South Australian legal history". The Conversation. Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  6. ^ "Michael O'Loughlin - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin are kicking goals for Indigenous education". Australian Institute of Company Directors. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  8. ^ Thompson-Mills, John (28 August 2012). "Micky O: The story of Michael O'Loughlin, Sydney Swans champion". ABC Adelaide. Adelaide: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  9. ^ Australian Football League, The Game That Made Australia Archived 19 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 19 September 2010
  10. ^ a b Vibe, Vibe Alive, The Deadlys, GJC, 3 on 3 Archived 3 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Vibe.com.au (19 May 2012). Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  11. ^ Michael O'Loughlin player profile at AFL Tables
  12. ^ Micky O to coach the World. World Footy News (26 February 2010). Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes: 'Growing up, I knew I was different'". The Guardian. 19 April 2016. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  14. ^ "History". GO Foundation. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  15. ^ "GO Homepage". GO Foundation. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  16. ^ a b O'Loughlin linked to payment – National. The Age. (19 March 2004). Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  17. ^ a b Fullerton, Ticky (3 May 2004). "Fair Game?". Four Corners. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 3 September 2004. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
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