Al Taqwa College has taken out the senior division grand final of the Bachar Houli Cup at Richmond’s Punt Road Oval this week.
Over one hundred teenagers descended upon the oval to compete in the annual competition between eight Islamic schools across Melbourne.
Richmond defender Bachar Houli took time out of his finals preparation to assist with the day, speaking to students and offering advice to potential AFL stars.
As an Australia Post Multicultural Ambassador, Houli helped establish the event in 2012 with the aim of developing the game in his community.
“It has grown so quickly over the past couple of years and I look forward to seeing what the next few years will bring,” Houli said.
“To have this many Islamic schools represented today is great and to see the skill level amongst these young boys continually improve brings me great joy.
“Days like this are important for these young boys to know if they really want to, they can pursue a career as an AFL footballer.”
There are currently three practicing Muslims on AFL lists with St Kilda’s Ahmed Saad and the Gold Coast Suns’ Adam Saad joining Houli in the league.
More than 30 Islamic schools are involved in the program nationally with talented players from across the country chosen to form a group of 35 who will be invited to the Bachar Houli Academy leadership training camp held later this month.
The Bachar Houli Program reaches around 10, 000 students across the country each year with the Bachar Houli Cup held in every state.
GRAND FINAL RESULTS:
Year 7/8 Grand Final
Al Taqwa 69 defeated AIA 67
Year 9/10 Grand Final
Al Taqwa 93 defeated Ilim 18