Unity Grammar take home 2018 Bachar Houli Cup

Unity Grammar from Austral in Western Sydney has taken out this year’s Bachar Houli Cup.

The GWS GIANTS along with AFL NSW/ACT,  held the competition today at Progress Park in Auburn, with the high school competition hosting 13 teams from 12 schools.

Named after the first practicing Muslim to play for a senior AFL side and now Premiership player, Bachar Houli, the program encourages Year 9 and 10 students of Muslim backgrounds to participate in an AFL 9s competition. Whilst some of the boys participating have been playing AFL for years, for others, today was the first time they had picked up a Sherrin.

Schools involved included Irfan College, Belfield Park College, Malek Fahd, Alnoori, Australian Islamic College and Punchbowl Boys High School, just to name a few.

After a full day of play, the Grand Final came down to last year’s Grand Finalists, Granville Boys High School and Unity Grammar. In a tightly fought contest, it would be Unity Grammar to hold the Cup aloft, winning out by four points, 25-21.

The best players from the tournament will be given the opportunity to be part of the Bachar Houli Academy – a week long football talent program for aspiring Muslim AFL players to be held in September in Melbourne.

If you would like any further information on AFL NSW/ACT Multicultural Programs, please contact Nickie Flambouras at nickie.flambouras@afl.com.au.

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