The Inaugural AFL Queensland Bachar Houli Cup took place at Leyshon Park Yeronga on September 11.
Milperra SHS, Islamic College of Brisbane and Australian International Islamic College battled it out in a round robin format in both a boys and girls competition.
The Girls Cup was taken out by a highly competitive Milperra outfit with the Islamic College of Brisbane winning the boys division.
AFL Queensland Diversity Manager Brett Fragiacomo said the day was a significant success.
“The Bachar Houli Cup provided an opportunity for Islamic students to engage in AFL by participating in a six week AFL program culminating in the Bachar Houli Cup,” said Fragiacomo.
“The program gave the students an opportunity to be selected in the Bachar Houli Academy, and engage further with AFL via AFL Queensland’s talent programs and community clubs.
“Queensland had two participants selected in the Bachar Houli Academy, Usama Rane from the Islamic College of Brisbane and Abdul Kareem Dushimire from the Australian International Islamic College who attended the Academy in Melbourne for 5 days”.
The Bachar Houli Cup has been developed by the AFL’s Multicultural Program and Richmond football player Bachar Houli. The program provides Islamic based schools and students an opportunity to participate in an AFL competition.
The objectives are to: – Provide an opportunity for Islamic students to engage in AFL – Provide an AFL and cultural role model in Bachar Houli – Celebrate cultural diversity – Identify AFL talent The Bachar Houli Cup is a national program currently played in Victoria, NSW, Western Australia and now, Queensland.