[193], Houli suffered from a calf strain in the 2019/20 off-season that limited his training load until early February. [166][167] He suffered a minor hamstring strain during that match and missed three weeks of football to rest the muscle, before returning in round 5's win over Sydney.

[105] Houli earned a top 10 finish in the club best and fairest for the fifth straight season, placing ninth. [173] Houli quickly revised his own career best mark the following week, adding 38 disposals in a loss to North Melbourne that helped him in maintaining a career-best average of 29.3 disposals per game at the mid-season bye. Send us a question and we will try to answer it. [22] Though he missed round 9 with a virus, Houli otherwise held his place at senior level over the first 11 weeks of the season, playing primarily on the club's half-back line, including with a two-goal, 23-disposal game in round 5 that earned him his first Brownlow Medal vote.

[1][6], In 2004, Houli was selected play for and captain the Victorian Metropolitan region at the AFL under-16 championships. Don't know how many people you can invite over? [49][50][51] After protracted negotiations in which Fox Footy and the Herald Sun reported Essendon has demanded a second-round pick and Richmond had offered a third rounder in pick 46, no trade could be agreed to by the two clubs. Premiership Tiger to miss at least the nest month of footy after the birth of his third child last week. [40] After playing VFL football with Bendigo, he made consecutive AFL appearances with 25 and 19 disposals in round 3 and 4 respectively, before being dropped back to the reserves ahead of round 5. [17][28], After returning from injury, Houli regained his spot in Essendon's best 22 for the opening round of the 2009 season.

[26][27] Houli played 10 AFL matches and averaged 19 disposals per game in 2008, earning himself 17th place in the club's best and fairest count. AFL players have had to make sacrifices to keep the season alive, but it has been particularly taxing on Houli and his family. [185] He was among his side's best in the preliminary final a fortnight later, notching 32 disposals and 11 marks to help Richmond to a comeback win over Geelong and a place in the grand final. “The hub is a bit of a blessing in disguise because we will be heavily connected up there and this will be the thing that will hold us in good stead I feel,” he said. Houli was born in Australia to Lebanese parents who had migrated in the 1970s. [10], After consulting with a Sheikh, Houli decided to break his Ramadan fast for three days during the physical endurance tests at the AFL Draft Camp, after which he recorded impressive results. [223] In 2020, Houli was named by the Herald Sun as Richmond's 13th best player of the AFL era. [52][53] Though Essendon retained his rights, Houli's ongoing refusal to sign with the club saw him instead nominate for the forthcoming pre-season draft. "[It was] very, very challenging to be quite honest," he said. [173][174] To that point, Houli ranked fourth among all players in the league for effective disposals per game and sixth in average metres gained. All square in footy's nail-biting return", "Richmond injury news: Bachar Houli set to miss Round 2, draftee Noah Cumberland tears ACL", "Coronavirus crisis: AFL makes call on round one", "Coronavirus crisis and footy: The state of play", "AFL to go ahead with round one of men's 2020 season amid coronavirus pandemic", "UPDATE: Injury, family ties could rule out seven Tigers for R6", "Richmond's Bachar Houli opts out of Tigers' Queensland AFL hub because of family reasons", "Tom Lynch surgery: Richmond confident it can cover injured, missing stars", "Tigers skipper, wrecking ball back but defender suffers setback", "Team of the 21st Century - Half-back: Bachar Houli", "2020 AFL Dream Team: Who's the best rebound defender in the AFL? "This never happens — so was it a coincidence?

Richmond premiership defender star Bachar Houli has confirmed he won’t join the Tigers in their Gold Coast hub after the birth of his third child late last week.

"It was definitely an important message in that it drove a lot of people to realise that this thing is real and that there's something out there that they need to be aware of and be cautious about," Houli said. "It's definitely one year that I'll remember for the rest of my life, 2020, obviously my son was born and my Mum got sick pretty much at that time and she didn't get the option to see him. [90] He was among his side's best players in the loss, with 27 disposals and four marks. When Victorian clubs headed for hubs in Queensland in July, he remained in Melbourne to be with his wife, Rouba, as she gave birth to their third child, Mohamed. [43][44][45] He played just three matches at AFL level before he was again dropped back to reserves level following a round 19 loss to Carlton. [143][144][145] He returned to fitness for round 2's grand final rematch against Adelaide and contributed 17 disposals. [168][169][170] Houli earned seven coaches votes as second best on ground with a match-high 32 disposals the following week, and a further four votes as third best on ground with 35 disposals in round 9. wife, Rouba, as she gave birth to their third child, Mohamed. [6][7], In 2006, he was selected to represent the Victorian Metropolitan region side at the AFL Under 18 Championships. [17] Through the first 16 rounds of the year, Houli was having what club legend and media commentator Matthew Richardson described as "a fairly consistent season", but it round 17 he put in what Richardson called Houli's best game of the year. [189][190] Houli placed third in the Coaches' Association's Gary Ayres award for player of the finals and was named as the league's third best defender and 24th best player overall in the Herald Sun chief football reporter Mark Robinson's list of the league's best players in 2019. "She still hasn't seen him and she's looking forward to the day she meets him and obviously give him a cuddle.". AFL Trades 2020: Brad Crouch St Kilda contract news, Adelaid... State of Origin: Matty Johns, NSW Blues, Ryan Papenhuyzen, C... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. [159][160] Houli was an honoury captain the following week, joining fellow Muslim player and Essendon opponent Adam Saad to toss the coin in support of the Muslim-Australian community who had been the subject of racist comments by conservative Senator Fraser Anning in Parliament that week. [68] In round 22, AFL Media named Houli one of Richmond's best players with 26 disposals in a win over Essendon, while in round 23, Houli received four Coaches' Association Award votes as the equal third best player in a draw with Port Adelaide. [17] Houli missed round 12 due to a virus, but was not immediately recalled to AFL football following his recovery. Bachar Houli (Arabic: بشار حولي ‎, born 12 May 1988) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). [17] Houli was regularly named a non-playing AFL emergency over the following six weeks and earned media praise from Essendon officials for his VFL output, before being recalled for round 7 of the AFL season.

[152][153][154] He made a return to football in round 17, but further groin soreness forced him to limit the stint to just one match. [126][127] He was named among the club's best players the following week in a match against Carlton but was reported for striking opponent Jed Lamb in the head with an off-ball, blind round arm swing in the first quarter of that win. Bachar Houli has opted out of the Queensland trip after his wife Rouba gave birth to the couple’s third child last week. [38][39] He finished the year having played just seven matches, but again lifting his disposals output to 22.4 per game.

"There's been mixed emotions to be quite honest, at times I've just sort of scratched my head and thought to myself what am I doing here, is it really worth it?" [17] In round 5, Houli recorded 30 disposals and was named by AFL Media as one of his side's best players. Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from November 5 in our coronavirus blog. Meanwhile, gun midfielders Trent Cotchin (hamstring) and Dion Prestia (ankle) and ruckman Toby Nankervis (ankle) all face multiple weeks on the sidelines after going down in the 27-point victory over the Demons.

[59] He played a dual role as a midfielder and defender and continued to impress over the following months, including with a two-goal haul in round 7's win over Fremantle and 30 or more disposals in rounds 6, 10 and 17. “For those who don’t know... my wife had a baby boy named Mohamed. He wins the ball back well, he uses it effectively by hand and foot, and he plays the role that we want in the side to an elite level. [115][116][117] After a successful run at the lower level, Houli returned to AFL football in round 19 with 21 disposals in a loss to Greater Western Sydney.

We’ll see you soon, Bach pic.twitter.com/hivrFZGbjG. “We are off (to) the hubs now, which is great for the connection of the footy club. Houli is the first devout Muslim and third Muslim overall to play in the AFL. Houli's mother, Yamana, was in a critical condition in hospital after she contracted COVID-19. [151] Although the injury did not require surgery, Houli spent six weeks rehabilitating the muscle, during which time he also underwent finger surgery to repair an unrelated injury.

[4] He kicked one goal in a match against South Australia and another two against Western Australia and was among his side's best players in each. [161][162] After helping Richmond to the minor premiership as the ladder-leading side at the end of the home and away season, Houli contributed 24 disposals and four tackles in a qualifying final win over Hawthorn. Houli is the first devout Muslim and third Muslim overall to play in the AFL. [224], Houli was the first devout Muslim and third Muslim overall to play in the AFL, following on from Adem Yze and Sedat Sir.

A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. [58] By the commencement of his seventh AFL season, Houli was ranked statistically among the best players in the league in his position. [17][84], Houli signed a new two-year contract extension before the start of the 2014 season and started the year averaging 20 disposals per game over the first eight matches of the season.

[4][1][11] Prior to the 2006 national draft, AFL Media projected Houli would be taken by Essendon with the 47th pick. [222] Houli is a left foot kicker. [48] Despite consulting with the newly appointed Essendon coach James Hird in October, Houli formalised his rejection of a contract extension by requesting a trade to Richmond. [102] Houli continued to add strong performances in the final weeks of the season, including with two goals and 29 disposals in round 21 and with another goal when played as a forward for parts of the final game of the home and away season. [101] [60][61][62][17][63] Houli was also best afield and received the maximum three Brownlow Medal votes following a then career-best 32 disposals in a round 21 win over Sydney. [206][207][208] Houli was best on ground in the coaches eyes during that match, recording eight Coaches Association Award votes for a performance that included a team-high 26 disposals and eight marks. [29] Despite six marks and 18 disposals, Houli was dropped back to reserves level immediately following that match. [2][3][4] He was raised a devout Muslim, praying five times a day and observing a comprehensive fast during the holy month of Ramadan.