‘It’s time to go fishing, Tiger for life’: Houli to play last game against Hawthorn

Triple-premiership Tiger Bachar Houli has announced his retirement and will play his final AFL game against the Hawks this weekend.

A former Bomber who came to Richmond via the pre-season draft, Houli played more than 230 games for the Punt Road club. The 33-year-old was runner-up for the Norm Smith in 2017 and 2019 and was named All-Australian in 2019.

Bachar Houli (left) with coach Damien Hardwick after Richmond’s 2017 grand final win.Credit:Getty Images

“I have been fortunate enough to play at two great clubs, and to be a part of the history of this game,” he added.

“Not only did I want to play as many games as possible, but I wanted to educate Australia, about my faith [and] about the religion of Islam, the religion of peace. I hope I have left a sense of peace in everyone’s heart.

“I sincerely thank the club and the AFL for allowing me to be me.

“Thank you to the [entire] Richmond Football Club, from Peggy, to the chief [Brendon Gale], to the amazing Tiger Army … for allowing me to be a part of this amazing organisation.

“It’s time to go fishing, Tiger for life.”

Houli leaves a strong off-field legacy at Richmond, with the Bachar Houli Foundation, which he founded, building young leaders within the Muslim community.


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