MUJU Peace Club

Friday, March 01, 2013

The Muslim/Jewish team, MUJU Peace Club, have begun training at Whitten Oval in preparation for the 2013 Multicultural Unity Cup.

Similar to the Middle East Peace Team which competed in the 2011 International Cup, MUJU is comprised of Jewish and Muslim young men playing together as team mates.

This year for the first time, the Unity Cup will feature an exhibition match by two female teams: the first also named MUJU and made up equally of Jewish and Muslim young women. This team has been hosted by Western Bulldogs Football Club.

The second team features African players who’ve been hosted by North Melbourne Football Club. Most of these girls have never played Australian football before, but motivated by a desire for interfaith harmony and social inclusion, they are catching on fast!

However, the boys’ team is made up of proven champs.

Co-creators Joel Kuperholz and Oussama Abouzied played with team mates Brandon Joel, Ali Hamad, Mahmoud Badra, Joey Taleb, Osman El Souki, Khaled El Haouli in MUJU Peace Club's premiership winning team last year and new recruits Olly Hoffman, Ben Sher, Ryan Kuperholz, Jayden Yarrow and Brad Blumenthal look strong and skillful.

MUJU will continue training at Whitten Oval in early March ahead of the Unity Cup Competition which is hosted by the Australian Federal Police together with Western Bulldogs, Essendon, Melbourne and North Melbourne Football Clubs.

Game days run over two days: 

Sunday 17 March 
Victorian Championship
 
Airport West Football Ground

·       Eight  teams from African, Asian, Indian, Indigenous, Muslim, Afghan and MUJU communities will go head to head in a round robin tournament

Sunday 24 March 
National Championship
 
JJ Holland Reserve, Kensington

·       Four top Victorian teams from the previous week will meet teams from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and NT

·       This day will also feature the first female exhibition match

 

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