Peter Lalor, The Australian
Here in the heartlands of rugby league, tabouleh and fully sick cars, a green shoot of Australian football has taken root.
The Auburn Tigers football side that trains every Wednesday is not, however, just another team. It is a primarily Muslim team. A primarily Muslim women's football team.
At the National Press Club this week, AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou spoke about the challenges facing his code and asked: "How do we make our game relevant to a 10-year-old Muslim girl?"
The answer is: get her older sisters to sign up for the Auburn Tigers and watch her follow.
Reprinted with permission for The Australian