I won two premierships with the Bloods. Here’s how they won me, and Sydney


Over the past 20 years, AFL in NSW has gone from grass roots to gold standard. The Bloods are now ingrained in Sydney’s character, and I’m so lucky to have been a Bloods brother.

My first guernsey presentation in 2002 was an incredibly proud yet surreal moment, standing beside 45 eager team mates, all of whom had my back from the moment I met them.

Ted Richards, Adam Goodes and Lewis Roberts-Thomson after the second AFL Preliminary Final in 2012.

Ted Richards, Adam Goodes and Lewis Roberts-Thomson after the second AFL Preliminary Final in 2012.Credit:Getty

I took away a key message from that night – we were told “as a new player, you are now part of the fabric of this club. It is up…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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