Haneen Zreika – the only Muslim woman in the AFLW



Player Profile:

Haneen Zreika is an Australian rules footballer, playing in the AFLW Women’s competition. She currently plays for the Greater Western Sydney Giants where she was recruited to play in 2018 .

Haneen is the first person of Lebanese descent, and the first Muslim, to play in the AFLW. She started out playing rugby league, but later switched to Australian rules football, when she was 15 years old.

According to her GWS Player profile “…. this Western Sydney product Haneen Zreika returns to the GIANTS after being on the rookie list in 2018.

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A zippy midfielder who can also play off half-back, Zreika was impressive throughout 2018 for the Auburn-Penrith GIANTS and would have jointly won the 2018 Mostyn Medal had it not been for suspension.

The 157cm pocket rocket comes from a rugby league background and previously represented the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in the Tarsha Gale Cup.

Zreika became the first muslim woman to play AFLW when she debuted for the GIANTS in round one, 2019 and claimed a Rising Star Nomination in round seven.”

We wish her well in this 2020 season.