Submitted by Peter Blucher
The name is synonymous with Australian football north of Brisbane. At Sandgate, Windsor-Zilmer and Aspley they boast family ties that span more than 500 years and span three generations.
Lance Ferry became a senior administrator in the 1960s and 1970s, and his son Paul represented Queensland in the 1980s. He was on a family list that included many siblings.
In 1987, 35 years after he became a member of the first Brisbane beer development team, Paul Ferry has been hailed as the man behind a big statement in the AFL, Ali Al Ali.
Speaking recently with Gary Leon and Tim Watson on Sean Radio in Melbourne, Aller explained how he was making the most significant impact on his football again after training as a teenager at Aspel.
“He (again) was great to me … he helped me thrive and I still walk with him regularly,” said Aller, who moved from Sydney to Port Adelaide to be one of the recruits for the 2021 AFL season.
“He often sends me texts before the game or when I do something special like Sparky a few weeks ago – I’ve got a lot of Sparks.
“He’s a really great man who made a huge impact in my life.”
After playing football in the 200’s again, now the assistant coach of Korparu was Elir’s coach, when Kedron High School teammate James Ives, QAFL Grogan medalist Peter Ives and later the senior NEAFL player came with Aspley, invited him to ‘invite’ one with the Aspley U14s. There is a kick.
This football story was second only to Ali’s story.
Ali was born in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, and his parents fled Sudan after a bloody civil war. It was a camp with about 100,000 men, women, and children.
In 2002, eight-year-old Alir and his family moved to Brisbane, where Alir’s uncle lived. He was a fan of basketball but he liked Sherin when he got a chance in football.
A member of the expanded Queensland U16 team, he was invited to the AFL camp in Sydney before the 2010 Australian U1 Championship and eventually represented World XVIII at the carnival.
At the camp he met Reuben Riek, another Sudanese boy whose mother was still in Uganda. He was living with his aunt in Perth. The Kates became friends at the camp, but they were more than friends until they talked about the beginnings of the team bus ride from Blocktown Olympic Park.
Aller noted that the Sydney beginnings were similar to those in Brisbane, which prompted Rick to ask Aller if he knew a girl he knew as a friend who had tried to contact him because he had his mother’s sisters.
The money is gone. Dude was Ali’s sister. The boys’ mothers were sisters and they were cousins.
Aller again represented the world team at the U116 Carnival in 2011 and in 2012 he played with a Queensland U1 side player and made his senior debut at Asley.
In 2013, he moved to Western Australia with his mother and four brothers and sisters, after which his mother settled in Perth.
There, Ali joined WAFL club East Fremantle and was an overseas member of Western Australia U18, and played a key role in the Queensland U1818 game after leading the Sandgroppers’ defense.
Inspired by the West Coast Eagle sculptor and Nick Nitanui, his football was improving at the time, and in November 201 he became the second player from Sudan’s heritage to be named in the AFL after Majak Dako from North Melbourne. He was drafted by Hans on Pans 44 44.
Coincidentally he made his AFL debut in the Gabba against Labs in 201 AF with a 64-game start with Hans having a minor but devastating knee strain that kept him out of the 201 grand final and he was trading after the finish. Back in Adelaide last year on the goose.
A huge role model for multicultural children across Australia and an official AFL multicultural ambassador, Ali admitted to having her “mourning” at the port.
“It wasn’t my best year last year and it wasn’t what I expected and they (Port) were at the top. When I heard about it, I didn’t expect anything to come, but when I realized it was serious I started thinking seriously about it.
“I loved Sydney. They hugged me from day one and I have a lot of respect for the club and the many friends there. Last year I played a little bit everywhere – backwards, forwards and on the rock – and even though I had fun I think I played my best down back.
“I talked to my mother and a lot of people and then I had to talk to the swans because I had a one-year contract. But in the end it was four years at the port against a year in Sydney so I decided that some security would be better. “
With a swan bone in his pay cap and anxious to pick up a sum, Tom Hickey had no choice but to trade Alier at the port for a second-round pick in Harbor City.
“Even though we liked Aller to stay, he pointed out that he wanted to sell us in Port Adelaide and decided to take the opportunity of a long-term deal on the offer,” said Swansea GM Charlie Gardiner.
“Alire Houns has been a major contributor and popular member of the team in his seven seasons. On behalf of all of Sydney Hans we would like to thank Ali for the impact he has had during his time with our club and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”
Aller says Port coach Ken Hinckley has felt “really comfortable” at his new club after a unique start to life in Adelaide, and was licensed to use excellent sports and flair as soon as he saw fit.
“It wasn’t the best case scenario, I had to be quarantined when I first arrived in Adelaide and then I had to have jaw surgery. But I’m grateful to be able to move from one big club to another.”
Alire has quickly established himself as one of the premier Incept defenders in the competition, and has been the source of many offensive moves from the back half.
Coincidentally, after nine weeks in the season, Hickey and Alir live comfortably with the Western Bulldogs Adam Trailer, the three top recruits for the 2021 season in a controversial deal with Collingwood.
Looking forward to the Round 1 game against the Swans in Adelaide, Aller finished seventh and 12th in the league in points.th In the Western Bulldogs after the loss of power at the end of last year on the disrupted assets.
Round from other Queensland News:
- Tom Hickey continued his remarkable consistency and high-ranked Collywood Woodman Rukman Brody Grundy scored in the Swans’ 300-point win over the Pence in the SCG. He had 1 possessive asset, which earned him three votes in the Coach Player of the Year award, including a game-high 11 competitive assets, a game-high eight eliminations, three competition points and 1-hit-outs. He has now done six poles in his eight games and is on 1 ks runth Overall, Melbourne captain Max Gone was the only runner with him.
- Ben Keys enjoyed his third 300-capture game of the year, with 322 assets, six clearances and two assists at the expense of Adelaide on the West Coast of Perth.
- The Lions Queensland team had Denne Jorco, Harris Andrews, Charlie Cameron, Eric Hipwood and Cadian Coleman with 90 assets and seven goals in the Met– point Q-clash romp. Zorro’s season high was 34 assets, one goal and two assists helped him earn eight votes from the coach in the game of the year – second only to Ashcroft medalist Jared Leon. Hipwood (two goals), Cameron (three goals), Andrews (five points) and Medical Sub Coleman (12 assists and one goal) were all solid contributors.
- The sad news outside of Sun Camp during their disappointing loss, Jack Boise will be separated for a few weeks after a hamstring injury.
Peter Blucher is a sports consultant.