Tiger Houli craves home comforts

Richmond's Bachar Houli (r) can't wait to get back home to Melbourne with his young family.
Richmond's Bachar Houli (r) can't wait to get back home to Melbourne with his young family.

The snapper are biting and Bachar Houli's mother can't wait to meet her grandson.

They're two big reasons the Richmond defender is itching to get home now he has a third AFL premiership medal in his keeping.

"There were moments there were I was hoping for it (their Gold Coast relocation) to end, I wasn't looking this far," he admitted after Saturday's victory at the Gabba.

"But your teammates brighten your day and put life into perspective."

Houli's mother is healthy again after contracting coronavirus and didn't meet her son's third child before he and his family joined the rest of his team in their Gold Coast bubble.

A keen outdoorsman and man of faith, he has also missed his favourite Port Phillip fishing spots and visiting his mosque.

"I'm looking forward to seeing mum, I haven't seen her for four months and I enjoy my fishing and camping," he said.

"I can't wait and I miss it bad; it's snapper season now so I'm pretty keen to get onto them."

Houli defied an early-game calf injury to play another huge part in another Richmond flag.

The 32-year-old, who moved from Essendon in 2010, insists there is still a fire in the belly.

"When I go home, open my safe and grab my other two medals and just dangle them (will it sink it)," he said.

"I'm so humbled by it and the guys involved in three we've hugged and reminded each other how unique it can be.

"I'm 33 next year but if I can taste one or two more it'd be nice.

"We're very greedy people, but there's nothing wrong with that as long as you remain humble and be very grateful for the opportunity and we are."

Australian Associated Press