Their husbands and brothers run the water bottles or help out goal umpiring while the Auburn Giants women's Aussie Rules side train for the biggest game of their lives.

More than a fifth of the squad has never played competitive sport and 70 per cent drop out every year when they fall pregnant or marry.

Yet tomorrow they will become the first predominantly Muslim women's team to play on the Melbourne Cricket Ground as a curtain-raiser to the GWS Giants' game against Collingwood.

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