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Seeking a new challenge? Try broomball!

23 September, 2014   Shawn Lim

Ice Challenge (Broomball) 2014

Broomball is played in a similar fashion as ice hockey and floorball, but with some variation in terms of equipment. (Photo by VoxSports)



Played in a similar fashion as ice hockey and floorball, the sport of broomball shares identical traits like game play and tactics with its cousins. Even though its country of origin is disputed between Canada and Sweden, the world governing body sits in the former.

Ice Challenge (Broomball) 2014
The objective is to score by hitting a ball with a stick that is shaped like a “broom”. (Photo by VoxSports)



Each team is made of six players and the objective is to score by hitting a ball with a stick that is shaped like a “broom”, hence, its name. Unlike ice hockey players who wear skates, broomball players wear special rubber soles shoes.

Ice Challenge (Broomball) 2014

A broomball player attempting a shot at goal. (Photo by VoxSports)



Sport Singapore was fortunate enough to witness broomball in action for the first time this past weekend, as part of The Rink’s “Ice Challenge”, a fun triathlon for skaters and non-skaters.

They will form 56 teams and play 28 matches over four days, starting from the 19 to 26 September, with the top prize of Scoot air tickets to a destination of their choice up for grabs.

Most of the teams that took part in the competition were playing broomball for the first time and did notice have much inkling on what to expect before their match started. 

Ice Challenge (Broomball) 2014
Most of the teams that took part in the competition were playing broomball for the first time but it did not stop them from having fun. (Photo by VoxSports)




For Wu Jie Zhen, whose team, The Hidden Good, advanced to the next round, it was more of having fun and figuring out how to play the game as the match went on.

“I think we put a decent effort in to the game. We didn’t have a strategy going in because we just wanted to have fun. We attacked more in the first half and realized that it was smarter to defend better,” Wu said


Echoing her sentiments was Jared Kong of Team 11, which advanced to the next round as well.

“We wanted to have a good time. But also since the rules indicated that this was similar to soccer, our strategy was to spread out and not cluster in one spot," Kong added.

Both Wu and Kong were surprised that that the shoes held firm and both noted that they did not fell as much as they would if they had worn skates instead.


The next round of broomball matches will carry on next week. For more information, visit http://www.therink.sg/happenings/events.