Bubble balls prove popular

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Bubbleball Smash league co-ordinator Benji Biswas.
THE first Bubble Ball Smash Out social league — the unique game created by ILT Stadium Southland staff and played indoors on a full-size basketball court — has come to an end.
During a game, teams of five players take turns at attacking and defending their respective lines, with each player in a bubble ball, wearing knee pads.
‘‘The more you play the more fun you have and the physicality challenges your ability, and it’s a good combination of high intensity exercise, fitness and fun,’’ league co-ordinator and game creator Benji Biswas said.
The stadium purchased the bubble ball equipment in December from another Invercargill business which offered bubble ball soccer. Mr Biswas said he set out to create a game where the bubble balls could be used on one of the seven courts inside the stadium.
‘‘Smash Out is a new game but is similar in concept to our bubble ball sumo game for children. It uses the lines of a basketball court and each game is played for 30 minutes for as many rounds as teams can manage in that timeframe.’’
Before each game or hire Mr Biswas gives a five minute safety and game rules briefing.
‘‘With Smash Out, there is specific training involved if groups want to be more competitive. Strategies and techniques can be taught to improve and increase skills.’’
The first social league included teams from Young Farmers clubs and Invercargill businesses. The Cannon Balls, a group of friends, won the finals against The Smashers last week, 52 to 42.
ILT Stadium Southland business development manager Laura Morrison said the stadium currently had eight small bubble balls suitable for 8 to 12-year-olds and 10 large balls suitable for those 12 and older. Staff were also sourcing smaller bubble balls for the 6 to 10 age group.
The balls were used for children’s games such as tunnel cross and sumo smash, and people were starting to ask about them for birthday parties, she said.
‘‘It’s a chance for us to offer something different.’’
Families and groups were also booking their own one hour session during school holidays and at weekends, she said.
‘‘We can cater for church groups, school groups, corporate groups or any group who may want to hire a court and the bubble balls for team building, or just a different type of exercise or fun.’’
 For more information phone ILT Stadium Southland, 03 219 9310.
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