New broom sweeping the ice-rink
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
PREPARING to have a quick crack at broomball on the ice-skating rink wearing my sneakers rather than lacing up the skates like the heroes I've just seen in Torino, I have to admit that I had visions of forming a very close relationship with the ice.
Any concerns I had were quickly quashed and although I didn't move with the grace of a Wayne Gretzky, I found my first stint of broomball to be an enjoyable diversion from sitting behind a desk all day.
Broomball is the newest sport to be introduced at the Big Banana's ice-skating rink in a sport that anyone can play.
"You can play the game with a simple pair of Dunlop Volleys which are OK for someone to start with," Big Banana's promotions manager Darren Green said.
"Something we'll be introducing later is boot hire."
The season will be starting on the first Tuesday in April but until then introductory nights are being held each Wednesday for interested players to give the game a try and get their skills up to date before the season commences.
"We had 25 people here the first introductory night and we're expecting double that this week," Green said.
"It's a free introduction so it's giving people free time on the ice."
The initial competition will be for players older than 16 but Green is keen to start competitions for younger participants in the future.
"It's a non-contact sport at the local level but it's more interesting than just jogging around the oval," he said.
"Broomball is a great alternative form of exercise and it's a great way to have fun.
"Best of all there's no need for anyone to have ice-skating experience, this a great way to introduce the ice to people."