Darwin Cup the first step to make Broomball a Darwin reality

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Broomball could be the next sport to dominate the Social Calendar of the Top End, with the event's Darwin Cup being held this weekend.

The game at Darwin Skating Center, Broomball responds to ice hockey in style, but players carry runners instead of ice skates and use rubber shakes to hit a ball.

Darwin Ice Skating Center instructor Jeff Hunnam said he hoped the tournament involving 20 players from southern states would help promote the game in Darwin.

"They are all eager to represent and showcase the game," he said.

"We want to get the children away from the earth, from their phones, from their computers."

"We are hoping to develop a local competition that we can start. "Broomball Australia's President Alan Jabs is in town for the competition and said he wanted to see the game grow.

" In the long run, it would be great if they got a league going up here, "said Jabs.

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