Victor Christoff (7), of Fairfield School, leads the charge in the Taieri miniball competition at the Memorial Park Hall. Also pictured is Jayla Duncan (No 13), of East Taieri. Fairfield won 14-5. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Children young and old enjoy the weekly Taieri miniball
A total of 37 teams from six schools have entered this year's
About 240 pupils aged 7-11 play the sport each week.
It is also popular with parents and grandparents who enjoy
seeing their offspring in action.
''It's a good fast game and the kids enjoy it,'' Fairfield
School organiser Sue Grave said.
''It's a fun game and the numbers have continued to grow over
the last few years.''
Fairfield has 11 teams entered in the annual competition, and
it is a popular sport.
Games are played weekly after school on Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday afternoons at the Taieri College Gymnasium and the
Memorial Park Hall in Mosgiel.
The referees are Taieri College pupils.
The 12-week competition started in May and continues until
the end of August.
The committee running the sport contains people from the six
competing schools - East Taieri, Elm Grove, Fairfield,
Outram, Saint Marys and Silverstream.
''The results of each week's games and other information are
put on a website,'' Mrs Grave said.
There are five players from each team on the court at one
Each game lasts 24 minutes and consists of four six-minute
Mrs Grave highlighted the importance of getting support from
parents and other outside people.
''From a school's point of view, when you have 11 teams you
can't do it without the help of parents to coach the teams,''
''We get great parent support and there are also a lot of
grandparents down there as well.''
Taieri winners 2013
• East Taieri Red.
• Section A: Silverstream Breakers.
• Section B: East Taieri Green.
Year 5 and 6
• Section A: Silverstream Aces.
• Section B: Elmgrove 49ers.
• Section C: 61st Elmgrove Bulls.