Various versions of hockey type games were played in many areas of the Torres Strait and Papua and New Guinea. A hockey game called kokan was played in Mabuiag. The game was played on a long stretch of the sandy beach.
Yirrganydji name: Bawal
Meaning of Yirrganydji name: To hit with a stick
The kokan (ball) was struck with a rough bat or club, baiwain or dabi, which was usually cut from a piece of bamboo, between 60 and 85 centimetres in length, on which a grip was cut. On Mabuiag Island the game was played by both genders.