Kokan

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
Pronunciation: Ba-wal
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.

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Last updated: 02 May 2018