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Malbal: The Thrilling Intra-School Basketball Game at Malvern

At Malvern Primary School, we believe in nurturing not only academic excellence but also the spirit of teamwork, sportsmanship and healthy competition. To celebrate the love of basketball, we host an annual exciting Malbal competition, a unique and inclusive twist on traditional basketball that has become a favourite pastime for our students during play and lunchtimes.

What is Malbal?

Malbal is a fast-paced, inclusive basketball-inspired game played daily on our small-sided basketball courts. The ultimate aim of the game is simple: score a basket. However, there’s one significant twist that sets Malbal apart from conventional basketball – you can’t dribble the ball. Instead, players must rely on their passing skills to move the ball down the court, working in tandem with their teammates to outmanoeuvre the opposition.

The Game’s Dynamics

In Malbal, the action is non-stop and exhilarating. The absence of dribbling adds an element of strategy and teamwork to the game. Players must work together to advance the ball into the opposition’s area, where they can attempt to score a basket. However, if the ball is intercepted by the opposing team or hits the floor at any point, possession changes hands, and the game restarts with a side-line ball.

The Thrill of Malbal Competition

In addition to daily play, we hold an annual Malbal competition during the Autumn Term. Each class hosts its own Malbal competition, and the intensity of these class-level competitions is palpable. Students showcase their talents, teamwork, and strategic prowess as they vie for the title of class champions.

The Road to Glory

The winning teams from each class earn the privilege of representing their class in the inter-school Malbal competition. These victorious classes advance to the final showdown, where they compete for the prestigious title of Malbal Champions. The final match is always a thrilling spectacle, with two classes battling it out for Malbal supremacy.

Malbal is more than just a game; it’s a testament to the passion, enthusiasm, and camaraderie that define our school community. It’s an annual opportunity for Malvern students to come together, enjoy the love of basketball, and learn valuable life lessons both on and off the court. At Malvern Primary School, we nurture excellence in both education and sports, hand in hand.

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