The action at the sepak takraw merchandise stand on the final day of the Arafura Games 2019 almost matched the on-court intensity.
Parents had barely tapped their payment and the woven plastic balls were out of the box and flying around the concourse of the Darwin Convention Centre.
“I reckon we’re going to sell out by the end of the day, so the message is get in quick.” says John Newman, whose son Alex captains the Australian team.
More than 500 balls were sold with men’s, women’s, intermediate and beginners’ levels catered for.
“The beginner’s ball is softer than the competition ball, making it easier to control.”
If sales are an indication of the sport’s appeal, sepak takraw has a big future.
“We’ve had a couple of child care centres come and buy some balls to take back and show their kids.”
If you missed the action at the Games look for the sport’s website takrawaustralia.com and the TakrawAustralia Facebook page for information including training sessions.