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Break out . . . Gore Grizzlies player Ben Geary (9) keeps the puck close to his stick during an ice hockey game against Queenstown in an under- 12 tournament held at the Gore ice rink on Sunday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

About 10 teams took to the ice at the Gore rink last weekend to hit a puck around and score some goals.

Clubs from as far away as Tekapo took part in the under-12s tournament on Sunday.

Gore Grizzlies spokesman Warrick Morris said the games were played across the ice in an area of about a third of the rink rather than the full size.

“It enhances their skills quicker because they’re touching the puck a lot more,” Morris said.

Four players from each team were on the ice at a time.

“They’re 10-minute-long games and every minute the hooter goes and that four come off and the next four hop on.”

While the score was kept there was no overall winner.

“Ice hockey’s the winner.”

Everyone seemed to enjoy the games.

“It’s quite competitive like… there are only two or three points in the games.”

The Grizzlies were rebuilding in the younger grades.

“We did have a team last year but we hadn’t had an under-12 team … for four or five years.”

The team’s practice was at 4.30pm on Tuesdays.