Hungerball gives children as well as adults, the challenge of defending and attacking a goal at the same time. You can have a go when it comes to Orewa this month. Toma Iordache (in yellow) came up with the name for the game invented by his father, Andu.
Orewa psychologist Andu Iordache grew up in communist Romania, dreaming of chocolate, bananas and the life he imagined people lived in Western countries. Forging a life for himself in NZ was not easy, and although he visits Romania often he considers himself a Kiwi. He spoke to Terry Moore.
It might seem that we have explored every kind of sport by this point in history. But people get tired of playing the same old games, so they make new ones. Baseball, football, hockey, and basketball were all new once, and they all took decades to grow from their humble beginnings into national obsessions. Newer sports have already had some success. The 1990s saw the rise of the X Games, and Quidditch—the sport based on the Harry Potter novels—gained a small following on real-world playing fields in the mid-2000s.
The new sport of Hungerball Soccer was created by Andu & Toma Iordache from New Zealand in February 2015. Hungerball happens in a fully enclosed round arena with six mini-goals equally distanced, six players, each with their own goal, playing all on all, one ball, one winner – the most hungry for the ball!