Some would call it organised chaos, others would recognise it as a fierce battle on the ice to be crowned number one.

Sixteen teams from eight Central Otago schools put their curling skills to the test at the annual Central Otago Primary Schools Interschool Curling Competition, at the Alexandra Ice Rink last Friday.

Over the past 13 years the competition, held on the final day of term 2, has become a highlight for year 7 and 8 pupils.

Clyde School principal Steph Kitto said the event was something the pupils looked forward to every year.

“They’re trying something new lot of the kids they’ve only had a couple of goes [at curling].”

Experienced curlers were on hand to share their skills and teach proper curling etiquette to the pupils, as well as help oversee the matches.

Organiser Nick Loughnan has overseen the competition since it began in 2008.

He said it was an opportunity for the pupils to try something new and give curling a go.

“I’ve always thought kids should be introduced to different codes of sport as much as possible.

“It’s the future of any sport,” Mr Loughnan said.

Roxburgh Area School took first place, followed by Poolburn School and St Gerard’s Primary School.