A screen Australia and the Australia Broadcasting Corporation present in association with The Children's Television Foundation and Create New South Wales. A Northern Pictures Production.

A group of school kids sing a rap song that says A NEW DAY DAWNS IN
THE WILD WILD WEST
WHEN A SCHOOL WILL DISCOVER
WHO WILL BE THE BEST
AND YOU KNOW WHEN THE GOING
GETS TOUGH

Salwa is around 10, with long brown hair in a braid and wears a school uniform.

Mikey is around 10, with slightly long wavy brown hair in a bun and he wears a school uniform.

Jerry is around 10, with short wavy light brown hair and wears a school uniform.

Tiffany around 10, with long curly brown hair and wears glasses, a yellow tracksuit and a white headband.

Lily is around 10, with long brown hair in pigtail braids with colourful ribbons and wears a yellow tracksuit and a white headband.

Lance is in his early teens, with short straight blond hair and wears a yellow tracksuit and a white headband.

The song continues MIKEY'S GOING TO DIG DOWN
AND USE THE RIGHT STUFF
'CAUSE IF YOU WANNA PLAY
HANDBALL
THEN YOU'VE GOTTA GIVE IT
YOUR ALL
COME ON
'CAUSE IF YOU WANNA PLAY
HANDBALL
YOU'VE GOTTA THINK BIG,
NOT SMALL
IF YOU WANNA PLAY HANDBALL
THEN YOU'VE GOTTA PLAY
HARDBALL

A caption reads "Created and written by Guy Edmonds and Matt Zemeres."

The name of the show reads "Hardball."

Mikey storms in the sporting complex, letting a strong wind come in with him.

(WIND GUSTING)

The strong makes flyers go up in the air and Jayden and Evan drop hundreds of balls they carry in bins.

A song goes YOU'RE A HUSTLER
(BLOWING WHISTLE)
YOU'VE GOTTA HUSTLE,
THERE AIN'T NO TIME FOR SLEEP
JUST KEEP ON MOVING,
DO WHAT YOU'RE DOING
YOU ALWAYS PLAY FOR KEEPS
AIN'T BACKING DOWN,
NO, WE'RE GOING BIG
CAN'T STOP IT NOW,
WE GET AFTER IT
GET AFTER IT
GET AFTER IT
LIGHT THAT FIRE!

The wind causes mayhem and everyone turns against Mikey.

(THUDDING)

Mikey stops daydreaming and falls off the treadmill.

Later, Auntie and Dad drop Mikey at the sporting complex.

Dad says I'LL GET BACK AS QUICK, AS I
CAN.

Mikey says DON'T WORRY, DADDY.
I KNOW YOUR COACH IS TOUGHER
THAN A TIN SHED.

Dad says TRUE.
TIN SHED ARE WEAK BUT.

Mikey says YOU'LL BE WITH ME ANYWAY.

Dad says ATTA' BOY.
PROMISE I'LL BE THERE.

Auntie says ME TOO.
WHAT AM I, CHOPPED LIVER?
GET OUT, YOU'RE GONNA BE LATE.

Dad says KNOCK 'EM DEAD BOY.

As Mikey walks in, Prisha, Mustafa, and Bao gives them all his sport supplies.

A song goes HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY
HEY, OOH
HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY
HEY, HEY
HEY, HEY, HEY,
HEY, HEY...
OOH
HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY
HEY, HEY, HEY-HEY-HEY
HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY...

All the kids are practicing different activities.

Jayden says FIVE MINUTES 'TIL
KICK OFF EVERYBODY.
FIVE MINUTES.

Miss Crapper says LISTEN, CHILDREN, NO MATTER
WHICH ONE OF YOU WINS TODAY,
BECAUSE ONE OF YOU MUST WIN,
KNOW THAT A WIN AT SASI'S
IS A WIN FOR BLOCK STREET.
ONE OF YOU MUST WIN.

Mikey says WE'LL TRY, MS.

Tiffany says WE WILL, OKAY.

Lily says TOTALLY, MS.

Miss Crapper says BE THE BEST IN THE WEST,
BETTER THAN ALL THE REST.
BETTER THAN ANYONE...
SIMPLY THE BEST.

Mikey says SWEET TRACKIES, GUYS.

Tiffany says YOU TOO...
NOT.

Lily says DOUBLE NOT.

Lance says THANKS SO MUCH, MIKEY.
MY MUM MADE THEM.
WE SHOULD HAVE DONE ONE FOR YOU
TOO.

Mikey says TA.

Tiffany says ENOUGH CHIT CHAT, I'VE GOT A
TOURNAMENT TO WIN, OKAY.

Mikey says OKAY, GOOD LUCK, GUYS.

Lance says THANKS SO MUCH.
YOU TOO, MIKEY.

Tiffany says LANCE, YOU'RE NOT EVEN
PLAYING.

Lance says OH. (CHUCKLING)

Evan says WE HAVE 24 BRAVELY
BATTLING TO BE THE BEST IN
THE WEST.

Jayden says BUT THERE CAN ONLY
BE ONE WINNER.

Evan says THREE MINUTE WARNING.

Mikey says JUST A THOUGHT, SHOULD WE
FORGET ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT AND
GO TO THE ARCADE?

Salwa says NO WAY.

Mikey says MY SHOUT.

Jerry says NO.

Mikey says ROCK CLIMBING?
YOU COULD BELAY.

Salwa says QUIET.

Mikey says I FEEL LIKE A JELLYFISH HAD
A BABY JELLYFISH IN MY
TUMMY.

Jerry says I'D BE WORRIED IF YOU WEREN'T
NERVOUS.
(GAGGING)

Salwa says DID YOU JUST...

Mikey says NO...
BUT CLOSE.

Salwa says GROSS.

Jerry says SALWA?

Salwa says ARM.

Jerry says SLEEVE.

Salwa pulls up Mikey's sleeve.

Jerry says TEXTA.

Salwa gives Jerry a marker.

Jerry draws a question mark on Mikey's forearm.

Mikey says A QUESTION MARK?

Jerry says IT MEANS WHY.

Mikey says BUT IT'S A QUESTION MARK.

Salwa says IT'S SYMBOLIC, DUMMY.
SO YOU REMEMBER YOUR "WHY."

Mikey says OH.
STILL NOT FULLY GETTING THIS
"WHY" THING.

Salwa says IT'S ALL THE PEOPLE YOU CARE
ABOUT AND STUFF.

Jerry says THEY'RE HERE WITH YOU TODAY.

Mikey says I SORT OF GET IT.
YOU'RE THE BEST, BROS.

Evan says 15 SECONDS 'TIL GAME
TIME.
EVERYONE, TO THE COURT.
EVERYONE, TO THE COURT.

Jerry says GO GET 'EM, MAHAKI.

On a stage, Jayden says LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
WE ARE MERE MOMENTS AWAY.

Evan says THE QUEST FOR THE BEST
IN THE WEST BEGINS NOW.

Jayden says THE WINNER...

They show the trophy and say GETS THIS.

Evan says NOW FOR THE RULES, OVER TO
OUR LEAD REFEREE, PRISHA.

Prisha says THANK YOU, SIRS.
MY NAME IS PRISHA AND THESE ARE
MY ASSISTANTS BAO AND MUSTAFA.

Mustafa says HOW'S IT GOING?

Bao says LET'S DANCE, PEOPLE.
(CROWD CHUCKLING)

Prisha says ROUND ONE IS 16 SUDDEN
DEATH TWO SQUARE BATTLES PLAYED
CONCURRENTLY.

Jayden says THAT'S FANCY TALK FOR...

Jayden and Evan say AT THE SAME TIME.

Prisha says YOU KNOW THE RULES.
PLAY TO THEM, AND WE'LL HAVE
A GOOD TIME.
DON'T, AND WE WON'T.
(WHISTLE BLOWING)
(CHEERING)

Evan says WELL AFTER MONTHS OF
HARD WORK, IT'S SASI TIME.

Jayden says THE BALLS ARE
BOUNCY.

Evan says THE COURTS ARE SHINY.

Jayden says AND THE PLAYERS
ARE FOCUSSED.

Evan says OOH, I CAN'T WAIT.

Jayden says ME EITHER.
(WHISTLE BLOWING)

(WHISTLE BLOWING)

Bao raises a sign that reads "Round 1."

The team starts playing against one other.

Mikey says GOOD LUCK.
(WHISTLE BLOWING)
(WHISTLE BLOWING)

(WHISTLE BLOWING)
(APPLAUDING)

(WHISTLE BLOWING)
(APPLAUDING)

Mikey says SORRY.

Lily says TIFF'LL GET YOU.
(EXHALING)

Evan says THE TOURNAMENT'S WILD
CARD MIKEY MAHAKI THROUGH
TO ROUND TWO.
WHAT A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB.
LOTS OF PRESSURE.

Salwa accidentally splashes Mikey as she gives her the water bottle.

Jayden says OOH, SO MUCH.

Salwa says THEY DO IT IN BOXING MOVIES.
(BELL RINGING)

Jayden says ROUND ONE IS HISTORY
AND 24 IS NOW 12, OKAY.

Evan says WOW, NICE MATH.

Jayden says THANKS.
THE QUEST TO BE THE BEST IN
THE WEST TAKES NO PRISONERS.

Evan says TOURNAMENT FAVOURITE
TIFFANY STEELE-STONE WITH
SCINTILLATING FORM.
(CHEERING)
SUCH INTENSITY AND GREAT FORM.
(WHISTLE BLOWING)

Jayden says BEATRICE ROCKFORD
ROASTS HER OPPONENT AND ROCKS
INTO ROUND THREE.
(WHISTLE BLOWING)

Evan says AND Z-POP POPS INTO
ROUND THREE.
(WHISTLE BLOWING)

Auntie says GOOD POINT.
(APPLAUDING)

Jayden says AS MIKEY MAHAKI
MAKES HIS WAY INTO ROUND THREE.

Jerry says A WIN'S A WIN.

Mikey says DID YOU SEE ME OUT THERE?
I STAND NO CHANCE AGAINST TIFF.

Jerry says YOU CAN DO THIS.
YOU'RE THE CHOSEN ONE.

Salwa says MORE LIKE THE CHOSEN BRO.

Mikey says CHOSEN BRO... I LIKE THAT.

Salwa points at him and clicks her tongue.

(CLICKING)

Mikey says SEEN DADDY?

Jerry says SADLY, NO.

Mikey says DANG.

Salwa says HE'LL MAKE IT.

Jayden says TO YOUR PLACES
PLEASE, COME ON.

Jerry says REMEMBER YOUR "WHY."
JUST KEEP FOCUSSED, MAINTAIN
POWER...

Salwa says AND DON'T FORGET,
PRECISENESS.

Jerry says PRECISELY.

(BELL RINGING)

Jayden says OKAY, NEXT UP ROUND THREE.

Evan says JUST A LITTLE CHANGE TO THE
RULES OKAY.
PRISHA?

Prisha says FROM HERE ON IN, IT'S NO
LONGER SUDDEN DEATH.
FIRST TO THREE WINS.

Jayden says AND TO TURN UP THE HEAT...

Jayden and Evan say HEADS ARE IN.
(CHEERING)

Prisha says KEEP IT CLEAN.
(BLOWING WHISTLE)

Tiffany faces Beatrice in the court.

(TIFF EXHALING)

Evan says WOW, THEY'RE LIKE
SHARKS CIRCLING EACH OTHER
IN THE DEEP.
WOW, ONE POINT TO TIFF.
(APPLAUDING)

Jayden says VERY NICE POINT.

AH!
(APPLAUDING)
(BLOWING WHISTLE)
(EXHALING)

Jayden says BOOM SHAKALAKA!
(BLOWING WHISTLE)

Prisha says OUT.

Tiffany says HEY, B, GUESS WHAT?
I WIN.
(CHEERING)

Jayden says WOW, WHAT A GAME.

Evan says FLAWLESS VICTORY.

In the hallway, Miss Crapper says PSST, MICHAEL.

Mikey says WHAT DID I DO, MS?

Miss Crapper says NOTHING.

Mikey says OH, COOL.

Miss Crapper says WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS A
WOOD CHOPPING CHAMP.
MADE IT TO THE ROYAL SHOW.

Mikey says OKAY.

Miss Crapper says I COULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST
IN THE WEST.

Evan says MIKEY, YOU'RE UP.

Mikey says I GOTTA GO, MS.

Miss Crapper says LISTEN, MICHAEL.
I COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER.
I COULD HAVE HAD CLASS, BEEN A
CHAMP, BUT I CRUMBLED UNDER THE
PRESSURE OF THE WOOD CHOP CHOP
AND NO MATTER HOW HARD I WOULD
CHOP CHOP I COULD NOT WOOD CHOP
WOOD.

Mikey says AND YOU WISH YOU HAD CHOPPED
WOOD?

Miss Crapper says YES.
YOU GET IT.

Mikey says SWEET.
I'LL GO HARD, MS.

Jayden says OKAY, NEXT UP,
MIKEY MAHAKI AND Z-POP.
(APPLAUDING)

Z-Pop's crowd chants GO, GO, GO Z-POP!
GO, GO, GO Z-POP!
GO, GO, GO Z-POP!
GO!

Mikey says GOOD LUCK, EH.

Jayden says Z-POP AND MAHAKI.

Evan says A CLASH OF THE
TITANS.

Jayden says POP WITH THE SERVE
AND...

Evan says OOH, OUCH.
ONE POINT TO Z-POP.

Jerry says MAHAKI...
BE THE BALL.

Salwa says BREATHE!
(BREATHING DEEPLY)

The crowd chants GO Z-POP!
GO, GO, GO Z-POP!
GO!

Mikey says YES!

Jayden says WHAT A RALLY.
AND IT'S NOW LEVEL AT ONE ALL.

Z-Pop says NOW WE'RE COOKING
WITH GAS.

Auntie says THAT'S MY NEPHEW.
NICE ONE, BOY.
IT'S GOOD.
(BREATHING DEEPLY)

Miss Crapper says CHOP THAT WOOD, MICHAEL.
CHOP IT!

Jayden says OOH!
WHAT HAPPENED THERE?

Z-Pop misses her step and falls.

She says OW.

Jayden says WHAT?

Evan says WHAT?
OH NO, IS THAT... IS THAT
REALLY WHAT I THINK IT IS?

Jayden says OH NO, WHAT AN UPSET.
IT APPEARS THAT DUE TO INJURY,
Z-POP'S COACH HAS THROWN IN
THE TOWEL AND SHE WON'T
CONTINUE.

Evan says WELL, HANDBALL CAN
BE A CRUEL GAME.
AND WHAT A WACKY TURN OF
EVENTS.
EVERYONE, LET'S GIVE A ROUND OF
APPLAUSE FOR Z-POP.
(APPLAUDING)

Prisha says THE WINNER OF THAT BATTLE,
BY DEFAULT, MIKEY MAHAKI.
(HYPERVENTILATING)

Salwa says MIKEY, CONTROL YOUR
BREATHING.

Mikey says WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Jerry says FIGHT OR FLIGHT?

Mikey says WHAT AND WHAT?

Salwa says YOUR PRIMAL INSTINCTS HAVE
KICKED IN.
DO SOME BREATHING.

Mikey says I AM BREATHING!

Salwa says NAH.
LIKE THIS.
IN FOR FOUR... OUT FOR FOUR.

Mikey says WAS THAT LIKE MEDITATION OR
SOMETHING?

Jerry says I SHOULD TRY IT NEXT TIME
KEVIN PUTS MY WALKING
STICK ON THE ROOF.

Mikey says DID HE REALLY DO THAT?

Jerry says ONCE, BUT I GOT HIM BACK.

Evan says THIS IS YOUR ONE
MINUTE WARNING.
FINAL TWO TO THE COURT.

Miss Crapper says CHOPPING.

Prisha says NEXT WE DECIDE ONCE AND FOR
ALL WHO IS THE BEST IN THE
WEST.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
THE GRAND FINAL.

Dad arrives and says HEY.
SORRY I'M LATE.

Prisha says MIKEY, TIFFANY, PLEASE TAKE
CENTRE COURT.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU BOTH.

Mikey says WHATEVER HAPPENS, IT'S BEEN
A PLEASURE, BRO.

Tiffany says SAME I GUESS, BRO.
BUT THAT TROPHY'S MINE.

Prisha says ARE YOU READY?
THEN LET THE GAME...

Dad says HEY, BOY.

Mikey says DADDY, YOU MADE IT.

Dad says OF COURSE I DID BOY.
GOOD LUCK, EH.

Mikey says THANKS, DADDY.

Tiffany says AS TOUCHING AS THIS ISN'T,
CAN WE PLAY BALL?

Prisha says LET'S GET READY FOR HANDBALL!
(BLOWING WHISTLE)

Evan says WOW, GRAND FINAL AND
I'M SO EXCITED I JUST...
I CAN'T EVEN-- I'M NOT GOING
TO TALK.
I'M JUST GOING TO WATCH.
(EXHALING)

(BLOWING WHISTLE)
(APPLAUDING)

Tiffany marks her first point.

(CROWD GROANING)
(BLOWING WHISTLE)
(APPLAUDING)

Mikey sends ball out.

Jerry says MAHAKI, WHY?

Mikey looks at the question mark on his arm, looks at his dad and auntie, looks at his friends, looks at Miss Crapper, and takes a deep breath.

(BREATHING DEEPLY)

(EXHALING)

He scores the next point and says YES!
(WHISTLE BLOWING)
(APPLAUDING)

Dad says YEAH!

Auntie says YES!

Dad says THAT'S MY BOY!

Tiffany misses the ball and Mikey says YES!
(WHISTLE BLOWING)

Mikey scores again and says YES!
(WHISTLE BLOWING)
(CHEERING)
(APPLAUDING, CHEERING)

Mikey wins the final battle.

Tiffany says WELL DONE, YOU DESERVED IT.

Mikey says THANKS, TIFF.

Tiffany says I'LL GET YOU NEXT TIME,
THOUGH.

They shake hands.

(APPLAUDING)

Salwa says GOOD JOB!
(CHEERING)

Jayden says AND IN SECOND PLACE, WITH A
VERY VALIANT EFFORT,
TIFFANY STEELE-STONE.
(APPLAUDING)
(SINGING FANFARE)

Evan gives Tiffany her medal and says WELL DONE, DARLING.

Jayden says SO PROUD, OKAY.

Evan says AND NOW, TO CROWN THE BEST
IN THE WEST, MIKEY MAHAKI!
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Jayden says WELL DONE.
(CHEERING)

Jerry says MAHAKI!

Mikey says THANKS, MR. AND
MR. STEELE-STONE.

Evan says WELL DONE, MIKEY.

Jayden says GREAT JOB, OKAY.

Evan says CARE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?

Mikey says AFTER TIFF.

Evan says OH.

Tiffany says THANKS, OKAY.
FIRST, GIVE IT UP FOR MY
AMAZING DADS FOR SETTING UP
SASI-WESTS-HAT.
(APPLAUDING)
LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE BEEN
CRAYFISH.
THERE'S SOMEONE I'D LIKE TO
MENTION, SOMEONE WHO IS SUPER
SAD BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T GET TO
PLAY, AND MAYBE THAT WAS
BECAUSE OF ME.

Salwa gets excited.

Tiffany says LANCE, GET UP HERE.

Lance says THAT'S ME, I'M LANCE.
THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY
PRESENT EVER.

Tiffany says IS IT YOUR BIRTHDAY?

Lance says WELL, NAH, BUT IF IT WAS,
THAT'D BE PRETTY COOL.

Tiffany says LANCE.

She gives Mikey the mic and says OVER TO YOU.

Mikey says FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO SAY
THANKS TO TIFF FOR A SWEET AS
GAME.
I CAN'T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY
DID IT!
AND THANKS TO JERRY AND SALWA
FOR TRAINING ME.

Auntie says YOU'RE SKUX, BOY!

Mikey says THANKS, AUNTIE.
AND THANKS TO YOU ALL.
EXCEPT FOR THE TIME I BEAT MY
FRIEND TAIKA AT TIDDLYWINKS,
THIS IS THE BEST DAY IN THE
HISTORY OF MY LIFE.
(APPLAUDING)
YO, DADDY!
I MADE IT.
I DID IT.

Dad says I LOVE YOU, BOY.

Mikey says I LOVE YOU TOO, DADDY.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Evan says WELL EVERYONE, STICK AROUND
FOR SOME FUN FINGER FOOD.

Jayden says BUT WE'VE ONLY GOT THE PLACE
'TIL FOUR OKAY, SO...

They both say BE QUICK.

Salwa holds the trophy and says IS IT REAL?

Jerry says GIVEN THE CATERING,
DOUBTFUL.

Kevin comes along and says HAS IT STARTED YET?
OH, FIRST.
CUTE.

Jerry says I CLEARLY SAID 10AM START.

Kevin says I CLEARLY DIDN'T LISTEN TO
YOU.

Jerry says SO INFURIATING.

Kevin says COOL YOUR JETS, JEMIMA.
I GOT CAUGHT UP MAKING YOU
THESE!

He gives them a container full of cupcakes.

Mikey says I DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD BAKE.

Jerry says NOR DID I.

Kevin says I'M FULL OF SURPRISES.
ANYWAY LOOK, I JUST WANTED
TO SAY I'M PROUD OF...

Jerry says WHAT, BRO?

Kevin coughs and mumbles I'M PROUD OF YOU.

Jerry says BEG YOURS?

Kevin yawns and mumbles OH, I'M PROUD OF...

Salwa says SPIT IT OUT.

Kevin says I'M PROUD OF YOU!
OKAY, THERE, I SAID IT.
I'M PROUD OF YOU GUYS.
SO ENJOY YOUR CUPCAKES AND
SAVOUR THE MOMENT.
OH, AND CAN YOU GIVE JERRY A
LIFT HOME?
DAD AND I HAVE GOT HOT YOGA.

He pulls out a ball, makes it bounce and says SMOKE BOMB!

Mikey says IF ONLY IT WAS A SMOKE BOMB,
THAT WOULD BE PRETTY COOL.

(MAKING ENGINE NOISE)

At the garage, Auntie gets sweets on a food cart and makes engine noises.

Dad says HEY!
(MAKING BRAKE NOISES)

Dad says SHOUT OUT TO MIKEY.
HE'S THE BEST BOY A DADDY
COULD HAVE.
ALWAYS PROUD OF YOU.
TO JERRY AND SALWA, THANKS FOR
BEING IN HIS CORNER.
I'LL NEVER FORGET IT.

Mikey says SO MUCH LOVE, EH.

Dad says LET'S EAT.

Auntie hands out plates.

Jerry says THANKS, AUNTIE.

Mikey looks at the camera and says THOUGHT I FORGOT ABOUT YOU,
EH?
NAH, JUST BEEN BUSY TODAY.
IT'S BEEN A WILD RIDE THESE
PAST FEW MONTHS.
WHEN I GOT HERE, ALL I HAD WAS
DADDY, AUNTIE AND A BED IN
THE BACK OF A PANEL VAN.
NOW, I HAVE ALL THAT PLUS
FRIENDS, THIS SKUX AS TROPHY
AND MY "WHY."
WHY.
(EAGLE SCREECHING)

Mikey says HEY, MR. EAGLE.
(EAGLE SCREECHING)

Mikey says ANYWAY, IT'S BEEN A FUN JOURNEY
AND I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY...
(HORN HONKING)

Mike says I'LL GET IT.

He walks outside. Tiffany and her dads wait in their car with their two puppies.

Mikey says HEY, TIFF.

Tiffany says SAY HI TO RICKY AND MARTIN.

Mikey says HEY, BOYS.
(DOGS WHIMPERING)

Tiffany says CUTTING TO THE CHASE,
THERE'S A PRETTY MASSIVE DOUBLES
TOURNAMENT AROUND THE CORNER.
YOU AND ME, THINK ABOUT IT.
HIT IT, DADS!

Mikey turns around. Salwa and Jerry look at him, smile, and nod.

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Jerry says WHAT DO YOU CALL AN OLD
SNOWMAN?
WATER.
HARDBALL.