And that leaves the matter of the poo. All I have to say about this is that if anyone had bothered to ask me, I would have immediately moved to exclude the south London element from polo. You can take a monkey across a bridge, but you can’t take the bridge out of the monkey.
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Yo… So a few of the poloitians (?) have clubbed together to get some stickers done. Here they are stacked up in the house of Dr Chukker.
Not a massive fan of stickers myself but the London Bike Polo ones are pretty good.
Well done Dr.
The European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships 2009 London events started a week ago with teams from all over Europe converging throughout Friday. 40 teams (120 players) and only one team didn’t show.
Friday – Meet & Greet and London’s First Polocat.
Thursday night for Bill, James, John and Me was a refs meeting which start at 8pm and finished at around midnight… with Mike rolling by from Downham court. Mike had been making the netted goals in the dark ready for the weekend (more on this to follow).
My Friday involved ‘borrowing’ a few more of these posts and finishing off the goals. On my trip to pick-up these posts i bumped into the Coneheads from Glassgow, Olli from Germany and my house guests from Rouen… these guys were my saviour! So we grabbed a post each and headed for throwins at Downham where I finished off making the netted goals.
While this was going on the courts were being made down in Southwark:
Meet & Greet – It was a massive turnout for registration and the polocat at Tour De Ville… With food and beers on offer.
photos by Agata
Polocat – From what i gather the polocat winner cleaned up. The polocat involved going to 4 different courts around London and performing tasks. The more crazy/outlandish/giving beer to the people manning the post the more points you were awarded. Also there was a hunt for a golden mallet.
Wee Scott won the polocat. By the end of the polocat he managed to find the mallet, spray his bike gold, set his bike on fire and ride the bike on fire while being completely naked. words from MAX “basically he’s won”
The prize was some Rapha gear and a set of disk covers drawn my Max’s brother.
photo of rik en route to his post.
photo by slamm
Saturday 7am – Monmouth for coffee to meet Bill then off to the court. Surprisingly we werent the first ones there Garlic Boy (Louis of Les Debutantes), Complaining as usual. :)
As the minutes went by more players were turning up. Then the players briefing and a run through the rules.
bill explaining exposed bar ends
photos by Kev
Oh and the nets on the goals were scrapped by the players show of hands.
What can i say, the day was a blurr of some amazing and some not so great games. The games on the first day were ten minutes long and were being played on 2 courts with 8 teams being knocked out by the end of the day. The teams that were knocked out played a mini tourney on Sunday. Also during the day we had a newcommers session held by playsport london. Some tourney snaps:
Marc from FFF paris
photo by Kev
And… Yes all London Teams made it through to the next round, including the throwin team the Downham All Stars.
Thanks to shop14 for organising the after party.
Sunday – Final Day
Another early start and another day of games and reffing.
Since i was so engulfed in the game play rather than the quality my game reports would involve tapping, fouls and back chat rather than great passes and amazing shots. BUT… the game play had quicken and the goals were coming thicker and faster with 15 min games. More finished before time than the day before. I think it was clear to a lot of people which team would be taking the trophy home. The battle for 2nd position was still very unclear.
The teams that it could have gone either way for were: (in no particular order)
Dans te Gueule, Puceau,
…each game has a story, and the lead up to the final started with
Malice vs Dans de Gueule, Puceau – Malice 5-2
which was in the losers bracket… they were waiting for the losers of the next game…unfortunately i could only hear the banging of the barriers over the shouts and screams from the court i was reffing so my write up is non existent. sorry.
photo by slamm
L’Equipe vs Torros – L’Equipe 1-0
1 minute into the game there was a collision which lead to a time out and an injury to L’Equipes Lucas who played on till time ran out. This was a closely fought battle and as you can tell by the score kept the spectators on the edge of their seats.
So this win guaranteed at the worst a second spot on the podium. Bearing in mind L’Equipe had won all their games.
The semi finals third place and a place in the final was up for grabs:
Malice vs Torros – Malice 3-2
Both teams were on top form not one player not giving 100% with lots of controversy and a called goal and plenty of crowd participation led this to be one of the games of the tourney. James Brown already a crowd favourite throughout the whole day, displaying some amazing speed and eye of the needle shooting and some wall like defending from Vidal and midfield feeding from both Iain and Matt lead JB to shoot some of the most amazing goals of the tourney concreting their place in the final.
photo by slamm
L’Equipe vs Malice – L’Equipe 5-3
what can i say you’ll have to watch the footage:
photos by kev
Placing and prizing:
photo by Agata
1. L’Equipe (Geneva)
2. Malice International (London)
3. Toros (Munich)
4. Discordia/DTGP (paris/london)
5. FFF (Paris)
6. Cosmic (London)
MVP: James Brown (Malice)
Photo by slamm
Brooks style award: Candy coloured clowns (Karlsruhe)
Crowd fave: Dublin
photo by Kev
I think i’ve waffled on too much as it is… but the weekend was great the tourney was brilliant roll on the euros 2010!
Just over a week to go!!!!
Been a bit behind on results of tourneys.
Heres a mega catch-up!
European Cycling Messenger Championships – BERLIN 28.05.09 – 01.06.09
From what i gather from Buffalo Bill, the weather was absolutely rubbish.
Bills first day write up (probably a bit tippsy)
’1st day’s play cut short by rain! Sitting Ducks played 3, won 3; Tres Amigos played 3, won 2 (beating a CPH team which may or may not have come 3rd at 2008 ECMC), drawn 1 (!); Malicious Zombie played 3, won 2, lost 1 (to the Munich team that won Shoreditch Invitational); Moving Target played 3, won 1, drawn 1, lost 1. Gabes leading farting contest by a considerable distance from Rik, with Bill some way behind, and Tom yet to post a score.
Mikey Q stacked on Friday night, broken collar-bone. Everyone else ok so far, apart from raging hang-overs.
Ridiculous number of teams registered (around 40), some no shows, planned 5 group, 8 team, round-robin, only managed 3 rounds… tournament organisation fail. Play restarts today, completing only 4 rounds, best 2 teams to advance to knock-out.
Forecast is for rain.’
1st to Geneva.
2nd to Munich.
3rd to Berlin.
‘Had a brilliant weekend, organisation sucked, and the ref couldn’t count scores, so we got knocked out when we shouldn’t have been. But despite this, it was great to play with lots of different people. DTGP, Karlsruhe, Munich, Berlin etc.
London’s game has to change to compete with the europeans, they play such an amazing passing game, no glory runs towards goal, they drop the ball for each other as soon as they know they don’t have a clean run at goal. Great to watch, if a little too polite.’
Pologamy – Munich 27.06.09
1st – l`equipe
2nd – munich torros
3th – mustard tigers
‘Firstly…thank you Munich!
You guys (esp. Eingang) put on one well organized tourney. The hospitality from all was great (esp. thanks to Catherine and Christophe for putting ( . ) ( . ) up) and desipite first impressions, the court ended up being super fun to play on – Friday throw in’s were awesome!
It was also awesome to meet up with some familiar Euro faces, as well as play against and alongside new faces from some of the best teams in European polo and the U.S what with Mustard Tigers being present.
And of course…I had a blast going out with Em, Brik, Gabes, Daaaavvveee, Manc Andy, Lebowskie, Playboy (Yorgo), Sarah, B and Cosmic Tommo.
We all gave each other the best support, on and off the court, as well as provided some of the best side line banter known to polo. Manc Andy was esp. on fire, calling out lookie like players such as ‘ ronnie corbit’, ‘my name is earl’ and ‘featureless andy’. You prob had to be there to find it funny, but trust me, it was a crack!
And despite all only playing 3 competitive games on the day, we def instigated the most throw in’s and played with the biggest smiles and best attitudes. So if anything, we showed Europe we all just simply love polo and that’s all that really matters!
Bring on more international polo – i want a polo wagon!’
words by Golden Wheel
little bit of footage from final:
Cambridge Tourney – 11.07.09
1st – Cosmic3
2nd – Rotten Apples
3rd – Netto Fabulous (mcr)
Thanks Cambridge for a your hospitality, delicious cakes, and one hell of a trophy!!!
It was another great day out.
Playing our best buddies in the final couldn’t have been a better way to end the day.
Big love to London Polo and of course my Cosmic³ team mates.
You were magical.’
words by todd
pic by me
pic by me
The games of the day has to go to BAD vs Los Conos, was a pretty exciting games… score tally…
1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3, 4-4, 5-4
…to Los Conos!!
Next tourney of course is the European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships…. Bring it on!!!
The Europeans Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships 2009 London is quickly hotting up with 25 teams already registered.
Teams from France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Sweden and Spain are registered and preparing for what is to be Europe’s best Hardcourt bike polo tournament.
to see the teams competing go to:
To mark the end of the league we got a polo playing photographer James Purssell to do some team shots*, here they are…
(*some teams are MIA)
Black Rebel Polo Club
James’s flickr set & website:
In London they… have a ‘tap out’
Which is a night where there are throwin games and a ‘XXX vs the universe’
Rules of ‘vs the universe’
Teams – The person who leaves vs everyone (universe)
The person who is leaving has a mallet, opponents don’t.
If you foot down and you are the person who is leaving you tap out at the centre, if you are one of the ‘universe’ you are now out of the game and have to leave the court.
Scoring if you are leaving, normal polo rules apply (no shuffling) if you are one of the universe you can score using your bike.
The first to 1 is the winner.
History… Originally coined due to Malice Nternationals Nick ‘tap out’ – who never used to tap out. He left for Canada in the winter of 08.
So previous tap outs and games of ‘vs the universe’
Nick… he got his very own engraved polo spocket as a goodbye pressie too
I believe we won 0-1
MAX…and Agata 1-0 to M&A
No photos exist of this day
Braley…literally last weekend at the BBQ Armageddon 0-1
currently sitting at a draw…
Carlos is leaving soon… tap out night on Saturday.