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2013 London Open Bike Polo Tournament

 

Now in it’s fourth year, the annual London Open hardcourt bike polo tournament will be taking place across three courts in Highbury Fields, Islington on the 23rd – 25th August.

The London Open is the biggest tournament of it’s kind in the world – hosting 82 teams from 16 different countries last year. We’re improving the tournament this year by hosting it over three days, meaning more games for more players!

 

We have a date! EHBPC 2010…

16-18th July is when the Europe’s best Hardcourt Bike Polo team will be found. Hosted by Geneva this should be one hell of a tourney. For more info click here.

EUROs 2010, Only 4 of Londons best can go through

Tension is mounting as Geneva are hosting the 2010 European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships. Here’s Europes allocation:

There is enough space for 48 teams.
The names of selected teams need to be know by first may 2010.

1) Each of the thirty cities that pre-registered gets one team
2) Each city that requested 3 or more spots gets 2 spots.
3) Each city that registered 5 or more spots gets 3 spots.
4) The biggest polo community (and organizers of EHBPC 2009) gets 4 spots.

List:
City: number of teams allowed to come to Ehbpc 2010

London:4

Genève:3
Paris:3
Hollande:3
München:3

Karlsruhe:2
Frankfurt:2
Berlin:2
Catania:2
Barcelona:2
Manchester :2
Rouen:2

Wien: 1
Bern:1
Lausanne:1
Basel:1
Copenhagen:1
Hamburg:1
Leipzig:1
Grenoble:1
Toulouse:1
Lyon:1
Cambridge :1
Birmingham:1
Oxford:1
Milan:1
Rome :1
Vicenza:1
Fano:1
Budapest:1

The names of selected teams need to be know by first may 2010

London as one of the main polo players in Europe as you can see have been allocated 4 spots. In London players are getting pretty excited (me included), no less than 13 teams have expressed an interest in qualifying for the Euros.

Teams from London are:

1. Rotten Apples (Em, Gabes, Rik)
2. Cosmic (Mat, Todd, Tom)
3. BAD polo (Aidan, Brendan, Dave)
4. Los Coños (Ali, Jo, Sarah)
5. ELKs (Ali, Jon, Ray)
6. Sparkle Motion (James, BDW, TBC)
7. ZU (Brian, Hassan, Mike, Yorgo)
8. The Fifth International (Andy, Iain, Matt)
9. La Schmoove (Dave, James, John)
10. Spinal Tapout (Aram, Ed, Prav)
11. Fiasco (Adrienne, Tony, Josh)
12. Three Beards (Bill, Mark, Rupert)
13. Massive Cogs (Cameron, Emmet, Jon/TBC)

This tourney alone is shaping up to be pretty hot. Lots of frenzied discussions are going on about more teams wanting to enter the London qualifiers. This is probably going to be held in late April. Stay tuned here to find out more developments with the 2010 Euro’s and London’s Qualifiers.

Greif Masters 2010 – 1st Bikepolo Tournament Karlsruhe 05-07.02.2010

Holy Crap!!!! Not very long now to see whos gonna top the tourney that’s happening in Karlsruhe in a couple of weeks.

London is showing up in full effect with with no less than 7 teams. For full team lists check it out here and for the main site. Woop!

Lets hope someone from London brings home the trophy.

It’s been ages…

Sorry for being a bit slack over the last few months but happy 2010!

So whats happened over the last few months:

The BFF in London results as follows – 1. BAD, 2. Netto (manchester), 3. Oxford toffs. Read more here.
BAD

The BFF in Paris results as follows – 1. L’Equipe, 2. Apologies (marc, louis david, adam mcr), 3. Toros, 4. Malice. Read more here.

The very first Halloween throwin tourney results as follows – Everyone had an awesome day. 1. Em, Josh and Robin, 2. James Brown, Joni, and Todd. Some really amazing photos from slamm and sol and again read more here. What another amazing day/event… definitely one for the calender!

JOL left London :(

Biancha left London

Braley left London again.

Tomasito left London

London went to Amsterdam to see Tom and B for a new years throwin tourney. Results: 1. Jono (London), Luis (Paris/London) and Kira (Eindhoven) 2, Emilie, Jamal (Eindhoven) and William.

…mean while in London the same thing was going down. Results: 1. Josh, Ray, Rik (London) 2. Mark (london), Snoops (london) and Tom (cambridge)

Read more here.

phew… and thats about it for the mean while.

With 4 rounds to go in the London league things are hotting up for full catch-ups/write-ups and league table check out the blog!

What a weekend! EHBPC…

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:
courts

Meet & Greet – It was a massive turnout for registration and the polocat at Tour De Ville… With food and beers on offer.

beers
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.
rik
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.
roxy
bill explaining exposed bar ends
R&B
photos by Kev

Oh and the nets on the goals were scrapped by the players show of hands.

Game on!

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
marc
photo by Kev
Playsport session:
k

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)
Torros,
Dans te Gueule, Puceau,
Berlin 1,
Malice,
FFF,
Netto,
BAD,
Zombie,

…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.
kev and matt
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.
debate
photo by slamm

Final:
L’Equipe vs Malice – L’Equipe 5-3
what can i say you’ll have to watch the footage:

http://www.sonshine.tv/websites/ehbpc/

lquipe
champ
champs
photos by kev

Placing and prizing:
prizes
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)
jb
Photo by slamm
Brooks style award: Candy coloured clowns (Karlsruhe)
clowns

Crowd fave: Dublin
dublin
photo by Kev
score board:
scores

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!

Euros are round the corner!

Just over a week to go!!!!

poster

Results…

Hey for our special friend Max whos travelling in India, here’s a post just for him to catch up on tourney results:

Oxford Thingy – 09.05.09
1. SEX E – Dave (BAD), Sarah (Los conos), Andy-Lewosky
2. Cosmic Turd – Tomasito, Todd and Matt
3. Rotten Apples – Gabes, Em and Rik
words from guys guys guys (Andy formerly of mallertov cocktail)
“Awesome day. Without a doubt the best tournament I’ve ever been to, but I may be biased ;) Cheers to all the Oxford guys for putting on a fantastic day. And it was great to meet all the Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester crews.

Props to Los Conos for reaching the quater finals and playing some awesome polo. And Rotten Apples and Cosmic were both wicked and should make the Euro qualifiers interesting.

Thanks also to my team mates. Sarah was an absolute rock in goal and allowed Dave and I to do our thing. And Dave is the best team mate you could hope to have. He both forces you, and helps you to play better, at the same time. Weird!”

pic of score board:
ox
pic by Sarah of Los Conos

Rouen – 12.04.09
1 er Seattle Super Stars
2 ème BAD Polo
3 èmeFabulous French Fuckers
4 ème Dans Ta Gueule, Puceau.

words from Yorgo
“epic tourney. flawless organisation I must say, and great spirit from the London massive. Soon people will PAY us to come and enliven their polo events. The cheering in the BAD matches was great, the JiHaD vs Puceau match was monumental (or was it against another team? anyway Hassan was on fire), Bill & the ladies played about 7 games, fighting hard and winning most, Aidan showed the yanks how it’s done, etc etc. Expect better reports from others as soon as they get past their hangover tmrw. Zombie Fail though. But Rollapaluza win! Super chuffed with the bike – thanks Winston & Caspar!!”
words from Mike Zombie
“Fuck! What happened to Sideshow?”
and words from Hoser Brian
“-The 4 am full moon reflecting off the lake in the french country side biking into Rouen.
-Hassan smashing out of goal to own the entire french team and score a beauty. BEST. GOAL. EVER.
-The old french couple who made us pizza. Can they come over and do our next fundraiser?
-Malletov vs. FFF…the best game of polo i’ve ever seen.
-Things in general.
-Losing to the Americans…so much fun to smash around and feel the London crowd cheer us on.
-Seeing Bianca more happy than I’ve ever seen her, and seeing Tomasito dive off his bike to score a goal. Holy Commitment Batman!!!
-Seeing Adain smile for a change.
-Red Wine, Cheese and Baguettes on the beach in Dieppe.
-The English Channel looking like a sheet of glass.”

pic of score board:
rouen
pic by dunno

Manchester – 19.04.09
1st Seattle
2nd Malice
3rd Aidan, Jason & Dave
words from Nes
“just wanted to say thanks to everyone for coming and to everyone who helped make it totally fucking awesome…you all rule…it is my favourite day of all the festivals and one of my favourite days ever…i do however have sunstroke and feel sick…ah well x x x”
words from Dr Matt.
“Final game. Seattle v. Malice. 5-3. We had them up 2-1. They were relentless with a really tight close game in our goal. They played with three on offense a lot. Wish we could have broken out and popped a couple in that open goal.

Props to Seattle.m”

pic of score board:
manc

Throw-up Tourney London – 25.04.09
Blame Mike for these long winded results:
“Making it through to the 2nd round was
Skidmarx
Team 2: Bill, Nano and Zoe
Team Jo

A tie between Zombie Army and Boring meant a playoff for the wildcard spot which went to Boring. 3-5

2nd round games:
Skidmarx vs BNZ – 3-5
Team Jo vs Boring – 2-5

Winners bracket:
BNZ vs Boring – 2-5

Losers:
Skidmarx vs Team Jo – 1-5
Team Jo vs BNZ – 5-0

Finals:
Boring vs Team Jo – 4-5
Due to double elimination bracket, Boring had to lose twice…
Boring vs Team Jo – 5-4
Team Jo loses in 2nd round making Boring the winners.

YAY Boring! :)”

but on a good note no score board or match description needed.

words from Jonny formerly of Mallets of Hazzard
“cheers all for a great day of polo in the sun. nice one em, mike, bill and anyone else involved with organising, disorganising and organising. grats to the lovely seattle crew for bringing their style to the fray. big thanks to joel and anna for team JaJa. so cool that we managed to pull a win, against a side with the most drunken canadian ever, but it still counts.

quotes of the day. Pique “don’t mistake my arrogance for confidence” and Shins “nothing”

wish i could have hung round for the apres polo but a prior appointment with the G beckoned.

more throw-in tourneys I say.”

hope you’re happy MAX.

Paris CPCV09 Tourney – 03.05.09

Results from last weekend:
1st : FGF (Marc, Laurent, Yorgo) Paris/London
2nd: DTGP (Hugo, Pierre, Guthrie) Paris
3rd: La Schmoove (John, James, Matt) London

words from John of la schmoove:
“What an amazing weekend!

Met Mr Brown at Victoria coach station late on Friday night. Took the redeye which got us into Paris at 7am. Put the bikes back together and headed into the city. Thank god JB had his GPS with him because the combination of no sleep and a new city would have been interesting.
Found Agata’s place and proceeded swiftly to the nearest coffee and croissant establishment for polo fuel.
11am and get a text from Golden Wheeel to say his train has pulled in. Once Mat has joined us and we feel slightly human again we roll down to the court via Cyclops where we are met by the sight of an alley cat check point and bump into Mark (FFF).
The court at Palais de Tokyo is great. Views of the river and the Eiffel Tower, nice size, square. fast.
The surface is very slippery as JB finds out again and again and again.
A good afternoon of sun soaked throw ins and we are done, grab some food and hit the hay.

The tournament starts at the sociable hour of 11am. There’s a great turn out of teams, 16 in total.
La Schmoove start well, for three guys who haven’t played together before we hold our shape well and show good organisation. Three comfortable wins (5-0, 5-1, 5-1) see us through to the first of our semi finals against The Fabulous Greek Fuckers. It was a hard fought game with some truly fabulous goals. Yorgo was on fire! (i think its the Parisian air) The crowd were cheering for the home team and we had a couple of goals disallowed. (the ref was swayed by the home support for sure (smiley face)2 – 5 but we all know it was really 4 – 5.

We drop down into the losers bracket for our second Semi final against DTGP. Again, hard fought but these guys are good. 1 – 5.
So, we lose against to the two teams that are in the final, we can all live with that and be happy that we fought hard and gave 100%.

Thankyou to everyone who helped make the tourney run smoothly. Agata for putting us up. Paris for your hospitality and a superb weekend of polo.

My writing skills cant really do it all justice.

I ache all over (smiley face)”

Heres a little film too:

BIKE POLO TOURNAMENT – CPCV09 from Androsky Knauer on Vimeo.

EHBPC 2009 registration open

Registration is open and teams have started signing up for Europe’s hottest bike polo tournament this summer 09.

To register go to http://www.ehbpc.org/ and to keep fully updated with the championships news!

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