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Shuffle! (aka the 2012 BFF London Bike Polo Tournament)

Last weekend saw the Bicycle Film Festival celebrate its 6th year of supporting bike polo by hosting a Single Player Triple Threat Shuffle Tournament in Newington Gardens, Southwark.

44 bike polo players from all over the UK arrived, err, promptly at 9.30am (many were a little bleary-eyed from the BFF party the night before). The organisers then shuffled the players into random teams of 3. The players  competed in successive games of Swiss Rounds. After each round they were shuffled into a new team depending on their individual progress in the previous rounds.

The big twist with this bike polo tournament (organised by London’s infamous ShuffleComm) was that shots with the broad side of the mallet (known as ‘shuffles’) were allowed and did not result in a disallowed goal as bike polo convention dictates. This sometimes led to a playing style moved towards a one-touch passing game, reminiscent of ice hockey, with moves finished off by a speeding attacker glancing the ball into the back of the net.

Some players felt a little dirty after their games, but everyone’s spirits were kept high by the relentless heckling of other competitors: “you should have shuffled it”, “shuffle that sh*t”, “super shuffle”, etc.

The day was blessed with sunshine and carefully selected tunes (each player had one selection) which mellifluously floated across the courts from the polo boom-box  (from an MP3 set to shuffle – completing the triple threat of the tournament title). Free beer was provided by Hackney Brewery, which kept everyone smiling even after successive losses.

A short break in proceedings allowed for an old school track-standing competition in the afternoon (despite the fact that every bike polo player now rides a freewheel). French Max emerged as the champion before a few more “delightful” games of stay-on were played whilst the organisers battled to work out the current ranking of each player.

The top 12 players were taken into two semi-final games before the winning 6 players were ‘shuffled’ into a final game. The losers of the final were John (‘H-Bomb’) H, Luca (‘Super Luca’) Semeraro and Chris (‘Nice Tats’) Pickering and the winners were Ali (‘Backhand’) Osborn, Jon (‘O’) Marshall and Robbie (‘Vomit King’) Warin.

Winning the final was short lived for the 3 champions as ShuffleComm demanded only one player could be crowned Shuffle King. Ali and Jono (top seeds) had to play one-on-one against each other and Ali eeked out the win 3 goals to 2 even though it was clear Jono was the better player all along [sic].

Prizes (courtesy of Magic Bike Polo products, Knog and the BFF) were awarded to the players before Ali held his Shuffle King trophy aloft his head only to have it ceremoniously explode thanks to the embedded fire crackers, remember: safety first kids.

Shuffle Hard Fast, Die Young.

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.

Oh my… Rearing its ugly head 2 on 2 Valentines tourney 2010

THIS IS JUST A GENERAL WARNING.

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!

BFF London Polo Tourney – 27.09.09

Its that time of year again where the BFF will be in town, and along with this its annual Polo tourney…

Check here to register and for more info

11.09.09 – Stolen Trophy

From Todd of Cosmic:

At the Northgate pub on Southgate Rd, an empty place on the top shelf remains where one of polos greatest polo prizes used to perch.

Who could’ve done such a thing?

Rumors are circulating within the London polo community and it seems another player is responsible!!!!

This could break friendships and divide communities.

If the trophy is not returned within 20 days, a reward will be issued for the wheels and mallet of the person responsible.

Cosmic have set about creating a curse which will cause great damage.
Do not make eye contact with the trophy.

The gods are not happy.

The thief has put a price tag on ebay

Either way i hope the trophy and the team are reunited.
cambridge

Season II – Londons League

Woohooo! Here comes Londons 2nd season with currently 17 teams signed up to play this year… Fixtures are to be released on the 14th. I cant wait!

Read and keep up here and here!

by james
photo by James P



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