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The return of West London Bike Polo!

From Bikeminded website:

From March 2012 to April 2013, Bikeminded hosted the West London Bike Polo Open Sessions in association with the London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association at the Westway Sports Centre and the sessions got so popular that we decided to host our very first and hugely successful Wild West Beginners’ Bike Polo Tournament in Sept 2012.

Although it was great to see so many new players getting to play for the first time, the time came for us to take a break from booking what was referred to as the ‘best court in London’, so we put the sessions on hold for a while.

However, we are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting the return of the West London Bike Polo Open Sessions at the Westway Sports Centre on Thursday evenings from 7-10pm starting Thursday 15 August 2013.

For more info, please go to bikeminded, or check the London Bike Polo forum, where weekly (indeed, probably minute-by-minute) updates will be posted. This night is aimed at novice or beginner players, and loaner kit, including bikes, may be available, depending on who and what is available.  Do check & ask on the thread if there is spare kit.  Something can normally be arranged if a few days notice is given. Or just show up and ask!

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!

 

Why haven’t I been playing polo recently?

A few people have been asking me why I haven’t been at polo recently.  There are a few reasons, which I will summarise briefly:
Courts
Let’s face facts: the sport has been going down-hill since we stopped using Brick Lane. The young & ill-informed might point to the steep camber on the court, to the large gaps in the fence, the inconveniently placed goals or even to the very frequent discoveries of human faeces as good reasons to stop using the court.
To these persons, I say, huh! The large gaps in the fence facilitated that game moment now largely lost to London Polo,  namely, the Beer Break.  The ball would go under the fence, shoot off down Shacklewell Street towards Cambridge Heath, and we’d all stop for a refreshing & reviving draught of beer. By the time Yorgo had returned with the ball (yes, Yorgo was our ball boy), we would be ready to play like gods once more.
The goals were only inconvenient if you left your contact lenses at home, or forgot to look where you were going like Emily Emilia Emilie Object did (ouchy!)  Those goals were also nice and big so we used to score a lot more sweet goals back then. And scoring sweet goals is what polo is all about isn’t it? Not all this blocking & endoing and other show-boating such as you see the likes of Emmett & Ryan doing these days.
 
As for the camber, well, it’s not my fault that I always made sure I was playing down it, is it?
Yorgo, father of polo ball retrieval, illustration copyright Adrienne Hawkes, all rights reserved

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.

Refs
Who died and left that speccy-eyed twat in charge of the whistle? How can you respect a man who wears slippers outdoors? Wait a minute, I’m getting confused here… what was your name again?
Mallets
You can now buy ready-made mallets. This is being presented as ‘progress’, but this a lie and a trick. So-called ‘innovations’ like this will lead to the infantilisation of London polo players. Soon you’ll be wanting to be accompanied to the toilet and you will only be able to remove your mouths from the teat of ‘big polo’ with surgical assistance.
I still make all my own mallets out of broom handles, nailed to great big lumps of wood, and my mallets never failed to make an impression on the opposition, I can tell you.
Water
Two things wrong here:
First, water is bad for you, and beer helps you score sweet goals; these are scientifically proven FACTS.
Second, how am I going to steal your beer if you’re all drinking water or ribena or whatever muck it is you have in those bottles?
 
Rules
What’s that? Turnover? No, I don’t fancy any baked goods, thank you very much, I’m trying to score some sweet goals in between putting these clowns into the fence.  And what the hell happened to “321 Polo”? How am I supposed to jump the charge and score a sweet goal if I don’t know when the whistle is coming?
 
The French
The French also bear a big responsibility. After all, they introduced dolphin slaps, blocks & other nefarious moves to London polo, and what has happened to Marc’s hair? Like everything else in polo, it used to be a lot better 4 years ago.

Bike polo in Dalston tonight

Update: That didn’t happen, rain.

New court! With brick walls!

Corner of downham road/ ufton road just off kingsland road from 7pm onwards. Hot damn. Click for map.

Paris bike polo

Yorgo (who kicked us off playing polo in London this time last year) seems to have done it again in Paris:

We just started playing Polo in Paris, and it’s fucking awesome!!! We found the BEST spot ever. An empty fountain at the Palais De Tokyo, the contemporary art museum/skate spot on the banks for the Seine River, almost in front of the Eiffel tower. Big flat walled surface, no hassle from other users, central, stunningly classy, toilets and bar nearby, tricks area, chill-out zone, etc…

Pignonfixe polo discussion (lots more photos on page 5)
http://www.eurostar.com (bikes go free as long as they are in a bag!)
John Prolly gets excited

Goodbye 2007….

We played our last games of the year last Sunday, it was without a doubt a good year for bike polo in London. Let’s hope 2008 is just as great!

They’re doing it in Pakistan…

This is from one of Michael Palin’s ponce around the world TV shows, playing in sand looks interesting. Check out the spoke cards though.



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