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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


Come Play Polo, Introduction sessions around London

We’re running a series of free introductory bike polo sessions in London. Come along to as many as you’d like and we’ll teach you the rules, give you tips on the techniques to improve your game, and organize games that you can take part in.

Sessions are free and open to all ages (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).

You must be able to ride a bike and you must wear a cycle helmet. It’s recommended that you bring your own bike, but it’s not essential, as we’ll have a few bikes available to borrow.

Saturday 15th August & Saturday 29th August
From 13:00 to 17:00

Downham Road Play Area,
Downham Road at Ufton Road,
De Beauvoir, Hackney N1 5BY

Wednesday 19th August & Wednesday 2nd September
From 19:30 to 22:00

Harper Road Play Area,
Harper Road at Bath Terrace,
Southwark SE1 6QE

These Bike Polo sessions have been made possible with the support of Play Sport London.

playsport london logo

from last session at Downham:
julias first goal
me and b

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:

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.

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
photo by Kev
Playsport session:

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,
Berlin 1,

…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.
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
score board:

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!

Hot stuff and I aint talkin about the model…

Yay real photos of t-shirts, its worth clicking this link so you can see the various faces he can do. AMAZING!!!
oo and you can buy them too:

3 days to go!!!!!

Euros are round the corner!

Just over a week to go!!!!


Tourney catch-up…

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.’

Overall results:
1st to Geneva.
2nd to Munich.
3rd to Berlin.

Gabes account…
‘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.’

ecmc trouphy]
by davesan
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!

Cheers guys!

Bring on more international polo – i want a polo wagon!’
words by Golden Wheel

little bit of footage from final:

winners in yellow
Cambridge Tourney – 11.07.09
1st – Cosmic3
2nd – Rotten Apples
3rd – Netto Fabulous (mcr)

‘Awesome times.

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!!!

London Play off results

Better late than never…

1. Malice – 7 wins GD=16
2. Cosmic – 6 wins GD=19
3. Zombie U. – 6 wins GD=16
4. Rotten – 6 wins GD = 14

Playoff for 5th went to Freaky Sexx – 5 wins GD = 1
6. Sitting Ducks – 4 wins GD=-1
7. JiHaD – 2 wins GD = -2
8. Team Cinzano – 1 win GD = -26
9. Polo Seagal – 0 win GD = -36

I’m so pleased with Saturday! Beautiful day, beautiful polo. I really want to point out that the games were really clean and really exciting to watch. The skill level in the top performing teams is really tight, the placings could most likely have gone any order on any given day.
Lebowski, Em, Hassan and anybody else who sorted the games and ref’s when I couldn’t, Thank you so much! You guys really helped keep things rolling. Brian, thank you for being a great teammate and a really big thanks for manning the grill even though you weren’t supposed to. Sometimes, I seem to think I can do everything at once…

James -Growup. Wow. This man is my MVP of the day! He deserves a great big thank you from everybody who participated, and a pint or two at least. He stepped up above and beyond to help make the day as good as it possibly could be.
all words by Mike Tramp

slamm photo
photo by slamm

Massive congratulations to Malice International, Cosmic3, Zombie United and Rotten Apples!