Archive for December, 2009
After work I played some Thursday night polo in The Pit. Really glad I did because there were plenty of good faces in town. Alexis from Ottawa was doing a brief stop in NYC on his way to Turducken 2 in RVA. Nick from Fort Lauderdale was in some games on a borrowed Nishiki. Matt Lane from Chicago stopped by for a few games. And Kev, was around for one more go around in The Pit. Kev is the person behind the internationally popular forum, The League of Bike Polo. Formerly at bikepolo.ca The League of Bike Polo now has a solid URL. Update your bookmarks/links/RSS feeds to leagueofbikepolo.com
I didn’t have my camera or my polo bike with me so I had to borrow bikes from Tommy and my 29er back from Kev to be able to play. I’m also going to borrow one of Kev’s photos from his Flickr. This is a good example of a hockey net from a court in Toronto.
Kev told me the name of this rink, it’s the Harry Gairey rink at Scadding Court in Toronto.
I’m more interested in the goal and it’s width, not so much the height because I think it’s too high. What I am interested in is testing out a wider goal. It seems that hardcourt bike polo is starting to move down the road of universal defination. While I’m not against this in general there is one thing sepcificaly I think should happen: test out different goal widths. I think that for a season or for a few tournaments, or at the very least for a few weeks of pick-up cities should try out different goal set ups. Only playing that way, new ways, will any of us see what it is like. I thought about what wider goals might be like before we tried it out. It’s been a couple weeks and I’m still learing and forming thoughts. But I know that I’d want more players to try this in different cities to have more than one way of thought when it comes to goal size. But when we start to talk about defining goal size the first thing that weights on is court size. I do think that to define one and not the other would make little sense.
After polo I went to Outlier’s store to get some new pants, then to Peel Sessions to meet one of the Hold Fast guys and pick up a prize won at Cranksgiving (I got second) then I met Kev again with some friends and ate thai food. Good times.
I watched this movie on DVD and thought I might have seen it before based on the cover. No, I had just seen a bike polo tournament flier that looks just like it. Objectified is about designers of things like chairs, Apple computers and pruning sheers. Most of the people who appear in the movie speak with English accents and I feel asleep before the end.
Previously: Paris BFF Bike Polo Tournament
Beginnings: Bike polo newcomers, veterans meet in Columbia
Monday, November 9, 2009
COLUMBIA — At the referee’s call of “Three, two, one, polo!” two teams, composed of three bicyclists each, race toward the ball at the center of the court. The team members have their custom-made mallets in hand. The spokes of their wheels are protected by cardboard or plastic shields.
Some fall from their fixed-gear bikes, while others hit the side wall. Bumps and bruises are visible on many of the players’ arms and legs. But after eight minutes of play, one team will advance in the tournament bracket.
Such was the scene over the weekend at Cosmopolitan Park when the Columbia-based bicycle polo organization COMOPOLO hosted its acclaimed and creatively spelled Midwest Bike Polo Champeenships for the first* time.
The event attracted teams of seasoned players and newcomers from as far as Phoenix and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Malakai Edison of Lawrence, Kan., fielded two teams in the competition: “Larry is Scary,” with players Matt “Jimmy” Farnsworth, Chris Klee and Matt Brown and “Scary Larry,” with Peter Lewis, Charley Berry and Edison. Members of COMOPOLO encouraged Edison to start a bike polo organization in Lawrence and helped him with some of the materials to make it happen.
“We started having people come out in October, … and we actually came out here to Columbia to grab some pipe from them to help build up some mallets,” Edison said. He added that the teams’ relative inexperience did not curb the players enthusiasm for the weekend event.
“We said we would be here even though we hadn’t even figured out really how to play yet,” he said.
On Saturday morning, “Larry is Scary” went up against a team from Florida whose name expresses pride in their state but includes an explicative not suitable for print. The Floridian team’s members are three women: Cherri Czajkowski of Jacksonville, Fla.; Amanda Pease of Tampa, Fla.; and Samantha Luisi of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Combined, the women have more than five years of bike polo experience, and they quickly defeated the three men from Lawrence who had only been playing since October.
Edison remained excited, though, despite the loss. “We’re trying to show up and show COMO that we appreciate them inviting us out here, so we’re going to try and play our hardest,” he said.
Kev was in for some games at The Pit.
The weather was delightful, I was wearing a t shirt till after sundown. And the benches were full of spectators most of the day.
We tried out the use of cross bars on the goals. That also made the goals a bit wider. Both good things.
I saw some advantages right away from moving up in tire size and having a wrap around tread. The new tires are working out well so far.
We gathered a few spare balls and half rolls of hockey tape from some players in our club. We are sending out a help-get-started package to Hawaii soon.
Tak of New York Bike Dreams came out to get some shots for an upcoming issue of Loop Mag. While “on court” to get action shots he had to run out of the way once and he got taken out by Adam, who is NOT retired, and he nearly busted his baller camera. All three were unscathed.
Corey the Courier was at the court all day. Before the first game till after I left.
Daniel from New Orleans showed up late to get a game in.
And Willie was the court/game/mallet coordinator. That shit burned up so much time, dude throws one mallet at a time. Three and three, get out of the way. But he also helped pick up trash so he’s not bad. I can’t understand half of what he says but I heard something about going to Delaware??
And lastly, New York will be announcing a tournament of unprecedented proportions very soon. Just waiting on the flier. Check back.
Ireland Beat England 10-5.
The teams were : Ireland : Oswald Sealy, Page Dickenson, H. Oswald and F. E. Bland, all of the Rathclaren Rovers club. England : Spencer Downing (Northampton), Capt. J. Appleby (M.C. & A.C.), J. W. Dalby (Northampton), and F. Timms (Melton Mowbray B.P.C.)
bike polo tournament
December 13th, 2009
Wow, I really need to learn Italian. Love this flier.
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