…we’ve been spending our time on the courts!
2010 began with a bit of politics- Krista was chosen as our club’s representative to North American Hardcourt in the first week of January. In the middle of the month, she and five other club reps in our newly formed Southwest region elected Joel from San Francisco, Mike T. from Phoenix, and our very own Alex Dash as the regional representatives. So far, the governing body is responsible for overseeing the selection of a host city for the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships, with other duties to be assigned if necessary. We are not, after all, a community very inclined towards formality and rigidity.
Once all the dust settled on those decisions, it was time to hunker down and really work on throwing an epic tournament. 33 teams came from Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Portland, New York, Austin, Denver, Phoenix, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Florida. Here are the official results of the tourney, as posted by Joker on leagueofbikepolo.com:
1st East Van
Alex, Pieter and Chris
2nd LA – Notice to Appear
Joker, Pistolero and Tim
3rd – Sleepless in Portland
Kenichi, Drew (Seattle) and Leon
MVP – Mini Mike
The most memorable game of the tourney, however, was probably when Natural Born PlayAZ (AJ, MiniMike, and Davey) beat the defending world champions Seabass, Julian, and Dustin for 4th place. For pictures and more information, check out the post on LoBP.com: http://www.leagueofbikepolo.com/so-cal-winter-polo-picnic-ii-polo-prizes-food-beer
With hardly a moment to breathe, we trucked out to Phoenix in mid-February for the Desert Polo Invite II. There we met San Diego, Denver, and Albuquerque for the first time, and played a whole bunch of polo in the pouring rain. Most of us camped in Justin’s backyard in that same pouring rain as well. It was yet another fun tournament with the young kids from Phoenix stealing the show. The results:
1st: (LA) Hoodfellas- Joker, Pistolero, Brian
2nd: (PHX) Grass Assault- Mini Mike, Jacob, AJ
3rd: (PHX) 13 year olds- Mailman-J, Mike T, Jim
4th (LA) Juan in a Million
5th (DEN) Mile High Club
After a few weeks without any major events, we went to Inland Empire’s first tournament three weeks ago. This friendly tournament hosted by the Claremont Colleges felt more like a chill kickback as we played polo surrounded by college students playing volleyball and frisbee. The biggest upset of the weekend was having to move the tournament off campus at the beginning of the second day, but once we relocated it was right back to the chill day of fun of hanging out with San Diego and Claremont. The tournament results:
1. L.A. Confidential from 818-Alex (Joker), David (Pistolero), and Chris (Torelli)
2. Akron House from Claremont- Ace (Eric), Jasper, Bennett
3. Snap! Crackle! Pop! from Downtown & 818- Derek, Sarah, and Guy
4. SissyGirlCryParty from 818- Matt (Stillline), Brian, and Krista
These past few weeks we’ve also taken to visiting Long Beach during their regular Wednesday night games. On our first visit, we brought 7 players to a court devoid of local players, so we played our own games on their sweet court all night long. Our next visit, two nights ago, was much more successful. We found out that Long Beach has a few local players with quite a bit of skill and an absolute TON of spectators. It makes for a great polo experience.
Be on the look out for another L.A. tournament this summer- the rumors say that our region wants its own championship…