In case you’ve been under a rock and haven’t heard by now, On January 31st L.A.’s Valleros won first place at the Desert Polo Invite for the third year straight. HELL YES! The Seattle-on-Seattle showdown for a trip to the finals was a priceless game to watch as well; Whachadoobin (Seabass, Julian and Polony) emerged victorious from that standoff, leaving the Oddballs (Leon, Drew, Mike) to settle into 3rd place.
The desert rolled out another milestone in North American Hardcourt Bike Polo, serving as the first ever official “qualifier tournament” to secure a spot at the North American Bike Polo Championship. Yeah, it’s like that now. The tournament ran smoothly on three courts in perfect weather conditions — maybe a bit on the warm side for the northern folk.
The tournament pioneered the registration process, bracketing software; a new official ruleset for 2011 tournaments; and acted as the battleground for 3X teams to compete for that coveted spot in the top 8. Congrats to them all!