Helllooooooooo! OK, so this is long overdue, but the road has left little opportunity to post here, even my own blog update, The United States of Polomerica (a sort of ode to bike polo), was done via the WordPress mobile app on my phone! Unfortunately this site works a little bit different and I haven’t figured out how to update it from my celly.
Major congratulations to the Crazy Canucks!!!! Rory, Chris and Alex are a highly skilled, cohesive and professional team. Their game-play is incredibly fluid, bike-handling skills unmatched, and their attitudes are world-class. Going undefeated throughout the entire final day, there were many worthy contenders, but their place at the top of the podium is a testament to doing polo right.
Major kudos to Call Me Daddy (France, 2nd place) and the Guardians (Seattle, 3rd place), too! Stellar polo all around. Geneva’s Iron Ponies took 4th; they and L’Equipe (the EHBPC ’11 champs, who tied MKE’s Beaver Boys for 5th) will have an opportunity to compete for a place atop the world podium on their home turf next year, when they host the 2012 WHBPC (this is technically only a *strong* rumor at present). We’re looking forward to it, Geneva!
And now, whether you were there or not, you’ll want to watch this highlight reel over and over and over. Lots of great moments are captured. Peep Pistolero’s bloody arm and Eli’s “two-piece” bike early on in the vid.
An 18-minute extended version is available here: 2011 WHBPC Highlights
Amazing city, amazing people and amazing polo made this weekend a fantastic one. Ben, Joel and the whole SF crew really did an amazing job putting together the second Ball Whacker’s Ball. Polo, costumes and beer all abounded, as the jubilant citywide celebration of the Giants win coincided with our celebrations of a solid first place win by 818′s best. Joker, Pistolero and Too $hort played hard and smart to win over the “SlayersnArlyn,” who proved themselves to be well-matched opponents. The final game was close, and the victory a phenomenal show.
Congrats to SlayersnArlyn and Los Tres Pendejos, who fought hard for 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Finally, congratulations BWB MVP, Kayla! Way to go girl. (further standings here)
Yep kiddies, it’s that time – time for another two-day polo melee in the 818! Remember East Van taking out Spazzlocos (Martin, Chris and Mark Capriotti)? And the 18-on18 battle royale that culminated the whole event? Ah, yes, there will be another 818 Bike Polo Battle Royale.
There will be grub by Bike N’ Bake.
There will be grog.
There will be bikefuckingpolo.
January 3oth and 31st, 2010 at the NoHo Rink in Amelia Earhart Park. Stay tuned.
Looks like tournament was a lot of fun, it looks to be the largest bike polo get together I’ve seen in that town. I really wish I could of been there, good job Alex. Check out Dave with his one-foot-kick move, ha!