Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We're planning on ordering pizza from next door, drinking and playing polo. Come along to play or watch, bobby has promised layer cake hmmmm! Tom will get drunk and Ash will hate everyone, hours of fun.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Dear Polo enthusiate, I did not realize that bike polo was being played in Perth, i play polo on horses back and have watched Bike polo in Argentina.
I would love to come and watch a match being played and would like to invite you to come to one of our horse back polo matches being played if you are interested…
Kind Regards Angus James 0427172568 "
We play weekly on Sundays at the top floor of the Colonnade Carpark in Subiaco. Its on Hay Street and opposite Nandos. See map here. We usually meet up at 3pm and play till around 8pm Feel free to come and watch our games any time, I'm sure we could lend you a bike too if you were keen on playing!
I'd definitely be interested in watching horse polo sometime.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
So I went for a quick ride and bumped into this. Freshly re-paved carpark literally just around the corner from my place. It looks quite narrow, but to put things into perspective, the oval next to it is a soccer pitch. Its roughly the same width as the colonnade and a little longer.
The 4 arrows are lights. There were only two on when I got there, but there was enough lighting to see the whole carpark. Location is Hensman St, South Perth and the park is Ernest Johnson. Theres also quite a large carpark on the other side, I'll check that out tommorow.
Anyone keen to check it out and play a game of pickup sometime next week? (is South Perth too far from everybody?)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
PCP vs Pink Panthers.
This was our final game and by far the most exciting. The game went to a tie breaker which went non stop. It was pouring with rain, making the court as slippery as ice. I was relegated to goalie through most of it and my heart was pumping like crazy throughout the game, some of the attacks Sydney made gave me mini heart attacks when it was 2v1. After some lucky blocks we continued playing our tie-breaker and it seemed like the game would never end. The rain was pouring heavily and Ash's brakes decided to fail at the worst possible time, making it impossible to stop quickly. There were falls left, right and centre, Brad had bruises in places unimaginable, and Ash had a bruised heel on one leg and a crook knee on the other, "I don't know which leg to limp on", he said. I fell halfway through the game and rolled my ankle, towards the end of the day it was looking like an egg!
In the end Steve (?), scored the final goal. Some of the crowd thought it was a shuffle, but PCP were happy not to contest and finish the game on a high. One of my favourite quotes for the weekend was "Polo was the Winner". Indeed it was, we had an awesome weekend watching, playing, and experiencing Melbourne culture. The cycling culture especially was amazing, cars gave you plenty of room and just seeing so many people out riding was great. Coming from Perth, seeing girls riding on old step through frames everywhere was like... wow. Hopefully that will rub off on Perth one day ;)
I'd like to give thanks to Melbourne Bike Polo Club for hosting it, its hard to imagine the amount of time and effort that was put in for the Championships. From setting up all the sponsorship to giving us food and shelter, it was all very much appreciated.
I think some people (including myself) forget why we started playing polo, and that was to have fun! We had lots of it, on and off the court. Undies reminded me of the old days in Perth, when we were still playing polo on our daily steeds and the phrase "Polo bike" was a foreign term. I'm looking forward to coming back to the courts, playing some pick-up, taking the brakes off and playing like we did in 2008 and just have some fun!
See you Sunday.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
With 18 teams and a round robin style there are alot of games to be played. Today we played 7. We lost 2, drew 2 and won 3. We got a bit of a tough early draw, coming up against some of the better teams. 2 of our games we played on a very wet and slippery court.
We are fairing well, tho tomorrow we will be playing 9 more games and then hopefully, the finals which maybe another 5 games.
Beers have been rationed and carefully monitored, there is no room for drunken polo here.
There is a great crew here and it is awesome to be amoungst so many polo players.
More updates later and some pics when i get home and have a chance to dump a million pics from my camera.
Team Piss Corner Polo.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Due to a number of players out of town this week Tuesday polo is cancelled.
We're expecting some glow balls from the States so the following week will be in West Perth.
Derren will bring the gear on Sunday. Please leave a comment if you intend to come as it may get cancelled if there is not enough interest (there is a number of people away).
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I'm making some leds for the goals and seppo Eric is going to send us some Glow balls and proper high temp balls from seppoland.
Sunday polo will be at the colonnade as usual, hopefully we won't be kicked out.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
- Thursday is still Tuesday so see ya tomorrow night, 6.30 at the Polonnade.
- Nationals are only 4 weeks away.
- New edging for the entire play area, thanks to everyone that donated.
- Future gold coin donations will go towards a first aid kit and more hard density balls.
- Ash has a new bike, Toms is still lighter
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
This w/e is a long weekend so we're planning a Monday game, starting at around 3pm. We'll keep you posted.
Sunday session is on as usual, 3pm start till dark. Colonnade Carpark.
On another note, Liam has been coming down with his camera these past few weeks and has been taking some great shots! check out his flickr stream here.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Pretty sure it's mid semester break too so you students should be free for polo!
- Monsieur Wally Wall."
Who's keen? 6 players and its a done deal.
I'm up for it!
RSVP via Facebook here
Monday, September 21, 2009
So we've been getting a bit of media coverage lately.
Perth Cycle Polo has been mentioned in a few online articles, along with Brad's amazing radio appearance on 720 last week, where the beloved "toyota camry" was mentioned (inside joke). The presenters made the sport sound surprisingly brutal, however its not all that bad!
Polo isn't as brutal as it sounds, Ash has been riding his stealth alloy Raceline Record frame to polo for around a year now, it barely has a ding yet alone a scratch, and we can all agree that he doesn't go easy on it either. This is no guarentee though! Broken spokes, taco'd wheels and damaged pride are just a few examples of rare occurances.
Its hard to explain how fun polo is to play until you actually come down and play it yourself. The excitement you get from hitting a goal, blocking a ball or even tackling is awesome. In between games we just sit back, have a chat and sip down a beer.. (or non alcoholic beverages for those who are underaged).. or just water if you're me..
Anyway, Footy season is finally over we can now play in our "Summer Location" every week, and thats at the Colonnade Carpark. 3pm start till late every Sunday. I encourage anyone to come along and check it out!
Looking forward to Summer!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
DRAFT rules announced for Nationals.
Based on Melbourne 2009 Rules and Current Practice.
Rules and Gameplay
Bike Polo is a game played in good spirit. The fewer rules and disruptions to play the better.
These rules are based on 2 years of bike polo in Melbourne. Keep it simple, keep it nice and keep playing polo.
- Mallet handle and handle bar ends must be capped.
- Exposed outer chain rings should be covered.
- Helmets required for Tournaments/Championships
- No t-boning/ramming. (Hitting the side of another bike with the front of yours)
- Stop play in the event of injury
- No mallet to body/bike contact.
- No mallets above handlebars.
- No throwing mallets.
- No mallets under (malleting) or through wheels.
- No dangerous mallet heads.
- To start the game, referee calls 3,2,1 (Polo/Go/Kill etc).
- Shuffling, dribbling and passing may be done with the side of the mallet.
- Games are 10 or 15 minutes or first to 3 or 5 goals.
- Games will be timed by the referee.
- Like to like only contact is allowed: mallet on mallet, body on body (hip n shoulder, no grabbing), bike on bike (wheel on wheel).
- Mallet hooking is encouraged.
- Mallet hacking behind the play is not cool.
- Moving picks/screening/shepherding is encouraged.
- There are no special privileges or additional restrictions for goalies
- Any player on a team may act as a goalie at any time
Footdown / Tapping In
- If your feet touch the ground you cannot play the ball or obstruct other players untill you have tapped back in.
- Kicking the ball on the ground counts as a dab.
- Tap in points will be setup on either the boundary at the half line.
- You may punch, slap or swat (but not grab or kick) an airborne ball to the ground.
- Shuffles do not count as a goal.
- Scooping/Ball Jointing cannot be used to score
- Shots on goal must be done with the end of the mallet to score.
- You cannot feed yourself the ball through the goal then score or be in goals when scoring.
- To ensure an adequate break in play after scoring, both teams to return to their halves.
- Defenders cannot cross half till an attacker or the ball crosses half.
- Defenders/spectators to keep goal cones correctly in place.
- TO BE DETERMINED. Goals have a height limit of: (The Cones/1m/Handlebar Height/Shoulder Height/Infinite)
- Own Goals count (Keep the ball out of your goals)
Out of bounds
- Nearest player or preferably spectator to retrieve and return the ball to play by throwing gently without favour, not in front of goals.
- Gameplay will stop for injury or mechanical failure resulting from a crash.
- Gameplay will not stop for mechanical failure due to poor maintenance or equipment. Referees discretion applies.
- A team may only substitute players in the case of injury, or at the referees discretion for other reasons.
- It is the responsibility of the team playing to have a spare player, bike or wheels available for instant substitution.
- When a ball breaks, the possessing player or spectator may stop play to replace the ball otherwise the ball will be replaced when a goal is scored or when it goes out of bounds.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Mark it in your diary, book your flights. More details to follow.
First Australian National Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships, 28-29 November 2009.
To be held in conjunction with the 2009 Bike Film Festival, Melbourne.
Planning is underway, representatives from Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Castlemaine are collaberating with Melbourne.
ANYONE INTERESTED? I'M SUPER KEEN!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Due to a stormy Sunday arvo this week we had a poor turn out to polo. With just five players we still managed a few games of 2 on 2, then 2 on 3.
The rain held off for most of the day, but a quick light shower halted play, this only meant a little more drinking.
Next week will be at the colonade, so we expect a good turn out.
This friday (28th) there will be a critical mass ride through the city ending with a viewing of the much anticipated Macaframa dvd.
Meet at the state library at 6.00pm.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I have uploaded about 50 photo's of last sundays game.. The things I learnt from playing my first game of polo..
1. It is very different to hockey
2. A spinergy carbon rim is not going to be strong enough.
3. Brads back wheel is harder than my SPD's
4. The rules
5. It's fucking fun
Anyhow the link for the photo's is below..
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Location is either at: 86 Thomas St
Sunday 7th Thomas Street
Sunday 14th Colonnade Carpark
Sunday 21st Thomas Street
Sunday 28th Colonnade Carpark
Sunday 5th Thomas Street
Sunday 12th Thomas Street