"Godzilla Symphony" - Nick M, Yohei, Nick D (aka God)
"Shit City Bike Polo Club" - Scotty, Mattie and Wall
"Not Prawi Enough" - Tom, Brad, Shane
"Rejected Monkeys" - Kristy, Scott (Melb), Derren
And I was invited to play with an interstate team, Storm Boys - Lewis (Syd), Damon (Melb), Me
Saturday hosted a round robin tournament which would determine the seeding for Sunday's double elimination. Day 1 saw some tough battles, Not Prawi Enough were put into a rough draw and faced some of the best teams in the state, however they never went down without a fight and played out most of their games to the end only losing by one or two goals.
Tom takes a shot
Godzilla Symphony were on the same lines and had some really close games, along with Rejected Monkeys who played out some close games with Kristy pulling out some amazing saves. On the other side of the court were Shit City, who rised to the occasion and managed to come on top of the Perth teams ranking 10th after day one, where we saw Scotty pull of some huge shots, with Wall and Mattie bringing the rukus and holding some good defence. An excellent result after day one.
Rejected Monkeys talking team tactics.
The rankings after day one were as follows:
1 Storm Boys
2 Majestic Pink Shafts
3 Neil La Robolution
4 Thats What She Said
5 Triple Dutch Rudder
6 Jizz Monkey
8 Los Polo Hermanos
9 Three Malleteers
10 Shit City
11 Lonely Mallets Club Team
12 Godzilla Symphony
13 Not Prawi Enough
14 Phuq Styx
15 Rejected Monkeys
16 Rising Sun
17 Beer Break
Scotty winds up for a big shot.
After a long day of play we hung out for a few beers at the Old Exchange, but by 10pm most of us were too buggered to keep on going and headed back to our hotels to catch up on some sleep. Day 2 was the day that counted, due to the double elimination format, there was always a second chance to come back and it was do or die.
Early on it wasn't looking too good, with most of the Perth teams getting knocked out the 1st bracket early in the day, but we weren't going down without a fight. In a tough game between Godzilla Symphony and Triple Dutch Rudders (ranked 5th) it looked like TDR had the upper hand (no pun intended), but in a moment of magic, Yohei managed to pull 3 goals in quick succession to win the game! A huge upset and a game Yohei will never forget, I overheard Nick D after the game saying "Well, we ain't letting Yohei sit in goals next time!"
Brad threading that needle in a 2v1 clutch situation against TDR.
Yohei killin' it on Day 2, check out those vains!
I didnt get a chance to follow all the games as I had to play with the Storm Boys but word on the court told me that Rejected Monkeys started coming together as a team and in a close zero-zero game against Shit City, the derby came down to a golden goal situation, Rejected Monkeys won and knocked out by their fellow state team. Not Prawi Enough also managed to knock out the 5th ranked Triple Dutch Rudders in an upset game, progressing furthur on in the tournament.
Pulling out win after win, Not Prawi Enough were eventually knocked out in a close game against MPS. One of the phrases commonly heard on that day was "The scoreboard didn't reflect the game", most the games were very close and could have gone either way. At the end of the day, the final rankings were as follows:
1 Storm Boys
2 That’s What She Said
4 Neil La Robolution
5 Los Polo Hermanos
6 Majestic Pink Shafts
7 Not Prawi Enough
8 Phuq Styx
9 Rejected Monkeys
10 Three Malleteers
11 Jizz Monkey
12 Godzilla Symphony
13 Shit City Polo Club
14 Lonely Mallets Club Band
15 Triple Dutch Rudder
16 Beer Break
18 Rising Sun
It was an absolutely awesome weekend, this year we have 5 new members from Perth represent for the first time, it was amazing to watch everyone play and improve as the tournament progressed. I'm sitting here more than a week after nationals and I've already seen an increase in skill level, but more importantly, I feel as if attending Nationals has brought the local Polo community closer together. Attending Nationals has allowed us to meet so many amazing people from across the country and this has created some strong ties and new friendships. I look forward to meeting and playing with everyone in the near future. A special thanks to Adelaide for hosting this years nationals, it was a truly memorable event.
All pics in this post have been taken by Studio Crossbow, check out his flickr for more photos.
Kristy getting in amongst the action.
Great shot of Nick M
Brad, Nick M, Tom, Scotty spectating on the sidelines.
Action shot of Derren