Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Polo

We'll be out at the courts as usual this Sunday (first and third Sundays) so come along and work off some of that xmas feast food.
The day should be warm (unlike Melbourne above) so bring along some sunscreen and plenty of beverages. I think it's a given that we'll migrate to the/a pub after for a debrief and general good time.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday Polo

Another successful afternoon of polo was had by all this Sunday. We started the day grabbing a late breakfast at Nano's (and perving on some lovely fixed gear machines - although unfortunately their riders weren't keen on joining us for some mallet on mallet action). After some food and a much needed coffee we rolled down to the courts to commence play.

It was good to see most of the regular crowd in attendance, great to welcome Damon who was over from Melbourne, and even better to have a couple of first timers out having a hit. Not to mention the sizable number of spectators later in the afternoon :-)

The games followed the standard 3 vs 3 for most of the afternoon - until a one sided match was reshuffled into a 4 vs 2 format, which soon became 4 vs 3, and then 5 vs 3, before it degraded into a hectic polo free-for-all.

After the madness we retreated from the heat and took shelter at the Exeter to compare cuts from chainrings, bruises from mallets, and scrapes from tires over a healing beer (or two).

We'll be having a break from Wednesday evening Polo for the Holiday period, so the next Polo fix will be on Sunday the 3rd of January. See you all in the new year!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Polo at the Markets

We had a pretty meagre turnout for the inaugural Wednesday night polo at the markets, which is understandable as it was quite a last minute event. As Tom mentioned below it was a great location with perfect layouts for 2 on 2 and full court games, full lighting and a pretty decent view over the city.

We're trying out the weekly games to satisfy the fellow polo freaks so come along next week for some more mallet swinging fun!

Wednesday Night Polo - Success!

Despite a relatively small turnout Wednesday night went off.

The location is perfect; central, close to food, undercover with an excellent surface and lighting, and out of the way enough that we're not disturbing anyone :-)

The area allows for two court configurations, a short court perfect for 2v2 matches, and a longer court better suited to the standard 3v3 matches.

We played a couple of matches in each configuration as well as a game of kenball. (pics to come shortly)

We'll be out again next Wednesday (the 16th), so come and join us at 6:30pm for some Dumplings or 7pm upstairs for some polo.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday Night Polo

We're going to try out some mid-week polo, starting tonight! (Wednesday the 9th).

We'll meet at the Dumpling King on Moonta St in Chinatown between 6-6:30 for some pre-game dumplings, and then roll upstairs to the market car park (top north west corner) at around 7pm to play.

We have a few locations we can try, so if the first proves unsuitable for whatever reason we'll leave instructions on how to get to the next spot in chalk.

edit: fixed the date :-)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nationals Roundup

Polo is on this Sunday, 6th, same time and place.

Last weekend two Adelaide teams + supporters traveled to Melbourne for the Australian Hardcourt Bike Polo Champs, The Beaumont Children and Ivan Mallet. The event was excellent despite the intermittent downpours and occasional dispute. The original plan for each team to play the other 17 teams seemed achievable at the outset but by 4pm, after only 5 or 6 rounds, everyone was scratching their soaking scalps as to how we were going to get through the tournament in two days.

Sunday resumed with a re-organised Double Elimination tournament with the previous days results used for seeding the draw. A team could lose once but a second loss meant and end to the tournament for them.
Both The Beaumont Children and Ivan Mallet found their form and played through the morning showers for about 5 games each. After lunch both teams were dispatched, Ivan Mallet by Meat + 2 Veg of Melbourne and The Beaumont kids by Castlemaine. As a result both of our teams finished 5th equal. Awesome stuff guys!

Meat and 2 Veg went on to win the tournament, beating the international team Scheisse Katze.
The prize booty was exceptional with generous gifts from Velocity, Knog, Crumpler, Skin Grows Back etc.

The Beaumont Children were Stephen, Andrew and Morgan (from Oakland, California)
Ivan Mallet were Tom, Dan and Neil.
Steph and Sam (from Oakland CA) played in the last minute team The Good Ovary Times with Bec from Melbourne

The full results are at

Photos from the event are in the public pool

If you have photos of the event you can add your 15 best to the pool.

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See you all Sunday!