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Glasgow Bike Polo blog

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Sadly Bike Polo is not one of the Commonwealth Games (yet) however, we will be playing regularly throughout the next couple of weeks with only limited disruption.

Friday:
We were hurtling towards Sheffield in a fully packed Volvo that seemed to be wearing a big hat covered in dead flies. Our driver was suffering from a rare eye-death disease which meant he looked like a junkie Basset hound.
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waterpoloI don’t think there’s been a week this season where we haven’t managed to brave the pishy weather and play at least once.
But still, the seas are rough out there.

Euan’s edit of the day’s games.


 
As part of our S.H.I.T. weekend (Scottish Hardcourt Intercity Tournament) Glasgow Bike Polo held its first alleycat through the streets of Glasgow. As you’ll see in Euan’s video, we had a beautiful night for it, and really appreciate everyone who came down to ride in it. Thanks guys, see you at the next one!

IMG_0195Mediocre Polo, Epic Fun? Mediocre was a bit unfair, but epic was a huge understatement!

I’m not really one for public writing and have always struggled grouping my thoughts so forgive me if this is a bit messy but it had to happen!
I guess my first post on the blog is way overdue but what better time to do it just as i come up to roughly one year of playing bike polo.
Hell, I’ll save you all the boring ‘how i got into it through fixed gear’ crap and how i started on an old early 90s Dawes mountain bike with no brakes.

What a month May was! Parties, tournaments, injuries, developments, sunshine, goodbyes, nudity and Polo.


Sunday was Celia’s last afternoon of Polo before her bike got boxed up and shipped off home to Annecy, France. So we fired up the BBQ, necked the gnôle, and gave her a proper polo send off.
Celia brought her GoPro, so click play to see her win her tap-out game, Ally fall over, Lizzy score goals, Donnie save goals, and Trish cook meat.

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bamboo mallet
With so many players spending ever increasing amounts of cash on the latest polo-specific mallet materials, it’s a breath of fresh air to see something less hi-tech being utilised in the sport.


 


 


 

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A huge thank you to eveyone who came to our Bench Minor tournament on saturday. Some fantastic polo was played in the sunshine, and a few pints drank as well.
Congratulations to Edinburgh, who came out as resounding winners. Glasgow will be praticing ready to claim the title at next year’s Spring Bench!
Thanks also go out to Paul from SAMH, Scottish Association for Mental Health, who came along and even had a few games.
Here’s Euan Ryan’s film from the day so you can see what we all got up to!


On Saturday the 2nd March, Glasgow take on the combined might of Edinburgh and Manchester in the first annual Spring Bench tournament, taking place in our Partick Court, Mansfield Park.
The Bench Minor format involves teams of up to ten, with captains managing 3 players on the pitch and substituting from the bench when needed. Games last a more spectator friendly 45 minutes, and the scorelines are sure to be high!
Our cities’ pride, glory, and beers are at stake.

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That’s actually a fairly common question asked by new players and passers by seeing Bike Polo for the first time. A century ago, grass Bike Polo differed little from its horsey counterpart, and neither did player’s wooden mallets.
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That’s actually a fairly common question asked by new players and passers by seeing Bike Polo for the first time. A century ago, grass Bike Polo differed little from its horsey counterpart, and neither did player’s wooden mallets.
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In his third post chronicling his experiences in entering the world of bike polo, Matt looks back on our first tournament as an Association, and the work that went into making it happen.
Everyday We’re Shuffling.

Inspiring stuff!  Very tight video and awesome skills.

While Hardcourt Bike Polo has been played in Glasgow since around 2008, it was only last year that the sport gained a structured organisation, and thus a slice of officialdom for itself in Glasgow.