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EHBPC 2009

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Saturday, August 1, 2009 - Sunday, August 2, 2009
Host club: 
London Bike Polo

Registration details

Registration will open on Saturday, April 25 at 12pm GMT. You will be able to register at www.ehbpc.org. It will cost £60 per team and the fee is payable upon registering.

When registering you will be given the option to upload an image or logo that represents your team, and space to write anything you would like the rest of Europe to know about your team. Please also let us know if you would like us to accommodate you. If you are coming with girlfriends, boyfriends, cheerleaders, kids or your pet monkey please let us know as soon as possible.

We will be posting all registered teams on the website as confirmation that your team is registered and so that Europe can see who is coming to represent their city in the first of many European Championships!

Other important details

The tourney will take place over two days on August 1st & 2nd 2009. We are capping the tourney at 40 teams and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

In London we are voluntarily capping ourselves at 4 teams. We want to be able to host teams from all across Europe and because of the limited space at the tournament we ask that all of the polo communities get coordinated and limit the registration of each city to four (4) teams (Paris, Karlsruhe, Berlin we mean you!). We’re excited to play teams that we’ve never played before as we’re sure you are too.  So if your city has more than 4 fantastic teams please decide within your community which teams should represent your city.

We have already heard of cities organising qualifying tournaments to raise funds for the travel expenses of the winning teams. This is a great idea and inspiring to hear! Here in London we will have many more people coming to cheer than to play so if your team doesn’t make the cut make sure to still come and support your city! With so many courts in London there will be plenty of throw-ins. Whether you’re competing officially or not you will get some good polo while you’re here.

We will keep you all updated if space for additional teams becomes available, however with the popularity of
polo in Europe this year, we’re pretty sure registration will fill up fast so get in there quickly!

The weekend

While the tournament itself will be Saturday and Sunday with events in the evenings there will also be lots to do the Friday and Monday on either side and we hope you will join us for that. We will update you at the website as these plans develop.

The excitement in London towards hosting this first ever tournament is electric and we can’t wait to have you all here.

If you have any questions, suggestions or the like for us, please feel free to contact matt@ehbpc.org

Location

Union St
London
United Kingdom

Signed up

Bump. Registration is now open to this, and more than half the 40 spots are taken.

Here are the teams registered so far.

http://www.ehbpc.org/the-tournament/teams/

MALICE for the people.

kev you wanna go?

doesnt look like we could play though. but i am of European decent, but show me a white guy whos not. fuck i bet even boards is of european decent.

I'm going… as a spectator, if ones teammate breaks a leg and needs a fill-in, holla!

The tourney is now full, 40 teams registered. All details on www.ehbpc.org.

That's incredible, man. Congratulations and good luck to the hosts and competitors. be sure to take nd post lots of video and pictures.

Chicago Bike Polo 2003-2008
St Louis Bike Polo 2008-fun

Retired.

We are arriving, London ...London's burning call 99999...

Simply really excited!!!!

Fuck yeah. Here's the list of teams playing. Check out all the cities and countries. http://www.ehbpc.org/the-tournament/teams/

MALICE for the people.

Guthrie's team (Paris) is called Dans ta gueule, puceau, which I think translates to "In your face, virgin."

MALICE for the people.

puceau = male virgin (yep they distinguish between the two). and gueule = snout. But DTGP may be done for. Guthrie is back in the Midwest, Pierre is in Tokyo or something for the time being.

That said, looks like i'm playing EHBPC with Hugo! Can't wait. i decided to go to EHBPC to spectate, partly cause i was bummed about not being able to go to Seattle for the NA's. But when i contacted hugo about his spare train ticket Paris/London/Paris, he recruited me, and asked the organizers whether i'm euro enough. i guess my 6 months in paris last year, plus a few scattered visits this year, was good enuff! didn't even need to flash the irish passport.

Hugo has a MEAN shot. There are two photos in the header of this site featuring it: one photo by Gabes at the tournament under the eiffel tower, that he scored from way out. And another at Palais de Tokyo where he almost took out the photographer, Agata. We're unsure about our 3rd right now.

anyway, just bought my ticket, so this shit is official!

The London bike polo community is excited to announce the first annual European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship.

The tourney takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August in Southwark, London.

Forty teams from across France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK will take part in two days of competition -- with over 140 games -- to crown a European Champion.

We cordially invite you to come and watch the high-speed action. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast, a sports enthusiast, or just curious to see these skilled and passionate teams compete -- we’re sure you’ll be entertained.

If you want to learn to play bike polo, you can take part in our introductory sessions between 1pm and 2pm each day of the event, with sessions supported by Play Sport London.

There will be food available on site as well as sponsor’s stands, including Brick Lane Bikes, Brooks and Knog, and special deals on our own unique bike polo merchandise designed by chunk clothing.

The venue is Marlborough Play Area on Union St, just off Borough High St, a short walk from Borough Market and London Bridge station.

Check out the website http://www.ehbpc.org/ for more information about the teams, the tourney, events for spectators, parties, as well as general polo news and the latest updates.

The event is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors: 14 bike co., Archie’s Grobags, Armourtex, Bern, Brick Lane Bikes, Brooks, Carhartt, chunk clothing, Continental, Crumpler, Fixie Inc., Halo, Holloway Cycles, Knog, Max Knight, Moving Target, Pixelbreaker, Play Sport London, Roxy Erickson, Southwark Cyclists, Tour de Ville, Travis Perkins, Velocity, Vitamin Water

To add to the already long list of fun stuff happening this weekend, there will be a polocat Friday night.

http://www.londonfgss.com/thread26300.html
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129001222173&ref=mf

Oh shit. It's on ladies. Tons of teams coming in on Thursday.

Throw-ins will be at Newington court on Thursday, on Harper Rd. off Newington Causeway in SE1 about a mile from London Bridge. Two courts with lights. I would guess it will go all day starting from noon.

Throw-ins on Friday will be at Downham court, Downham Rd, off Kingsland High St in N1.

Players need to be at registration/reception by 6pm at Tour de Ville.

MALICE for the people.

This is arguably going to be the biggest and most advanced Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament ever organised.

Yorgo
LONDON: http://bricklanebikepolo.wordpress.com/
PARIS: http://panambikepolo.blogspot.com/

Yorgo

Agreed. Until Seattle one week later

3...2...1...GO!
Mallets Of Mayhem

Little Richmond Bike Polo

cascadiaflag

yes, seattle will host the biggest tournament ever just a week later. however, that doesn't really mean anything, it's the quality of play there that will set it apart from the other competitions held elsewhere. quality versus quantity, or in this case, quality *and* quantity.

i will put the top-eight finishers from seattle against anybody anywhere. so where's europe when the best polo is going down in cascadia? how come we can't come to your championship but we're happy to have you at ours? because if this was an open i would have bought my ticket last year. please change this next season so i have another reason not to retire.

yeah, yeah, yeah, the same old song of quantity and quality, nothing new here, but what is new is how Jas, Chris , Kremin or Joe came here and got surprise with the level of play.
the decison of no allow non-europeans was made in october last year, maybe was not the right decision to take, but we all have to accept it, so stop moaning
next year I'm sure thing will be different, and you will have your chace to came and "teach a lesson", so please dont retire just yet, old grampa.

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

no moaning rik, we just want to play as much polo as we can and want to play at a european tournament that draws everyone from across the continent. i want to goad people into coming out here and i want you guys to throw down the gauntlet to get me over there. more opportunities for more polo more often, screw the restrictions on nationality. do the people on the sidelines want to see the best polo or the best europeans playing polo?

at any rate, we'll see you at the worlds.

and i'm sure jas was surprised, but he's surprised every time he plays us so it doesn't really surprise me at all.

came in Sep, there is the BBF London and will be open to anyone.
and I have to agree that at thend end of the day the people, me included, wnat to see the best possible polo
I will not make the worlds this time around, money-time restrictions keep me this time in this side of the pound

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

BFF London Sunday, September 27
BFF Paris Sunday, October 4, 2009

there you go, your chance to came to Europa and have some tourneys

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

London is proud to present the first annual European Amateur Bike Polo Championships. This tournament shadows the more prestigious North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship where the pros will battle it out. The Europeans wish they were as good as the North Americans, but the European players do appear to have better looking girlfriends (and boyfriends).

MALICE for the people.

grace arranging flowers for wedding

I'm going to both and can't wait to be surprised. there better be a surprise party going on.

thanks pieter...

O.G.D.C.

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

viva rik
you are the man
gooD LUCK AT THIS TOURNEY MY BROTHER

O.G.D.C.

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

thanks Jason
good luck to you too in your next trip to East Van, :P

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

It's all in the name, innit.
Most folk here don't see the sense in a European team in the North American Championships and vice-versa.

That's what the World's is for...

Mike,
London, UK.

Mike,
London, UK.

Honestly in most sports the a specific countries/continental championship is open individuals/teams from other countries participate in the championships. It is the host countries/continents job to win those championships which does not always happen. As a Canadian in my youth I participated in American national championships for ski racing even though I am Canadian. Granted I didn't have a chance of winning. Bike polo has always been so inclusive that is why I was surprised to hear of the exclusive nature for the EHBPC. I don't know who is better or who would win but it is your party do what you want.

The Londoners are mostly going on the football World Cup model, which is hierarchical (Euros only in the European championship). So there is a venerable precedent for this. But of course there is the open model, which is used for golf, tennis and other sports. A few of us in London pushed hard for the open model, but we lost out to the larger group.

Maybe we'll re-think it next year. In any case, it will be out of London's hands.

I heard the NAs decided to be exclusive to North American teams too. Is this incorrect?

MALICE for the people.

Don't want to speak for Seattle (they are too busy planning) but I never heard of the NA championship being exclusive. The EHBPC is the fist exclusive tournament I've hear of (COG tried but got too much shit for it) So your wires got crossed along the way.

wires crossed??? been Matt Vidal???? how you dare?

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

Next year we will establish the North Side Polo Invite as a true invite only tournament. We are all about being exclusive so be nice to us on our travels or we won't invite you to our city.

3...2...1...GO!
Mallets Of Mayhem

Little Richmond Bike Polo

I.m going to London with the two teams of Barcelona. I hope will see everybody in London!!!

aqui nos veremos chaval!

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

i like bike polo.

TOP CENTER 4-EVA

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

me too
polo.polo.polo

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

Nice video and article on hardcourt bike polo and its rules by the BBC. Nice press.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8177668.stm

I see a St. Cago mallet head! Fucking sweet.

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Photos of the courts: http://www.ehbpc.org/uncategorized/check-out-our-court/attachment/photo3/

Nice job on the courts! what are the walls made from?

I wish I could be there, this event will be so much fun. Next year worlds held in Europe.

EVBP

EVBP
nsbikepolo.com

results:

1. L'Equipe (Geneva)
2. Malice International (London)
3. Toros (Munich)
4. Discordia/DTGP (paris/london/me)
5. FFF (Paris)

awesome weekend.

Kev we were trying to get the live feed guy to give you to us. and there were many KEV IN chants. you basically made it worth watching you and that lumberjack guy and his friends that was always blocking one of the camera angels. oh yea and lucky drunk at 1pm!

it literally felt like we were at the tournament. heckling stupidity drunkenness rowdiness. good thing we werent though seems like we might offended some folk with our rowdiness

the chat was really funny. don't forget the eurodance music and the lsd-noise!

would love to get a transcript of that!

I think ustream auto-logs. So Sonshine can probably get that to you.

Chicago Bike Polo 2003-2008
St Louis Bike Polo 2008-fun

Retired.

oh ya:

MVP: James Brown (Malice)

Brooks style award: Candy coloured clowns (Karlsruhe)

Crowd fave: Dublin

i think there was another prize or two but can't remember

I got to watch the Discordia vs Manchester game, Kev. You kicked ass. Hat trick!

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Amazing tourney - best one I've been to so far:
- (almost) flawless organisation
- Great courts and safest barriers ever
- clean play
- Good level
- loved the Knog "hardest hit" side show (they had a speed radar to clock the speed of your shot)

p.s. Kev you got that shot of me doing a headspin?

Yorgo
LONDON: http://bricklanebikepolo.wordpress.com/
PARIS: http://panambikepolo.blogspot.com/

Yorgo

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yorgo 1

yorgo 2

yorgo 3

how fast were people shooting?

1st place was someone from berlin, 71 mph or something. Brendan from london was 2nd. but maybe had higher, like 77mph, but the knog lady didn't see it before it got reset. waddya think should we trust brendan?

last november at turducken rva brought out the speed gun. capriotti, myself, and nick were hitting 70-75 consistently. i don't remember what leon got, but it was slow. no one broke 80. an average shot was mid-50s. more than a little depends on the ball and environmental conditions.

nycbikepolo.com

the hawkkkk wrote:

i don't remember what leon got, but it was slow.

gratuitous jab, awesome.

I made first place. 71mph.
I only shoot twice, firts one sucked (42mph) and second one was a good one but I think I could have reached 75 or more if I had tryed more.

Miguel? Yeah. You and Morgan. Berliners hit fucking hard.

MALICE for the people.

It looked like a lot of fun from this side of the video feed, too.

A few questions:
How big were the courts?
Was there a "no playing the goalie" rule?
What were those court barriers?
Have you shot the DJ yet?

Chicago Bike Polo 2003-2008
St Louis Bike Polo 2008-fun

Retired.

20x30m apparently.

no playing the goalie, except if the ball was right there. i didn't see a goalie get taken out all day. a lot of side-swiping bike-on-bike with fixed gear riders hopping their back wheel around, but refs tended to call that. yorgo got a 30 second time out, and his team was scored on.

court barriers were great. could have been a bit higher behind the goal tho, lots of balls left the court.

Lucky:
- I can't answer on the court size, Mike (tramspsparadise) will
- There was a "no playing the goalie unless you're on the ball" rule, which meant that unless you were doing a "seattle" (ride to goalie, slow shot, then lift goalie mallet) you could not really take the goalie out.
- the barriers were great. Big blocks of plastic linked together, hard enough for the ball to bounce off them, but soft and "moving" enough so that crashing into them wasn't dangerous, + great for spectating.
- The music was very low during the tourney, maybe it appeared to be louder online. We didn't notice it really...

Yorgo
LONDON: http://bricklanebikepolo.wordpress.com/
PARIS: http://panambikepolo.blogspot.com/

Yorgo

the music was way too loud, most players could not hear the refs at least 50% of the time (depending where you were on the court), which made having refs really useless. i hate music during game play at tournaments.

that said, the 50% of refs that we could hear was actually really really well done.... more on that later.

kev wrote:

the music was way too loud, most players could not hear the refs at least 50% of the time (depending where you were on the court), which made having refs really useless. i hate music during game play at tournaments.

that said, the 50% of refs that we could hear was actually really really well done.... more on that later.

our last game was played to the interesting accompaniment (both noise and smell) of the poo truck pumping the near to overflowing toilets at the opposing team's end. It served as motivation to score quickly and retreat!

Oh boy, reffing that court while the poo truck was there! It was like standing with your head inside a soiled nappy (or at least, how I would imagine it might smell).

Wow legitimize the goalie. No messing with goalie sure makes playing goalie easier.

I watched a couple games streaming and all the teams I saw had a goalie (boring to watch). It will be interesting to see where the goalie goes in the future.

totally agree with this. I think one could argue that a goalie is always in play since they are blocking potential shots.

I agree with Jonny. I think that if a person is sitting in goal, they are fair game. On the other hand, the general decision of the refs to make it a foul to touch the goalie without having possession of the ball, along with their decision to consistently make stict calls, may have contributed to it being such a nice weekend; as far as I know, there were few overly agro players, no fights and no stitches or major injuries.

Big thanks to Buffalo Bill, Ray Shinscar and their reffing team for a great weekend. This was definitely the best-run tourney I have been too. With that said, I would like to paraphrase Ben Hunter from the Paris BFF tourney: "If I'm in the game, then I'm 'playing the ball'". For example, not matter what point Yorgo is at in his continuous circles on the court, he's always playing the ball.

Sorry again to Munich about a couple of dodgy calls during our game with them in the semi-finals.

MALICE for the people.

hugo got 5 stitches after a chainring to the ankle against cosmic. and i think i broke my finger, tho that was self-inflicted. :/

but ya, it was an awesome tourney. killer job by roxy, iain, mike, vidal. i know roxy and iain didn't sleep much the last few weeks. tons of little details were taken care of, the space around the courts was perfect. long lists of higlights over on http://www.londonfgss.com/thread23063-9.html

At the risk of derailing the thread: The point of the game is to put the ball into the goal. It seems logical to me, then, that the ball and the goal are always in play, as everyone on the court is always going for one or both of them.

I've said in other threads on this topic that I'm against roughing the goalie (skid checking, t-boning, coming up alongside them too fast) but I'm all for playing the goalie (stick hooking, getting to the net first and blocking out a goalie).

Chicago Bike Polo 2003-2008
St Louis Bike Polo 2008-fun

Retired.

Agreed.

MALICE for the people.

Don't what to do about the goalie thing. We didn't want to have violent play - which is encouraged, in my view, when you allow goalie harassment.

Thinking about it, it might be an idea to change the back through the goal rule to make rebounds off the wheels a goal - that might make people think twice about sitting so tight to the goal...

I really do think that off the ball contact is just not cool in tourneys.

When I play throw-ins I do lot of stuff that I would never consider doing in a tourney. It's cool to mess around with guys that you play every week, but when someone I don't know puts his hands on my bars, I do get rather cross. Or shoves me in the back.

I am not against shoulder to shoulder stuff. Anyone who has played against me, or with me, knows it is a big part of my game. That should stay, IMO.

"off the ball contact"

That's the slippery slope. How is someone supposed to know the difference between a little stick poke and outright harassment? If someone starts harassing me -- when they are not in the play or on the ball -- it brings up the level of aggression. It really doesn't matter if you're playing goal or waiting for someone to take it out of the corner or anytime. An unsolicited mallet whack begs for retribution. There were quite a few bent poles in our last little tourney (Oakland) because goalie harassment is a tactic.

One thought I had is that you could allow people to park in goal, forbid harassment, and make the goals wider than a single bike length. Add another foot on each side. Simple rule: no off the ball harassment. A goalie gets protected but has a more challenging job.

ah ah maybe I'm deaf.. I like how Kev heard something I didn't

Yorgo
LONDON: http://bricklanebikepolo.wordpress.com/
PARIS: http://panambikepolo.blogspot.com/

Yorgo

If you view these at their largest size you can see some of the banter from the chat room.

kev!!

kev!

Pcola was your apologist and loudest supporter.

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ha, it's always handy to have an apologist. the court size was actually decent, about the same size as ottawa, but rounded corners make it feel bigger. still, i'd prefer a larger court without perma-goalies.
(edit: WITHOUT perma-goalies)

a bunch'o photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kev_walsh/sets/72157621806642487/

nah don't trust me i have a history of coming 2nd :)

who won the style and talent prize? karlsruhe? any good pics of them and their gear?

nycbikepolo.com

Chris, Karlsruhe team 1 (Candy Colored Clowns) won the style award, which I think was as much to do with riding and behavior as to do with their gear. They have always rocked up to European tourneys with embroided bags and saddles, perfectly designed disc wheels, one tshirt design per day, etc... Stefan, one of their players, is a very good graphic designer and does it all: check http://bikepolo-ka.de/
They had special tees with the Queen sporting a clown nose!

Yorgo
LONDON: http://bricklanebikepolo.wordpress.com/
PARIS: http://panambikepolo.blogspot.com/

Yorgo

CCC came top of the refs poll! Nice guys.

Candy Colored Clowns are a great team and they have some of the best sportsmanship I've seen on a polo court. I think this is a well-deserved prize for them.

MALICE for the people.

Here's a pic of Geneva on the podium.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3503/3784855408_6c85b2ee5d.jpg

MALICE for the people.

ha, with the trophy maker's team name inscribed on the bottom. always fucking shit up, max.

i just posted the bracket at the top in the results field up top. check out the awesome chalkboard setup. made double elimination very easy to understand.

Photos...

wigan will: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36707747@N07/sets/72157621811230361/ (awesome b+w)
lisa: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisabettygreen/sets/72157621803926399/
supesim65: http://www.flickr.com/photos/supersim65/sets/72157621931316220/
MJS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/booksnake/sets/72157621788905011/
agata: http://www.flickr.com/photos/borntolose/sets/72157621941249294/
dj: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dj_/sets/72157621925576336/
me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kev_walsh/sets/72157621806642487/

or all photos tagged EHBPC on flickr:

also, http://www.bicycleimages.com/main/search.php?search=ehbpc (824 photos!) just the teams: http://www.bicycleimages.com/main/search.php?search=ehbpc+team&match_typ...

Finally photos. These are from Ellen, Phillip (pdillo) and me on my camera.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattgvidal/sets/72157621855733525/

MALICE for the people.

you can see my pics here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beatznbobbz/sets/72157621831985965/

(still finishing titles & tags!)

Final standings.

1st - L’equipe (Geneva)
2nd - Malice International (London)
3rd - Poloholics Toros (Munich)
4th - Discordia (Paris/LDN)
5th - Cosmic3 (London)
6th - Fabulous French Fuckers (Paris)
7th - BAD (London)
8th - Barlin (Berlin)
9th - Rotten Apples (London)
10th - Zombie United (London)
11th - Fixa Club (Barcelona)
12th - Netto Superstars (Manchester)
13th - The Toffs (Oxford)
14th - Les Debutantes (Paris)
15th - Candy Colored Clowns (Karlsruhe)
16th - (tie)Fen Boy 3 (Cambridge?)
16th - (tie) MoM (Karlsruhe)
18th - No Polo.No Talk (London)
19th - Dreipracht (Karlsruhe & Frankfurt)
20th - DBAA (Rouen)
21st - (tie) Mallet Force (Berlin)
21st - (tie) Skidheadz (Barcelona)
23rd - (tie) Le French Cavalry (Paris)
23rd - (tie) Poloholics Anonymous (Munich)
25th - (tie) Drof Ox Flailer 3 (Oxford)
25th - (tie) Blood, Sweat and Beers (Manchester)
25th - (tie) Rock ‘n’ Rollin Fixe Club (Paris)
28th - (tie) Team Sparton (Lyon)
28th - (tie) Downham Allstars (London)
30th - Broken Legs (Rouen)
31st - (tie) 3 Less Horse (Oxford)
31st - (tie) Cambridge 2 (Cambridge)

This does not inlcude 8 teams that didn't make it to the second day.

MALICE for the people.

tie for last, LOL. what's funnier is at NAHBPC they had a game to determine DFL... the loser of which "won" DFL
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