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Hell’s Belles, Vol 1

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - Sunday, October 16, 2011
Host club: 
London Bike Polo
Contact info: 
hellsbelles@lhbpa.org
Court size: 
2 x 20mx30m courts.

The London Ladies’ Hardcourt Bikepolo Club is pleased to present: Hell’s Belles, Vol 1 - London’s first ladies (majority) bike polo tournament.

Major sponsors: Brooks, Rapha, Chunk Clothing Co , Rollapaluza

Friends and supporters of Hell's Belles: LHBPA;OAK Cycles; 3PMH; Waiting for the Sun; Schwalbe; Black Rainbow Project; Pedro's ; Jinxy Wheel Covers ; Look Mum No Hands!

and organised with the help of the LHBPA

Registration now open! Costs £10 per player (includes tournament tshirt)

The Idea:

Hell’s Belles, vol. 1 is the first annual ladies’ bike polo tournament to be held in London.

This year, our theme is ladies’ majority. The LLHBPC, in valuing the ‘mixed feel’ of throw-ins and broader tourneys, are seeking to encourage the continued rapid growth of women in bike polo.

So, whilst ALL girl teams are welcome (and cheered!), the ‘2/3s ladies’ rule’ applies to this tournament. As long as your team has a female majority (i.e. 2 of 3), you can enter. If you are 2 girls, who wish to form a team, yet unable to find another girl, or 2 girls who plays in an established ‘mixed’ team (i.e. two girls, one boy), registration is open to you also.

The date:

October 15th and 16th, 2011.

The location:

Played on two courts at Newington Gardens, SE1, London.

The Programme:

Friday 14th will comprise an informal ‘meet and greet’ and registration at the The George Orwell Freehouse , 7pm
Saturday 15th starts at 9am, first game at 10am, finish at 9pm.
Saturday night party at The Libertine Pub
Sunday 16th starts at 9am, first game at 10am, prizes presented at 9pm.

Teamless?

We can help make you a match. Registration is open to individuals too. For those who are among the few girls in your scene, we can help you find a third. For those who are the ONLY girl in your scene, we can help you find a team, be it all girls, or female majority. Please register as individuals here

For boys without a team, please hold off registering and email us at hellsbelles@lhbpa.org so we can help you find a match.

We are endeavouring to house all international and regional teams too; we're a big polo community, with a bigger heart. Although our London abodes are notoriously small, we'll do our best to make sure you have a floor, sofa or bed to sleep on.

Email us at: hellsbelles@lhbpa.org

Registration now open!

LHBPA page
Tournament rules
Tournament Location
The Facebook page

Registered team list

1. Tornadoes (London) - Erin (Tornadoes)/Nik (Tornadoes)/ Jo (Los Conos)
2. L'Equeef - Amanda (LA) / MIke (San Diego) / Vi (London)
3. The Greats Girl Bidou's Show - Josephine (Geneva) / Sarah (GVA) / Pierre-Dracon (Broken Legs/Rouen)
4. Shotguns - Johanna (Munster) / Anna Synthese (Frankfurt) / Elena (GVA)
5. Proloholica - Anja (Poloholica/Munich)/ Angie (Poloholica/Munich) / Til (Tough Shit/Munich)
6. Stuntman Mike (Berlin) - Jule / Wibbke / Bianca
7. Fish and Chippeys - Valley (Van) / Leslie (Seattle) / Seabass (Seattle)
8. The Cat's Meow (Barcelona)- Cata / Ceci / Alejandro (Los Pelos)
9. Venus Flytrap - Agata (Poland) / Sabrina (Poland) / Toddy (London/Cosmic)
10. Hoser Broads! - Adrienne (London/Big Bush Bears) / Julia (BBB) / Trevor (Toronto)
11. The Dyamonds (London) - Helen (The Sirens) / Zoe (The Sirens) / Max
12. The Colonials - Naomi (Victoria, BC) / Nick (Victoria, BC)/ Josie (Brighton)
13. Faster Pussy Cat, Polo Polo! (Karlsruhe) - Stefie / Anouk / Max (Monkey Punch)
14. Chukker Dorris (London) - Ludo (London) / Eileen (London) / Jess (Birmingham)
15. Huey, Dewey, and Louie - Ivana (Geneva) / Nathalie (Geneva) / Kropa (Dublin).
16. The Polo Bears (Manchester) - Nes / Emma Rose / Danielle
17. TBC - Lish (London) / Kayla (Chicago) / TBC
18. Victorious Secret (Bristol) - Ange / Tabitha / Leah (13 years old!)
19. Comfortable Shoes (London) - Joni (Rusty Rims) / Margs (Rusty Rims) / Ali (Los Conos)
20. 2 Girls 1 Chump (Birmingham) Fin / Rosie / Mya

Location

Newington Gardens
Harper Road, SE1
London
United Kingdom

Signed up

Holy Freaking Amazing! xoxoxo Love to the Ladies

Thank you very much :)
xx

NERG!

REALLY WANT TO MAKE THIS ................... !!!!

We'd love love love some NA girls to come and represent.

NERG!

FYI: London BFF '11 will be on the weekend before this, which means another polo tournament and lots of bicycle film goodness.

LPC; Bitches

My observational skillz are obviously less than desired.. or we posted at the same time!!

NERG!

Lalou just reminded me that the weekend before Hell's Belles will see London's leg of the Bicycle Film Festival. This will see all the fun and activities of the BFF, and of course the longest running London polo tourney - the BFF tournament. So perhaps people from afar can look to play in both tourneys? More info on the BFF is here http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/london/ and I'll update with the BFF polo tourney details when I know more.

NERG!

I wish I could make it.

Great poster, great tournament name!

i am really really really interested in this.....
i am prolly a single gal looking for a team.

Heyy! Im pretty keen on going as well.
Shoot me an email: lewis (at) bikepolo (dot) com (dot) au
If youre interested. It could be fun!! Obviously we'd need to find a female third.

Yo Lewis ! Would be awesome to have you over, and Mo too. Keep hunting for a NA female third - the more of you, the better. But if you need some help, send us an email and we'll find a Euro/UK or London girlie for you.

Rego will probably open in 2 weeks time. Stay tuned...

NERG!

i could be your third. but then someone else needs to pick up nick!

um yeah, i think this might work actually! any ladies looking? i haven't missed a ladies army yet...

LADYBUGS GO GLOBAL !!! YES !!!!!!!

Yeah yeah!
My game is down at the moment, but I would have just moved to the UK from Melbourne, so I would LOVE to join in!

Awesome Caff ! You may remember me (Erin) from Melbourne? I visited in Feb this year with Jono after the Sydney Bench Minor.

All this international interest is super exciting; making the London girls very happy indeed.

Looking to open rego early August..

Rapha have just confirmed as a major sponsor too - exciting times!

x

NERG!

This sounds amazing, I'm slowly convincing myself that this is necessary. Ladybugs going global is a great idea!!!!

I'm glad to hear that you decided it was!

NERG!

I've always wanted to go to London and this'll give me an excuse to visit Polly in Spain...

me and Maverick need a 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

holy shit i'm goin to LONDON!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jinxy wrote:

me and Maverick need a 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

holy shit i'm goin to LONDON!!!!!!!!!!!

heheh ! awesome. we can't wait.

NERG!

So what can a Southern California girl expect weather wise in London in October?

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Our Summer's late this year (it was wet in June/July), so we should expect sun from now until late September.

October it'll be unpredictable again though, could be sunny, more likely to be sunny spells, could be a bit rainy.

The girls can line the courts with gazebos though, so even if it rains it won't put a dampener on things...

Registration is now open!

Please register as individuals here

For boys without a team, please hold off registering and email us at hellsbelles@lhbpa.org so we can help you find a match.

NERG!

double double post

NERG!

Maverick and I are registered!
still need another lady! email me if interested!

acwainscott@gmail.com

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i sure hope the court doesnt burn down.
thoughts go out to you and your family and friends. stay safe!

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Jinxy wrote:

i sure hope the court doesnt burn down.
thoughts go out to you and your family and friends. stay safe!

Thanks Jinx.. we're all safe, as are the courts. Brief period of madness in London, don't let it scare you away!

NERG!

Adrienne (Lalou) has been a busy bee working on the tshirt designs.. We should have something to show you very soon.

All registered players will receive a tshirt, and we'll have some to sell as a fundraiser too - so if you know of any one who'd like one, we can organise spares or postage or what have you.

NB - For those who rego before Sept 1st, you'll be guaranteed your pick of size and/or cut (i.e. mens or womens) as we have to have the order to Chunk by early sept. All others will still get a tee, and it's likely that you'll be able to choose your size and cut, but late(r) registrations should be aware that you might have to settle for a small mens cut instead of a ladies for instance.

Incentive to rego early?!

:D

NERG!

Registered Team List

1. Tornadoes (London)
2. Tengerimalac (Budapest/?)
3. The Tourists (San Diego/LA/?)
4. The Greats Girl Bidou's Show (Geneva/Rouen)
5. Shotguns (Munster/Frankfurt)
6. Poloholica (Munich)
7. Stuntman Mike (Berlin)
8. Fish and Chippeys (Seattle)
9. The Cat's Meow (Barca)

NERG!

*Team List Update**

1. Tornadoes (London) - Erin (Tornadoes)/Nik (Tornadoes)/ Jo (Los Conos)
2. Tengerimalac (Budapest) - Eva / Josie (Gutterballs) / Wackor
3. The Tourists - Amanda (San Diego) / MIke (LA) / TBC
4. The Greats Girl Bidou's Show - Josephine (GVA) / Sarah (GVA) / Pierre-Dracon (Broken Legs/Rouen)
5. Shotguns - Johanna (Munster) / Anna Synthese (Frankfurt) / TBC
6. Poloholica - Anja (Poloholica)/ Angie (Poloholica) / Til (Tough Shit)
7. Stuntman Mike (Berlin) - Jule / Wibbke / Bianca Cosmic
8. Fish and Chippeys - Valley (Van) / Leslie (Seattle) / Seabass
9. The Cat's Meow (Barca)- Cata / Ceci / Alejandro (Los Pelos)
10. Poland/London (name TBC) - Agata / Sabrina / Toddy (Cosmic)
11. Hoser Broads! - Adrienne (Big Bush Bears) / Julia (BBB) / Trevor from Toronto!
12. London A (name TBC) - Helen (Boomshakalak) / Zoe (Boomshakalak) / Max (London)
13. The Colonials - Naomi / Nick (Victoria, BC)
14. Faster Pussy Cat, Polo Polo! (Karlsruhe) - Stefie / Anouk / Max (Monkey Punch)
15. London B (name TBC) - Ludo / Eileen / Jess (ill pigs)
16. Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Geneva, Dublin) - Ivana / Nathalie / Kropa.
17. The Polo Bears (Manc) - Nes / Anna / Danielle

If you are a single girl looking to play, but worried you won't have a team, take a look at the above list. There are 2-3 teams in need of a girl third, so drop us a line. This is going to be great!

NERG!

ghaddamit Seabass.... *shakes fist*

(**pssst* I'm from LA, and Mike is from SD)

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ooop! i was certain it was the other way around.. have even been saying to people, 'oh yeh this girl from SD is coming'.. hehehe, wil fix, cheers.

NERG!

haha, thanks for changin it.
it shouldn't be, hey that one chick is gonna be here... it should be "Holy crap! the one, the only JINXY is gonna be here! And she might bring wheel covers!!!"

:D
cant wait to see you guys

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Jinxy wrote:

haha, thanks for changin it.
it shouldn't be, hey that one chick is gonna be here... it should be "Holy crap! the one, the only JINXY is gonna be here! And she might bring wheel covers!!!"

:D
cant wait to see you guys

haha! awesome. dude we are so excited to meet you and all the international folk. wheeeeeee!

NERG!

He's everywhere you want to be.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

Apologies again! After I inverted SD and LA to each respective inhabitant, I somehow flipped it again just for more confusion! Sorry Jinx, all fixed now :)

NERG!

Hay the reg. link doesn't work today...you guys now whats the story Thanks paka oa

Unfortunately, the LHBPA was hacked/sabotaged over the weekend (apparently we forgot to pay our domain renewal fee), should be fine now.

Hey Kropa! Should be working now. You're playing with Ivana and Nathalie, yeh? Will be great to see you all!

NERG!

Ok reg now...cant wait to s u all there,gonna be so much fun paka pa kids :-)

kropa wrote:

Ok reg now...cant wait to s u all there,gonna be so much fun paka pa kids :-)

paka pa! gotcha rego Kropa. see you reaaaaall soon

:D

NERG!

Yea I don't now if you recognize me , coz I need borrow some skirt and nice top to mach girls from my team :-)

Huey, Dewey, and Louie .. HA!

If anybody needs an extra lady, I'm fully qualified and available for the price of a plane ticket! ;-)

Really sad I'm going to be missing out on this one.

Hells Belles from blunt films on Vimeo.

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

Fuck 'em up Jules!!

So wish I could be part of this chapter of women in bike polo...

Our youngest polo girl just signed up! 13 year old Leah from Bristol. Nawww.

NERG!

We made a blog to keep y'all updated!

Thanks Joni

http://llhbpc.wordpress.com/

NERG!

http://llhbpc.wordpress.com/

Just over one week to go!

This Friday I will send all players information about their accommodation arrangements, the court and party locations, and rules and scheduling info..

Stay tuned!

NERG!

while everyone is getting ready to pack their bags,
i wanted to make sure if helmets are required in the tournament. i always wear mine anyways, but i dont want people forgetting theirs.

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Indeed! Nice one Jinx. Yup, helmets are mandatory, as we are using the LHBPA ruleset (and they protect yo' neck).

NERG!

you guys gonna have nets too? i saw some in the brooks vid. i dunno how well i can tend goal with your silly lookin pylons.

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that was just the teaser... dont you worry London is not the 3rd World, they do have nets, and metals goals and all

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

Metal goals with nets, yup. But that video had nets too, it's probably just not clear..

No silly looking pylons, don't worry.

p.s. Rik, we miss you, when are you coming home for a visit?

NERG!

I miss you too guys...

I hope soon, but realistically it will be after new year :(

Gutted that I'm going to miss this tourney, watch my words "best tourney of the season"

Rik
Berlin Bike Polo 2010
London Bike Polo 2008 - 2010

:(

Will be good to see you in the New Year.

Thanks for your well wishes Rrrrrrrik!

NERG!

http://llhbpc.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/hells-belles-its-one-week-away/

One week to go.. All information should have been received by all players.. Exciting times!

NERG!

okay, im gettin a tattoo in london

should it be the queen with a mallet and a ball? or the hell's belle chick from the poster?

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Hell's belle's chick with the mallet in one hand and the crown in the other. Boom.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

now i just need to find a tattoo guy in london thats can give me a polo discount :D

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It might be a girl jinxy.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

hey jinx, start an lfgss account and get chatting on the tattoos thread perhaps?
i can't think of any polo tattooists, but there'd surely be a bike person who could help you..

NERG!

I think this is the place that M A X, Hassan et al got their LPC tattoos done http://www.henryhate.com/henryhate./Prick_London.html

NERG!

is anyone else freakin out?

i leave Los Angeles in 32 hours

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I am.

____________
The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

Live results,

Saturday: http://challonge.com/hellsbelles2011
Sunday: http://challonge.com/hellsbelles2011knockout

last night i dreamt about being at this, hope it was epic.... fuck yeah valley/leslie/seabass! and congrats erin for all your hard work. can't wait for next year.

We would have loved to have had you there Maija. Trevor played hard for Toronto for you though.

Wow, what a great weekend. Big write up coming soon. Suffice to say for now that it was indeed EPIC.

Congratulations to Seabass, Leslie, and Valley taking home the big lady zombie trophy.

Fantastic to have so many players from all over the world, especially NA. Thank you thank you thank you.

It was brilliant to see some absolutely stunning all lady European teams and girls who really shone on ladies majority teams. Bring on Hell's Belles Vol. 2!

NERG!

Nice set on flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8458973@N04/sets/72157627790609939/with/625...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/teenslain/sets/72157627925157868/with/62579...

NERG!

thank you again to everyone.
Nik and Erin, you killed it! oh man, what a weekend!

i will try and post my pics and vids tonight.
its only 9am here in the states. thank god i didnt sleep very much through the last 36 hours of my travels. no jet lag!
just sad it had to be such a short visit.

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http://vimeo.com/31094553 a little video made by Chan from Manchester.

NERG!