The 2013 North American Series has been scheduled. Culminating with the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships in Minneapolis August 16-18th.
Our very own Mr. Do will be touring the major NAH tournaments this year, providing us, through the intimacy only the glow of our computer monitors can provide, a livestream of hot polo action at bikepolo.tv.
Check it out the project, here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/livestreamed-bike-polo-championships
Everything adds up, so donate what you can! ‘Do’ swag upon various giving levels include can coozies and t-shirts designed by Mr. Do’s daughter!
*This was written back in Dec. 2010 and never posted till now.*
After a fitful night of sleep, having witnessed the prior evening’s debauchery, we arose just in time to get the train rolling from the hotel. After a quick breakfast, the player meeting commenced, where we were informed of the local customs and schedule. At once, the games were underway, with our own Mr. Do on the opening joust, in a battle against clubmates.
Jerry was shooting like a laser for PB&J, and Kat had some great offensive plays with Hot Lava.
Peanut Butter & Jerry (Sven, Dustin & Jerry) opened by beating Hot Lava, then lost two in a row against some super-tough teams: MWBPC8 MVP Chris Simpson’s team Killer Boots (5-2) and Lexington’s Red-Bearded Boner Makers (4-1). They won their next game against Beard Face from Little Rock 3-1, and made it into the Double Elimination bracket by beating Medusa’s Quiver (Pittsburgh) 5-1. PB&J ended up ranked 7th in their group of 25 with a record of 3-2-0.
Hot Lava (Kat, Landon & Greta) lost the aforementioned game to hometown glorykillers PB&J, but then won their second game against Louisville 3-2. They tied with Two Lads & A Lass, then lost to Rage Coma 3-2. I’m missing a game, but they ended up 2-1-1 and did not advance to the double-elimination brackets.
In the afternoon (well, evening…it was basically dark), The Placeholders (Wade, Ramon and I) played Wardens (Capt. Jake, Matt Hewitt, Zach)—who ended up in 3rd place. Obviously outmatched, we lost 4-0. We then beat Pittsburgh’s All-American Badass 2-1. We had an A-court matchup against Chicago’s Team Adorable in what was the most fun game of the tounrament for me, losing to them 2-1. We then moved over to C court, under the light orbs. Lighting was bad, but it affected each team equally I think. The Placeholders lost 2-0 to Lex’s Lady & The Tramps (sorry for hitting you in the face, Rich!) In our last game, we beat Cerebral Ballsy (Chicago) 2-0, but it wasn’t enough to get us into the bracket with a 2-3-0 record.
Get Some Five Dollars, hereinafter referred to as Get Some, were better suited for the task of tournament victories with their matching jerseys (designed by Ebbin himself) and secret weapon—Nick D. They opened with 0-0 tie against the D.C./Florida team Beginner’s Luck, shut-out (5-0) Cerebral Ballsy, then beat Shit Show (Birdie’s great team with female MVP Maija) 5-3.
After their first loss to Hunter’s Heroes (4-3), they were still ranked 5th in the evening group with a game to play. It was a sweet game, and the Heroes took 2nd place in the tournament, a testament to Get Some’s defensive skills. Their final win was a comeback against King Shin Beef from St. Louis. At the end of the rounds, they were 3-1-1.
Having all had a hard day of polo, we returned to the Sidecar to secure cheap food and liquid refreshment. More merriment ensued.
We’ve been busy as beavers getting ready to host Midwest Open October 13-14th and we’ve been as grateful as robins after the rain for a sponsor like Penn Cycle and Fitness. Penn Cycle has been supporting Minneapolis Bike Polo for several years. We are hard on our polo bikes and Penn’s skilled mechanics are always willing to go the extra mile to keep them in running order. They also don’t laugh at us when we put expensive leather saddles on what amounts to demolition derby car.
Cheesy homespun similes aside, we are extremely lucky and grateful to have a the power of Penn Cycle behind Minneapolis Bike Polo.
Oct 13th & 14th
@The Roseville Skating Center
2661 Civic Center Road
Saint Paul, MN 55113
Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/KLSox
Saturday – Swiss Rounds
Sunday – Double Elimination Bracket
In winter the Roseville Skating Center is home to the largest outdoor artificial ice skating surface in the US with a world class speed skating track around it’s perimeter. In warmer months it’s home to roller hockey courts and a skate park. We’ll be constructing courts on one of the smoothest, most level concrete surfaces you’ve ever played on. The onsite stadium lighting and huge sound system will be at our disposal as well.
We will have 140’x65 A court with hockey dasher boards. Regular wooden boards for the other court(s). On-site bathrooms and other facilities are meant to handle hundreds of people.
for registration go to: http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.org/polo/main/tournament/87.html
cost: $25 per player/ $75 per team
**Registration begins Thursday 9/13 at Noon CST**
Check out the discussion on The League of Bike Polo
Ladies Army IV starts today in Lexington, KY with a one day co-ed tournament followed by the main event on Saturday and Sunday. Over 34 all female teams from 7 different countries will be competing this weekend for the Ladies Army crown.
Best of luck to our women and men from Minneapolis as they party, play and cheer their way through the weekend.
Tune in to the livestream and watch the action.
Minnesota placed third at the Battle for the Middle West in Bloomington, IN this past weekend. It was a great tournament and an exciting change of pace from the usual 3 man team tournaments.
We faced Midwest rivals Illinois in the third place match and came out victorious with a 5-4 win. This was a big win for MN as we came together as a team and improved on our 11 to 3 loss to Illinois on Saturday.
Big thanks to Indiana Bike Polo for throwing an excellent tournament!
We are headed to Bloomington, IN this weekend for the Battle for Middle West bench style tournament.
9 players from each of the 8 states will compete for bragging rights and a killer trophy.
This event will be livestreamed on Ustream so check back here on Saturday and Sunday to watch Minnesota battle Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri and Indiana.