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Help Support The Association of Bike Polo Journalists

September 21, 2014
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The Association of Bike Polo Journalists is a very serious organization comprised of Matt Kabik of Lancaster Polo and myself, Aaron Hand. Between us, try to encompass the heart, body, and soul of hardcourt bike polo journalism in North America. We put numerous hours each week into articles, stories, research, and the alike, at the behest of our wives/girlfriends and our free time, with little to no compensation. Basically, we keep the sites going because we love what we do, and we want you all to be as passionate about the sport as we are.

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Editorial, Tournaments

Get Paid to Ref the first NAH Bench Tournament

September 9, 2014
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The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association (or simply, NAH) is offering a pretty hefty payment for those that are willing to help referee the first ever NAH Bench Championship. Okay, ‘hefty’ may not be the right term when compared to referees in professional sports (or even little league) but for bike polo this is a pretty big deal! NAH will be paying both head refs and secondary refs. Head refs will be paid $10 per game and secondary refs $5 per game. With game times running around a hour per game, head refs will be making roughly $10 an hour! That’s higher than minimum wage in a lot of the United States!

To sign up as a ref for this history tournament, contact the NAH Head of Reffing (Joe Rstom) as Joe@Hardcourt.com. I hope to see you all in Lexington in a few weeks!

Editorial, Tournaments

Follow The 2014 WHBPC

August 25, 2014
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Here are the links that you’ll need to follow along with the 2014 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship wildcard and main event:

The 2014 WHBPC wildcard starts (today) Wednesday at 10:oo am Montpelier time (1:oo am Pacific Time here in Portland), with the main event starting at the same time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Be sure to not miss a minute of the action!

GO GUARDIANS! 

Editorial

2015 NAH Regional Allotment

August 7, 2014

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Last year when it was announced that the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship spots would be allocated based on the 2013 results, there was an outcry from some of the polo community (especially the South East). The opponents of the new system felt that it would be impossible to gain more spots than were previously given to them the year before; with many expecting Cascadia to actually steal more and more spots from the other regions, until it would just be called the Cascadia Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship.

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Girl Crush Vol. 3: LA6 Edition

June 18, 2014

Ladies Army 666 Team Special Edition!

Ladies Army 666 is this weekend! I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the teams I am looking forward to watching play this year. So get your girl crush score cards ladies and gents, and let’s see who makes it into my top four teams!!!

Let’s start with last year’s winners, the Valkyries!
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Comprised of three powerhouse ladies: Shannon of East Van, Quinn of Lexington, and Elena from Geneva. It is amazing to watch three women who almost never play together, mesh so well on the court; in fact it is damn near frustrating. They stay focused and keep excellent positions on the court while waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Shannon is like a freaking brick wall in goal, Quinn has a brutal hard shot, and Elena is the female lefty Darth Vader of bike polo. I have to admit though, I would like to see Shannon out of goal a bit more as I think she is a very smart player. All three ladies play to their strengths and I look forward to seeing these ladies defend their title.

Next on my list of ladies I totally boner all over are Hot Honey Biscuits!
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I love watching these ladies play. Jessi (as previously discussed) is a top notch player and continually upping her game! Erica not only was the first female pick of the LA Bench Minor but proved herself to be a freaking badass at defense, for realsies! Tina has that over the handlebar backward shot that I have been working on mimicking to many a whiff all year long. Not only do these ladies have some of the best on court chemistry I have ever seen, but they will smile their way to stuffing a million goals down your throat. And you know what, you won’t even be upset about it. I was super bummed that my team didn’t get to play them last year because I loved watching them play.

The team I am really looking forward to seeing play at LA6 this year is the return of the Cunning Stunts!
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Last year was my first Ladies Army so I have yet to witness the live slaughtering that ensues when the Cunning Stunts are on the court. With their new teammate Heff (of Toronto) I know these ladies are going to leave a path of destroyed egos in their wake. Maija remains my first ever polo girl crush from the first polo tournament I ever went to in Melbourne. She doesn’t look intimidating at all, but holy hell will she check you right off your bike and out of her fucking way because nothing is getting between her and the goal. To top off their team of baddassery, we have Birdie. She plays hella smart and will be in your way and all over you if the ball is anywhere near you. When playing this team, I suggest a tight passing game because any mistake and they with ride all over you.

Last but certainly not least, Iluminaughti, which name I can’t really say without at least one giggle…ok two.
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I had the rad pleasure of playing with Johanna for the Ladies Bench tournament and kinda think she’s the bees knees. She just has a great presence on the court and is a total team player, even if she has a hard time playing with lefties. Tiff is an amazing ball handler and really good at figuring out the strengths of her teammates so she can take it to their advantage. Andrea from Saskatoon has been playing great this past year and I think she will be a great contributor to this team. All three players are excellent team players and I really hope they use this to their advantage and expect to see a lot of passing and patience when playing against them. They will find their way to the goal and they won’t rush it.

I better stop while I’m totally drooling over these freaking awesome ladies and get to my predictions for the top four. I think the final game will be between Cunning Stunts and Hot Honey Biscuits and it’s kinda hard to decide between the two but here you go:

  1. Cunning Stunts
  2. Hot Honey Biscuits
  3. Valkyries
  4. Illuminaughti

I can’t wait to play you ladies!  See you in Toronto.

Sam