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And The Cunning Stunts Win!

June 23, 2014
cunning stunts ladies army

cunning stunts ladies armyThanks you to League of Bike Polo for the photo. 

Mallets were swung, goals were scored, blood was shed, and after two hard fought days, Ladies Army 6 has come to an end. While I couldn’t make it, I did follow along all weekend thanks to Podium. Severally times I found myself refreshing Podium instead of watching the games at the Polo Trolls. With such amazing players at Ladies Army, I almost cared more about the outcome of Ladies Army games than my own tournament. Killer ladies playing some killer polo, I couldn’t help myself!

In case you spent Sunday night under a rock, Ladies Army 6 ended with Hot Honey Biscuits coming back from the losers bracket and taking the Cunning Stunts to a second final game. At the end of regulation time in the second final game, the score was tied 2 – 2 thanks to a hot goal from Hot Honey Biscuits’ Erica Compton. With amazing defense on both ends, the final game ended up lasting over an hour! After the long and exhausting game, the Cunning Stunts found themselves scoring the game winning goal and walking away as champions of Ladies Army 6.

Congratulations to the Cunning Stunts of yet again winning Ladies Army, and a huge shout out to 321 Polo’s Sam Bell for coming in 4th place with her team The Cuntrol.

Tournaments

Follow Along With Ladies Army 666

June 19, 2014
Ladies Army 6

Ladies Army 6

Starting today Toronto is going to be popping with one of the biggest and best tournaments in bike polo. Polo players from all over the world have been congregating in this great Canadian city for a few days now and while I’m not there, I’m really exciting for it all to happen. If you are like me and aren’t lucky enough to make it to the tournament, here are the link that will allow you to follow along:

The Co-Ed Bench tournament on Friday can followed using this Podium link: https://www.podiumbikepolo.com/lacb2014

And the main game 6th annual Ladies Army tournament can be followed here: https://www.podiumbikepolo.com/ladiesarmy666

If you Instagram (who am I kidding, of course you do), be sure to check out #la666 for all the fun, hilarious, pictures that will make you regret not going.

Editorial, Player Profile, Tournaments

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!
Valkyries bike polo

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!
hot honey biscuits bike polo

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!
cunning stunts bike polo

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.
illuminaughti bike polo

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

Tournaments

Help Ref the 2014 NAHBPC

June 16, 2014
bike polo referee

bike polo referee

The NAH needs your help! With the 2014 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship just around the corner, they are looking for willing participants to sign up to referee during the tournament. Not only will you be walking away from this experience with a free t-shirt thanks to Fixcraft, you will GET PAID for your hard work. YEAH THAT’S RIGHT! You will get paid to ref the tournament.

This is the year that you stop being that guy who always yells at the referee and actually puts yourself in their shoes. So sign up, do your part, and help out! Without volunteers these tournaments can’t happen for any of us, so please help out! The poloverse thanks you in advance for your hard work and apologizes for getting angry at you while on the court.

Follow this link to sign up: Sign-up to Officiate/Referee North Americans.

Tournaments, Video

2014 Cascadia Qualifier Highlights

June 11, 2014
Jagwolves Media

As much as I love watching game footage to learn new skills and hone some defensive techniques against some of the best players in the world, nothing excites me more than some excellent tournament highlight footage. Even more so when I get to catch a glimpse of myself or my team. Which was exactly the case in Scooter Sackerson/Jagwolves Media’s new highlight reel from the 2014 Cascadia Qualifier. (Go Prospectors!)

The video shows off some of the amazing thrills and spills that made up the toughest qualifier that I’ve ever played in. Check it out:

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