We don’t normally advertise for tournaments outside of major qualifiers (mostly because there are so many tournaments these days), but we are always willing to help friends out. Johannes Douglas sent us an email asking if we would spread the word on the Best Friends Forever Bike Polo Tournament in London. The tournament is being held on October 6th and it coincides with London’s Bicycle Film Festival. So if you’re looking for a fun weekend of film, friends, and polo, then plan a trip to London from October 3rd to the 6th.
For more info on the tournament, check out their Facebook page and their League of Bike Polo page!
And for more info on the Bicycle Film Festival, head HERE!
Over the weekend, NAH and the Worlds organizing committee announced information on the first ever International Women’s Bench Tournament. The event will take place on the Sunday following the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship (October 20, 2013). Bench team General Managers have not been announced but once there are a significant number of ladies registered to play, then General Managers will be picked from that list.
To sign up for the tournament, simply fill out this registration form, HERE. Players have until September 20th at 11:59 ET to sign up, so look into airline tickets and pull the trigger on registration! There is no limit to the number of ladies that are allowed to registers, so that means everyone that registers and attends will be getting some playing time. If you want to see who is already registered, check out the players list, HERE.
I love to see tournaments that are so inclusive, it helps make players feel welcome in the sport and pushes them to do their best so that they can fit in with the rest of the players on their bench squad. Thank you NAH and Worlds committee for coming up with and executing this great idea for a tournament.
Be sure to keep checking the League of Bike Polo THREAD to stay up to date with all the developments of the tournament.
See you there!
The London Open is one of the largest annual bike polo tournaments in the World. Last year, it coincided with the world Championships so we saw the best players in the sport put together fun mismatched teams. This year, with Worlds in the U.S.A, the London Open had a little less worldly draw but Europe’s heaviest hitters were definitely in attendance.
Anymore it has become a norm to expect a live stream when the top players in the world hit the court at a tournament, and the London Open organizers made sure their tournament followed suit. If you were lucky enough to catch the live stream, you may have already experienced some of this footage, but in case you were like me and slept through the broadcast, or you just want to see the games again, here are the final two games of the tournament:
The Milky Way vs Spring Break in the Loser’s Bracket Final.
The Milky Way vs The Magic Way in the Tournament Final. Europe’s top two bike polo equipment companies put teams together and these two teams just happened to meet in the tournament final. On the line in this final was more than just tournament victory, it was a fight for pride in ones sponsor.
On top of these videos of great polo action, some heartfelt polo portraits made their way to the web thanks to Will Melling. By going HERE, HERE, and HERE you can see several photos catching the post-game passion and the mid-game rage that make hardcourt bike polo a sport that we all love.
If anyone else has any media from the London Open that they would like to share, please post it in the comments section so everyone can check it out!
Thanks to Mr. Do and Samuel Arechiga we can feel like we never have to leave the NAHBPC mindset. We can sit in front of our computers and pretend like we are still surround by 10,000 lakes and take end the bike polo footage as it continues to roll in.
It started with Mr. Do’s GIF of Koyo snipping that youngster, and was followed by this hilarious GIF of Ace getting hit in his face by his own teammate. Mr. Do didn’t stop there either; as of right now he already has three full game videos online. Not sure why he chose the games he did but they are there and they are a blast to watch! Here are the three videos up so far, and be sure to check Mr. Do’s VIMEO for more action soon!
As mentioned above, Mr. Do isn’t the only one releasing some great NAHBPC footage. Samuel Arechiga from the SOON Media Group put together this fun highlight reel of some of the games from Saturday’s Swiss Rounds. This video is only two minutes long so be sure to give it a few watches so Samuel can see that we appreciate him putting this together!
Worlds is less than two months away and I know the whole poloverse is foaming at the mouth for a chance to win that gold. For those of us who did not qualify for the main event, there is still hope to compete against the best teams in the world. On the Wednesday before Worlds there will be a Wild Card Tournament.
The tournament will consist of 36 teams from all over the World with six of these teams moving on to the actual World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. The break down of the 36 teams looks something like this.
If Worlds is anything like the previous years, then chances are the regions outside of North America will not fill all of their Wild Card slots and North America will get more than 12 Wild Card slots. So sign your team up North American players!
It’s super simple to sign up for the Wild Card, all you need to do is line up two teammates (no TBD or TBA teammates will be accepted) and fill out this registration form HERE! Make sure you sign up for “Wild Card” in the Registration Option section and not WHBPC Main Event, as your registration will get tossed out and you will not have a chance to play the Wild Card.
Teams have until 11:59pm et on September 5th to register. On September 6th there will a lottery to determine which teams from each region will get to play in the Wild Card. This event will be recorded so that the process is 100% impartial and everyone has an equal chance.
Go make a team and get signed up, the WHBPC is not something you want to miss!