Video

Alan Partridge does Polo

November 12, 2013
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If you are unfamiliar with Alan Partridge, (no, he’s not part of the classic 70’s TV show The Partridge Family) he is a fictional radio and television host played by the iconic comedian Steven Coogan. Partridge’s antics have been splitting sides for decades and now, thanks to Andrew “Chan” McRae, Partridge has entered the Poloverse. Chan took some polo footage from 2011, dubbed Alan Partridge’s football (soccer for the Americans) commentary over it, and now a tsunami of laughter is about to unleash across the hardcourt interwebs.

Enjoy and share with your friends!

Editorial, Interview, Player Profile

Meet your World’s Refs: Robin Cunningham

November 11, 2013

The third installment of our “Meet Your World’s Refs” series introduces you to a player from one of NAH’s most forgotten regions. Hailing from the Southwest, Robin Cunningham is the unsung hero of World’s Refs. As one of only three refs to sign the volunteer sheet put out before Worlds began, Cunningham showed his commitment and talent all the way through the tournament to the final game. Find out a little more about him here!

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321Polo: What is your home club?
Cunningham: Home Club = Albuquerque Bike Polo

321Polo: How long have you been playing bike polo?

Cunningham: I’ve been playing for 4 years.

321Polo: When was the first time you reffed at a tournament?
Cunningham: I first reffed at our own tournament in Santa Fe, NM in April 2010.

321Polo: What do you think of fans heckling you?
Cunningham: I don’t mind the fans heckling me, it can be a bit distracting though. I started reffing soccer when I was very young, so I was used to a minimum of 22 parents yelling at you at the same time. No one is ever happy all of the time.

321Polo: Are there any major changes you hope to see in the reffing world next year?
Cunningham: The major changes I would like to see would be an acceptance of world rules, not just NAH. The NAH/world rules translated into 5 or 8 major languages so everyone can read them. And lastly, hand signals for the 10 major fouls. It can be very hard to tell the players (and fans) what the foul call is when everyone is yelling at the same time. We could adopt a football/hockey style hand signals that would be international. Then there would be no discrepancy with what the actual call was. With the addition of the hand signals would be pointing in the direction of play after a foul. That way the teams can have an idea of which side has possession of the ball. Lastly, if we want to have good refs, then pay them (or honor their efforts with proper respect). When refs are getting paid they will take it more seriously. My final thought is: “You can hate me on the court, but love me off the court.”

Editorial

Welcome our New Writer!

November 8, 2013

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We heard the calls from the poloverse and couldn’t have agreed more: the Association of Bike Polo Journalists needs a more diverse voice. Earlier this week, Lancaster Polo added Charlotte Fagan Caroline Schruff to their writing staff and in doing what we at 321Polo do best (attempting to steal the thunder of Lancaster Polo) we now introduce to you our newest member, Sam Bell. We sent out a call earlier this week for a female voice at 321Polo and Sam was gracious enough to answer!

Sam Bell is an avid polo player and cyclocross racer from San Francisco and we couldn’t be happier to have her as part of the 321Polo family. Fast into action, Sam’s first article for the site will come to the poloverse next week. We are excited for her enthusiasm and we can’t wait to have her voice heard!

If anyone else would love to join the 321Polo writing staff, send us an email (a.hand(at)hotmail.com) so we can have a chat!

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Product, Video

Riding in Circles 2014 Sneak Peek

November 7, 2013
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I was first exposed to Riding in Circles polo bikes in Geneva at the 2012 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. I instantly fell in love with the compact design and super clean welds of this Italian polo frame. Sadly enough, we don’t see too many Riding in Circles bikes in North America, so in the year following Geneva, the Riding in Circles frame slowly faded from my bike porn spank bank. That was until I arrived in Florida for the 2013 WHBPC and saw two-thirds of Call Me Daddy riding the sleek bikes that once filled my dreams. Upon coming home from Worlds, I did some perusing of the Riding in Circles Facebook page and  discovered that they released a teaser video for their 2014 polo bike. If the bike is going to be half as cool as this video, then the poloverse is in for a real treat!

Check out the teaser video here:

Editorial, Tournaments

What’s Important to You at the Majors?

November 6, 2013

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Kevin Walsh, the League of Bike Polo Godfather, set up a poll on his website asking the Poloverse to chime in on one important question. “What are the most important characteristics of a good host location for these ‘flagship’ events?” Since Euros, North Americas and the WHBPC are where the highest teams come together, this simple question has a complicated answer. Kevin gives us ten options to choose from (i.e. Shelter from the elements, Good scoreboards, Court surface, Ease of travel, Food, Cheap or free housing, Court Size, Destination city, Parties, Court boards) and allows us to rank our top five choices in order of importance.

To take the survey, follow this link to the League of Bike Polo. Let’s find out what everyone feels are the most important elements of our highest tournaments so that we can make decision through democracy.