Saturday, 31 January 2009

A few more stragglers finishing up the holidays.

NoSympathy v. Malletov Cocktail: 0-5, 3-5, 3-5.

It was a good game, but NS just wasn't having any luck with the shots or the finishes. Good to see Object back.

Good fun games, fast paced but still quite long, lots of good defence play by both teams especially Max and Horatio. NS didn't seem to get going in the first game, but turned it on in the second, coming from behind to level the scores twice before tomasito finished them off.

Malletov Cocktail V's Sick Buckets: 5-1, 5-3, 5-3

Swift play by Malletov. Solid keeping with Horatio. Picked up the pieces and finished the shots well.
Took a while for Sick to get into the game, but once they warmed up they played well and deserved a better result. Just couldn't finish their good play with a goal on many occasions. Malletov did.
Again, Mark was a brick. Mr alockett is making a quality impression too. Good game.

JiHaD v Sick Buckets - 5-3,5-1,5-1
I think, in a fucking blizzard. I subbed in for JOL, PiQue for James Brown. The court was frozen and icy, one or two snowballs may have been throw. Games were sedate but quick, all of us thinking about staying up, plus the prospect of a pint in a warm pub, meant nobody rode too aggresively. WiganWill even appeared for a minute or two. Emma, Gabes and Bianca were excellents refs and support. Beautiful to be out in the snow, but very very cold. Nice one folks!

Monday, 26 January 2009

Match of the League!

Saturday, 24 Jan. at the Newington courts in Southwark saw BAD vs. Malice Nnternational battle it out. Bad defending their no loss sweep of the league and Malice having to step up to their trash-talking was the making of 3 intense games. Probably the most intense games any of us have witnessed in this league! There were loads of falls and crashes mostly due to the court being a bit slippy. I would love to have seen this on a dry court so it would be easier to distinguish maliciousness from accidents although it still appeared to be fairly clean action for bike polo.

Reports from Dr. Vidal of Malice Nnternational:
" Not sure about an MVP, because everyone played so well. I feel as if BAD played a much prettier game. They seemed to be getting more shots and better looking shots. But Malice just scrapped it out, barely.
Malice came out tough and won the first one pretty clean and clear. BAD then got their shit together and dominated the second game. Aiden had at least three beautiful goals in the second game, and they earned that shutout well and proper.
In the final game I was quite worried about getting shut out again, and Malice hunkered down the defense. I think BAD got up 3-0, but then we just toughed it out, got it up to 4-4, and then got the final goal. That was definitely anybody's game.
All of the falls notwithstanding, the game felt very clean to me. It was fast and hard, but mostly clean shoulder checks. It was serious fun. BAD is still rightfully the top team. But everyone is ratcheting it up, so next league is going to be tough."

And from photographer GrowUp:
"Before the game Brendan broke excalibur,devastated. And then a second mallet during the game.
A lot of pressure on BAD to maintain the unbeaten record.
Every ball was fought for.
The Malice defence and goal tending was there strength.
Matt always rocked up to protect the goal, in front of Todd. Thats clever. It worked.
Ian checked Brendan throughout, but not in a sexual way.
Matt smiled a lot.
Dave is a gentleman.
BAD I thought had more shots on goal. Aidan missed a couple of open goals.
Only a couple of close calls on goal for the refs to make a decision.
Second game 5-0 probably due to the shock of the first win over BAD. Very fast 5 goals. I think Malice were trying to catch there breath as all the players were prepared and did go down.
I think the last game BAD were up 3 - nil so Malice never gave up, and prevailed over the evil BAD.
Awesome game to watch, they were absolutely knackered and must have ached the next day, week.
Very physical game without being malicious. Thats the important bit.
The evidence is in the photos.
BAD can relax now and win the league."
GrowUp's photos here.

Gabes' photos here.

In the end it was BAD Polo Vs. Malice Nnternational - 3-5, 5-0, 4-5

Thursday, 22 January 2009


With only two teams having completed all fixtures, I'm going to allow most of the rest to catch up before releasing the next matches. This coming Saturday aims to be sunny and mild but slow on the league front...

Holiday fixtures results (so far...)

Dr Vidal:
Los Conos vs Malice International:
0-5, 0-5, 0-5
Played with Rob (Slamm) subbing for Jo.

Buffalo Bill:
BAD vs Sitting Ducks 5-2 5-4 5-1.
Ironically, that was probably the best that the Ducks have played in the season so far.
At 4-4 in the second game, two shots off the post.
Nice games!

Baddesigner Matt:

wow. so today was, like, totally rad. here are the results:

1-5, 0-5, 0-5

BRBPC v MY Zombie
0-5, 0-5, 0-5

or something like that. awesome! what a day! i love polo! hahahahaha!
i'll leave it to someone else to write the dramatic summary, including how we totally deserved more goals and that yorgo is the laziest goal keeper ever (haha!) :D

Buffalo Bill:

Zombie vs Sitting Ducks
5-4 5-0 4-5
Long, long games.

Muppets International v. Mulletov Cocktail
5-4, 2-5, 5-3
(Aiden subbing for Andy)

DBTownies vs DYM Zombie
5-4 2-5 2-5
Long, hard games! The League is getting so competitive!
3 league games in 1 day. I am shattered.

DBTownies vs Moving Target

5-3 5-4 5-0

DBTownies vs Sick Buckets
3-5 4-5 5-3

I think.

Bingalo Bob:
Oh, BTW, James Brown and Mike Tramps tied for Man of the Day that I played against.
James, you played awesome - shame about the rest of your team.
Mike, a player and a gentleman.
Ryan of MT 3rd place.

Rik 'The Matador':
the zombie game, was good, long and hard
first game we won, the other two were for them, Mike is vgood
a few falls, Mike, Yorgo and me, mine one a bit hard
we play in NE, so more tactic than fast

the MT, was good but they miss Yanke, I guess
we where strong but they always were behind us very close, except in the last one
in mitch, that court is very long

the Sick B one, they were stronger and more lucky towards the goal
in the three games were some disagreement with the score, was the only one with refeeree, Scott and Horatio

good and hard games, very tired now

Los Coños Vs. No Sympathy

3-5, 0-5, 0-5
first game was really close and looked like it could go either way. Sarah did great in goal, made a lot of saves that frustrated NS. Jo and Ali doing their usual great link-up play in midfield. Ali missed a sitter that would have made it 4-4 that could have led to their first win, ah well - i'm certain it's just around the corner.
After winning the first, NS stepped it up and took control cruising the last two games.