Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Season 2 is underway!

Follow it at the new website, www.londonbikepololeague.com (*pretty flash, eh?). Courtesy of Gabes at Pixelbreaker, you've seen his handiwork over at the EHBPC site as well.

You can also follow the banter over at london fgss if you're bored...

The league is getting all sorts of hi-tech this season*, there are twits, there is also the league photo pool on flickr - which judging by most of those pics this season should be renamed the Newington Gardens Bike Polo League. Nice courts those... There's also a London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association somewhere out there - not league related though.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Come out and have your say about London bike polo.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Inaugural London Bike Polo League Finals

Voted by the players for the players:
Player of the Season -
1. dt Dave - BAD Polo
2. Mike - Zombie
3. Brendan - BAD Polo
Most Improved Player -
1. Todd - Malice International
2. Tomasito - Malletov Cocktail
3. Hassan - JiHaD
Most Valuable Substitute Player -
1. Todd - Black Rebel Bicycle Polo Club/Malice International
2. Tomasito - Various Teams
3. alockett - Various Teams
Best Game -
1. BAD v Malice International
2. NS v Zombie
Best Ref -
1. alockett
2. Gabes
3. Hassan/Bill
Fair Play Award -
1. dt Dave - BAD Polo
2. Hops/Ali - both of Los Coños
Notable mentions go to the following -
Best Supporters -
Hops for sheer enthusiasm and dedication, Gabes for attendance.
Dirtest Players -
The Sick Buckets, all off them !

Final standings:
  • 31 - BAD Polo
  • 26 - Malice International
  • 22 - Zombie RMY

Friday, 20 March 2009

Los Coños v Black Rebel Bicycle Polo club - 3-5, 3-5, 3-5

From Roxy (BRBPC):

That Allie has military trained aim and precision on shots.
Jo and Allie work super together, they always know where the other is and have a rhythm to when they pass and shoot.
Sarah is a wall of a goal keeper.

BRBPC, um, we had a lot of fun. Pretty crap at staying in the goal but all got some great shots off. Fun games.
BRBPC are finished with the league (well pending eventual sick bucket's fail) and I for one think it was a huge success!!!
The main goals of the league as I understand it were to keep polo going over the colder months, keep regular players/teams with others to play against, and to get new people interested in/playing polo. Success on all fronts.
There's been whinging about people taking too long to play and the wrong people playing, but I think that's all a bit too much and too high of expectations for the first time (in the world) that a group of polo players formed a league. Those complaints drown out the fact that we got to play killer games all winter, always knew we would get killer games (even if it took longer than expected), got lots of new folks interested, and the level of London play has dramatically improved!!
Long Live the London League! Party?!

Friday, 13 March 2009

More Catch-up Matches...

Los Coños v. JiHaD - 1-5, 4-5 3-5

Hassan says, "They woke up after the first game, with Ali and Jo passing and shooting very well, lots of great long shots perfectly on target, and as Jol said, Sarah was a wall in goal. Very well played Conos!

Thanks to Ray for stepping in.

So apparently in the second game when someone asked the score, Yorgo shouts "4-2" which Ali replied "Not anymore!" and promptly hits a perfect long-shot through the shambolic JiHaR defense! Making it 4-3, brilliant!

Sarah Hops:
The other fixtures where we came close to getting a point (v DBTownies and v No Sympathy), its fair to say there were lots of occasions that we could have scored but didn't, making losing a close game really frustrating. The difference with this game is I think we managed to score on almost all our attempts at goal.

Malletov V DeBeauviour Townies - 5-4, 3-5, 5-3.
At Mitchinson Road. Harry, Rik and Gabes played very well and definitely deserved the middle game.

JiHaD V. Moving Targets: 5-0 5-0 5-4

Hassan: Good games, Joel and Ray were a great combo in the first game, passing very well and easily taking the 5 goals. The middle game was more of the same, but I managed to wake up for this one. The last one was alot of fun, MT started passing and taking more shots, and both teams had lots of break away opportunities that needed (and often were) to be reeled in. Both Daves had some speed and bit of the old MT's bike handling techniques; there were a fair few tap outs. JiHaD went up 3-1 then 4-2, but the Targets pulled out a couple of good goals to draw even before we were able to finish it off.
Thanks to Ray for subbing in again.

Ray: Yeah, to be fair MT missing Janky and Ryan quite a bit. As Hassan says JiHaR - wasn’t really tested in the first and second games. We played with a last man floating in the half for the first 2 games, Some great goals in the first one run involving Hassan to Joel then Joel to me for a nice little slotted finish. Hassan pretty much scored all the goals in the second game, with his speed alone MT struggled to keep up.
then let off the gas abit for the last game where MT came back with a few nice long shots... Mikey scoring a cracker from their half. Then we D’d up a bit to take the game.

Thanks JiHaD for the games.

BRBPC V. Moving Targets - 5-2, 5-2, 5-0

Matt (BRBPC): Yah, have to say a big thanks to MT and Hassan/Ray for the excellent goal reffing. Yeah right! hahaha! lame-o's. :D ha! MT were excellent fun, great shit talking, great interference, terrible passing, but good fun! Dan was on fire, as usual, with fast breaks and good shots. You knew where Roxy was all the time, excellent communications ("I'm here, Matt, behind you, Matt, here, behind you, on your right, one your right .... no! not that far!" etc). Dave (Harry Potter) was brutal one-on-one, doling out the tough love. Mikey, well, what can you say? Big love! :D

great games, long and tiring, but amazing. :D

BAD vs Los Coños - 5-0, 5-0, 5-0

Ali (Los Coños): I think the scores are right, Guys? Ha ha.

We managed to hold BAD off for longer than we thought we were going to, however, they ran rings round us and we didn't stand a chance. I was amazed that they barely even talk to each other but they know where each other are all the time.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

No Sympathy V. The Zombie

From Hassan (referee):
Zombie v NS - 5-0 5-3 3-4 (last game to be finished at a later date)

fucking hell, three (well 2 and a half) rediculously long, hard fought games. the score doesn't reflect the first game, NS held Zombie at nil nil for over 10 minutes before the goals started, but Zombie's determination gave them the shut-out. and the game still lasted around 30 minutes. and was the shortest. NS got the first goal of the second game, but it was quickly retaliated by Zombie. this one lasted closer to 45 minutes. the last game was the hardest fought of all, with NS goin up to 3-1 before Zombie started to make some goals back, by which time the lights went out.

good passing between Zombie, their best asset was their ability to always be in the right place at the right time. NS also passed very well, with their strongest point being that they just fought. constantly. most balls that got stuck on the wall or in the corner came out in their possesion. but with yorgo's (silly) speed combned with mike's break aways and mike's and brian's shots made zombie come out on top for the first two of the three. with the last game still to be decided.

very very good games.

continued last game of NS v Zombie: 4-5

They started playing, Yorgo pedaled in circles, Mike scored, NS took possession and had a decent attempt at goal, Yorgo pedaled in circles, Zombie took possession, Yorgo pedaled in circles and Mike passed to Yorgo, Yorgo scored.
Final game 5-4

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Last Fixtures!

Malice Nnternational vs Moving Targets
Black Rebel Bicycle Polo Club vs Los Coños
BAD Polo vs JiHaD
The De Beauvior Townies vs The Sitting Ducks
Malletov Cocktail vs The Zombie
No Sympathy vs The Sick Buckets

Home vs. Away respectively, please announce 48hrs beforehand.
This fixture is due to be finished by March 21.