May 19th, 2010

Weekly Bike Polo Newsletter

WHERE TO PLAY IN WET WEATHER ?
We've lost two matches to rain in the past month, and lose our momentum each time that happens. So, next time it rains, give me a call on my mobile (ask via behoovingmoving@gmail.com if you don't have my number) and I'll confirm if we're playing on turf at Centennial Park, OR, on the Plaza outside Customs House. This is a great, high profile venue, that is too crowded to play on when it's not raining. When it is raining though...! Regardless of venue, we start at 2pm sharp every Sunday. Whackers provided. You just need a bike.

 
(Thanks Roberto for the link to these photos, of some rather scary looking New Australian bike polo players representing Spain, I believe)     

DIPLOMATIC ENVOY TO GO AND SAVE EUROPE
As part of my forthcoming grand tour of Greece and Italy, I am hoping to arrange a series of "friendlies", both hardcourt and turf, between members of the Newcastle Gentlemen's Bicycle Polo club, and these sorts of dudes on the continent. As we know, they have gotten themselves into a bit of a hole over there. Looking at these guys, it's not hard to see why!

The opportunity is for those of us of good British blood to exercise our civilising influence over our ESL friends, through the agency of bicycle polo. Our brethren of the Motherland have tried in their own way, but in this age of Anglo self deprecation, and preemptive capitulation, they are labeled imperialistic merely for trying to help. The job falls to we of the antipodean regions, I'm sorry.

Assuming I can pay for our team's flights, meals and lodgings, from research funds, who of you would like to join me in Italy 4 weeks from now? Ladies are welcome, and of course I was terribly drunk when I wrote this.

WHO AGREES THAT BIKE POLO IS AWESOME ?
It has come as such a surprise, that so many play, that it's such a broad church, and is so fluid and graceful a game. After about 8 or 9 games now, I'm just starting to get enough control of the ball to dribble, evade challengers and make purposeful passes. I'm also keen to keep playing on turf there at Centennial Park. We can play with more energy and abandon than they seem to on concrete. That said, I will be talking to my kids' headmaster when he gets back from OS about the possibility of using the school's roofed hardcourt as an alternative wet weather venue. As mentioned above, we should also give Customs House plaza a try, next time it rains.

The history of NGBP, for those who have recently joined us, is that a reader by the aka WeCanBeGiants (who is currently indisposed due to some family circumstances), conducted some research regarding more dignified helmets, and located these that naturally got us all thinking we would like to play polo.