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As part of our S.H.I.T. weekend (Scottish Hardcourt Intercity Tournament) Glasgow Bike Polo held its first alleycat through the streets of Glasgow. As you’ll see in Euan’s video, we had a beautiful night for it, and really appreciate everyone who came down to ride in it. Thanks guys, see you at the next one!

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S.H.I.T. VII

literallyoverthemoon —  September 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

IMG_0195Mediocre Polo, Epic Fun? Mediocre was a bit unfair, but epic was a huge understatement!

Friday night, while players from Manchester, Sheffield, Aberdeen and Edinburgh were making their way across the country in cars and trains, and as the sun set (quite beautifully) in Glasgow, the Growel in yer Bowel alleycat got underway. Aaron’s sub-10 mile route took us from our polo court in the West End right across town to the Merchant City, before heading back west to the final checkpoint/pub. Clues led us to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, a few of GBP’s favourite local businesses, and a quick chance for riders to have a go showing off their polo skills, scoring a goal with the help of/against Clem. Balloons, padlocks, pens to the face, pubs, squiggly bridges, a Tall ship, polo, a TARDIS, a big mad guy on a horse who can’t spell Afghanistan, and some IPA. The alleycat’s results are below, and each racer received some prizes donated by our sponsors, topping off a brilliant wee evening.

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1st – Brickman
2nd – Ally
3rd – Ali
4th – Stuart
5th – Dunc
6th – Matt

Not long after the Alleycat wrapped up, Manchester blasted into town and we got down to some well earned catching up and beer quoffing. Then bed.

imageGlasgow, in September? And the sun was shining?! Yup, the weatherman brought us a bucket load of sunshine that lasted the whole day, which might have had something to do with the number of spectators we attracted throughout the day, who joined us for a chat or just sat on the grass and watched.

After sweeping the court and getting our new goals built up, we kicked off the tournament at a decent hour and played four swiss rounds, which seeded teams for the double-elim knockout. The Manchester guys were instrumental in organising the format, and games were switched over quickly and efficiently. As well as everything going exactly as according to plan, the atmosphere courtside was really relaxed and fun, and it was really nice seeing old old faces and new, and gabbing away in between games while munching a tonne of Tunnocks.

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On the court there was some damn good polo being played, and an equally friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. You could tell we all loved playing our polo.

Every team got at least seven games, which aint half bad for a one day, one court, ten team tournament, and due to a team having to pull out last minute, three players who hadn’t previously had a team got together and got a chance to play. (And their result wasn’t too shabby!)

In the end, Team Skuid of Edinburgh took home the much coveted, golden S.H.I.T. VII trophy. Congratulations to the guys! The full results are below.

IMG_0180WINNERS – Skuid.

2nd – Spokey Dokeys
3rd – Flowery Tw*ts
4th – Manchester B-Team
5th – Multiple Scoreg*sms
5th – The Beard’s Last Stand
7th – Lock Up Your Sisters
7th – Shuffle!
9th – Septic Tanks
DFL – Stevie’s Bearded Wonders

But the day was still not done; after trophy giving came the prizes, and thanks to the massive generosity of our sponsors (who you can see on our poster below), EVERY player went home with something, with teams winning cycling equipment from local and national businesses, and polo equipment from both Throw in Polo Co and Magic Bike Polo. It might not seem like much, but being able to thank players for traveling hundreds of miles and playing their hearts out with a mallet head, or a cycling cap, or a tshirt, is hugely appreciated, and really added to a great weekend.

Then of course we had a tap-out game by way of farewell to two of our Glasgow players; Trish, who joined us earlier in the year and will be missed when she leaves in October, and James, one of Glasgow’s founding players who has been guiding us through the beardy hallways of polo since 2008. This will be his last tournament as a Glasgow resident, and I hope we did him proud.

After we packed up, where did we go? Aye, where else?

image[1]We got the mezzanine booked off in Coopers up the road, and made sure we were properly fed and watered. It was an absolute pleasure spending the evening with such a great bunch of folk. Then, clad in glad rags, we hit the dancing.

1208574_10151602069110810_844769239_nimage[2] classic grandUnfortunately, the weather was just too damn Scottish for us to do our planned Polo BBQ the next morning, but we poured ourselves out of bed and headed down to our friends Siempre for some all day breakfast and great coffee.

image[1] image[4]The day just wasn’t long enough, and soon we said our farewells as teams had to head off home. But what a weekend we had.

Thank you to everyone who put it together, including the weatherman, all our sponsors, and to everyone who came to play polo with us. I hope you had as much fun as we did. It was absolutely awesome, and you’ll always be welcome in Glasgow. There will be even more photos on their way, and a video is being edited together for your pleasure as we speak. If you have any snaps, share them on the facebook page!

See you all at S.H.I.T. VIII!

Love from Glasgow.

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What a month May was! Parties, tournaments, injuries, developments, sunshine, goodbyes, nudity and Polo.

Ignoring the odd stormy evening, we’ve been enjoying a bit of a heatwave here in Glasgow, which meant just one thing; Polo, lots of Polo. As well as our regular Wednesday and Sunday sessions some of us have been meeting up midweek to go through some drills and have a knock around. The longer days have also meant that we can continue to play right into the evening, no matter which court we play on. With our only floodlit court becoming busier and busier with the improved weather, this makes a huge difference.

Not only was the polo flowing throughout May, so were a few other things. With polo bikes, picnic, and our favourite Mancunian poloer, Sylwia, packed, a wee day trip to Loch Lomond got going. Glasgow Bike Polo Association was escorted off the various golf courses it found its way onto…

With 4 of us celebrating birthdays this month, we then took things up a notch with a joint birthday night out, donning our glad rags and enjoying a meal in Nanakusa, wherein we stuffed our faces with food, including a cake lovingly crafted by Donnie, who also made sure the birthday fairies delivered some gifts to the rest of the birthday boys. We then marched onward towards the dancing. Shapes were thrown.

Once fully recovered, we hit the polo court the next morning afternoon for some fun and games. But not just any games… I give you, the Wheel of Polo. I think at this point images will speak louder than any words could. (My favourite was Pirate Polo, depth perception is overrated).

Wacky Races Polo.

Buny Hop Competition

One week later, we bade farewell to our beloved Biscuit, Celia, who after a year studying in Glasgow was returning back home to Annecy, France. We marked this occasion with a classic Glasgow day in the sun; BBQ, a few Beers, and some Polo (what else). Celia put together this video of the day with her GoPro;

We also put together a wee parting gift for her on her last day; a special calendar, featuring all of us.

And the polo just wouldn’t stop! On the 31st, we sent a crack team of polo players down to cambridge for the UK championships. Clem, Dan and Brickman represented Glasgow and Scotland fantastically (even though they’re all English). They came 23rd out of 30, which considering the level of competition, and the fact that this was their first ever tournament together, is really impressive.

For their Trip, Lizzy put together some really cool team tshirts and polo shirts, which will be available to buy very soon! Purple is quickly becoming Glasgow’s team colour.

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And that’s just the beginning of what’s been going on. We’re working on a few possible routes towards a permanent place to play polo, we’re gearing up to host a summer tournament or two, and have our sights set on a pretty big event next year. This summer could possibly be the best Glasgow Bike Polo has ever seen.

Get well soon to all our injured players! (We need you on the court!)

Sunday was Celia’s last afternoon of Polo before her bike got boxed up and shipped off home to Annecy, France. So we fired up the BBQ, necked the gnôle, and gave her a proper polo send off.

Celia brought her GoPro, so click play to see her win her tap-out game, Ally fall over, Lizzy score goals, Donnie save goals, and Trish cook meat.

Nous t’aimons, Celia!

A huge thank you to eveyone who came to our Bench Minor tournament on saturday. Some fantastic polo was played in the sunshine, and a few pints drank as well.
Congratulations to Edinburgh, who came out as resounding winners. Glasgow will be praticing ready to claim the title at next year’s Spring Bench!
Thanks also go out to Paul from SAMH, Scottish Association for Mental Health, who came along and even had a few games.

Here’s Euan Ryan’s film from the day so you can see what we all got up to!

 

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