Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Many thanks to the Indy club- Cromer, Nick, Keith, and the many volunteers that helped out- for throwing such a great tourney! They really showed what hoosier hospitality is really like! Now when's the signup for Masters 2014??
Full album HERE.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Great to see you all again. Big ups to Andy, Peter, David, Justin, Sarah, and the whole Columbus crew for one helluva weekend!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
There's really nothing i can write that would convey how amazing this tourney was. The Mankato club was incredibly hospitable and the venue was one of the best i've ever seen. The competition was top notch, the court was perfectly sized and responsive, and the whole world was able to watch along with us. Plus the whole curling club was seemingly overrun by cute dogs, small children, smoked meats, and a bottomless barrel of PBR.. it really was polo heaven!
A huge, huge thanks to the Mankato club. God damn you guys and gals killed it! We in polo often talk about next level shit, but this tourney truly raised the bar.
Joe Rstom, you were right. I tip my hat to you, good sir.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Free Press Staff Writer
MANKATO — The hot spots for the emerging sport of bike polo are big cities like Seattle and Milwaukee, but if the members of the Blue Skunk Bike Polo Club have something to say about it, Mankato will be in the mix one day.
“I would love it to be,” club member Bruce Wahl said.
For one weekend, anyway, Mankato will be in the spotlight, as the Blue Skunks will host the Battle for the Midwest, a regional tournament involving teams from some of the country’s top clubs.
An eight-team tournament will take place at the Mankato Curling Club on Saturday and Sunday. Wahl and teammate Joe Rstom said teams are coming from Milwaukee, Chicago, Winnipeg and Minneapolis, as well as Missouri, Indiana and Michigan.
The Mankato team is definitely the underdog, they said.
“The players coming are highly skilled,” Wahl said. “They’re some of the best players in the world, real top-shelf. They are players who dedicate a big portion of their lives to polo.”
The sport is played just as one might expect, with players riding bicycles around a court while passing and shooting a small ball with specially designed mallets.
The Blue Skunks have been playing regularly on the outdoor rink on Stoltzman Road for about four years. Thursday nights are open to newcomers who want to learn the sport, while Sunday’s feature competitive matches between the veteran players.
“Growth has been pretty steady,” Rstom said, “We’ve gone from six people to over 20 showing up. Right now, there are about 12 consistent players.”
Wahl and Rstom are among a small group from Mankato that travels around the country to play in tournaments.
Last year, the Battle for the Midwest was held in Indiana. The Blue Skunk club bid to host this year’s event and have been planning the tournament for about six months, securing sponsors and building and installing boards at the curling club after the ice was out.
“The Midwest is one of the most competitive regions in the country,” Rstom said. “So it’s a bragging rights tournament. We’re all gunning for each other.”
Most tournaments feature teams of three players on outdoor rinks, but the Mankato group hopes it will be at the forefront of rising trend in the sport with its format.
Besides being indoors — no worries about the lingering winter weather! — teams will have seven players. While the action on the court remains 3 on 3, teams will be able to make line changes, just like hockey teams.
“This format is a big step toward validating the sport,” Wahl said. “If we want to grow into something larger, we’re going to have to evolve. ... This is a step in the right direction for the sport.”
The games, which are open to the public at no charge and also will be broadcast online at bikepolo.tv, will consist of two 25-minute halves until Sunday evening’s final, which will consist of three 20-minute periods.
“The difference between regular 3 vs. 3 and this is this is club-based,” Rstom said. “Teams are playing behnd the banner of a club or associated with a city. That gives you something to cheer for. People can show up and cheer for the Mankato team.”
Mankato’s team is scheduled to play at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Elimination play begins Sunday morning.
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Awesome article on the tournament this weekend! Check out the actual article here.
And don't forget to tune into bikepolo.tv and watch the broadcast!
Friday, April 5, 2013
..and wasn't saturday night fun?? Thank god we weren't on the other side of the river (where the university is) otherwise we all would've ended up in jail. Every year riverside gets better and better.. can't even imagine how good next year will be!
PS - sorry for the delay on the photos.. my digital camera broke during the tourney and i ended up using a disposable camera and my fuji instax to get the final photos.. if anyone knows of a good deal on a Nikon DSLR hit me up!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Ya know it's really a shame that Sunday got snowed out. This year featured even better teams than last year and the play was much more calculated. Obviously the Kruse/Hill/Hammersly/Quinn crew was killing it, but there were a solid 8 teams competing for the podium... oh well i guess we'll never know! At least we had a helluva good time on Saturday night! It's always a good time in Columbia, Missouri, and guys like Aaron, Christian, Nick, Charlie, Maglio, and Johnathon always leave me with a smile on my face. Now the nine hour white knuckle drive home i could've done without, but all in all it was worth it. Next year in March??
Full album link HERE.