23rd-25th August brought us the London Open Bike Polo Tournament at Highbury Fields (north London).
Ana, Lois and I entered our all-girl-team under the name "No Horse" representing the Brazilian ladies' team under Liga Feminina de Bike Polo. We have been playing for less than a year (and never had the chance to all play/practise together) so it was not a great surprise that our results were poor. (although we should had really won those Killer Tomatoes (a team from Grantham; lovely guys by the way) and we should had reached a better performance against the Flowery tw*ts (a team from Sheffield). Despite that, i had the time of my life and loved every second of it, and i should really thank Paul K, Ben, Phil, Kev and Jess for convincing me to enter. In Kev's words "you are going to get trashed but you'll have a great time" and that was exactly our experience of our first London Open. Of course, i should thank my awesome "No Horse" team mates, Ana and Lois for being amazing, for the high-fives, the laughs, the hugs, the beer and for not getting annoyed for managing to disqualify us at the dance-off! :-). (The end party was epic too! what a great weekend)
|Awesome photo of Ana by Will Melling http://www.flickr.com/photos/36707747@N07/|
|I spent Friday with a bunch of polo players building up 3 courts; although tiring it was so great to exprerience this great sense of community, efficiency and fun too. Here we are measuring the courts and drawing the centre line|
|"No Horse" playing in the rain: Ana (L) Io and Lois (R)|
|No Horse getting ready to play in the Brooks court|