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Old 3rd August 2009   #401
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hey skoota, can you get ahold of the transcript from the chatroom? apparently there were a couple dozen bikepolo.ca types virtually heckling, it might be amusing. i didn't realize there was live announcing going on, would have loved to have had a chat with them....
no idea kev, i've emailed him to find out.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #402
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Ride en mass over London Bridge - Monmouth coffee at borough market at 8am Saturday feeling like it was Paris with the FFF - arriving at the court to be amazed at how pro it all looked - feeling gutted I wasn't playing and the other JiHaD-ists were - seeing Ireland play like crazy-men - hearing there was a wildcard possibility - BrightTimes mixes on the system - Rrrriiiinngggg - Getting into the wildcard team! - watching amazing polo - playing Pollo and getting goals with the shuffle team! Go Downham Allstars - seeing my straps were going to second place - seeing a load of Forumengers that aren't always at polo - Jerk chicken - getting through to the second day with loads of support for DA!! - great tunes from Multigrooves - Pissing rain but everyone still being awesome - makeshift mallet tents - Argentinian saxophonist in the rain - one beer at the party - sleep....

....Monmouth closed on Sun (Boo) - arriving at the court in glorious sunshine - excited at the day ahead - LAL's amazing text message - all London teams through! - amazing polo again - Rrrriiiinnngggg - playing the FFF despite the score - Jerk Chicken - Geneva asking for CPP shirts - almost beating Mallet Force with our throw in team! - Rrrriiiinnnggg - being D&D with Max and the megaphone - cheering till I couldn't talk - Amazing drama in the last few games - feeling like I'd had the best weekend for ages.

Thanks millions to everyone, organisers, volunteers, team mates, players, friends, newbies, crowd.

Amazing weekend.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #403
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"he sucks" is pretty shitty heckling. take the prize away.
Agreed.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #404
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- Rrrriiiinnngggg -
classic :)
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Old 3rd August 2009   #405
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Old 3rd August 2009   #406
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I really loved that ^ picture
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Old 3rd August 2009   #407
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at a guess i would say it was one of the german women and one of the barca guys.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #408
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I just want to echo all the overwhelming sentiment previously mentioned. A big thank you to everyone that organised and helped run the weekends events, and to all the folks that played thereby providing those of us spectating with an absolutely fantastic spectacle.

Loved every minute of it, couldn't believe how passionate some of the teams were at first but that just made for some fairly epic games, especially the Malice semi final...

Can't wait for the next one.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #409
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at a guess i would say it was one of the german women and one of the barca guys.
Thanks. Could be. Here's a shot from a second before:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/booksna...7621788905011/
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Old 3rd August 2009   #410
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an epic weekend.

the energy surrounding the games was brilliant and the sportsmanship on display, top-notch

maaaaaad props must go to roxy for the countless hours she put in to make it happen- as a housemate i witnessed a little of the endless late nights it took. your dedication is amazing.

as more and more boxes of prizes 'n' stuff arrived on our doorstep over the last month, until the loungeroom resembled a bizzare inpenetrable cardboard city, i started to appreciate just how big it was going to be.

and it was, and it was good.

more mad props to-

- iain, mike and all the other organisers

- clefty and ted for organising all us volunteers with grace and humour

- ali for lending me her bike so i could ride in useless circles in the beginner's match and fall gracelessly into the barricades. i have even more respect for you players now, you make it look too easy.

- the general polo community, a finer bunch of people you'd be hard-pressed to find. you have a lovely thing going here.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #411
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@mjs110 that is one of the manchester guys, (bloodsweatbeers) can't tell the other one.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #412
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It's Russ and one of the Dublin riders - middle in this pic:
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Old 3rd August 2009   #413
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Is that one of Teenslain's long lost relatives in the background?
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Old 3rd August 2009   #414
LdnGrrl
Haha, that was what I was thinking when I was getting him to fill in the forms to learn how to play polo
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Old 3rd August 2009   #415
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Hehe - he did get stuck in though



if that's the right guy...
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Old 3rd August 2009   #416
LdnGrrl
Yeah that's him minus the hat!
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Old 3rd August 2009   #417
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really fun to come up and watch on sunday, might have to actually cobble together a brighton team now! shame me and andy had to split seconds before the presentations to get the last train back!
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Old 3rd August 2009   #418
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The polo was epic, the hosts even more so, a big thanks to you all esp Mike and Roxy for sortin us out with a spot.
Even though I almost totalled a lovely french woman in the crowd and we acquired the accolade of DFL, with any luck, polo in birmingham will grow and grow!
Thank you.


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Old 3rd August 2009   #419
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some more, un-shopped as yet, snaps:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3670774...7621811230361/


thanks to everyone there who put on a great event and, especially and always, thanks to my polo friends who let me stalk them.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #420
edouard
It was such an excellent weekend. The standard was really high and even though we got quite unlucky on our bracket, it was still amazing to play so many good teams from all around Europe and meet lovely people (Birmingham, this one is for you guys).
Cant wait for next year episode! And well done Geneva.

Edouard - La french cavalry

Last edited by edouard; 3rd August 2009 at 20:44.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #421
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Love these shots by kev:



Yorgo receiving the divine inspiration to invent bike polo:
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Old 3rd August 2009   #422
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thanks for a sweet weekend of polo everyone to all who was involved in the organization and running and to all the teams nice one

cambridge 2 AKA team cream
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Old 3rd August 2009   #423
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the reffing was great, apart from the munich toros vs malice. That was a sham. Munich must have gone home feeling conned.
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Agree 100% -
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As the goal ref who had to make the call on the shuffle it was obviously a stressful situation. I called what I called but I resent anybody implying it was a sham of any kind, you are welcome to your opinions but I have known most you guys long enough for you to show some respect. I know the implications of the call and it sucks for Munich. I spoke to the guy from Munich after the final and he was awesome. We agreed to disagree and he was a true sportsman not to get aggy about it. What ever your opinion on the call he, and his team, played incredibly.

As Yorgo said 'I guess this is the common lot of all ball sports, and there is no real way to avoid situations were there is an element of doubt. Criticism will always arise from all sides, there is no point in trying to suppress it.'

I would on the other hand disagree with his statement on London's reputation will being tarnished. It was a hard game, feels like a blur to me, can barely visualise the play anymore, no matter wether people agreed or disagreed with the decision people are going to rememeber it for the impresive organisation, the feel of the day and the quality of the games played. On that note massive respect to everyone who had any part of the day(I'm not going to name people as I'm bound to forget someone), but apart from that one call I had a great day and it was incredible to see so many people come down.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #424
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To chime in on behalf of the Oxford contingent, that was an amazing weekend. You people know how to put on a polo tournament. Extra special thanks to the organizers, all the volunteers (sorry we couldn't stay to help tear down the court!) and to the refs, who did a fantastic job under considerable pressure.
See you all in September for the BFF tournament!
Indeed, we were impressed with the whole thing. Bill and Ray stuck to their "Polo not Penalties" policy and kept things sensible.

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</p>TOFFs vs I think it was Fixa Club? was one of my favourite games - fast and furious all the way through, and total mayhem for the last minute!</p>
Yeh, thanks to those guys for a great match!
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Old 3rd August 2009   #426
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wicked little film, nice one!
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Old 3rd August 2009   #427
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great little film.
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Old 3rd August 2009   #428
BusterBrowns
Thanks every body!!so good to see you like every time!!
special thanks to Mark and kev ....I want to play again with you!
Thanks to Emilie for his kindness and his hospitality !

LONDON FOR EVER

KISS FROM PARIS
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Old 3rd August 2009   #429
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Thought you might want to see this;

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...g/03/bike-polo
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Old 3rd August 2009   #430
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i just saw this hugo great capture will, sorry to hugo but this is a great great picture, so much emotion.

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Old 3rd August 2009   #431
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i just saw this hugo great capture will, sorry to hugo but this is a great great picture, so much emotion.
ouch.
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Old 4th August 2009   #432
kev
some highlights....

playing with horatio and hugo.

finishing early in the day saturday so there was plenty of time to drink shitty beer and watch good polo.

ireland/grass representing.

tour de ville party

watching james brown thread the ball at high speed through two bottom brackets.

trying to score against Vidal.

hoxton square.

all the games that Zombie played in the losers' bracket.

monmouth & neil's yard.

those awesome germans. all of them.

refs.

swapping bike/mallet support and STDs with rotten apples.

putting red franklins in the organic ice cream cart.

watching barcelona face down barcelona.

london bridge with a hundred polo players.

playing two games @ downham tonight, both of which went 5-4 (we call that Beer Point where i come from, none of this Golden Goal rubbish).

ray for being a wicked host even though he went to bed instead of drinking whiskey with me right now.

getting another saddle from brooks.

L'Équipe!

inviting myself and a few hundred other people to have winter polo vacations in sicily. catania anyone?

tomasito's shots.

8 x full english breaky with Ray and Hugo and the Rouen crew this morning.

all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors. thanks all of you, wicked jobs.

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london, you should all come to paris next weekend or the weekend before the worlds to play some polo. DO IT! see you soon hopefully.
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Old 4th August 2009   #433
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Hi,
Im the goal keeper from "l'equipe"...
Thanks to everybody for everything... all the event was f*cking amazing.
-Critical Mass at the end was like a dream
-play against Rotten Apple
-Shots from James Brown
-Stopping Toros shots-all this match was so intense, with the technical and physical problem at the begining, (thanks to player from R-A who gave his lil' bike to lukas), a clok-game with an olny goal...
-roxy and all the staff, the refferes (good job' i think, between "game on" and " YOU! YES YOU! TAP TWICE!!").
-All the players, talk, laugh, drink, ride.
-Get lost every day in london
-Tom, our "winning tofu curry" cooker, who gave us an house to sleep

I forget so many things, but god, THANKS THANKS THANKS!!!

I hope so much that we can organise a tournament in geneva soon!
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Old 4th August 2009   #434
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Roxy, Mike, Iain and Matt Vidal, you rock.

Without you guys, no EHBPC. Thanks very much for your unstinting efforts. I make Iain my MVP. How did you manage to do all that work in the weeks and months leading up to the event, and still somehow find the energy to play so well?

Awesome.
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Old 4th August 2009   #435
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Is that one of Teenslain's long lost relatives in the background?
*Adds slamm to the list* ;P
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Old 4th August 2009   #436
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Thought you might want to see this;

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...g/03/bike-polo
"a French team called l'Equipe Genève won" ??? Ignorant muppet.
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Old 4th August 2009   #437
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Props to Munich Toros, and sorry to them about the dodgy calls in the semi-final against us. I'm sorry it had to be like that.

The refs did do an outstanding job over the weekend. There will always be, i think, one or two dodgy calls in a tourney with 120 games. It sucks being on the winning or loosing side when that happens. It was sketchy, but let's not call it a sham. The refs did the best they could under the high pressure situation.

Does anyone have the final score of the Toros v. Malice game?

I'm really sorry that Toros got booed. Booing is not polo.

On the other hand, Malice would like to thank London for all of your support. It was amazing to play those final games with all the insane noise rooting for Malice. As Todd Cosmic would say, that positive energy was a really big help for us.
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Old 4th August 2009   #438
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Awesome weekend! big thanks to Matt & Ellen for accomadating Blood, Sweat & Beers for the duration, huge shout to to everyone who organised or worked on the event and al the players who travelled from near and far to attend. The event ran like clockwork and was a fine standard to set for next years host....

I've returned to Manchester with about a thousand photos! but will add them to my flickr once i've had a chance to sort thru them.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixel_f...7621816829891/

Has anyone created a Flickr pool for the photos yet...?
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Old 4th August 2009   #439
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If you've got your own photos that you're uploading, please tag them 'ehbpc' so that they're are discoverable here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ehbpc/
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Old 4th August 2009   #440
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I would like to add my contribution to the reffing discussion (and let's not let this over shadow what everyone acknowledges was an awesome weekend) as having goal-reffed a huge number of games over the weekend I feel qualified to comment.
Calling controversial calls is a nightmare.

All you can do is call it as you see it.

You don't always have a good line of sight and play can be moving super fast. You have to make a decision quickly and you cannot be influenced by the reaction of the crowd and the players. Truth be told I am so glad I didn't have the horrible task of reffing the difficult semi-final. It is obviously good to discuss these things but there should be NO criticism of the refs. It is a thankless task and your decision will always upset somebody and make you the bad guy.
The great spirit in which pretty much all the games were played actually made our jobs a lot easier than they might have been, which is a credit to you all. Big polo love. X
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Old 4th August 2009   #441
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I would like to add my contribution to the reffing discussion (and let's not let this over shadow what everyone acknowledges was an awesome weekend) as having goal-reffed a huge number of games over the weekend I feel qualified to comment.
Let's not forget that reffing like this has NEVER been tried before.


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Calling controversial calls is a nightmare.

All you can do is call it as you see it.

You don't always have a good line of sight and play can be moving super fast. You have to make a decision quickly and you cannot be influenced by the reaction of the crowd and the players.
Very difficult when there are 100 people standing within a few metres of you screaming their heads off! I didn't ref the big court on Sunday afternoon, but I did most of the day Saturday, and it was very, very hard to ignore the crowd, and not engage with them. Props to the guys who did ref that court Sunday afternoon, especially Ray.
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Old 4th August 2009   #442
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more photos here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/borntol...7621941249294/






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Old 4th August 2009   #443
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Awesome pictues Agata.
Dan speaks my mind as far as reffing goes.
It was one hell of an awesome weekend (even if i was only around on the Sunday).
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Old 4th August 2009   #444
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no ref can make 100% correct calls, but the good ones will stand firm once the call is made.

I know from my own sporting experience that bad calls suck, and that they can sap your spirits. I know I was not perfect but I tried my best.

I will have to start playing polo in order to increase my total court awareness. at the weekend I tried to keep my focus on the ball, and am aware I missed some off ball action - but if I did not see it I cannot call it.

reffing is a very dificult job, even when goal reffing I could only relax briefly when the bal was at the other end of the court.

at the end of the day we probably all made a few bad calls, some more serious in their impact than others. what must be noted is that none of the errors were intentional.

at high level fencing competitions the countries that send above average numbers of players also have to contribute to refs transport costs, so the home country do not supply all the refs.
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Old 4th August 2009   #445
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Aidan, i have some more photos to go, including some of you, but i really have to do them later. So take a peek at that set again some time tomorrow to see more
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Old 4th August 2009   #446
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What a totally brilliant weekend, I’m proud to have been part of it. Massive thanks to everyone involved for volunteering their time and effort over the last months for the love of polo and making such an incredible event happen:

The stewards, either working their asses off cleaning up, selling merch, guiding poo lorries, or having to stand around at a gate for an hour doing nothing.

The refs; the toughest job of the weekend with all the emotion and jeopardy involved, but clearly you are due great respect for the amazing job you did.

Every single player that took part; thank you for coming to London and being part of this, it was amazing to meet so many new players and a pleasure to see the teams we already know and love.

The vodka-drinking mechanic stand (Holloway Cycles) who seemed to patch up most of us at some point.

The people who supported us with their sponsorship, all of whom gave something because in some way they actually get what we do; Andrea at Brooks, Matt, Martin and all at Chunk, Feya at BLB, Arin at Crumpler, the fellas at Shop 14, Tour de Ville, and Fixie INC with their beautiful bikes, Bill, Little John and Moving Target, Fred and Bicycle images, Lauren at Knog, Archie’s Grobags, Carhartt, Halo, Velocity, Bern.

Barry Mason and Southwark Cyclists who had a huge whip round at the last minute and saved our event despite Southwark Council’s best efforts.

The people who did all the little things that are essential; postering and flyering, running errands, lending us stuff, making calls or just taking part in those long difficult meetings many moons ago that helped shape the event; Bill, Ray, Hassan, Matt V, Rik, Horatio, Em, Gabes, Teddy, Claire, Dave T, Todd, John Pique, Kat Jungnickel, Jol (come play polo raised so much cash!), Andy Lockett.

All those people who put in loads of work behind the scenes in various ways; Gabes built and hosted our web site, Andy Lebowski did all our last minute updates, Diego went through many design drafts and stayed up all night before his holiday to finish the player programme, Matt and all at Chunk not only worked to design beautiful merch, they then made it and gave it to us to sell to cover our costs, James Growup, drove over 100 miles this weekend doing pick-ups and deliveries, Ali and Jon made our beautiful scoreboard, Lil made sure we were listed and blogged about everywhere that we wanted, Max with his cheeky/genius trojan trophy, Dov for making our security work … all essential parts of it!

All the people who gave a home to travelling teams, making it easier for them afford the rest of the trip.

V.B. and this forum; for helping us meet and keeping us in touch. Even if it us just to talk shit.

My team mates, JB and Matt Vidal; we stuck to the game plan and it paid off, much love and respect to you both.

Mostly, I want to say thank you to Roxy and Mike for being totally dedicated and incredibly motivated and for working tirelessly to make this happen. You two are amazing, thank you for everything you did.
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Old 4th August 2009   #447
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your welcome iain
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Old 4th August 2009   #448
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You're welcome :)
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Old 4th August 2009   #449
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your welcome iain

... and especially you big guy, having just spent probably an hour in the rain waiting on the fucking toilet collection this morning.

(sorry b, my brain is still fried - there are probably loads of people i missed in my oscar-style speech)
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Old 4th August 2009   #450
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thanks for a sweet weekend of polo everyone to all who was involved in the organization and running and to all the teams nice one

cambridge 2 AKA team cream

+1 thank you all for such an amazing weekend that will be remembered

team cream
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