In which ponies can’t cross, bicycles can.
With a backdrop that outdid even the rarefied surrounds of England’s maximum vaunted polo fields, participants of the British colleges polo team on Wednesday installed their two-wheeled steeds to play a chukka or two of motorcycle polo in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens.
British Polo Day’s Ed Olver said the risk to “preparation and mess around” in one in every of Australia’s most famous spots was too right to overlook within the run-as much as gambling conventional polo on the inaugural Garangula high aim event on Sunday.
“It changed into a entire deal with. We’ve performed all around the global however we all stated that there may be no better location to play within the global than in that iconic venue,” he stated.
No one changed into allowed to hit the ball into the harbour, so we needed to trade the guidelines a chunk, but what an honour.”
The schools gamers will compete in opposition to Garangula in a traditional polo game as a part of British Polo Day. A bicycle polo sport, played on Brompton fold-up bikes, will also run alongside the final of the match at the day.
Mr Olver, who has watched Brompton bike polo video games in Beijing, Morocco and Los Angeles, stated the game, still in its infancy compared to the extra common constant-wheel bike polo, is gaining momentum around the world. Generally, groups of four play 4, 5-minute “chukkas” or quarters, Scoring dreams through posts at both stop of a small pitch. Whilst a braying filly would possibly take more getting to know than a push motorbike, Mr Olver said the video games supplement each other.
“It’s a super progression from the motorcycles to the horses, but motorcycle polo’s a fantastic recreation in its own proper,” he said, adding that he hopes Sydney bike commuters will at some point play the sport in their lunchbreaks.
Wheels aside, the winners of Sunday’s excessive aim match can rightly declare, he said, to be the pinnacle polo crew in Australia.