On a Sunday morning, a group of four boys rode their bikes and plunged forward. The sound of the brakes squeaking and we see traces of grinding wheels on the concrete brick floor. These 4 people are fighting over a ball to goal. They are members of the Missoula Bike Polo team: Dave Tenney, Mitchell Whitener, Edward Francis, and Jeremy Haas. And this place is the UM garage parking, where the wind whistles, creeps through concrete columns and walls and is where they come to play Hardcourt Bike Polo every Sunday. For Francis, he calls this sport hockey on bicycles.
Missoula Bike Polo takes its name from the land of Missoula. The group was formed by accident when a person discovered the sport online. He found it quite funny, so he decided to invite his friends to try it out in a parking lot. From there, they became the founding members of the Missoula Bike Polo team. They have posted on Craigslist with the desire to call for new players. Currently, they only need to spread the word and talk to each other to have more members join.
Francis, a key member of Missoula Bike Polo, is a seafood distributor in the town. I’ve been playing this sport for over 8 years. Because he was Hardcourt Bike Polo, he equipped himself with shin pads and armor. After a long time with many collisions and falls, the paint was heavily scratched. He shared that he often wears armor more than other friends, but this is also the reason that he often crashes.
Another member who has played for more than 7 years is the Whitener, a delivery driver. Despite his large body, he still manipulates very quickly and can weave flexibly between other players.
The oldest player is Haas, a seamster. He has been playing for 11 years and has been a participant in Missoula since its inception. The other key member, Tenney, has been playing hardcourt Bike Polo for 3 years.