Timaru victorious at 10th annual Winter Whack tournament

Timaru’s Ash Sandwich, rode away with the 10th annual Winter Whack tournament at Caroline Bay at the weekend.

The South Canterbury motorcycle polo group triumphed over 8 different Australasian competition at the 2-day event hosted for the 0.33 time in Timaru.

Hardcourt bike polo is a version of traditional bicycle polo wherein groups of players ride bicycles and use mallets to strike a small ball right into a intention.

Timaru bike Polo club treasurer Richard Brown stated an amazing blend of spectators and competitors attend the event, which commenced off with unsightly climate that slowly got better.

“The climate was terrible on Saturday morning but that’s what it is played in – rain, hail or shine regardless of what happens,” he said.
“The courtroom held up after the upkeep council [Timaru District Council] did on it ultimate year. We had been capable of play all Saturday and on Sunday till about 5pm.”

The 9 teams from Timaru, Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne completed a full round robin wherein every crew played in opposition to one another into the finals on the second one day, Brown stated.

The match’s runners-up have been some other Timaru team for which Brown swings his mallet.

“i used to be inside the team that came in second so it turned into good blend of competitive however nevertheless very fun polo.

“there has been suitable quality of polo played, from the young gamers right as much as the greater senior individuals.”

Brown stays hopeful that Timaru can be afforded the possibility of hosting the match once more subsequent yr.

“we can positioned our hand up to host it once more next 12 months if Christchurch does now not host the occasion.

“we attempt and host as a minimum one or tournaments a yr and it is just trying to get into the Australian network so we’ve the teams over.”

He stated the Winter Whack winners obtained no prize money “just bragging rights and a trophy”.

Brown entreated extra Timaruvians to come back to the courts and participate in the game.

“it is usually tremendous to peer the general public pop out and help, and anybody looking to have go at playing polo come and notice us at Caroline Bay on a Sunday.”