I am by no means a good polo player. I have played a few times on borrowed bikes- and I will tell you that my learning curve was steep. I am comfortable with my bike handling skills and felt that polo wouldn’t be that hard. Let me tell you- the skills that a good polo team has are impressive.
There are three people per team and they can make the ball go from one side of the court to the other in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. Seattle is home to a very strong polo community with TEAM SMILE taking the 2009 Hardcourt National Championships, becoming National Champs and getting their travel paid by Brooks of England to the World Championships. They won the World Championships as well.
From where I stand, it looks as though Brooks of England has been a great polo sponsor. Supplying the tournaments with cash and product, without over branding or co opting the layout. It also helps that most people can at least appreciate a Brooks product as something with class. They are now working on putting together a documentary on the sport.
Here is a little edit that you will see lots of 2009 Tournament footage in. You’ll see some familiar faces, some good crashes, amazing bike handling, and some excellent plays. Enjoy. And if you are looking to get into polo- as a competitor or spectator, check the GMG Calendar or visit Hardcourtbikepolo.com.