Photos: World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship

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A typical fast-paced scene from the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

More than 100 teams from around the world competed in the the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, held at Weston’s Regional Park from Wednesday, October 16, to Sunday, October 20. In hardcourt bike polo, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, two three-person teams control a ball with a mallet all while staying on their bikes. The object of the game is to win by scoring five goals or to have the most goals when the clock runs out. Three teams from Miami entered the Wildcard Entry, and one team finished high enough to play on Friday. Two Miami bike polo players also played during the Ladies Bench Event on Sunday and one was on the winning ladies team, The Wildcats. Here are some more photos from the championship.

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Teams wait in line for registration Wednesday morning for Wildcard day. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Beast Coast defends their goal. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Team Control (white) battles it out for another win. The tournament consisted of three hockey minicourts and one built court. All courts were 72×144 feet with professional-grade roller hockey surface. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Bike Polo Awards were left out all week for participants and fans to view. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Florida native Chris French rushes down the court during wildcard day. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Team Control and fans cheer on other teams during the elimination bracket. Fans supported their team as well as teams from their country during the championship. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Control battles to defend their goal against Call Me Daddy during an elimination game. Call Me Daddy won the game and went on to claim second place during the Championship. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Some aggression on the court during a heated game between Call Me Daddy and Control. During the close game there were a few confrontations between teammates. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Fans hang from a court fence in order to witness the Championship bracket. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Sabrina Sabin celebrates with her teammates during the women’s bench day. Team Redrum consisted of teammates from around the world. This was Sabin’s first World tournament. Sabin, who just started playing this year, says, “It was every feeling I’ve ever had as a child. It’s not every day you get to polo it out with the world’s greatest.” — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Fans cheer for Bike Polo teams during the 2013 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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A player practices during the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. Bicycle Polo was first created in 1891 in Ireland. Richard J. McCready wanted to create a game related to cycling, but with an edge. It was in the 1908 London Olympics as an exhibition sport. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Wildcat teammate Constanza Mc Gough watches her team during women’s bench day. Ladies Bench Day allowed teams to play longer games with subs. Mc Gough lives in Miami and this was her first World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. The Wildcats placed first. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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A friend comforts Brian Dillman during the final championship game against Call Me Daddy. Dillman and his teammates, Joey Halvorsen and Eric Kremin, took first. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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A volunteer at the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament helps sweep water off the court during a rain delay. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Call Me Daddy (blue) and Beavers (black) play for first place during the 2013 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. Beavers took first with a 5-1 win over Call me Daddy. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Britt Willey reacts to her teams loss to the Wildcats in the finals at the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. Willey’s team, the Cervixens, finished second. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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Polo participants gather for a group photo Sunday evening to close out the tournament. The World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship started on Wednesday with a wildcard entry tournament and ended Sunday with the ladies bench day. — photo by Marlena Skrobe

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