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.
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
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
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
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
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