Bike polo scor­ing in­ter­est in city

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - SAMHEWAT

Hard court bike polo is a grow­ing phe­nom­e­non in Auck­land.

The game is played on a small con­crete court with a plas­tic ball. Teams of three mount their bikes as they at­tempt to scoop and pass the ball with a pur­pose-built mal­let.

Com­peti­tors are al­lowed to bump into each other, and you’re al­lowed to joust stick-to-stick. Like most ball sports, the aim of the game is to put the ball in a net, though that’s a lot eas­ier said than done.

A bunch of Auck­land lo­cals on sec­ond-hand bikes set up games three times a week at the ten­nis courts next to Western Park in Free­man’s Bay.

Auck­land Bike Polo mem­ber Pat Ryan said any­one who played would fall in love.

‘‘It’s just so awe­some man, I love it,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘Out here we’re just hav­ing fun, but when you see the top teams play, it’s so fast.’’

An­other Auck­land polo en­thu­si­ast Adam Jacobson said there was orig­i­nally just one rule in the game - ‘‘don’t be a dick’’. He said the bike polo com­mu­nity world­wide is one that prides it­self on in­clu­sive­ness and ca­ma­raderie.

‘‘The sport is fun and all but I don’t think I would have been play­ing as long as I have with­out all of the amaz­ing peo­ple I’ve met and be­come friends with from not only Auck­land but across the globe,’’ he said.

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