Bike polo scoring interest in city
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.