The new astroturf season (Friday nights 6.30-7.30 Linwood Sports Centre) is well underway and the turnouts have been very encouraging considering the weather we’ve had to endure. Check the Polo section of ‘The Bunch’ each week to see details of any games which have been rearranged or cancelled.
It has been great to have some of the hard court players from Glasgow coming along for the Linwood games and it has been obvious to anyone playing that they are far from beginners. As they have been prepared to give the ‘grass’ game a go we should really make the effort to try out hard court. For details of their regular get togethers and tournaments check out their web forum (see the polo links section).
Next season’s grass games
Kenny MacD has reported that the Lochwinnoch grass pitch is looking promising for next year. It will be good to get back to a regular summer routine and hopefully attract as many players in June and July as we have done throughout the last few winters.
The Phoenix Tournament will take place in Dublin over 3 days at the end of April 2010. It will comprise the ‘The Phoenix International Trophy’ (Traditional Rules), The Celtic Cup (Ireland V’s Scotland, Traditional Rules) and The European Championship: Series One. I think we’ll have to up the frequency and intensity of our training regime long before then!
Also in 2010 Oakenden Peddlers will be holding their usual tournament covering one leg of the European Championship at Vigo Rugby Club, Kent. The dates for what promises to be an enjoyable weekend of polo are yet to be finalised but likely dates are either 12/13th of June or else in early July. Hopefully we’ll have begun to recover from the Dublin tournament by the time this comes around.
The French have also announced dates and the venue for the leg of the European Championship that they will be hosting in 2010. It will be held in Bobigny, Paris on 11/12th of September. The accommodation we previously stayed in for tournaments held in Bobigny is actually within the sports complex where the matches are played. The city centre isn’t too far away if you want to do a bit of sight seeing – game schedule and energy levels allowing.
We need to give some thought to holding at least a minor tournament in Scotland next year. Any ideas for venues with preferably at least two adjacent football pitches and changing facilities would be gratefully received.