Shuffle II

Posted: January 7, 2012 by Polo Camo in Uncategorized

Time to “Shuffle” again and this year we’re inviting the whole of the South Island (Te Waka a Maui) polo scene, it’s going to be a Bench Minor format and there’s a sweet trophy lurking around for the winning team.

Bench what? – A Bench Minor format involves teams made up of 6 or more players – 3 players on court and a “bench” of substitute players.  Games last 60mins and the team with the highest score wins (not just the first to 5 goals).  We’ll play a round robin and the team with a ‘bye” will be the referees, score keepers and hecklers.

Do I pick my team? – Nope, the pre-nominated team captains do that a week or so before the tournament, you simply register your attendance and the names go into a “draft”…kind of like how school yard teams are selected for cricket at lunchtime in Standard 3… kinda.

Team Colours? – Yep you bet!  Custom printed tees of good quality for $15 and they’ll be colour coded by team to help remember who’s with ya.  Check here for sizing and let me know your size when you register (just flick me a reply email).  Colours will be chosen in a lucky dip by team captains and ordered up.

Why a draft? – If this goes to plan the teams should be fairly evenly matched and make for some epic polo on the day.  It also accommodates players of all abilities and styles to do well as part of a strong team [ this tournament is for all players and relies on players of all abilities attending!!!!!].

Different Rules? – Only a small handful and a referee with a whistle to keep things sane during player substititions.

Team Captains, who? – TBA but will be people who’ve got a handle on the scene to enable a fair draft / team selection, actual “leadership” can be decided once the teams are formed.

Sunday 12th Feb – is a regular polo session date so we don’t need to book the courts but let’s get there at 1:30pm to set up for a 2pm-ish first game.

Let’s BBQ too – BYO for this of course.

Hopefully we can put together 3 or 4 teams for this ‘cos it’s going to be freakin’ awesome!  Please “register” by 29th January, then drop $15 bucks into the group account for your tee shirt and let me know your tee size.


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