Only four member managed the 900 mile round trip to Scotland this time. Another warm reception which was just as well as the weather was a little inclement.
The Oakenden Pedallers realised just how unfit we are on the heavy pitches in Linwood but the sun shone in Johnstone on day two.
It was great to meet the WOSCA team of youngsters - the future of Scottish bike polo, we are enthused to encourage our juniors more as a result.
Day Two: all teams mixed to incorporate different levels of experience which worked really well - thanks Fergus, we would never have guessed this was your first time of organising
What a venue, what a welcome!
The Oakenden Pedallers travelled in force to Phoenix Park for three days of full-on bike polo. The famous and very impressive horse polo club was the host venue - no-one was disappointed in the surroundings. Six members of the team played as Crane is currently nursing a knee injury which looks set to put him out of match-play for some time (not cuased by bike polo).
It was such a treat to meet up with old friends (and Pete from Scotland) and we were thrilled also to meet new friends from across the pond. The results below speak for themselves although we all felt that we had improved greatly since our first tournaments last year. Note to team - must practice more and drink less!
For the second year running, Oakenden attended the CTC York Cycle Show, this time as organisers (with help from the BPAI) of the 2nd leg of the 2007 European Cup. 6 teams attended (Oakenden, ESGL, St Pierre, Dublin, Sanvic and Johnstone). Jaff, Andy, Martin, Nicky and Gaz took the drive north to represent Oakenden. Unfortunately heavy rain had fallen for a month beforehand so the pitches were not in the best condition, but the location of the event more than made up for it.
First up was ESGL. Unfortunately for them (but fortunately for the rest of us!) ESGL were only able to bring over a team of 4 from Paris and the 5 players of Oakenden took early advantage when 2 goals from Gaz gave them a 2-0 lead. We missed a good chance to go 3 up when a foul on Gaz was called only 15 metres out when we had an advantage as Gaz had ridden the tackle and was 1 on 1 with the keeper.
Unfortunately we couldn’t make our extra man count any further and ESGL were able to get back into the game with 2 goals in the 2nd half to draw the game 2-2. Overall, we had played ok and probably should have won the game.