It’s that time of year in Melbourne again – the leaves have turned orange, the sky grey, and the temperature has plummeted – though you wouldn’t have known it at Flagstaff Gardens a fortnight ago. Melbourne Bike Polo’s annual Autumn Tournament was being held underneath clear blue skies, with brilliant golden sunshine taking the sting out of the crisp air. It was lucky really, because the two days of the tournament were long, with games starting at 9am and going until well after the sun had set.
I was on my feet organising, refereeing and playing from before 9am until around midnight each day, and my camera only made a brief appearance, so I didn’t take any photos worthy of sharing with you. However, we were lucky enough to have a very talented visitor, the dashingly handsome and exceedingly kind Wren Steiner, who was diligently manning his photographic equipment. He has captured some exceptional portraits of the players (well, the vast majority of them), which he has kindly shared with me, so I can share them with you.
Below are the portraits of the eight teams playing in the tournament. At the end of the weekend the Melbourne young guns, Fitzroyalty, defeated the experienced Sydney team (which admittedly featured a Melbourne player, Damon), Keem as Nustard, 12-9 in the final. Special recognition has to go to Fitzroyalty‘s two young Sams, who can now say they have won a polo tournament before they turned 18, with the ever-modest medium Sam AKA ‘The Professor” taking home the MVP award for his spectacular performance in the final.
Melbourne Hardcourt Bike Polo sends out its heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped out or played in the tournament, especially those who travelled so far to be there. There were visiting players from Ecuador, Germany, France, Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle – it is always a pleasure to have guests!
Visit http://www.wrenphoto.com.au/gallery/the-citizen/ to see individual player shots.