Rupert took 2nd place at the ABC Tournament in London, last weekend; the team named GNARBUNGA included 13 year old Alfie (Bristol) and Josh Tree (London).
Last Sunday in London, Cosmic qualified for the 2012 European Championships, but unfortunately in the process, Todd sustained a serious injury in game 8 (major soft-tissue trauma to the shoulder after a hard impact with a fence post), which sent him to hospital and put him out of the 14 round-robin tournament.
Seeing one of your best friends / team mates, crash hard and not get up immediately is a horrible feeling. It certainly put things into perspective and made me realise how important the Cosmic family is to me – it’s not just about Bike Polo and winning!
Thankfully Todd’s injury was not worse and his expected recovery time is 6 – 8 weeks. But with two major tournaments around the corner (UK Champs 1 month away, Euros 7 weeks away), getting Todd fit asap is our priority.
Intense physiotherapy will be required. Unfortunately, the quality needed is not available free on the National Health Service, so paying for private care is the only option. This of course will not be cheap.
To help Todd, we have decided to put all money raised from the sales of our Cosmic God’s tee towards his medical expenses. Therefore, any support given is now even more gratefully appreciated.
The tees are still available to purchase via Milltag and hopefully in hand at the Brighton Open next weekend.
We all wish Todd a fast recovery – Bike Polo needs him back on court soon.
Keep it Cosmic mate!
Been thinking about goals lately. Not the kind you score but the ones you score into.
Tournaments will typically have well built goal frames with nets. There doesn’t seem to be a standard build and it would be really great to add some images of all your pro goals right here.
But what about throw-ins? I can’t count how many times we’ve gone on the hunt for street cones, got a good days use out of them, and then returned to see them missing or chewed up by dogs! So sometimes we end up using our bags. It’s like being back in the school playground.
Polo has to go on, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a permanent goal? I can’t see this happening for a while so what are our choices? What is everyone else using? Do us a favour and let us know.
I was thinking about better, removable, more reliable goals that we could play with. How about a cone which is more straight with no stick out base? (We would need to lock them up though) What about having nets? A cross bar? A fold up goal which can easily be carried?
All nice ideas but right now it’s not really happening. But we can’t go on like this surely!…
There’s nothing quite like shooting against a decent goal!
Elasticated belt barriers perhaps?
We’re big fans of the Nike Pooh Bah for polo: it’s a mid, it has a strap, a relatively stiff sole, and it comes in cosmic colour-ways – with navajo accents! It’s the best there is, for now…
Since the Pooh Bah found favour with other polo players, prices have gone up and availability down. Todd wrote a brilliant post, Foot Down, back in November highlighting the problem we’re facing with the current crop of cycling shoes on the market, we hoped someone would take notice.
Well it looks as though DZR have: their new shoe, the Mamba X, appears to have been made for polo!
Sad news just released, Adam Yauch, one third of another awesome triangle, the Beastie Boys, has died, aged 47, after battling several years with cancer.
Beastie Boys changed and contributed so much to the music and street wear scene, with their unique lyrical style and awesome videos.
In memory, here’s a few of their best…