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Game over . . . Timaru Bike Polo members (from left) Ashley Manson, Sam Callander, Richard Brown, Karl Whittleston and Mike Broadhead competed in the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

New Zealand’s Timaru-based bike polo team has another world championship tournament under its belt after competing in the United States last week.

The team, Timaru Proshed, made up of Ashley Manson, Karl Whittleston, Richard Brown, Sam Callander and Mike Broadhead, competed in the eighth World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, from October 3-7.

Timaru hosted the world championships at Caroline Bay last year.

Hardcourt bike polo is a variation of traditional bicycle polo, in which teams of players ride bicycles and use mallets to strike a small ball into a goal.

Last week’s tournament was won by European team Mongrels United, with Call Me Daddy, of Paris, in second place.

Both teams were among the top teams when the world championships were held in Timaru.

Coming in a close third was American team Bob Ross.

Brown said while Timaru Proshed did not secure a placing, the experience was one the team would never forget.

“One of the four Australasian teams made it past the first day only,” Brown said.
“So, [it] proves New Zealand and Australia have some work to do to make it at a world level.”

He said European teams competed in at least 40 events each year, while Timaru nly
made it to five at the most.
“The Timaru team had some close results, coming within one or two points of teams, but [was] not … able to get the points needed to make it through the first round of pool play.”

Timaru Proshed did not know where it had placed in the championships yet as final results were still to be released.

A spokesman for the organising committee said the event went “very well”.