A Tale of Three Teams continued..
So it turns out that the GOALHOLE team were a bit crap at paying attention to games they weren’t actually playing in.. In a three part series, we tell you what happened at AHBPC 2012 through the eyes of The Triple Dutch Rudders, Love Sex Violence and the Gold Coast Studs. Here’s part 2.
Love Sex Violence aka LSV by Virginia Castellan (finished in 4th place)
Tell us about your team
Love Sex Violence is Locky Sheriff who brings the Love, Stephen Chaumont who brings the Sex and Virginia Castellan who brings the Violence. We first played together at the 2009 Australian Nationals as Team Panther. Apart from the 2010 Nationals, we have played together at every Australasian Championship since then and most tournaments in between including the 2011 WHBPC in Seattle.
What were your team tactics going into the tournament?
Our tactics on the first day were to conserve our strength. We went into the tournament with Steve recovering from the flu and Locky just diagnosed with 2 hernias so we didn’t want to go all out on the first day and have nothing left for the double elimination. Aside from this, we were going to stay super strong in defence as usual. We also wanted to mix things up a bit, with Steve and I up front and Locky at the back, depending on who we were playing. Unfortunately, due to Locky’s inability to stay in goal, this never really happened.
How did this work out for you?
Our group on the first day had 3 Perth teams (Cock & Balls, Hall & Scrotes and Reject Polo Monkeys),2 Melbourne teams (TBA and Melbourne Anchor) and KBPA+ from Taiwan. I was quite happy not to have any Sydney teams in the group but had been really hoping for a chance to smash the GC Studs back to the Gold Coast.
We got through the first day pretty much unscathed with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Our shitty goal difference meant that we were ranked 7th for the double elimination which was the same position we were in last year.
Our first game on the Sunday was against Adelaide’s Happy Endings containing 2 members of last year’s runners up, That’s What She Said. I knew Colin had been hit by a 4WD and then run over but, like a wounded tiger, you should never underestimate this guy. We got a few quick goals before Colin smashed a ball straight at goal. I blocked it only to have it fire up straight into my face. No more taking it easy on him! We decided to switch it up and put Steve in goal. About 30 seconds later they score. So Locky goes into goal. They score again! I say “Fuck this, you guys can’t be trusted” and return to goals. We end up winning… just.
Our next game was against our arch-nemeses MPS. Without fail, we end up playing them in every tournament. We used to have it over them, but lately, things have been changing. This game felt like it went so quickly! I don’t remember a lot except I got hit in the shins and feet about 3 times by Jordan’s airborne shots. All of a sudden time is over and we are locked at 2 all. Golden goal time! I rush down court with the ball and just as I take the shot, Jordan checks me off my bike. Pretty sure I hit the ground smiling – I love playing these guys! My shot misses and shortly after they score and we are sent into the losers bracket.
The next couple of games we get through easily. We beat Perth’s Wait Awhile 5-1 and then Melbourne’s Samurai Polo Cats 4-2. It never gets old knocking a Melbourne team out of the tournament and this was our second year in a row of sending Rob home (sorry Rob).
Now it was time to play the tournament favourites Melbourne Anchor who had just been beaten by TDR. This game was so intense. We have a long and (at times) heated rivalry with this team and this game was definitely going to be intense. I thought the crowd support we had when 2/3 of my current team played 2/3 of their team at 2010 Brisbane Nationals couldn’t be topped. I was wrong. We scored first to deafening cheers. They scored second to absolute silence. The rest of the game is a bit of a blur. There were arguments about contact and pretty much everything else, the heckling from the crowd was non-stop, Locky got sent off and then sent back on again (thanks Will). Time is ticking away and we are drawn. I am charging down court with Steve, Locky lobs a ball over my head, I reach it and flick the pass back up court through Will’s bottom bracket to Steve who sends it straight into goal. We are ahead! We win!! So fucking happy!!
Then we lose our next game to another Sydney team, DOGSOCCER. Defeated and a bit deflated, we are out in 4th place. On the bright side, we did win the prize for Best Team Play. Take that Brook, Morgan and Tom!!!
Which game was your favourite to play in at the tournament?
Although knocking Melbourne Anchor out of the tournament made me happier than I can remember being at any tournament, my favourite game that I played over the weekend was the non-tournament grudge match we played against the Gold Coast Studs.
LSV like to play a bit rough and the Studs are the same way. It was great to be able to go all out old school collision polo knowing that no-one would go crying to the ref. At some point our goals got turned the opposite way. Jock bike-jacked me and paid the price. Jumping from fixed to freewheel with dual-brake left him in a tangled pile on the ground, and me trying to extract my bike from him. I think the final score was 10 nil to us but polo was the winner.
Which game was your favourite to watch?
I think my favourite game was actually the bikeless not-polo hockey game. So funny to watch the co-ordination levels drop. Seeing Daniel represent for Sydney brought a big smile to my face.
I also really enjoyed the final. Good to see the Perth boys come out on top, even though I love TDR dearly.
Rate your overall Perth experience
This was definitely my favourite Australasian Championships. I felt so relaxed and happy from the time I got there until the time I left. Really really proud of how my team played. We have been together for so long and (in my mind at least) we keep getting better. I love playing with both of them and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.