Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Cirque du Sydney
“Cirque du Sydney” is an action packed double header weekend guaranteed to entertain. Getting back to our roots, the tournament will be relaxed, all-inclusive and filled with events for both the players and spectators to enjoy. Come one, and come all, embrace the inner clown.
For those of you that can make it in to Sydney early, we will be having a few relaxed games and catch-up drinks at our home courts to welcome the out-of-towners. If we get organized, we might even hold some 1v1 'knife fights'.
Day 1: “Carney Carnage”
The big top event on the Saturday will be a round robin format with a single elimination final. The round robin will rank teams into a top and bottom half group, to then battle it out in two parallel elimination finals with similarly skilled teams. After trying this out at Christchurch's successful Winter Whack ii, we feel this is the best way for both the serious and non-serious players to compete in an encouraging environment. As we only have a single court, there will be a 20 team limit. Teams registered can play in their own uniforms, but will have to have a team name in the theme of the weekend; think circus, animals, tightropes and women with beards.
Saturday Night Party
We are in talks with MC Cyclery, who are renowned for throwing great events such as their successful Bike Film Fest games arena and Gold Sprints. A venue still has to be secured, but we will unwind from the “Carney Carnage” tournament in style with a few brewskis and roller racing! Expect a big showing from Sydney’s cycling community and get racing!
Day 2: “Sideshow Slaughter”
A relaxed individual tournament held on the Sunday. Throughout the day we will be having a few breaks for spectator games to get everyone involved. MC Cyclery will be down with a tent, music and DJ’s, wading pool and whatever else we can fit in! The tournament will be a throw-up format, with each game randomly drawing two teams of three. Each game awards points to the players of the winning team. At the end of the day, the top 12 players will compete in knockout finals to the sledging and heckling of the masses. Dress up in your sideshow best as COSTUMES ARE MANDATORY!
Friday Night Welcoming Polo: 6pm - 10pm
Saturday “Carney Carnage”: 9am - 6pm (we have lights in case it runs over)
Saturday Night Party with MC Cyclery, Venue TBA: 9pm onwards
Sunday “Sideshow Slaughter”: 9am - 5pm
For those that are looking for a hostel close to the courts, we recommended checking these out:
Australian Sunrise Lodge
The Abbey on King
We will be accepting registrations for the teamed “Carney Carnage” tournament via email. Don’t forget that the team name in the theme of the weekend! Registrations for the second day throw up tournament “Sideshow Slaughter” will be taken on the day. Oh, did we forget to mention that the entire tournament will be FREE?!?! We will have a donations box on the day with all funds to go to Perth Cycle Polo to help in hosting the Australasian Championships.
Registration opens on Tuesday the 10th of January at 8pm.
There will be a limit of 20 teams.
Please email with the following form filled out:
Carney Carnage Team Name:
Player 1 name and city:
Player 2 name and city:
Player 3 name and city:
Any dietary requirements?
If you don’t have a team sorted, that’s OK, still email us and we will try and match you up with other spare players. If successful, we will reply with confirmation.