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Coaltown Throwdown 2011: MIXER! +++NOW WITH 33% MORE MIXING!+++

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Sunday, October 23, 2011
Contact info: 
Court size: 
2 courts

Since our first try to host a tournament this year in July didn't work out, we're gonna shoot for a one day tournament in October. Bunch of swiss rounds then elimination rounds on Saturday, and if yall sticks around for Sunday we'll fire up the bbq again and play a polo century game (first team to 100) and/or pickup.

This will be our second year of the Coaltown Throwdown tournament in Nanaimo! Last year we had 11 teams and 6+ games each during one day of action before the rains came. Not bad for only a years worth of playing in this city. Its going to be even better this year.

We have a sweet secluded dual tennis court setup (with boards permanently built into the fence on 3 sides of each court), there will be BBQing and food supplied, prizes, new Nanaimo polo gear, and more to be announced as there is reason to announce.

We'll also be having a big bonfire party on Saturday night.

Just to be transparent, entry fee is $10 and a portion of this fee is going to support Nanaimo Bike Polo and the expenses incurred last year in the construction of the boards on our second court, which we have temporarily subsidized in order to make this tournament happen. The cost of these boards will take a couple of tournaments/years to pay back, but i think you will see they are well worth the investment in order to facilitate more polo being played by more people more often...people like you. In fact, we might be able to fully pay it off this year. There will be lovely combustible team gifts.

Last year the tournament was a one day full on mixer format, with the teams mixed on location. With this year's version there will be more of dat mixifying. You may register as a single player, two players or a full team. Any singles or teams that are not full will randomly pick team members from a hat. In the spirit of a true mixer, no players from the same city on a team.

Please register using this lovely REGISTRATION FORM
Registration Deadline is midnight FRIDAY OCTOBER 14

Check out THE MAP for all your Nanaimo poloing needs. It will be updated as the tournament draws near. Until then you can study up on where to buy beer around the court. =)

BC Ferry Schedules:
Departure Bay (Central Nanaimo)-Horseshoe Bay (NW Vancouver)

Duke Point (South Nanaimo)-Tsawassen (South Vancouver)

Bring devices to conceal your beverages and also some refillable containers for water.

May the polo be with you.


ps-here are some PIX from last year

pps-here's the link to the Facebook Event Page


NDSS Tennis Courts
4th St & Wakesiah Ave NW corner behind NDSS bldg
Nanaimo, BC

Signed up

I'm coming for you this time nanaimo.

The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

Hmm, it seems I might not be coming for you.

The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

i believe i will attend this event

Take it Sleazy

getchur teams signed up bois n goyls.
its on and sweet like a nice bon-bon!

I might do this. Anything to get away from STP happening in Seattle that weekend.

Who wants to play with me? Anyone from Van to mix it up a little?

Scratch that. No longer looks possible to make it that weekend. Sorry guys, have fun!

oh no, nick and i will still be in ontario ;(

oh no, nick and i will still be in ontario ;(

Out of town but y'all have fun!!!!

i wonder if a tournament has even been cancelled due to lack of players attending

Stoked for this! Looking for a teammate....

Anyone driving to Port Angeles?

cameo is gonna drive the camper van from vic to nanaimo and ferry many people and bikes along with him who want to attend.

party van will be in full effect.

2007 - King of The Juice


yeah, thats gold, bitches.

hallooooooo, (echo, echo, echo) is there anybody out there..........coming to this tournament?

sounds like people migt be saving their shillings for the 2 big tournaments in the pacific northwest this year, confirm or deny.

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I got to say, I think that it's the format that is hurting interest for this tournament. Traveling costs money and takes time, and getting worked based on the luck of the draw is no incentive to shell out either of these things. Naniamo should consider throwing the Winter Mixer this year.

Horoscope style!

What if we had the winter mixer with Honolulu bike polo? round trips outa bellingham are around 400 bones

i had heard that someone was not interested in being assigned a non-random nanaimo teammate so i threw in the option of having a random nanaimo teammate assigned.

in the original format (and still the default option in this one too) a nanaimo player is not randomly added to a team, they are picked with the intent of creating a fairly even balance of skill across as many teams as possible.

so, if two A players register as a pair they can expect to get a less skilled player. if two B players register as a pair they can expect to get another similarly skilled player. etc.
Its not really luck of the draw. I think it is less likely that a team will get worked using this format.

The goal here is basically to have other cities get to know Nanaimo players as we are relatively unknown and don't travel much, and i think playing together is the best way to do that.

Given the opportunity to play with anyone, i don't think out of towners would play with nanaimo players, partially because we aren't in communication or on the forums, so it would be difficult to arrange. I thought about having a system where there was a list of nanaimo players that could be chosen by out of town teams, but i think then it would just become a popularity contest, which i want to avoid.

if you have any ideas of how to achieve the aforementioned goals i'm open to suggestions.

Portland has had good success in the past with a city mixer. You can still get ringer teams, but its never with players that play together and its less likely. Have different buckets for each city, draw one from each. It was super fun.

Also, make the BC Ferries cost less and run on a more frequent schedule!

hm...i like it. and that ferry idea is pretty damn good too. i'll see what i can do.

As long as I can get off work I'll be there. Tell Dan I'm sending my regards.

I'm down for some mixology!

but only if I get to play with a Nanaimo player.

For all teams in attendance, expect some HIGH class teams gifts, if you catch my drift. Our BC hospitality will get you feeling all relaxified to poloize the weekend away.

victoria wont be able to throw its mixer this year, lets all goto nanaimo!


The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

We have recommended that Naniamo take our award-winning, crowd-pleasing format and host the Mixer this year. No word as of yet on whether or not this will be happening.

its happening.

I shall now begin entertaining offers for non Seattle teammates.

The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

Yep! Lets do that Mike

My inquiry is being halted for now. I need some home time I think.

The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.


The week after Whacker's Ball...maybe I can make this!

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

Free agent Olympian for hire.

i desire you!

Woo! Count it.

want. to. go.

cherri, if you can make it, I'll play with ya.

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check out the website for updates on sponsors and other news.


also wanted to mention, there are a bunch of nanaimo players that aren't on the forums (much or at all), dont have internet or have phones even! we mostly just live in huts in the forest up here and use smoke signals to sound the polo alarm.
so, if you are looking for a third, there are a bunch of guys and gals who want to join in, some of which have been to tournaments in the area, some have not, but most have been playing for well over a year.

clayton, dan, luke, travis, dana, kate, longshaft, adam, steph (the nordic queen), eric, fred

Brad, Gus, Bill, Mark, Nick, Darren (x2), mountain Mike, noobie Mike, and new people seem to keep showing up thinking about playing every other week......
seriuosly if you haven't been to Nanaimo to check out our sweet double courts, hospitality and downright friendly people, you don't know what your missing.
hell we'll even set up the lights and play pick-up as long as people want to.......
oh, there's also that Cameo guy some of you might have met too.......he's okay for lefty =)

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Can I have a noobie? I am looking to form the designated DFL team.

hey jeff, i got a lovely nanaimo teammate lined up for ya named kate. she's normally a leisurely player, but i know enough not to mess with her when she gets a determined look in her eyes when we're in the heat of battle. she is not to be underestimated. "I like his low-key approach". one of her not so secret weapons is distracting other teams with her charm.

Outstanding! You're welcome to pass on my contact info if she needs to be in touch for any reason (I registered as a loner yesterday).

Thinking of doing this. If you are too and don't live in Vancouver send yer resumes.

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

reservation required at chez pakkalolo? for one or two? the missus is welcome to join you here...let me know when you decide.

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oh hey there

Pete, saw the WHBPC video of the wizards vs the beaver boys, solid game Portland!
Anyone else notice an eerie resemblance between RInger and Nanaimo Adam?
If the "hey there" was looking for a team mate, I'm available.....

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You could play with Jawn and me.

Thanks all. I think I'm set for a team. Monsieur Pakkalolo, I'd like to book a check-in time!

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

lookin for teammates, hollaatchaboy.

2007 - King of The Juice

Hi Cameo, Clayton and I are playing together and looking for a 3rd? Interested?

Team fell through. Probs won't come.

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

there is still plenty of time and players in the poloverse to team up with. please?

or you and I could play with some other lucky polo player, (Cherri were you just teasing?).....still not signed onto a team yet....

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i think you and dan should reunite and defend yur title with an unnamed third

okay, okay... ill play.

...And Joustice for All

You should plan for two days of polo. And two nights of partying

2007 - King of The Juice

c'mon you know we'll be playing late night pick-up on Friday for sure, before / during the partying...

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The Wagovan will be rolling from Victoria around 6pm on Friday. A couple of the seats are already promised but act now! there's probably one or two left.

All righty non-nanaimoite poloers,

To compete at this mixer you'll need a guy that can physically dominate Dan, and use the left side of their brain to get into Cameo's head.

I'm also not afraid to take Jawns spokes out if it stands between a loss and a win.

Good brakes only slow you down.

so they should pick up Adam?

2007 - King of The Juice

about adam: he came back to play the next day after dan broke his nose (accidentally) with a mallet follow through. i think he may have been playing with a broken rib at that point.
he had the best beard in town...but now he has the most epic moustache.
oh, he also plays some solid bicycle polo, and has the most awe-inspiring dabs.

I'm gonna be there. Anyone want to play with a youngin?

you get swooped up yet?


My name is Scorpion Fury, some people call me Ranger Fury but I like Scorpion Fury better. I am from Nanaimo and looking for a mixer team. I wanna mix the shit out of our courts with a strong team. I like to set up plays and ride really fast. I also like hunting, climbing mountains, babies, and getting drunk. I am a mother fucking scorpion on the court, my mallet is my stinger.

Scorpion Fury Out.


theres a bunch of singles and doubles and a couple of full teams. looks like there's gonna be an on site mixing process to tetris-ize the ranks....like last year. planning + polo = futile. occupy nanaimo!

don't worry henry, we already inscribed the trophy with your name on it.

2007 - King of The Juice

We've been having some great fall weather, cool but dry evenings, perfect for night polo. Working on getting some construction grade lighting for Friday social polo plus Saturday evening finals / pick-up. Plus we've got lots of local sponsorship throwing in food and prizes. Jawn, we got a beer sponsor?
East Van Tim Wyatt and I are looking for a third....

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third found, you can all stop calling now.....

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What time is the tournament starting Saturday?

shootin for a start time before 10am...so for those that don't have a team yet, please be sure to be there beforehand to mix things up.

friday night pickup and pirate chips...in case ya didn't know!

sounds like we're setting up the lights.....ohh yeah, maybe we should set up the boards Friday night too.
in talks right now for securing some construction grade lighting equipment for Saturdday late night polo!

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http://nmopolo.co.cc/ check out the nanaimo bike polo website.

Come and play with us.

This is a great night of polo under the summer sun of metal hallide industrial construction lights .

Friday night; we set up boards for two courts and are sitting around wondering whether our lights are coming. Then a major local contractor, "Windley" rolls in Friday nite at 7:00 with 2 - 10hp diesel generator light packs (although we elect to keep just one), cranes it off the truck, sets it up for us - BAM! wicked lights! We play til 1:00am, nice.
Joe supplies the deer meat, hamburgers and a huge roast, BBQ'd by Adam, biggest meat juice dripping smiles all day!
Saturday night, as usual final games play into dusk but we set up the lights to make it legit and then play pick-up til 11:30.
And that's the way we roll in Nanaimo.
Thanks everyone for coming out, excellent FUN! polo all day and evening.
For those of you that were on the fence, ya missed some sweet hospitality.
There's always next time.......

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Thanks for the great tournament Nanaimo! Great playing with you Travis and Cordelia.


holy whoa...so much fun...so many thanks...

to everybody who came out from east van, victoria, courtenay and olympia
to all the nanaimo folks to helped out to make this happen
to all of our sponsors which provided everyone with lotsa tasty food and prizes

1st - Henry, Anthony, David
2nd - Ken, Cordelia, Travis
3rd - Jawn, Jackie, Lance

Where the fuck was Cherri?

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

gonna hafta put a GPS tracker on her if you want that answer.

word is someone picked up my black LG phone on the court Saturday. are these rumours true? don't be a dick. gimme back my phone. I already lost my bike, dont add insult to injury.

2007 - King of The Juice