Barbados holds 2nd Woz Segway Polo Championship at Lion Castle – DI’s Flyin’ Fish seek THREEPEAT

Kevin James in seeking to step away from his King Of Queens sitcom role took on a number of film comedies (what a stretch)… He was Adam Sandler’s ‘gay‘ partner so Adam could claim married benefits (both firemen were really straight); Will Smith was his coach to show him the ropes on landing a hot date and then he became “Paul Blart – Mall Cop” whose main weapon was… A Segway?

Kevin James is in no way related to Ian Bourne, ok?

Kevin James is in no way related to Ian Bourne, ok?

Police here while patrolling the boardwalk along the South Coast use Segways to patrol their beat and keep pedestrians/tourists safe from deranged beggars. If you’re not familiar with the transport device, it has a similar pronunciation to the term used in movies to show how one scene moves off while another comes on, but that’s spelled segue.

I suspect that’s why the battery-powered vehicle got its name as it carries you from one scene to another, now it is catching on here in Barbados for tours and – polo!

These are the Flyin' Fish competing in Germany in 2009

These are the Flyin' Fish competing in Germany in 2009

Over the last few months, you’ll recall we’ve received releases from Brett Callaghan of Totally Barbados and how everyone, including the team itself, were somewhat surprised to have won the Woz Segway Polo Championship last year.

I had a medical crisis to handle, but many Bajans were looking at preliminary rounds to Sunday’s final where Barbados took on Germany.

Devoted fans/loved ones of the  Blade Pirates from Germany, the little creature is not a monkey but a badger I think - and oh yes, a stuffed toy! LOL

Devoted fans/loved ones of the Blade Pirates from Germany, the little creature is not a monkey but a badger I think - and oh yes, a stuffed toy! LOL

Barbados did it all over again! They are now looking at a Threepeat next year in California, needless to say the Diamonds International Flyin’ Fish are not just over the moon but more than likely past Alpha Centauri over their holding the trophy!

Segway polo is a game I thought which did not seem to have the same thrill as horseback chukkas, but I was so wrong! I enjoyed it so much, I tried my hand at Windows Movie Maker and attempted a sort of music video for the game. I made sure to get permission of lead vocalist from Spice & Co, Alan Sheppard, to use his song as the bed for the video;-

Segway polo has only slight differences from its counterpart once you forget the steeds versus wheels (H’mm, why not have a Segway versus a Pony? That would be a cool Demo for a match), one of the main things is the heads on the mallets and the ball itself are foam and reinforced with tape. That’s great as I saw many a player get thwacked in the face and groin and they just kept going, TG for Nerf, eh?

These guys are the California Black Roses, with charming names like Pain, Fear and Decay

These guys are the California Black Roses, with charming names like Pain, Fear and Decay

The space required for Segway polo is quite smaller than what is used in the traditional game on horseback. Chukkas are eight minutes rather than 7’30” and if there is overtime for a draw then 5 minutes extra so the shortest a game can be is 32 minutes or 45 if the referee is a stickler for detail…

Also, if the last horn or bell is sounded at the end of a chukka and there’s a play for a goal which is in progress, then until the ball returns to the centre of the field, play continues. Plus, in Segway polo each side has a Goalie, compared to traditional polo when each team who approaches the posts earns the right to score at either and of the field..

Tourism Minister Richard Sealy was present to share in the joy with the Flyin' Fish

Tourism Minister Richard Sealy was present to share in the joy with the Flyin' Fish

DI’s Flyin’ Fish were pitted against Germany’s Blade Pirates (who tend to take the game seriously, watch the video) but in the end, it was 3 to 1 and Barbadians were roaring all over the Lion Castle Estate and partying ensued into late at night!

When I got a chance to speak with Brett he saw his team’s aggressively seeking openings and ensuring their Goalie did not lose vigilance were essential components for maintaining their winning streak. The entire team can’t wait for next year!

Here's Steve Wozniak in a Funky-Move Turtles shirt (bottom right) with the DI Flyin' Fish on Victory Night 13/06/2010: 3/1

Here's Steve Wozniak in a Funky-Move Turtles shirt (bottom right) with the DI Flyin' Fish on Victory Night 13/06/2010: 3/1

But what I couldn’t help but wonder is if the Woz Segway Polo Championships were organised by Steve Wozniak (He’s the co-founder of Apple with the other Steve, Jobs that is) who was here in Barbados and competed too – then why when they had a raffle for guests, did they not give away an iPad or two? As it was, patrons were elated at chances for tickets from either American Airlines or Virgin Atlantic among other goodies.

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  1. I see you failed to mention the excellent speech delivered by the Minister of Tourism outlining the growth of the Sports Tourism sector.

  2. The speech was fairly run of the mill, I have similar articles from both Grenada & St Kitts – not that special to me. I did put his photo in…. Happy?

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