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Final Score! Team Barbados (Flyin’ Fish) victory vs Team USA (Silicon Valley Aftershocks) 2-0.


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Barbados Segway Polo team 2009 World Champions


By Alan Harris

After playing a week of supreme Segway Polo, the Bajan Flyin’ Fish team has returned to these shores as Segway Polo World Champions.

The Championship Match between the Barbados Segway Polo Team – Flyin’ Fish - and the formidable Silicone Valley AfterShocks was played last week Sunday under overcast skies in the Müngersdorfer Sport Park, Koln (Colonge), Germany with the Bajans emerging as 2-0 victors.

Though both teams raised the tempo of their game to an intense level, the first Chukka played out without any goals being scored. With a fair size crowd reported to be on hand, both teams settled down and began to play a more consistent style polo. Manoeuvring well on his machine and displaying great stick work, Jason Gilkes, managing director of Segway Barbados and one of the more experienced players on the Flyin’ Fish team, calmly passed the ball to attacker Brett DeGale who made no mistake for the opening goal of the Championship match. The Gilkes/DeGale combination saw the Flyin’ Fish up by one at the close of the second chukka.

At the start of the third Chukka, the Aftershocks desperately pressured the Bajan defence with a few attempts on goal of their own. Inevitably with the Aftershocks playing deeper in Barbados territory, Daniel Hatch, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday, skilfully dispossessed an Aftershock attacker and on a breakaway run, took the ball the entire length of the field. With utmost composure and mesmerising stick work, Hatch passed the ball across the goal mouth where Brett Callaghan was waiting to easily put the ball past the AfterShock custodian for Barbados’ second.

The final Chukka saw the Bajans come out with a change in tactics, with Mikie Hassel and Ran Rodriguez coming on to defend the Bajans slim lead. The AfterShocks did mount a serious charge but eventually fell short as the Flyin’ Fish held on to end the Chukka and the match 2-0.

The Flyin’ Fish had an outstanding showing during the 2009 WOZ Championships and led in total goals scored (22), and had the overall leading goal scorer with Daniel Hatch recording 11 goals during the tourney. With great offence came great defence, as the Bajan team only allowed 2 goals during the entire tournament.

Of their outstanding exploits in Germany, the Associated Press (AP) reported, “the new 2009 WOZ World Cup Championship went to the little known team from Barbados (the Flyin’ Fish). They have been playing Segway polo for only 4 months and dominated the rest of the world teams hailing from the United States, Germany and Austria”.

Steve Wozniak, founder of Apple Computers, was there to play in the Championships and to present the World Cup to the Bajans.

Gilkes, who introduced the balancing vehicles to Barbados late last year, was reported as saying, “this is an excellent opportunity for us to put Barbados on the map in this internationally and fast-paced growing sport”.

The 2008 WOZ Cup was played in Indianapolis where the California Gold Rush defeated the Silicon Valley Aftershocks for the championship by a score of 3-2. Although currently not a major international sport, Segway polo is gaining popularity at a staggering rate and teams have begun forming in the United States, Beijing, Spain, France, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, and New Zealand.

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