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Canoe Polo is a team sport involving teams of five players where the objective is to score in the opponent’s net. It is like basketball in a canoe. The teams pass the ball in order to move closer to the opponent’s goal and for good shooting positions. The opposing team members try to block these passes and get the ball so that they can get a scoring opportunity. It is difficult to describe the passion and excitement that is created when a Canoe Polo game is in progress. The participants speeding the length of the pool weaving through the opponent’s lines of defence and spinning in their short unstable craft to receive a pass creates a fast and thrilling event.
The power, grace, and balance of competitors is difficult to capture on paper as is the fierceness and intensity with which polo is played. Canoe Polo can be played indoors or outdoors and is a great spectator sport because all the action takes place in a confined area. Canoe Polo rules allow for those in possession of the ball to be pushed over. This ensures that the ball is in almost constant motion as players try to find space in good positions in which to receive the ball. The opponents chase the player with the ball and try to mark those who might receive it. While the ball is mostly thrown and caught with the hands, the more skilful players can flick the ball with their paddle.
Entry form and conditions from canoepolo.ie/competitions