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Group enjoys parking-lot bike polo

15 to 20 people join in Sunday games

Rita Verga of Troy, left, and Matt Walczak of Albany, play bike polo in the Troy City Hall parking lot off of Monument Square Sunday afternoon.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Rita Verga of Troy, left, and Matt Walczak of Albany, play bike polo in the Troy City Hall parking lot off of Monument Square Sunday afternoon.
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Rita Verga is the only player who has broken a bone. So far. Verga, 32, regularly plays the rough-and-tumble sport of bike polo, which arrived in the Capital Region this summer when Troy resident Jesse French decided to bring the game, popular in his hometown of Seattle for about a decade, to the area. The name of the group: Collar City Bike Polo. “It’s not unusual for somebody to take a spill,” Verga explained. “I ...

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