Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Scotland made its 10th appearance in the Polo Series, narrowly defending its glorious 2012 victory against USA with a final score of 10-9 in 6 regulation chukkers.
Leading up to the throw-in to start the action Rhode Island BMW Centers offered fans test drives of their latest model BMW ultimate driving machines.
“The Scots have brought a secret weapon each year, and we were on our guard,” stated Dan Keating, captain of the USA team. The rest of Keating's squad were Minnie Keating at #1, Peter Friedman at #2 and Chip Stiegler at #3.
The Scottish players were Mike Christopherson at #1, Shehan Samaranayake at #2, Fraser Potter at #3 and James Douglas at #4.
"Polo is an international sport, played in over 80 countries around the globe, and we are honored to have teams traveling great distances to play in Newport," stated Dan Keating, captain of the USA squad.
A following of Scottish fans from throughout the region has grown each year in attendance at the match, wearing kilts and waving 'the Saltire' St. Andrews cross in lively support of their fellow countrymen.
After 6 periods called chukkers, the 2-hour match concluded with a trophy presentation of the perpetual USA vs. Scotland cup, inaugurated in 2004, presented by Buck Sherman, Chairman of the Newport Daily News, and naming of the 'Best Playing Pony', Princess by Stephanie Still, and autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.
During their visit, the Scottish team also enjoyed America's Cup Charter sailing, paddle boarding - courtesy of Island Surf & Skate, tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, helicopter tours with Birds Eye View Helicoptour Tours, Newport mansion tours and a team dinner at the one and only Clarke Cooke House for a truly memorable visit to the City by the Sea.