Date: Sunday, August 21, 2011
The Jamaican polo team gave USA a run for their money in a hard-fought, come-from-behind victory to avenge their defeats from the previous seasons, and claim the perpetual silver bowl with a narrow 8-7 victory after six regulation chukkers.
Playing for Jamaica was Michelle Subaran at #1, Shane Chin at #2, Paul Lalorat #3 and Junior Chin at #4.
"The Jamaicans came intent on taking home the victory. They overtook us in the 5th period, and held on til the end. We put the pedal to metal and nearly took the match into overtime; some days the bell works for you, and some days it works against you," recounts USA captain Dan Keating, playing in the #2 position. Rounding out the USA squad were Jonas Mikolich at #1, Dave Bullis at #3, andJonathan Kaye playing back in the #4 position.
Jamaica came out swinging in the first chukker, with a quick point by S. Chin, followed by a Penalty 2 coversion from teammate Lalor, to take an early 2-0 lead. USA found its stride in the second period, silencing the Jamaicans and addiing field goals by Mikolich and Kaye to tie the score at 2-2. Subaran broke the tie in the third chukker, but USA's Bullis and Kaye alternated the next 3 points, including a Penalty 3 conversion by Bullis to end the half with a 5-3 lead.
In the fourth period S. Chin added a Penalty 5 conversion to chip away at USA's lead, 5-4. The fifth chukker belonged to Jamaica as Lalor and S. Chin alternated a barrage of 3 points to take a 7-5 lead. in the sixth chukker they rode neck and neck, and Jamaica's S. Chin converted a timely Penalty 4 for the security point, as USA's Keating came back with a field goal and Bullis with a Penalty 2 conversion. Any final attempts were ended abruptly by the match-ending bell, for the 8-7 Jamaican victory.
After gladhanding the audience with a high-five victory lap around the sideboards, a champagne trophy presentation sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car concluded the event, awarding the winners silver coolers of Champagne Nicolas Feiullatte and the perpetual USA vs. Jamaica perpetual revere bowl. The Best Playing Pony was Snowy Aspen, a grey thoroughbred mare owned by Jim DeAngelis.
An autograph signing and cocktail hour with the players ensued before the annual Jamaican Jerk Grill dinner was presented fieldside. The weekly door prize drawing was 2 season passes to the Newport International Polo Series 2012..
To view a slideshow or photos from the match, visit the website of Susan Choquette.