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Baltimore Edges Out Newport

Date:    Monday, September 8, 2014

The only lightning and thunder was on the polo pitch in a battle of the heavy-weights as Newport took on top contenders from Baltimore. Polo fans undeterred by clouds, enjoyed one of the most exciting matches of the season on Saturday, September 6th. 

Spectators were treated to an all-star lineup as John Walsh, of America's Most Wanted, playing #1, took to the field with son, Hayden Walsh at #2, Max Secunnda at #3, and PJ Orthwine at back. To match the gravitas, Newport lined up Christer Sill, club president Dan Keating playing #2, Fredrico Wolf at #3, and Jim DeAngelis at #4. 

Newport was on the attack out of the gate, and Wolf wasted no time getting the ball to goal, but Orthwine matched the play for Baltimore. The teams stayed neck and neck as powerful shots to goal were quickly rebuffed. Keating and DeAngelis found gaps in Baltimore's defense, brining Newport to a short lived lead. Secunda and Orthwine lofted the ball right over the heads of Newport to tie the second chukker at 3all.

A costly third chukker saw goal from Hayden Walsh, Orthwine and 40 yard penalty conversion by Secunda. Wolf matched the penalty goal, but Newport was still down 4-6 by halftime. Wolf and DeAngelis organized two more goals, closing the gap as Secunda could find only one in the fourth chukker.

Despite Wolf's heroic efforts in the fifth chukker, only Hayden Walsh for Baltimore got through, widening the gap 8 - 6 as the teams prepared for the final chukker. Spanning shots flew overhead as Baltimore defended its lead, while Newport saved their fastest ponies to out manuever the Monumental City. DeAngelis rekindled hope with a perfect penalty, but Orthwine swiftly extinguished the flame with a final goal, ending the match 9 - 7 for Baltimore

A palate of bright colors in tailgate space 55 stood out in the overcast, and won over the top secret tailgate judge. A winner from Cranston went home with this week's door prize from Massage Envy. After the match, Vueve Cliquot brand manager, Howard Ganz presented Baltimore with the silver Liberty Cup designed by Paul Revere.

This is the 23rd season of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and AniNewportri.comThe Newport Beach Club at Carnegie AbbyKPMGClarke Cooke HouseStillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency NewportPearls Boutique HotelsForty 1 NorthVanderbilt International PropertiesRockstar LimoChampagne Nicolas FeuillatteLufthansaShreve Crump & LowHinckley AllenMcGrath ClambakesWCRI Classical RadioBoston CommonRentals UnlimitedEquine JournalsVita Coco and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of NewportBird’s Eye View Helicopter ToursAmerica's Cup ChartersMassage Envy, the International Tennis Hall of FameIsland Surf and Sport, the Cocktail Guru and Discover Newport. “Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.

The Polo Series takes place in the bucolic setting of Glen Farm, the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600's. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Keating and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.