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Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Gloomy skies didn’t stop spectators from piling into the polo grounds to support Newport as the home team went head to head against Boston on Saturday, June 27, to reclaim the Shreve Crump & Low Cup in a final score of 8 to 5. The match is the first of the City Series, a highlight of the Newport International Polo Series presented by your Rhode Island BMW, featuring challengers from around the US in classic 6-chukker matches against the home team.
Representing Boston this year was Jim Stanton at #1, Dami Belardinelli at #2, Sergio Corro at #3, and Estanislao Robledo-Punch at #4. Playing for Newport was Heather Souto at #1, Charlie Bullis at #2, Dan Keating at #3, and Dave Bullis at #4.
Newport hit the ground running as Souto snuck a goal past Boston’s defense in the first chukker. Newport continued their sprint as they tallied three more goals in the second chukker by C. Bullis (1) and Keating (2), but Boston came into motion scoring a point for the team on a penalty hit. The teams were tight on their defense as they continued to duke it out in the third chukker, until Keating whacked another ball through the posts giving Newport one more point and ending the third chukker with a half-time score of 5 to 1.
Both teams recharged during the break and headed to the field where Newport started the fourth chukker with two goals by Souto, one by a penalty hit. Boston kept up with the pace and Robledo-Punch snuck a goal past Newport’s defense before the bell. Both teams were at each other’s heels during the fifth chukker as Keating landed another goal for Newport, and Robledo-Punch for Boston on a penalty hit. Boston lunged in the sixth chukker in hopes to close the gap with two goals by Stanton and Belardinelli, but fell short as the final bell rang leaving Newport to take the cup with a final score of 8 to 5.
One lucky spectator was awarded the weekly door prize from Rockport, and a group in spaces 41 and 42 caught the judges’ eye, taking home the picnic trunk from Stella Artois. The 2-hour match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy presentation of the Shreve Crump & Low Cup, autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.
Presenting the winners trophy was CEO David Walker of Shreve, Crump & Low, America’s oldest and most beloved purveyor of fine gifts. Since 1796 Shreve, Crump & Low has specialized in the sale of fine jewelry, timepieces, rare antiques, gifts and other works of arts. Visit their Boston Flagship store situated at 39 Newbury Street to view their collection of beautiful engagement rings, diamond jewelry, and other precious gemstones. Discover the Shreve, Crump and Low Watch Salon on the second floor offering the finest in Swiss and German timepieces from fabled brands such as Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Sohne, IWC, Omega, Jaeger Le Coultre, Blancpain, Zenith and many more… And in the spirit of the Boston tradition browse the selections of fine French and English Crystal, Hungarian porcelain, Italian silver, American leather goods, and extensive collection of rare antiques from around the world. For more information on the Shreve, Crump & Low experience please call the Boston store at 617-267-9100, or visit us at www.shrevecrumpandlow.com
This is the 24th season of the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and Ani, Atria Senior Living, Balfour Beatty Communities, Forty 1º North, Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Rockstar Limo, Veuve Clicquot, McGrath Clambakes, Newport Daily News, Rockport, Stella Artois, Pure Brazilian Coconut Water, Newport J House, Cox Communications, and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island 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.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 715 East Main Road (Rte. 138) in Portsmouth. This bucolic setting is 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.
Discover Polo! Watch it, Play it, Support it. Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXIV, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, (offering public exhibition matches, and polo club member services for grass & arena polo, & polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association) . Information about Newport Polo's spectator events, polo lessons, and sponsorship can be found on these web pages, using the links at the top of this page, including About Newport Polo.