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Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
The Newport International Polo Series XXV featured Newport vs. Palm Beach at 5pm on July 30th. Get additional match info via private email subscription, including a Game day Scorecard (sign up) and the weekly Emagazine (sign up).
Team Newport took to the field once again, to face rivals Palm Beach. The history of these two teams is captivating in the fact that up until this match, every game had ended in a tie. This match would be the one to break that tie, and the winner would come out on the other side with the coveted City Cup Trophy.
Playing for Newport in the first spot was Julia DeAgelis, in the second spot was Sam Shore, in the third spot was Dan Keating and in the fourth spot was Jim DeAngelis.
Playing for Palm Beach in the first spot was Khalid Dasuki, in the second spot was Johny Lavine, in the third spot was Chip Stiegler, and in the fourth spot was George Krabbe.
Unsuprisingly, the first Chukka began with a tie between Palm Beach and Newport, with both teams scoring two goals each. (Sam Shore and Jim DeAgelis for Newport and George Krabbe for Palm Beach). The second Chukka however, Palm Beach took the lead by blocking all of Newports attempted goals, whilst still scoring two goals for themselves. (Stiegler, Krabbe) In the third Chukka Newport scored one point (Shore) but so did Palm Beach (Stiegler) so thier lead held.
Fans held on hope the Newport would rise victoriousas the fourth Chukka began, but this CHukka proved to be just as rough for Newport as the second one was. Newport scored one goal (DeAglelis) but Palm Beach scored two (Stiegler, Krabbe). The fifth score was a wash-out with neither teams scoring, which meant that Palm Beach had a 3 point lead going into the final chukka. Palm Beach knuckled down during this Chukka scoring two more goals (Dasuki, Lavine) finalizing their victory over Newport. The final score? 4 to 9, Palm Beach wins.
During the match, a weekly door prize drawing and the Best Tailgate were awarded. The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Italy, France, Jamaica, England, and the debut of Morocco, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September.
The Polo Series will have hosted 32 nations this year over its 25 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, Chile, Kenya, Jamaica, Italy and Singapore this summer, and Costa Rica, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Barbados, France, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, and China, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco and Morocco.
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane in Portsmouth, RI. 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 Newport Polo founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
This is the 25th season of the Newport International Polo Series, with the support of sponsors including NBC - 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Cox, Forty 1° North, Vueve Clicquot, NAVSTA Newport, RISD Executive Education, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Lufthansa, Green Gear Global, WaterRower, Atria Senior Living, Hotel Viking, Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, McGrath Clambakes, Newport Daily News, Newport J House 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, Newport Mansions 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.
Discover Polo! Watch it, Play it, Support it. Newport Polo is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, and founding member of the United States Polo Association offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round. Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXV. Information about Newport Polo's events, polo lessons, membership and sponsorship can be found in About Newport Polo.