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Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Newport faced its most formidable nemesis on Saturday, August 13th in the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by the Rhode Island BMW Centers. Since its Gilded Age beginnings, polo in Newport and New York has been forever linked, producing the fiercest competition each season.
Representing New York, Chris Keller played #1, Estani Puch played #2, returning heavy-hitter Pancho Eddy played #3, and Rick Salter was at back in the #4 position.
Defending for Newport was Heather Souto at #1, Sam Clemens at #2, Rory Torrey playing #3, and Dan Keating at #4.
It was a promising start for team Newport as Souto made a lightning play out of the lineup to score for the home team. They lined up for the next throw-in, and Souto again started a drive toward goal, coming up a little short, but Keating was there to finish the play. Newport’s brief lead didn’t last as Puch scored two goals, followed by another from Eddy. Souto leveled the score, 3-all to end the first chukker. The second chukker saw a huge New York advance with 4 goals by Eddy, raising New York’s score to 7. A beautifully executed penalty by Torrey added the only point for Newport. Newport slowed the New York advance in the third chukker, but Eddy managed two more goals, ending the half 9-4 in favor of New York.
Newport regained its opening vigor to start the second half. Two goals by Torrey, and a third from Souto started to close the gap, while Eddy was held to one goal, ending the chukker with New York leading, 10-7. Keating got the fifth chukker underway, raising Newport’s score to 8, but the unstoppable Eddy added two more points for New York. Torrey picked up the torch for Newport with another goal, but Puch had the last word for New York. Down by four goals, Newport had the final seven minutes to break New York’s three year winning streak. Torrey made the first move, scoring for Newport, but Eddy powered to goal, scoring twice for New York. Torrey managed one more goal, but the clock ran out on Newport’s chance at victory. Once again, the New York claimed the silver with a 15-11 victory.
During the match, a lucky winner from N. Kingstown took home an official team jersey in the weekly door prize drawing, and a beautiful sunset tent near the scoreboard won the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois. Following the match, the City Cup was presented to the teams by Suzanne Turcotte of ALEX AND ANI, during the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation.
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 supportof 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.