Jamaica Reclaims the Cup

Date:    Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beautiful August sunshine, and the ever popular Jamaican polo team brought out an enthusiastic crowd to catch the fast paced action as USA faced Jamaica on Saturday, August 20, 2016, in the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by the Rhode Island BMW Centers.

Eager to break the USA winning streak, representing Jamaica were Frankie Hart at 1, Brandon Richard playing 2, veteran team captain, Shane Chin, at 3, and world rated Lesley-Ann Masterson Fong-Yee at 4.

For USA, Amy Rice was at 1, Dan Keating played 2, Jim DeAngelis played 3, and Sam Clemens closed the back door at 4.

With renowned horsemanship and polo skill, Jamaica got the match off to a lightning start.  Assisted by Chin and Fong-Yee, Richards scored the opening goal for Jamaica.  Young Frankie Hart, quickly followed suit, raising the Jamaican score to 2.  DeAngelis and Clemens knew better than to let Jamaica get too far ahead, and leveled the score at 2 all.  But, the tenacious Hart scored for Jamaica, ending the first chukker 3-2.  Chukker two saw an even exchange of goals by Keating and DeAngelis for USA, matched by Richards and Chin for Jamaica.  A goal each by DeAngelis and Chin maintained the one goal spread, to end the first half 6-5 in favor of Jamaica.

Now more comfortable on their unfamiliar mounts, Jamaica began a steady advance through the match’s second half.  Goals by Hart, Chin, and Fong-Yee raised the Jamaican score to 9.  Meanwhile, USA struggled to break through, as DeAngelis added a single point for USA.  USA recovered from its shaky second half start during the fifth chukker, with goals by Keating, Clemens, and DeAngelis.  But, Fong-Yee, maintained the Jamaican lead with two goals, for a score of 11-9 as the teams headed into the final chukker.  Jamaica wasted no time as Fong-Yee immediately went on the offensive, widening the team’s lead to 3 goals.  Chin followed suit, adding two more Jamaican goals.  Team USA couldn’t quite connect, and Jamaica reclaimed the perpetual cup, winning 14-9.

During the match, one lucky winner took home a $150 gift certificate to one of Newport’s most popular restaurant, presented by COX, and another took home an official Jamiaca team jersey in the weekly door prize drawing.  A jovial birthday celebration in tailgate spaces 00 & 000, featuring the Newport J House won the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois.  Following the match, the USA vs. Jamaica perpetual cup was presented to the teams by Brien Fox of Hyatt Regency Newport, 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 - 10BMWALEX AND ANICoxForty 1° NorthVueve ClicquotNAVSTA NewportRISD Executive EducationStella ArtoisRockstar LimoLufthansaGreen Gear GlobalWaterRowerAtria Senior LivingHotel VikingHyatt Regency Newport Hotel & SpaVanderbilt International PropertiesClarke Cooke HouseMcGrath ClambakesNewport Daily NewsNewport J House and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of NewportBird’s Eye View Helicopter ToursAmerica's Cup ChartersInternational Tennis Hall of FameIsland Surf and SportThe Cocktail GuruNewport 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.