Newport Breaks Phily Stalemate

Date:    Saturday, August 27, 2016

Newport philleted the competition on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 in the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by the Rhode Island BMW Centers.

Playing for Philadelphia was Mark Mulligan at #1, Nick Wayland at #2, Leandro Berrios at #3, and Juan Vidal at #4.

Defending for Newport was Jenna Davis at #1, Charlie Bullis at #2, Pedro Manion at #3, and Dave Bullis at #4.

Newport took immediate advantage at the first throw-in, pushing the ball down field to the Philadelphia goal.  The players couldn’t quite connect, but a little nudge from a helpful mount tipped the ball over the line, drawing the first goal for Newport.  Philly struggled to break through Newport’s tight defense.  D. Bullis ended the chukker with another Newport goal, leading 2 – 0.  Ever resilient, Philadelphia rallied in the second chukker, with Wayland and Berrios besting Newport for a goal each.  Unfortunately for Philly, Manion matched the two points for Newport, and D. Bullis added another for good measure.  But, a costly foul by Newport gave Berrios the opening to score another Philadelphia goal before the before the chukker’s end.  Heading into the end of the first half, Newport was leading 5-3, and continued the advance.  C. Bullis got in on the action, making his own penalty conversion, followed by another goal during regular play.  Wayland retaliated, scoring for Philadelphia, but the half ended with Newport still in the lead, 7 – 4.

Philadelphia turned the tables in the fourth chukker with two goals by Berrios and a third from Vidal.  Meanwhile, Newport was held to a single goal by Manion, reduced to a one goal lead, 8 - 7.  The teams stayed neck and neck in the fifth, as a goal by Mulligan, was matched by Manion.  It was down to wire, with one goal in it as the teams returned for the final round.  Manion led off for Newport, adding goal number 10, and his fifth during the match.  Berrios took the advantage for another Philly goal, also making his fifth during the match.  Still leading by one point, Newport controlled the play to let the clock run down, breaking the stalemate with a 10 - 9 victory over Philadelphia.

During the match, one lucky winner took home an official Newport Team Jersey in the weekly door prize drawing.  A silver themed 25th anniversary party celebrating the Polo Series in tailgate spaces 25-27 wowed the judges, winning the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois.  Following the match, the City Cup was presented to the teams by Keith Chouinard of Hotel Viking 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.