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Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Playing in the autumn classic New England Challenge, Newport’s Senior squad took on the Junior players on Saturday, September 10 in the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by the Rhode Island BMW centers. With only a few short weeks remaining, the teams gave no quarter in the high stakes re-match.
Newport’s skillful seniors on the field were Michel Nseir at #1, Peter Friedman at #2, Jim DeAngelis at #4, and at back, Dan Keating.
Eager to avenge their earlier season loss, playing for the Newport Juniors were Julie DeAangelis at #1, Heather Souto at #2, Charlie Bullis at #3, and splitting the match were Sam Clemens and Jenna Davis at #4.
After a special pre-match concert and playing of the U.S. national anthem by the Navy Band Northeast, the ball was thrown in. Bullis went immediately on the attack for Newport Juniors, carrying the ball for an easy goal. Jim DeAngelis tied the match for the Seniors at 1 all before the end of the first chukker. Nseir gave the Seniors a brief lead to start the second chukker, but Bullis turned the tables for the Juniors with a penalty conversion, followed by another goal during regulation play. The Juniors padded their lead to end the first half with goals by Davis and Bullis, matched only by a single blistering penalty conversion by Jim DeAngelis for the Seniors.
With 3 chukkers down, and trailing the Juniors 3-5, the Newport Seniors loosened their joints for a comeback chukker. Jim Deangelis dominated the beginning of chukker 4 with a rapid succession of 3 goals, advancing the Seniors to the lead, 6-5. Bullis matched wits with Jim DeAngelis, and tied the game at 6 all before the chukker’s end. Souto lead the fifth chukker for the Juniors, but Keating kept the game tied 7-7 as the teams left the field to change horses for the final round. Jim DeAngalis opened the sixth chukker with his sixth goal of the game, putting the Seniors in the lead, 8-7. Bullis leveled the field for the Juniors, and Souto sent them over the edge, beating out the Seniors, 9-8.
During the match, one lucky winner took home $150 gift certificate for a fabulous dining experience in Newport, awarded by Cox. A finely appointed birthday celebration in tailgate space 32 with plush pillow seating for an evening dinner on the lawn won the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois. Following the match, the Commander J.B.L Leavitt Cup was presented to the teams by representatives from the Clarke Cooke House 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.