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Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Eager for autumn season competition, Newport Polo Club and Brown University varsity team members took to the arena for the annual two day Players Tournament on October 22 & 23. Undeterred by a little rain on day one, the teams got the high scoring competition off to a lightning start. Adjourning for the evening Players Dinner, the action resumed on Sunday for the consolation round and finals.
Game One: Brown’s Gunbir Chada, Ilan Agar, and coach, Dan Keating (in red/white) took on the Off-Islanders, Stefanie Boyer, Patrick Quigley and Jenny Elkus (in Hawaiian). A Brown blitz took the Off-Islanders by storm, opening up a 6-2 lead in the first chukker. The Off-Islanders sailed on Brown in the second, closing the gap to 8-6 with Brown still in the lead. An unfavorable wind picked up in the third chukker, sending the Off-Islanders drifting out to sea with only 2 goals to Brown’s 5. In the fourth chukker, the tide turned against Brown, adding only 2 goals to the Off-Islanders’ 5, but, Brown prevailed, 15-13 to advance to the Final.
Game Two: Acoaxet’s Carol Gaudreau, Lars Wahlberg and Dave Bullis (in red) took on MA's Laurel Howe, Brian McCormick, and Alexander King (Navy). MA put up 3 points to Acoaxet's 2 in the first chukker. The teams were equally matched in the second, with an interchanging volley of 3 goals apiece, for a 6-5 MA lead at the half. Acoaxet outscored MA in the third chukker, taking the lead, 10-9, and carried that lead to the end, 16-12, advancing to the Final.
Consolation Round: MA vs. Off-Islanders – The teams kept even pace out of the starting gate, tying the first chukker 3-all. But, the Off-Islanders pulled out a 1 goal lead to end the first half. In a surprise upset, MA made a relentless advance in chukkers 3 and 4 while holding the Off-Islanders at bay, adding 7 goals for a 12-6 win.
Final: Brown vs. Acoaxet – Acoaxet duplicated Brown’s early blitzkrieg in game one, dominating the first chukker with a 4-1 lead. Brown was able to stem the tide in the second, scoring three more points, but Acoaxet maintained its lead, 8-4. Brown regained its momentum in the third chukker, adding 4 points, while holding Acoaxet to 1. With one goal between them, the teams went tit-for-tat in the final chukker until two costly penalties against Acoaxet drew the teams to 11-all. The final minutes saw the even scoring continue, with Brown claiming the final goal for a 13-13 tie. In the camaraderie of the weekend, the teams shook hands, ending the tied tournament with Brown and Acoaxet joint victors.
Tournament photos on Newport Polo's Facebook fan page.
Photo credits: Ryan Fontaine.
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