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Date: Monday, August 21, 2017
The NBC10 Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW featured a heated rivalry between USA and Jamaica, with Jamaica out to return home with the perpetual trophy Saturday, August 19th.
Representing Jamaica, in the #1 position was Brandon Richards, playing #2 was Jonathan Dougall, Lesley-Ann Masterton Fong-Yee was at #3, and playing #4 was Shane Chin.
Representing USA, Sam Clemens was at #1, Minnie Keating was #2, Captain Dan Keating played #3, and Dave Bullis played position #4.
USA started off the match with four goals scored by Bullis (two goals), D. Keating, and Clemens with Jamaica answering, scoring one goal by Fong-Yee bringing the score to 4–1 with USA in the lead going into the third chukker. USA started off the third chukker with a goal scored by M. Keating, but Jamaica answered with two goals scored by Dougall and Fong-Yee bringing the score to 5-3 with USA in the lead going into half time.
The battle continued in the second half with both teams implementing defensive techniques, with no goals being scored during the fourth chukker. USA started off the fifth chukker with a goal by D. Keating but Jamaica answered with two goals scored by Fong-Yee and Chin bringing the score to 6-5 going into the final chukker.USA continued their momentum into the sixth chukker with a goal by Bullis to end the game, USA leaving the match victoriously with a final score of 7-5.
During the match, the Portsmouth Gridiron Club sold raffle tickets to raise money to purchase new safety equipment for the Portsmouth High School Football Team. One lucky winner from North Kingston claimed a Magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in our weekly door prize drawing and a tropical Jamaican oasis themed tailgate won the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois.
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Dominican Republic and the debut of Peru, 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. This is the 26th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, and Morocco.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) 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 polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2017 sponsors including NBC - 10, BMW Centers of Rhode Island, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Hotel Viking, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Brahmin, Stella Artois, Clarke Cooke House, Patrón Spirits, Rockstar Limo, Newport Daily News, Where Boston, RIB & RHEIN x New & Lingwood, Atria Senior Living and promotional partners including McGrath Clambakes, International Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport and Scooter World. “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.
There's no sport like polo. Be a part of it! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVI, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, and a 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.