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Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Alarm signals sounded throughout New England as the annual tide of English invasion swept in to challenge USA on Saturday, September 2 in the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by BMW. A red helicopter of Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours descended on the Polo Field, bringing in the General and his top gun to join the team England sent to break USA’s two-year winning streak.
Representing England in the #1 position was Sebastian Tarnowski, in the #2 position was team captain Garrie Rennuci, in the #3 position was Stephen O’Kane, and the heavy-hitting Jimmy Wood played #4.
Defending for USA was Charlie Bullis at #1, Michel Nseir played #2, Minnie Keating was at #3, and at back was team captain Dan Keating.
The English invasion got off to a slow start as USA advanced to an immediate lead with goals by M. Keating, Bullis, and Nseir. The Brits came alive in the second half of the chukker, with goals by O’Kane and Wood for a suspenseful 3-2 USA lead. USA continued to push the line through the second chukker with goals by Bulls and D. Keating while rebuffing any British advances. The Americans maintained their hold in the third chukker, padding it with a gaol by Bullis, but England did not break rank, adding two goals by Wood to cinch the gap, trailing 6-4 at the half.
The second half opened as a redux of the third chukker with Bulls putting up another point for USA, but two goals by O’Kane and Wood brought England within striking distance. At the start of the fifth, Wood let slip the dogs of war, unleashing a torrent of 4 goals. D. Keating pushed back with a goal for USA, but England assumed a 10-8 lead as the teams left to change their horses for the final chukker. An impressive duel unfolded as England pushed hard to maintain its lead while USA’s defense was put to a tough test. A goal by Tarnowski and two by Wood for England were met by two from Bullis for USA. As the final bell rang out to end the contest, England dealt the most blows for a 13-10 win.
During the match, a magnum of champagne from Veuve Clicquot was awarded to one lucky fan from North Hampton, New Hampshire in the weekly door prize drawing. A royal appearance, patriotic display of the Union Jack, a few tartan touches, and the TARDIS chauffeured for the day won tailgaters in space 27 the best tailgate picnic truck from Stella Artois.
Following the match, the teams took to the podium for the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation, where Charlie Bullis (scoring 6 goals for USA) and Jimmy Wood (scoring 10 goals for England) were named as top players of the match. Coca, loaned by D. Keating was named by Best Playing Pony by the English players. Elijah Duckworth-Schachter of RIB & RHEIN x New & Lingwood presented the USA vs. England perpetual Liberty Bowl to the victorious English.
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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.