Rotary Match Report

Date:    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Newport's top players mounted up for a cross-town rivalry for the Rotary Club of Newport Benefit Match on May 26th. 

Representing Newport in white was Lauren Bilsky in the #1 position, with Margaux Buchanan at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Heather Souto at #4.

Wearing red for Newport in the #1 position was Amy Rice, with Brendan Tetreault at #2, Dave Bullis at #3, and Peter Friedman at #4.

The red team led the charge to open the match with quick goals in the first chukka by Bullis and Friedman for an early 2-0 lead.  The white team, however, was not trailing by a two point deficit for long, as Keating and Souto replied with two goals to end the first chukka with an even score.  The second chukka also ended in a tie, with one goal from Tetreault for the red team, and one from Souto for the white team.  Although the white team took their first lead of the match at the beginning of the third chukka with a goal from Bilsky, the red team began to pull away with a two point lead with goals from Bullis and Tetreault. The first half of the match ended with the red team leading by a score of 5-4.

Tetreault carried the momentum of the red team by scoring the lone goal of the fourth chukka.  In the fifth chukka, Tetreault and Rice scored two goals, with no response from the white team.  The white team did not cease to challenge the red team, as Keating scored the first goal of the sixth chukka, shortening the gap with a score of 8-5 in the red team's favor.  The red team closed the match with a 10-5 win over the white team, with two goals scored by Tetreault and Bullis in the sixth chukka.  It was a thrilling match on a beautiful night to benefit the Rotary Club of Newport and its local and international charitable programs.

This is the 27th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Ireland, 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, Morocco, Peru and Poland making its debut.

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 2018 sponsors including Gallo Thomas InsuranceNBC - 10BMW Centers of Rhode IslandGrace HotelsGurney's Newport Resort & MarinaHotel VikingVanderbilt International PropertiesThe Chanler at CliffwalkVeuve Clicquot ChampagneBrahminClarke Cooke HouseFlint & Flame, Rockstar LimoStella ArtoisNewport Daily NewsWhere BostonAtria Senior LivingGoslings RumThe Hermitage Club and promotional partners including International Tennis Hall of FameAmerica's Cup ChartersNewport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport MansionsIsland Surf and SportMcGrath Clambakes 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 XXVII, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association.