Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Newport Masters mounted up and took on the Newport Hotshots to settle the age-old conflict of Experience vs. Youth at the Newport Cup on June 9th.
Representing the Newport Masters in red was Michel Nseir in the #1 position, with Heather Souto at #2, Dan Keating at #3, and Stephanie Still at #4.
Wearing white for the Newport Hotshots in the #1 position was Lauren Bilsky, with Jenna Davis at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Sam Shore at #4.
Still led the charge to open the match with a goal in the first chukka for the Newport Masters. The Newport Hotshots could not respond, and the Newport Masters maintained a 1-0 lead at the end of the first chukka. Shore tied the match 1-1 with the lone goal of the second chukka. Although the second chukka ended with a score of 1-1, Souto scored two consecutive goals in the third chukka to give the Newport Masters a two goal lead over the Newport Hotshots with a score of 3-1. Bilsky responded with a goal for the Newport Hotshots at the end of the third chukka to shrink the gap and put the Hotshots within a one-goal deficit of the Newport Masters at the end of the first half.
Davis carried the momentum of the Newport Hotshots by scoring two consecutive goals in the fourth chukka, which gave her team a 4-3 lead - their first lead of the match. D. Keating responded to Davis's charge with a goal for the Newport Masters, but Davis had the final word of the fourth chukka by scoring her third goal of the game. The fourth chukka ended with the Newport Hotshots maintaining a one-goal lead of 5-4. In the fifth chukka, Souto scored her third and fourth goals of the match to put the Newport Masters in the lead 6-5. Still contributed to the momentum of the Newport Masters by scoring her second goal of the match at the end of the fifth chukka. This broadened the lead of the Newport Masters to a two-goal stretch 7-5 at the end of the fifth chukka. Although the Newport Hotshots did not score in the fifth chukka, they used their youth and endurance to tie the game in the sixth chukka, with goals from Shore and Davis.
Due to the sixth chukka ending in a tie, the match went into overtime, and the teams began a sudden death seventh chukka tied at 7-7. Although the overtime chukka was extremely competitive, the Newport Masters did not let the Newport Hotshots get away with what would have been their fourth- consecutive win over the experienced veterans. Still scored a thrilling sudden death goal to give the Newport Masters an 8-7 victory in overtime.
During the match, a lucky lady from Portsmouth, Rhode Island won an official Team Jacket from the Pro Shop in the weekly door prize drawing. An extravagant tailgate party in spaces 13 & 14, wowed the judges with beautiful decor, furniture, and food to celebrate a 40th birthday party. The extensive measures they took to celebrate this occasion won them the Stella Artois Best Tailgate Prize Package. Specialty vendors and concessionaires were present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, and included the Twisted Pony Cocktail Bar, Horseshoe Wine Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, Flint & Flame and gourmet food trucks.
After 7 chukkas, the match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players. The Newport Cup Trophy was presented by Steve Mould, Proprietor of Flint & Flame.
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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, and Peru.
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 Insurance, NBC - 10, BMW Centers of Rhode Island, Grace Hotels, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Hotel Viking, Vanderbilt International Properties, The Chanler at Cliffwalk, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Brahmin, Clarke Cooke House, Flint & Flame, Rockstar Limo, Stella Artois, Newport Daily News, Where Boston, Atria Senior Living, Goslings Rum, The Hermitage Club and promotional partners including International Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Newport Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport, McGrath 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, 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.