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Newport vs. Palm Beach Match Report

Date:    Sunday, July 29, 2018

Edge of the seat action between the highly competitive Newport and Palm Beach teams ended with a win for the home team on Saturday, July 28th, 2018, in the third City Series face-off of the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series 27, presented by BMW.  Although Palm Beach was in a one goal lead going into the sixth chukka, Newport scored three goals in the final 7 minutes to take the match 11-10.  

Wearing black for Palm Beach in the #1 position was Al Keshvarzian, with Rich Terbrusch at #2, Jamie McLean at #3, and Luis Galvan at #4.  Representing Newport in red was Heather Souto in the #1 position, with Minnie Keating at #2, Sam Shore at #3, and Rafael Castillo at #4.  

Shore kicked off the first chukka with a goal for Newport to put his team up 1-0, but McLean immediately responded for Palm Beach to tie the match 1-1. The back and forth action continued, as Keating scored her first goal of the match, with McLean responding once more for Palm Beach to end the first chukka in a 2-2 tie.  McLean continued his scoring streak into the third chukka, immediately scoring his third goal and putting Palm Beach in the lead 3-2. Souto answered with her first goal to tie the match 3-3. Alternating goals continued as Galvan scored his first goal to put Palm Beach in the lead 4-3, but Souto scored two more goals to end the second chukka 5-4 with Newport in the lead. Galvan scored his second goal at the beginning of the third chukka to tie the match once again, but Castillo responded with his first goal to put Newport in a 6-5 lead at the end of the first half.

The second half began with a penalty on Newport, leading to an automatic goal for Palm Beach, which tied the match 6-6. Souto again put her team in the lead with her fourth goal of the match, but Galvan responded for Palm Beach to end the fourth chukka in a 7-7 tie. The indredible showing by Souto continued, as she scored her fifth goal of the match for Newport at the beginning of the fifth chukka. Galvan answered for Palm Beach by scoring his fourth and fifth goals to put his team in the lead 9-8 at the end of the fifth chukka. Souto managed to tie the match once more with her sixth goal at the beginning of the final chukka. Keating used Souto's momentum and scored her second and third goals of the match to put Newport in a two-goal lead 11-9. Although a rush for a comeback by Galvan put Palm Beach within a one-goal deficit of Newport, the home team was able to hold on to their lead 11-10 and come out victorious in the high-scoring battle.

Idyllic summer weather drew a large audience to witness the competition, throughout the venue, including a sold-out crowd in the Modern Luxury  Polo Lounge, enjoying the all-inclusive offerings created on select dates this season (remaining dates are Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Sept. 15). 

During the match, a lucky lady from North Smithfield, Rhode Island won a Puffy Jacket from the Pro Shop in the weekly door prize drawing.  An extravagant tailgate party in spaces 15 & 16 wowed the judges with a Sandlot themed tailgate. The supporters dressed in costume complete with a black eye painted on Smalls. The partygoers even brought a lifeguard stand for Wendy, a blow-up pool, whiffle ball bats, and a sign reading "The Sandlot". The Sandlot crew went home with a Stella Artois cooler as a prize for their festivities. 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 6 chukkas, the match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players.   

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.  

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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, Peru and Poland.

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 IslandModern Luxury BostonGrace 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.