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Newport Cup Match Report

Date:    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The weekend match was a battle between young and old, delivering an exciting game between NEWport vs. OLDport. Both teams put up a strong fight for this year's Newport Cup title, but the NEWport players had fire in their bellow to avenge last season's loss.

Representing the OLDport team were players Roger Souto at #1, Michel Nseir at #2, Dan Keating at #3, and Dave Bullis at #4. The opposing team, NEWport, fielded Tim Day/Lauren Bilsky at #1, Jenna Davis at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Hamish Wates at #4.

NEWport got the ball rolling with M Keating scoring the first two goals, followed by a repeat goal by Wates. Bullis put OLDport on the scoreboard but NEWport kept right on scoring with another point by Wates. The game started to heat up as OLDport scored two points by D Keating and Souto by the end of the second chukker. Wates started the third chukker with a goal but was quickly taken over by the OLDports who went on to score three more points, one by Bullis and two by D Keating. Neck and neck, the first half ended with a goal by Davis which tied up the score at 6-6.

NEWport entered the second half with a mindset on breaking the tie and taking over the game with four goals in a row. Wates scored the first goal following Day and then back in the hands of Wates making two more goals. D Keating scored his fourth goal of the game before it switched to NEWport where Davis made another goal bringing the score to 11-7 with NEWport in the lead. OLDport, faced with a tough challenge to keep up with their youthful opponents scored two more goals by Bullis and D Keating while NEWport made no moves in the fifth chukker. Opening with Bullis scoring for the OLDsports was met by Wates making the final two goals of the game to secure the trophy for NEWport, with a final score of 13-10. 

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 Lindsey Davitt from Davitt Inc.

During the match, a lucky first-time attendee won the Door Prize of a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and an automatic entry into the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize Drawing at the Finals to win a trip for 2 anywhere in the world!  Also during the match, the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest awarded a fabulous prize to a lively group of spectators recreating a sharkie beach!

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 28th 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 2019 sponsors including Gallo|Thomas Insurance, Brahmin, Davitt Inc, Turkish Airlines, TD Bank, Boston Common, Gurney's, The Vanderbuilt, Hotel Viking, The Chanler, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve ClicquotClarke Cooke House,  Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Goslings, Where BostonMcGrath Clambakes, Equine Journal and promotional partners that entertain our visiting teams & VIPs including the Newport Harbor Guide, Exquisite Events, Newport Sports Fishing ChartersInternational Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Newport Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport, and Scooter World. Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partners, Van Liew Trust, Tanglewood, and WCRI, Classical Rhode Island. “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 28, 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,