Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Boston narrowly won the day against Newport 9-8 to reclaim the perpetual cup for the first time since 2013 on Saturday, June 22, in the Newport International Polo Series 28, Presented by Brahmin.
A few passing showers didn't deter the teams or polo fans who we rewarded with a sunny afternoon and a closely played match. Wearing blue for Boston in the #1 position was Mike Noll, with Estani Puch at #2, Martin Eddy at #3, and Rick Salter at #4. Representing Newport in red was Lauren Bilsky and Jenna Davis in the #1 position, with Minnie Keating at #2, Hamish Wates at #3, and Dan Keating at #4.
Bilsky and D. Keating went on an immediate offensive for the home team to lead the first chukker 2-0. Newport's confident start was soon met by Boston's determination to win. Puch made a penalty conversion to get Boston on the board, followed by a goal from Eddy for a 2-all tie. Boston continued its strong offensive as Puch and Noll doubled the score, ending the first half with a 4-2 lead over Newport.
D. Keating quickly equalized during in the 4th chukker with a penalty conversion, then a goal during regulation play, closing the 4th chukker with a 4-all tie. Puch duplicated D. Keating's 4th chukker performance, sinking another penalty, then breaking through the Newport defense for antoher goal. D. Keating fired back, raising the score 6-5 in favor of Boston at the end of the 5th. Davis made the Hail Mary goal for Newport, beating the final bell to tie the match 6-6.
The players lined up for an overtime penalty shootout to break the stalemate. Each player had one chance to make the goal, starting with Newport's Davis who put Newport back in the lead. M. Keating and Wates didn't quite make the mark. D. Keating finished strong for the home team for an 8-6 lead. Then, Boston came up to bat and hit it out of the park. Noll, Puch, and Eddy won the day, 9-8, ending Boston's five-year drought.
The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players. The 2011 Newport vs. Boston Perpetual Trophy was presented by Melissa Bassett of Brahmin, the presenting sponsor of the 28th season of the Newport International Polo Series
During the match, a lucky individual from Florida won a special gift from Brahmin in the weekly door prize drawing 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, the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest awarded a fabulous prize to a lively group of spectators from Bryant University.
The Discovery Zone and Vendor Villages bubbled with unique offerings from fascinators and jewelry to designer sunglasses, portrait photography, professional cutlery, leather goods, old & new world wine sampling, the 2019 collection of official polo team gear and concessions including gourmet Food Trucks and beverage stations, while the Veuve Clicquot on The Go champagne cart circled the field with bubbly service!
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s 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 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 Vanderbilt, Hotel Viking, The Chanler, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Goslings, Where Boston, McGrath Clambakes and promotional partners that entertain our visiting teams including the International 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.
L'esprit de Polo has flourished in Newport, RI, since the founding of America's first polo club in the seaside resort & sporting haven in 1876. Newport Polo hosts the 28th season of the Newport International Polo Series, and offers polo club member services for grass & arena polo and polo instruction year-round; charter member of the United States Polo Association.