Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The perfect weather in Newport this weekend gave way to one of the most exhilarating polo matches of the summer this Saturday when Newport won the day against Washington D.C. in overtime 12-11 on August 10th. Washington D.C.’s all-star lineup proved to be a fierce competitor but could not defeat the home team when the match entered overtime in the Newport International Polo Series XXVIII, Presented by Brahmin.
With the American flag rippling high above Newport, the national anthem followed the introduction of the players. In white jerseys representing our nation’s capital in the #1 position was Kelsey Burhans, Ariana Gravinese at #2, Jim Stanton at #3, and Marcos Onetto at #4. Sporting red for Newport was Jenna Davis in the #1 position, Michel Nseir at #2, Dan Keating at #3, and Rory Torrey at #4.
Team captain Keating started off the game with two goals for Newport in the first chukker. Onetto retaliated in the second chukker with a goal of his own, but Nseir scored immediately after, maintaining Newport’s lead, 3-1. The third chukker began with the scoreboard set to 3-1; Stanton scored as an attempt to even the playing field, but Torrey scored two of his own leaving the first half with Newport leading 5-2.
Washington D.C. shined in the second half. A goal from Stanton was followed by three more for Onetto in the same chukker. Keating countered these goals with one of his own bringing the score to a tie at 6-6 to end the fourth chukker. Davis inched Newport away with a goal at the beginning of the fifth chukker, but Onetto scored two following hers, putting Washington in the lead for the first time, 8-7. Another goal from Torrey began the sixth chukker, tying the game before Burhans countered it with a goal of her own. Torrey scored once again only to be followed by another goal for Onetto. Torrey then scored twice putting Newport in the lead by one point. Onetto scored another for Washington D.C. which evened the score, putting the match into overtime. An exhilarating play from Newport finished the game with a final goal from Keating in sudden death overtime, winning the game for Newport 12-11.
The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, with commemorative prizes and the perpetual Newport vs. Washington D.C. liberty bowl inaugurated in 2015 was awarded by Frank Casale, Regional Vice President of TD Bank. An autograph signing to meet the players followed the trophy presentation.
During the match, a lucky woman from Ware, MA won a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne 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, during the match, the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest awarded a fabulous prize to a spectacularly decorated party of spectators decorating their tailgate. Specialty vendors and concessionaires present in the Vendor Village at the polo grounds, including the Lauren Hope Fine Jewelry, Seeside Design, Newport Polo Pro Shop, the Horseshoe Wine Bar, the Davitt Pavilion Patio Bar and Shuck Truck raw bar, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne On the Go Cart, and gourmet food trucks.
"Polo is an international sport, played in over 80 countries around the globe," stated Dan Keating, captain of the USA squad. "we are honored to have teams traveling great distances to play in Newport."
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 Brahmin, Davitt Inc, Turkish Airlines, TD Bank, Boston Common, Gurney's, The Vanderbilt, Hotel Viking, The Chanler, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Goslings, 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.