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Valentine Cup Shares the Love

Date:    Friday, February 14, 2020

BFF's saddled up in the spirit of Valentine's Day for a good-natured tournament and quality time with polo peeps on Saturday, Feb, 8.  The round-robin format pitted three teams, Bleeding Hearts (navy), Brotherly Love (red), and Baby Love (white) against each other in the afternoon competition.  Teams were anchored by a Newport Polo coach, with polo club members, advanced adult students, and members of the Newport Polo high school and college teams.  As the evenly matched teams faced off in respective rounds of competition, the results were a dead heat with one victory and one loss for each team, deciding the overall winner on gross goals.

Brotherly Love opened the scoring over Bleeding Hearts, but the initial lead was overcome.  A resurgence in the second chukker wasn't enough to tip the balance and round one went to the Bleeding Hearts.  Bleeding Hearts opted to sit down, leaving the defeated Brotherly Love to face Baby Love.  Once again, Brotherly Love took the lead, holding on through the first chukker.  Baby Love equalized but a two-pointer sent Brotherly Love over the edge.  Bleeding Hearts were back up to face Baby Love in the final round.  This time, Baby Love opened the scoring and ended the first chukker on top.  Bleeding Hearts tied the game as the second chukker neared its end.  Then, a costly mistake gave Baby Love a free hit from the 25 yard line, deftly converted to win by one goal.

The even win/loss record went to net goals for the tiebreaker, which was also even as each win was only by a single point in all three matches.  The next test, gross goals (total goals scored during the tournament), put Bleeding Hearts on the winner's podium by one point.

Photo provided by John Lincourt Photography.  View the album on Facebook.

About Newport Polo:  Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America’s first polo club est. 1876, and charter member of the United States Polo Association, offering club member services for outdoor (grass) & arena polo, and polo instruction. The founding members, who hailed mostly from Westchester County, NY, established the club's summer headquarters and polo grounds in Newport, RI where its members annually convened for summer recreation. The original club in Newport remained active until 1929 and is credited for organizing the world's first international polo competition, the Westchester Cup. The Westchester Polo Club was revived in 1992 by President and delegate, Dan Keating. Colloquially know today as Newport Polo, the Club supports a vibrant polo training program continually introducing newcomers to the sport.  It is home to the Brown University and Roger Williams University intercollegiate polo teams and the Newport Interscholastic polo team. Newport Polo also hosts the Newport International Polo Series, the popular 17-week summer exhibition series.