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USA vs. France Match Report

Date:    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

France made their highly anticipated return this past Saturday, June 17th, in the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by the Rhode Island BMW Centers. 

Representing France, in the #1 position was Estelle Wagner, playing #2 was Ninon de Salve, Liz Parker Girard was at #3, and playing #4 was Frances top rated player and Team France Captian, Olivier Girard.

For USA, Captian Dan Keating was at #1, Minnie Keating was #2, Heather Souto played #3, and Jim DeAngelis played position #4.

The match started with goals on both sides, for USA DeAngelis scored and de Salve scored for France bringing the score to 1-1 going into the second chukker. Team USA dominated in the second chukker with three goals scored by DeAngelis (two goals) and D. Keating bringing the score to 4-1 in favor of Team USA. Team USA continued their momentum with another three goals scored by DeAngelis (two goals) and Souto. The score going into halftime was 7-1 in favor of USA.

France started off the second half with a goal from Wagner, Team USA answered with two goals scored by DeAngelis bringing the score to 9-2. France dominated the fifth chukker with four goals by Wagner (two goals), L. Girard, and O. Girard closing the gap between the score, bringing the score to 9-6. France continued their momentum into the final chukker with a goal by Wagner, Team USA answered with a goal by Souto. De Salve hit a bell ringer but Newport came out as the victor with a final score of 10-8.

During the match, a lucky winner from Kansas took home a Magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne the weekly door prize drawing. This weeks winner of recreated the French Open here at Newport, complete with a tennis court, food, and fun won the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois

During the team's visit to Newport, they enjoyed many of the best attractions and highlights in the City by the Sea. The team toured the famed Newport Mansions, enjoyed helicopter tours with Birds Eye View, paddle boarded and surfed with Island Surf & Sport, played tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, sailed on 12 meter racing yachts with America's Cup Charters, enjoyed fine dining at the new sensation Scarpetta, and lodging at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, for easy access to all the great attractions that Newport is renown for.

The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Dominican Republic and the debut of Peru, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September.  This is the 26th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, 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, and Morocco.

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 2017 sponsors including NBC - 10BMW Centers of Rhode IslandALEX AND ANIBlue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode IslandGurney's Newport Resort & MarinaHotel Viking,  The Chanler at Cliff WalkVanderbilt International PropertiesVeuve Clicquot ChampagneBrahminStella ArtoisClarke Cooke HousePatrón SpiritsRockstar LimoNewport Daily NewsWhere BostonRIB & RHEIN x New & LingwoodAtria Senior Living and promotional partners including  McGrath ClambakesInternational Tennis Hall of FameAmerica's Cup ChartersBird’s Eye View Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport MansionsIsland Surf and Sport 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 XXVI, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, and a founding member of the United States Polo Association offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.