New England Challenge Pro-Am Match Report

Date:    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New England’s top players mounted up for a high-octane Pro-Am, taking no prisoners in one of the last matches in the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series XXVI, presented by BMW.

Representing Portsmouth in white was Charlie Bullis in the #1 position, with Dan Keating at #2, Carlos Maldonado at #3, and Amy Rice at #4.

Wearing red for Newport in the #1 position was Sam Clemens, with Minnie Keating at #2, Dave Bullis at #3, and Rory Torrey at #4.

Newport led the charge to open the match with quick goals by C. Bullis and Maldonado for an early 2-0 lead.  Portsmouth tied the match in the second chukker thanks to two goals by Torrey, but Maldonado split the posts just before the final bell to maintain Newport’s lead, 3-2.  The teams kept a tight spread through the third chukker, with no clear advantage to either side.  Maldonado managed a single goal for Newport and a 4-2 lead at the end of the first half.

Maldonado made a strong start for Newport in the second half, opening the 4th chukker with another goal.  C. Bullis followed with a neat penalty conversion, increasing Newport’s lead 6-2.  D. Bullis returned fire for Portsmouth to keep the team within 3 points of the leader by the end of the chukker.  Neither side willing to give up any ground, the fifth chukker was closely defended with one hard-fought goal by C. Bullis advancing Newport 7-3.  With only four goals in it, Portsmouth was still within shouting distance of the win as the final chukker commenced.  C. Bullis padded Newport’s lead with another goal, but Clemens matched the play for Portsmouth. A decisive response by Rice and C. Bullis put the final nail in the coffin as Newport reached double digits.  Seconds remaining, D. Bullis scored a final goal for Portsmouth, ending the match in the 10-5 Newport victory.

During the match, a lucky lady from Pascoag, RI won a designer Brahmin handbag in the weekly door prize drawing.  An elegant autumn garden party with vibrant mums and beautiful buffet set with golden linens took this week's Best Tailgate picnic trunk and 12 pack from Stella Artois.

Following the match, the teams took to the podium for the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation, where Janelle Driscoll, Associate Publisher of Where Boston presented the victorious Newport with the Vanderbilt Cup.

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.