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Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The showdown of the season took place on Saturday, Sept. 30th as the Newport Hotshots faced the Newport Masters in a youth vs. experience contest to conclude the 26th season of the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by BMW.
Age before beauty, representing the Masters was Sam Clemens at #1, Alexander King at #2, president and team captain Dan Keating at #3, and Dave Bullis at back.
In the bloom of youth for the Hotshots was Charlie Bullis at #1, Brendan Tetrault at #2, team captain Sam Shore at #3, and Minnie Keating at #4.
Winning the first throw-in, Shore put one goal on the board for the Hotshots as the Masters were still limbering up. The grace period was short lived when D. Keating unleashed a pair of goals, topped off by Clemens to end the chukker with the Masters leading 3-1. C. Bullis opened the second chukker with an immediate offensive for the Hotshots, scoring an impressive three goals during regulation play and neatly converting a 30-yard penalty, complimented another goal from Shore. The Masters took a slow and steady approach, scoring no goals in the second to end the chukker 6-3 for the Hotshots. King upped the ante in the third chukker, leading with a goal for the Maters, but C. Bullis kept the streak alive, this time with one goal during regulation play, plus a straight and true 60-yard penalty conversion for a comfortable 8-4 lead at halftime.
A masterful comeback to start the second half championed by D. Bullis who handily converted 60-yard penalty, then a mid-field penalty and D. Keating making a goal during regulation play brought the Masters within one point of the Hotshots. Then, D. Bullis tied the match at 8-all in the fifth while the Hotshots struggled to connect with the goal. Down to the wire, D. Keating split the posts, putting the Masters back in the lead for the first time since the first chukker. C. Bullis reignited the Hotshots with two goals to overtake the Masters 10-9. Seconds remained as the Masters advanced to tie the game, narrowly missing the chance when the bell signaled the end of the match.
During the match, a lucky lady from RI won a Newport Polo Puffy Jacket in the weekly door prize drawing. Tailgaters in space 66 wowed the judges with a festive autumn display highlighted by masterfully hand painted pumpkins sporting the Newport Polo Logo clinched 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 Dan Jaehnig, award-winning journalist and NBC-10 evening news anchor, presented the victorious Hotshots with the CMDR J.B. Leavitt 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 - 10, BMW Centers of Rhode Island, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Hotel Viking, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Brahmin, Stella Artois, Clarke Cooke House, Patrón Spirits, Rockstar Limo, Newport Daily News, Where Boston, RIB & RHEIN x New & Lingwood, Atria Senior Living and promotional partners including McGrath Clambakes, International Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island 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.