Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
The veterans of Newport took on the up-and-coming players for Lufthansa on Saturday, June 14th in the annual Lufthansa Cup, a classic 6-chukker match in the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers. Skill and experience was matched with the speed and agility of youth as each team fought to take home the cup.
Stephanie Still, Peter Friedman, Jim D'Angelis, and Chister Still put their savvy to work for team Newport, while Minnie Keating, Leo Mehia, Sam Shore, and Heather Souto supplied the youthful exuberance for Lufthansa.
Wisdom gave Newport an advantage for most of the match as the team lead through the fifth chukker. In the opening chukker, Souto was the first to score, putting Lufthansa briefly in the lead. D'Angelis quickly answered forNewport with a goal of his own. Keating won another goal for Lufthansa, butStill scored two more for a three to two lead ending the chukker. Lufthansa came back to lead the second chukker with two more goals until D'Angelis scored three-in-a-row. Keating attempted to regain ground with another goal to open the third chukker, but it was immediately matched by D'Angelis. Souto came back to score for Lufthansa leaving Newport leading by only one goal at half-time.
The one goal spread was maintained through the fourth chukker as Keating won two goals for Lufthansa, matched by Friedman, and C. Still for Newport.D'Angelis widened the gap at the beginning of the fifth chukker, but Shore, andSouto evened up the score with a goal each. Still drove home another goal for a score of 10 Lufthansa, 11 Newport as the teams entered the final chukker. The youth of Lufthansa caught a second wind as Shore, and Souto scored five goals between them to Newport's two by S. Still, and Friedman. The game was clinched in the final seconds as Shore burst into the lead and split the posts, ending the match in a 15 to 13 win for Lufthansa.
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A spectator from Whitestone NY left with this week's door prize, a sumptous massage from Massage Envy. Best Tailgate was awarded during the match to the guests in space 51 who recieved gifts from our friends at Hangar 1 Vodka and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2-hour match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy presentation, autograph signing, and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.
This is the 23rd season of the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and Ani, Newportri.com, Boston Common, Pearls Boutique Hotels, Forty 1 North, Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Rockstar Limo, Veuve Clicquot, Lufthansa, Shreve Crump & Low, McGrath Clambakes, WCRI Classical Radio, Equine Journals and promotional partners including Exquisite Events Design, The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, Massage Envy, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, the Cocktail Guru, Vita Coco and Discover Newport. “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.
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