Date: Monday, July 2, 2012
Newport lost in Sudden Death overtime to Philadelphia on Saturday, June 30th in the City Series, featuring challengers from around the US, in a classic 6-chukker match against the home team, in the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers.
Competing for Philadelphia were veteran players Phillip Miles, Brandon Walsh, Juan Vidal and Juan Martinez. The Newport squad cosisted of Heather Rasulis, Christer Still, Dan Keating and Jim DeAngelis. After 6 periods called chukkers, the 2-hour match concluded with a champagne trophy presentation and autograph signing to meet the players. The door prize drawing for tickets to the Campbell's Championship Tennis Tournament was won by a lucky RI spectator.
The first period witnessed thrilling near-misses on goal and brilliant defensive saves, for a scoreless chukker. The second period only heightened the drama as the scoreboard remained scoreless despite fast-paced riding and long drives until finally Philadelphia's Matinez took the lead with a field goal to end the period leading 1-0. Philadelphia added a second point in the third chukker by Vidal, but then Newport came to life with points by Rasulis and Keating to tie the score 2-2 at the end of the first half.
In the 4th period Philadelphia's Martinez scored to reassume the lead until Newport's DeAngelis tied it up again, but Philly's Vidal and Walsh both scored to end the period 5-3. Then in the 5th, Vidal racked up another 2 points for a 7-3 lead but Newport rallied to the cheers of the crowd with a battery of 4 consecutive points to end the period tied 7-7! The 6th chukker witnessed 2 goals by Philly but a charged up Newport team rallied back again with 2, to end regulation play tied at 9-9.
In sudden death overtime, Newport's Still smashed the ball towards the opponent's goal from the throw-in, and was well ahead of his rivals in meeting the ball at the goal mouth but the original strike had broken his mallet head off, prevented the easy tap in for the winning goal! Philadelphia then managed a goal-mouth save and drive in the opposite direction, and after a spectacular Newport save at their own goal, a quick succession of plays led to the winning goal by Vidal for the 10-9 Philly victory.
For more info about attending the weekly matches, or regarding weather-related questions about the status of the match, call the Info Line at 401-846-0200. Tickets can be purchased online until 10am on the day of the match, or at the entry gates which open at 1pm.
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are a unique and popular summertime tradition, open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy cheering for the international guests, as well as teams representing major US cities and of course the home team. Advanced ticket sales are available online; tickets are also sold at the entry gates on game day, opening at 1pm. The polo matches will run continuously every Saturday from June through September at 5pm (4pm in September).
This is the 21st season of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by NewportRI.com, Alex and Ani, The Newport Beach Club, Hotel Viking, KPMG, Clarke Cooke House, Rockstar Limo, Massage Envy, Lufthansa, Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport, McGrath Clambakes, WCRI Classical Radio, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 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.
The Polo Series takes place in the bucolic setting of Glen Farm, 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 Keating and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.