Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Palm Beach brought an all-star team to Newport this weekend with Alison Patricelli, Mike Giordano, Luis Galvan, and Chip Steigler. Defending for Newport were club president Dan Keating, Chirster Still, Dr. Dave Bullis, and gala ambassador Jim DeAngelis.
Alison Patricelli kicked off the action with a swift goal to open the first chukker. Palm Beach was on a roll from there with a goal from Mike Giordano and two by Luis Galvan. Jim DeAngelis rallied for Newport, putting them on the score board with one goal. Coming back for the second chukker, Newport needed to halt the Palm Beach advance. Luis Galvan broke through the lines to score for Palm Beach, but Jim DeAngelis quickly turned Newport to the attack and scored. Incresed defense wasn't enough to stop Alison Patricelli who drove another goal home for Palm Beach, followed again by Luis Galvan. Trailing by 6 goals, Newport had some serious work to stop the relentless charge from Palm Beach. Their new strategy worked, limiting Luis Galvan to one goal, with Dan Keating scoring another for the home team to end the first half 9 to 3.
Newport pushed back the Palm Beach storm, doggedly marking the players and making fierce plays at goal in the second half. Newport shut the door on Luis Galvan, making his only goal in the fourth chukker his last. Jim DeAngelis continued to make up ground for Newport, scoring their only goal in the fourth chukker. Chip Steigled his way to the last Palm Beach goal in the fifth chukker, but Christer Still and Jim DeAngelis continued Newport's advance. The red glow of the score board showed Newport down by 5 goals going into the final chukker. Jim DeAngelis made two successful runs at goal. The rest of Newport fended off the fearsome Palm Beach players. But, it wasn't enough. At the final bell, Palm Beach still led by 3 goals for an 11 to 8 victory.
A fan from New Hampshire took home the awesome door prize from Massage Envy. Tailgaters brought holiday spirit to the match which the top secret tailgate judge said, "had to be the winner!" A Christmas tree with all the trimmings and festive hats stood out in the crowd and won the Best Tailgate Prize Package from Hangar 1 Vodka and a custom Newport Polo Series tailgate table. At the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, director Paul Deroach of the Providence Chamber of Commerce was joined by Steve Knaughten of Oppenheimer & Co to congratulate Palm Beach on their win.
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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