Newport Wins Season Finale

Date:    Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Finals of the 2014 season provided plenty of drama with fierce competition, evenly matched teams and spectacular autumn weather, resulting in a 12-11 Win for Newport to end a great season on a high note.

Playing #1 for Baltic Yachts was Amy Rice; at #2, Peter Friedman; in the #3 position, Sam Shore; and playing #4, Christer Still.  Newport fielded Michel Nseir in the #1 position; Sam Clemens at #2; playing the #3 position was Dave Bullis; and at back, Bridget Torrey.  Umpires were Dave Markell and Dan Keating. 

After an a capella rendition of the US national anthem by jazz vocalist, Dennis Jeter, Newport embarked on a winning campaign with a field goal and Penalty 2 conversion, both by Bullis, for the first points on the scoreboard, which were followed by field goals from Baltic Yachts' Still and Shore, for a 2-2 tie after the first period.  Baltic Yachts continued their charge in the second period with unanswered goals by Friedman, Still and Shore for a comfortable 5-3 lead.  Newport regrouped in the 3rd period with Bullis' Penalty 2 converstion point and a goal by Nseir, then Friedman scored for Baltic Yachts, but gave it up to another Penalty 2 conversion (Bullis), and then Friedman regained the 2-point advantage with another goal to end the half leading 7-5.  

Newport tied the score in the 4th period when Bullis and Nseir partnered for a Penalty 2 conversion (Bullis) and field goal (Nseir), but Baltic Yachts regained the advantage with Friedman's 4th goal of the day.  In the 5th period, Still converted a Penalty 2 for Baltic Yachts, but 3 consecutive points by Newport's Nseir (2) and Bullis (Penalty 2 conversion) put Newport into the lead, until Baltic Yachts' Still tied the score at 10 all.  As cheers and emotions ran high, Rice broke the tie with a goal for Baltic Yachts in the 6th, but Bullis scored to tie, and then, with a final Penalty conversion in the final seconds, scored the winning goal for the 12-11 final score.

Two door prize drawings were awarded, and each winner was happy with their respective prize of a $100 gift card from Massage Envy and 2 tix to Beervana Fest, the Craft Beer Enlightenment on Oct. 17.  After the match, Rockstar Limo's President & CEO, John Olinger joined the players for the Vueve Cliquot champagne toast & trophy presentation where Newport was awarded the silver Revere Bowl.

A large audience of spectators came out for the last match of the season, including captains of local industry - Bill Lucey from the Newport Daily News, Rick Simone of Alex and Ani, Mark Stenning from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, John Olinger of Rockstar Limo, Stacie Mills of Vanderbilt International Properties, Kathryn Farrington from Discover Newport, John Rodman from the Newport Mansions, and representatives from Boston Common and Exquisite Events.

We are grateful to our supportive fans and dedicated staff with whom it is an honor to work.  For video highlights from this match and previous matches, subscribe to our YouTube Channel

This was the 23rd season of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and AniNewportri.comThe Newport Beach Club at Carnegie AbbyKPMGClarke Cooke HouseStillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency NewportPearls Boutique HotelsForty 1 NorthVanderbilt International PropertiesRockstar LimoChampagne Nicolas FeuillatteLufthansaShreve Crump & LowHinckley AllenMcGrath ClambakesWCRI Classical RadioBoston CommonRentals UnlimitedEquine JournalsVita Coco and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of NewportBird’s Eye View Helicopter ToursAmerica's Cup ChartersMassage Envy, the International Tennis Hall of FameIsland Surf and Sport, the Cocktail Guru 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.

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