Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
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.
This was the 23rd season of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, and sponsored by Alex and Ani, Newportri.com, The Newport Beach Club at Carnegie Abby, KPMG, Clarke Cooke House, Stillwater Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport, Pearls Boutique Hotels, Forty 1 North, Vanderbilt International Properties, Rockstar Limo, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Lufthansa, Shreve Crump & Low, Hinckley Allen, McGrath Clambakes, WCRI Classical Radio, Boston Common, Rentals Unlimited, Equine Journals, Vita Coco and promotional partners including 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 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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