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Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Newport International Polo Series XXV featured Newport vs. Pittsburgh at 5pm on July 16th. Get additional match info via private email subscription, including a Game day Scorecard (sign up) and the weekly Emagazine (sign up).
Two great American cities dueled it out on the Newport International Polo Field on July 16th to determine once and for all which city was superior.
Playing for Newport in the first spot was Heather Souto, in the second spot was Dan Keating, in the third spot was Dave Bullis and in the fourth spot was Diego Sustatia.
Playing for Pittsburgh in the first spot was Justin P/ Yaz Gronik, in the second spot was Mark Powers, in the third spot was Mike Groubert, and in the fourth spot was Nick Barry.
The first Chukka began with a two goals from Dave Bullis, followed by a pony goal for Newport. The second Chukka Pittsburgh scored two goals (both by Mark Powers) while Newport only scored one (Diego Sustatia).
The third Chukka Newport scored three points again (Keating, Bullis, Diego Sustatia) met by one from Pittsburgh (Gronik). The fourth Chukka, Gronik scored one more point for Pittsburgh, while Souto scored two for Newport. Pittsburgh was going to have to pull out the big guns during the final Chukka to come out of this match victorious. Unfortunately, even though Pittsburgh gave it thier best, they only scored one goal during the final Chukka, a goal that was met by a goal for Newport by Diego S. Sadly for Pittsburgh the score ended five to ten with Newport taking home the victory.
During the match, a weekly door prize drawing and the Best Tailgate were awarded. The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Italy, France, Jamaica, England, and the debut of Morocco, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September.
The Polo Series will have hosted 32 nations this year over its 25 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, Chile, Kenya, Jamaica, Italy and Singapore this summer, and Costa Rica, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Barbados, France, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, and China, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco and Morocco.
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is 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 Newport Polo founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
This is the 25th season of the Newport International Polo Series, with the support of sponsors including NBC - 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Cox, Forty 1° North, Vueve Clicquot, NAVSTA Newport, RISD Executive Education, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Lufthansa, Green Gear Global, WaterRower, Atria Senior Living, Hotel Viking, Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, McGrath Clambakes, Newport Daily News, Newport J House and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions 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.
Discover Polo! Watch it, Play it, Support it. Newport Polo is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, and founding member of the United States Polo Association offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round. Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXV. Information about Newport Polo's events, polo lessons, membership and sponsorship can be found in About Newport Polo.