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Masters Claim End of Season Bragging Rights

Newport Masters Defeat Newport Juniors, 11-10 in the Finals

Date:    Saturday, September 24, 2016

In an end of season face-off, the Newport Masters took on the Newport Juniors in the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by the Rhode Island BMW Centers.  Earlier matches in 2016 yielded one win for the Masters, and one win for the Juniors.  The teams battled it out to break the tie for bragging rights ‘till spring.

Playing for Newport Masters was Stephanie Still at #1, Sam Clemens at #2, Peter Friedman in the captain’s position at #3, and at back, Dave Bullis.

Newport Juniors fielded Suleman Iddrissu at #1, Amy Rice at #2, Jenna Davis at #3, and Charlie Bullis at #4.

Experience won out as the game began, with Friedman taking immediate advantage at the throw-in.  He carried the ball for an easy goal, and won the play in the second throw-in for another Masters goal.  C. Bulls was finally able to break past the Masters, winning the first goal for the Juniors.  Iddrissu tied the match at 2-all before the bell.  Agility won out in the start of the second chukker as Davis joined the action, scoring for the Juniors.  But, patience and cunning won the long game as D. Bullis ended the chukker with two goals for a 4-3 Masters’ lead.  The Juniors regained ground at the half, capitalizing on a Masters’ mistake with C. Bullis making a neat penalty conversion to level the score.  Clemens briefly brought the Masters back into the lead, but C. Bullis ended the first half in a 5-all tie.

The Masters’ came back to the field with renewed vigor after half-time.  Clemens won out as the chukker started, making a neat play to score.  C. Bullis briefly tied the match again, but Clemens padded the Masters’ lead with two more goals.  Clemens continued to widen the gap through the fifth chukker, raising the Masters’ score to 9.  C. Bullis made hay on another penalty, bringing the Juniors up to 7, but a goal by Friedman ended the chukker 10-7 in favor of the Masters.  With a comfortable 3 goal lead, the Masters let their defense slip, and two goals from C. Bullis put the Juniors within one point of the Masters.  D. Bullis quickly raised the Masters’ score to 11.  Iddrissu gained another point for the Juniors, but time was not on their side.  Experience won out, with an 11-10 victory giving the Newport Masters bragging rights until 2017.

During the match, one lucky winner took home an official Team Newport jersey in the weekly door prize drawing.  Fun loving tailgaters in space 3 took the Best Tailgate Picnic Trunk from Stella Artois for a festive end of season party with a purple gorilla mascot.  Following the match, the Commander J.B. L. Leavitt Cup was presented to the teams by Chuck Borkoski of Stella Artois, during the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation.  The 6-chukker match concluded with a cocktail hour to meet 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 supportof sponsors including NBC - 10BMWALEX AND ANICoxForty 1° NorthVueve ClicquotNAVSTA NewportRISD Executive EducationStella ArtoisRockstar LimoLufthansaGreen Gear GlobalWaterRowerAtria Senior LivingHotel VikingHyatt Regency Newport Hotel & SpaVanderbilt International PropertiesClarke Cooke HouseMcGrath ClambakesNewport Daily NewsNewport J House and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of NewportBird’s Eye View Helicopter ToursAmerica's Cup ChartersInternational Tennis Hall of FameIsland Surf and SportThe Cocktail GuruNewport 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.