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USA triumphs over Italy in final Chukka

Date:    Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Newport International Polo Series XXV featured USA vs. Italy at 5pm on July 9th. Get additional match info via private email subscription, including a Game day Scorecard (sign up) and the weekly Emagazine (sign up).

Match Results:

Saturday July 9th, was a nailbiter for those watching the game at Newport International Polo Field. Italy and USA were two teams both fiercly competitive and determined not to lose. On this date the Italian team returned to stake its claim on the elusive perpetual USA vs. Italy Silver Trophy, led by Captain Marco Elser and top players from Rome, home of the oldest of Italy's 15 polo clubs, where only about one hundred and fifty players play year-round, even on beaches and frozen Alpine lakes in winter! Italy has risen to prominence on the international stage of polo in recent years, winning bronze after defeating England in the last FIP World Championship making this match one you did not want to miss.   

Playing for Italy in the first position was Raimondo Visconti. In the second was Matteo de Paolis. In the third was Massimo Elser, and in the fourth was Marco Elser.

Playing for USA in the first position was Micheal Nseir. In the second was Chip Steigler. In the third was Sam Clemens, and in the fourth was Peter Friedman.

Italy was the first to put a point on the board with fourth position player Marco Elser scoring. However, this was quickly matched with a point from USA's Sam Clemens. The second Chukka followed similarly with USA scoring a point (Steigler) only to be met by one from Italy (Massimo Elser). During the third Chukka, however, Italy finally pulled ahead by scoring three points (Visconti:1, Marco Elser: 2) while USA struggled and scored none. In traditional American fashion though, USA pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and came back in the fourth Chukka scoring three more points (Nseir, Steigler, Friedman) while Italy scored only one (Paolis) leaving the score going into the fifth Chukka 5 to 6, Italy. Two more points were earned by America in the fifth Chukka, both scored by Clemens, meanwhile Italy's Paolis fought hard and scored another for Italy.

Thus, like every great match in history it came down to the final Chukka; the score was seven to seven and both teams were feeling the pressure. During the final Chukka Italy pushed USA to the max but USA did not crumbled under the pressure. Instead like coal turing into a diamond, it grew even stronger scoring one final point (Clemens), ending the Chukka eight to seven. USA takes 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 - 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