Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
The 3rd battle between Newport and Baltimore added a chapter to the rabid Eastern seaboard sports rivalries between the two cities, going 6 chukkers in a near dead-heat to lay claim to the title this year.
From Baltimore in blue were Nik Feldman #1, Walter Eayrs at #2, George Hempt at #3 and Max Hempt in the #4 position. Meeting the challengers were Newport’s Brandan Tetreault at #1, Dan Keating at #2, Hamish Wates at #3 and Dave Bullis at #4 in home team red.
NPT was quick to the draw in the opening period, with the first point of the day by Keating, for a 1-0 lead. G. Hempt converted a penalty shot for Baltimore's first goal, but Keating reasserted the home team lead with another field goal in the second period, maintaining the slim 2-1 lead. All heck broke loose in the third chukker with BLT's offensive rally, taking the lead with two goals by Hempt father & son, until NPT's Bullis aligned a tying goal, only to be bested by M. Hempt to give BLT a 4-3 lead at the half.
Wates was the lone ranger of the fourth chukker, with a field goal to even the score at 4 all, as both defenses held off earnest attacks. The fifth period was another explosive onslaught, as goals were traded lock-step, starting with BLT's Feldman, answered by NPT's Tetrault, then BLT's by G. Hempt, and a 2nd Feldman goal to pad the lead 7-5 going into the final chukker. Newport unleashed the cracken in the 6th chukker to the cheering audience's hopes with a battery of 4 goals for a decisive lead, starting with a penalty conversion by Keating, then a field goal by Bullis and two more by Keating, holding BLT to only 1 more Feldman goal, to claim the cup with a 9-8 home team win.
During the match, a weekly door prize drawing from Opt Eyewear Boutique of Providence awarded a pair of designer sunglasses to a lucky winner, while the Best Tailgate earned the coveted special prize from Stella Artois. The hospitality and vendor villages bubbled with exciting offers of fascinators and jewelry, sunglasses, portrait photography, cutlery, leather goods from Brahmin, wine sampling, official polo team gear and concessions including the Twisted Pony Cocktail Bar, while this season’s new Veuve Clicquot champagne cart circled the field with bubbly service!
Presenting the JB Leavitt City Series Cup was Sarah Dale from Where Boston magazine to the Newport team who hoisted the perpetual trophy high over the crowd during the Veuve Clicquot trophy celebration. Each member of the visiting Baltimore team received a commemorative gift, courtesy of Flint & Flame, purveyors of professional grade, precision culinary tools.
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.
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Info about the Polo Series, our venue, concessions & amenities, and other information can be found on the About Newport Polo page. RAIN DATE: If a regularly scheduled match is canceled prior to its start (due to weather/field conditions), the match will be postponed to the following Sunday at the same time. All original polo match tickets & seating reservations will be transferred to the rain date. For more details on our ticket policies, please follow this link. In inclement weather, always check the Match Status recording on our Info Hotline (401) 846-0200 x2 and for Alerts published on our website, both of which are updated with any status change for the impending match.
Season subscriptions to the Newport International Polo Series are available for individual lawn or Pavilion seating, reserved tables, corporate tailgates & VIP lounge tables to take in all 18 weeks of polo action.
This is the 27th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Ireland, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, Morocco, and Peru.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) 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 polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2018 sponsors including NBC - 10, BMW, Gallo Thomas Insurance, Brahmin, Veuve Clicquot, Grace Hotels, The Chanler, Hotel Viking, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Flint & Flame, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Modern Luxury/Boston Common, Newport Daily News, McGrath Clambakes, Goslings Rum, Where Boston, Equine Journal, Classical 95.9 WCRI and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Newport Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, and Scooter World. “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.
There's no sport like polo. Be a part of it! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series 27, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association,