Newport vs. Boston Match Report

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

 

The first hot summer day arrived just in time for Newport vs. Boston on Saturday, June 25th which featured two exciting 4-chukker duels in the Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines. The match advanced teams in the USPA Northeast Circuit Congressional Cup, the largest tournament of the season in the northeast, with prize money on the line. The two matchups gave the tournament teams a chance to battle their preliminaries in a bigger, higher stakes atmosphere. Spectators coming to watch the match were alive with energy from the warm weather dressed in beautiful tea party attire, the theme of the match, putting together eleborate tailgate spreads with inspirations from Alice in Wonderland to the historical Boston Tea Party. Even those not dressed in full tea party attire greatly enjoyed the numerous amenities and vendors at the International Polo Grounds.  

The Patio Bar drinks were in high demand due to the scorching weather with classic options like Santa Margherita Wines, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and Stella Artois on tap. New cocktails from Goslings were also popular: The Tropic Time Out and Bermuda Rum Swizzle and of course, the famous Goslings Dark 'n Stormy, the official drink of the Newport International Polo Series. The Pro Shop was open early with new limited edition items in stock: a new white collection perfectly tailored and crafted for the summer season in Newport. Gourmet Food Trucks were lined along the field serving spectators classic Newport flavors with options including Newport Chowder Company, Wally's Wieners, Village Greek, Hawaiian Jim's Shave Ice, and Milk Caffe.

As the sun started to fall behind the trees, the match began promptly at 5PM starting with the umpires leading the first two teams onto the pitch: Newport and Boston (Pony Up/Kingswood). Allie Schachter, a Marketing Specialist from Providence Diamond, led the pre-match coin toss followed by the announcer, William Crisp's introductions of the 4 teams. Wearing white for day was Newport with Megan Schulz at #1, the primary offense, Sam Shore at #2, Dan Keating taking the #3 position, and Rory Torrey at #4 for primary defense. Boston was in green for the match with Kathleen Reagan at #1, Amanda Poor Roberts at #2, Ernesto Trotz at #3, and Rick Salter at #4 anchoring the team. With the first two teams on the pitch, William announced the next two teams playing in the second match. For the second match of the day in white was Acoaxet with Laurel Howe at #1, dynamic father and son duo Charlie Bullis and Dave Bullis at #2 and #3, and George Hempt at #4. In green was Glen Farm with Chris Fragomeni at #1, Tim Day #2, the skilled Sam Clemens at #3, and Stuart Campbell at #4 anchoring the team. Following the team introductions was the Star Spangled Banner and then the game was afoot. 

The start to the first match opened with strong performance from the Newport team with Shore scoring the first goal of the match. Newport's early lead was quickly rebuttled with Trotz of Boston scoring a nice goal off a Newport penalty with 6 minutes still left in the chukker. Less than a minute later Trotz scored again bringing his team in the lead. Then Torrey scored off of a play from the 60 yrd line for Newport off a Boston penalty. In the last few minutes of the chukker Trotz scored twice more bringing the score to 4-2. The second chukker was marked by 3 goals from Trotz and Poors in quick succession from Boston with 2 goals from Torrey to fight back. Torrey opened up the third chukker with another 30 yd fireball off of a Boston penalty. Poor and Trotz rallied together scoring once more each for their team with a final chukker score from Torrey to bring the score to 9-6 in Boston's favor. The last chukker was a tight battle with Torrey once again coming out swinging scoring two goals. However, Newport could not come from behind as Trotz scored twice more to end the match with a win for Boston at 11-8.  

Before everyone knew it, halftime had arrived which meant time for the beloved half-time divot stomp which leveled out the field to prep for the second 4-chukker match of the day. Spectators cooled off with delectable drinks from the Patio Bar like the new cocktail additions from Goslings: The Tropic Time Out and the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.The Pro Shop was abuzz with spectators buying from the new white collection and purchasing other well loved items back in stock. The Veuve Clicquot Door Prize was the talk of half-time with spectators flocking to turn in their raffle tickets for a chance to win stunning designer sunglasses, courtesy of Opt Eyewear Boutique in Providence. Judges circled the field during halftime on the lookout for the winner of the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest adorned in their best tea party attire. 

The second match was another challenging duel that began with a clean goal from Campbell of Glen Farm followed by a goal from his teammate Day. Their early lead was shortlived as Charlie Bullis scored next followed by his teammate Hempt to tie up the early part of the match. A goal from Clemens broke the tie to end the first chukker and sport a Glen Farm lead. After the first chukker, William announced the winner of the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest, a beautiful tailgate spread inspired by the flamboyance of Alice in Wonderland. The prize for such a feat was an umbrella and 12-pack from Stella Artois. The excitement continued in the second chukker as Charlie Bullis scored again followed by Clemens. History repeated itself again with Charlie and Clemens both scoring again off of opposing penalties. In between the second and third chukkers William finally announced the highly anticipated winner of the Door Prize raffle, who would also be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a ticket for 2 anywhere in the world courtesy of Turkish Airlines. The winner of the prize, a spectator from Barrington, won gorgeous Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, courtesy of Opt Eyewear Boutique. The third chukker began with a clean goal from Charlie, the leader of his team followed by two goals from Campbell within two minutes of each other. The fourth and final chukker was an intense battle with little scoring and one goal from Campbell in the last two minutes to bring the final score to 8-5 in favor of Glen Farm and to advance them in the USPA Congressional Cup.  

After the match Glen Farm and Acoaxet shared a victory lap 'round the field in the traditional victory salute. Following the salute, the trophy stand came around with the players for the field-side Trophy Presentation, presented by Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Andy Ross, the Managing Director at the Brenton Hotel presented Glen Farm with the winning trophy and player's prizes from Providence Diamond. After the announcer's congratulations everyone headed over to the Modern Luxury Lounge for a complimentary Goslings Dark 'n Stormy and other Patio Bar cocktails to wrap up a lovely day under the sun.

Live audiences can enjoy the Newport International Polo Series polo matches every Saturday as they have for 31 years to witness the timeless sport unfold on the manicured, emerald green at Glen Farm, home of the Polo Series, in a classic exhibition of horsemanship and valor, with host, the Newport Polo Club, where the home team - Newport/USA - meets challengers each season from around the world as well as teams representing major US cities and regional rivals in one of Newport's unique traditions and renowned attractions.   

The Polo Series is scheduled to continue every Saturday through September. The schedule of teams is subject to change without notice, as per RI State mandates and US travel bans which may impact travel and Adult Sports.  Stay current with the 2022 team lineup & stats, latest news, events, and more by e-scription to the Gameday Briefing (sign up) and weekly eMagazine (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam-free.

The Polo Grounds' favorable proximity to the shores of the island's Sakonnet east passage provides reliably cool coastal effects, moderating afternoon temperatures and providing a dependable breeze for the late afternoon polo matches all summer.  Minutes from the bustling Newport waterfront, the International Polo Grounds are located on the acreage of Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of a pre-colonial settlement from the 1600's that became the Town of Portsmouth's original gentlemen's farm, an 800-acre manorial estate established during a Gilded Age movement of retreat from the high life into pastoral country acres, to become the future home of polo in the next century. Its classical 19th-century stone barns and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Polo Series founder, Dan Keating in the early 1990’s and continue to thrive as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.  

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to roll out its 2022 sponsors including Brenton HotelBDTD BankTurkish AirlinesModern Luxury BostonHerb Chambers ExoticsVanderbilt International PropertiesHotel Viking, Santa Margherita Wines, Providence DiamondVeuve ClicquotClarke Cooke House, Atria Senior Living, US Polo AssociationStella ArtoisGoslingsROCKSTAR Limo, and Classical 95.9 WCRI; and promotional partners including Newport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport Jaguar ToursInternational Tennis Hall of FameNewport MansionsNewport ClassicalIsland Surf and Sport, Newport Picnic Co., Northeast Equestrian LifeNewport Vineyards and Audrain Automobile Museum.

“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.

This is the 31th season of the Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from 36 nations including, Colombia, 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, Peru, Poland, and Switzerland.

Gilded Age Legacy.  Polo is, without a doubt, the oldest ball game in the world today. First recorded in the 6th-century B.C. when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a diplomatic tournament, the alluring game caught on with equestrian royalty and cavalry, and took off with globalization, withstanding the tests of time. Arriving on Newport’s shores during the Gilded Age, the sport had evolved for nearly 2500 years, steeped in tradition, captivating newcomers like Newport's summer sporting set who embraced the new pastime, establishing America's first polo club in 1876.  A charter member of the United States Polo Association, the club today is still a trailblazing model polo club, hosting the Newport International Polo Series public exhibition matches, supporting philanthropic causes, organizing tournaments, polo club member services, and polo instruction year-round. Experience the king of games in its American landing at Newport Polo.