Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Fine summer weather arrived just in time for the return of our friends from the nation's capital for Newport vs. Washington DC, on Saturday July 30th, part of the Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines. The team from Washington DC arrived ready to battle Newport for the first time since 2019. For their third Newport match they sported a roster of young hotshots, all ready for a tough 6-chukker match in the continuation of the city series challengers. Spectators from Newport and surrounding cities arrived at BD field to set up their cherry inspired tailgates and picnics to celebrate the peak of cherry season and the long legacy of cherry blossom trees in DC.
The International Polo Grounds were alive with action as the Patio Bar served classic drinks including Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Stella Artois on tap, and Santa Margherita Wines. For those who desired summer flavors the Goslings cocktails were popular: Tropic Time Out, Bermuda Rum Swizzle, and the Dark 'n Stormy, the official drink of the Newport International Series. The Pro Shop was filled with spectators who shopped the new additions including the Women's Hoodies and Rugby Stripe sleeveless polo, perfect for any summer activity. Gourmet Food Trucks were parked field-side serving up Newport classics from Newport Chowder Company, Wally's Hot Dog Cart, Village Greek, Hawaiian Jim's Shave Ice, and Milk Caffe.
At 5PM the game began starting with an pre-match coin toss led by Steve Squatrito, the Regional Vice President or Atria Senior Living. Following the coin toss the announcer, William Crisp announced the two teams for the match as the two umpires ushered the players onto the pitch. In red was Newport with Tim Day and Dan Kinsella at #1, Becca Nordstrom at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Oskar Monzon at #4 anchoring the team. In white was Washington DC with Yogi Singh at #1, Ali King at #2, collegiate superstar Maddie Grant at #3, and Connor Deal at #4. Following the introductions was the Star Spangled Banner to finish up the opening ceremony.
The match began with an early offensive advance from Monzon of Newport to push his team into the lead early in the match. Not long after Newport's goal Deal of Washington DC scored his first goal of the match leveling the score. Newport did not back down, however, and Monzon scored another goal to bring the overall score to 2-1 at the end of the first chukker. In the second chukker Newport once again pressed on offense as Monzon scored his third goal. Key player for DC Grant did not back down and scored her first goal of the match to tighten the gap. In the last few minutes of the chukker Keating scored propelling Newport further into the lead. Washington DC dominated the third chukker with a goal from Deal followed by two in quick succession from Grant to end the first half 5-4 in DC's favor.
Half time soon arrived which meant time for the half time divot stomp to level out the field for continued play. The Vendor Village and the Pro Shop were busy as spectators got custom portraits from Cocoa & Co and turned in their Daily Door Prize raffle tickets in hopes of winning a gift from Whispering Angel and getting entered into the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize Drawing awarding two business class plan tickets to anywhere in the world in Turkish Airlines. During halftime the contest judges circled the field to find the tailgate, chalet, or lawn spot with the best cherry inspired decor to win the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest prize, an umbrella and 12-pack from Stella Artois.
In the fourth chukker both teams played well on the offense bringing the scores up starting with Monzon's opening goal for Newport followed by another goal from Deal. To counter DC's advance Monzon scored once again later to be countered by another goal from Grant off of a penalty. Towards the end of the chukker, DC's number 2 position King scored her first goal of the match followed by another from Monzon to bring the score to 8-7 in DC's favor. After the chukker William announced the winner of the Stella Artois Best in Show Contest, a beautiful cherry inspired tailgate with a cherry picnic spread and cherry blossom trees enclosing the space.
Newport came out strong in the fifth chukker with another two goals from Monzon, one of them off of a penalty infraction from DC. At the end of the fifth chukker William announced the winner of the Daily Door Prize, a spectator from Massachusetts who won a beautiful bottle of Whispering Angel. In the final chukker of the match both teams battled hard for the win. Monzon scored his ninth goal early in the chukker followed by another goal from Keating. DC made a last ditch effort to close the gap with another goal from Deal but it was not enough to steal the victory. The final score was 11-9 in favor of Newport.
After the match Newport and Washington DC came together and circled the field in the Newport Victory Salute, a tradition since 2003 emulated at polo clubs around the world. Following the salute was the Veuve Clicquot Trophy Presentation where Steve Squatrito presented Newport with the City Series Perpetual Cup and the Providence Diamond player's trophies. After the trophy presentation and autograph signing, players and spectators enjoyed a complimentary Dark 'n Stormy courtesy of Goslings in the Modern Luxury Lounge.
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, with 6 remaining international teams, 4 city challengers, a Pro-Am and more. 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 Hotel, BD, TD Bank, Turkish Airlines, Modern Luxury Boston, Herb Chambers Exotics, Vanderbilt International Properties, Hotel Viking, Santa Margherita Wines, Providence Diamond, Veuve Clicquot, Clarke Cooke House, Atria Senior Living, US Polo Association, Stella Artois, Goslings, ROCKSTAR Limo, and Classical 95.9 WCRI; and promotional partners including Newport Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Jaguar Tours, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Mansions, Newport Classical, Island Surf and Sport, Newport Picnic Co., Northeast Equestrian Life, Newport 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, Switzerland and Colombia.
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.