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USA Battles Australia, High-Caliber Contest

BMW Experience

Date:    Sunday, June 19, 2016

The home team left it all on the field on June 18, but fell short in the final chukker of the high-caliber battle in Australia's third appearance in the NBC 10 Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW.  

As a highlight of the Polo Series' Silver Jubilee, the day's events included many special details including the BMW Experience, a door prize drawing of a WaterRower exercise machine, a Tailgate Contest whose winner received a Tailgate Picnic Trunk & 12pak from Stella Artois, and concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation award ceremony, autograph signing and Shrimp on the Barbie apres polo celebration.  

Returning Aussie team captain Angus Campbell brought a challenging roster of players to give USA a run for its money, including his son Monty Campbell, Simon Walker and Angus Graham.  Playing for USA were Minnie Keating, Diego Sustaita, Dan Keating and Rory Torrey.

In the opening chukker, Angus Campbell was first to score, and traded points with teammate Simon Walker, putting Australia in the lead but Dan Keating determinedly answered for USA to the roar of the crowd, and Torrey won another point for USA, ending the first chukker, 3 - 2. D. Keating led off the second chukker with another point to tie it up, fueling a rally of goals in pairs, first by A. Campbell, then by Sustaita and D. Keating again to end the second chukker, tied 5 all. Australia unleashed 4 goals in the third period, by M. Campbell, A. Campbell (2) and Graham for a solid 9-5 lead. 

USA's Torrey (2) and M. Keating chipped away at the defiict in the fourth chukker, to trail 9-8.  The one goal spread was maintained through the fifth chukker as A. Campbell scored for Australia, matched by Sustaita, ending the fifth chukker, 10-9. D. Keating drove home another goal for USA to tie it in the sixth chukker, but Australia burst into the lead with a succession of goals by A. Campbell, Graham (2) and Walker to end the match 14-10.  

"Polo is an international sport, played in over 80 countries around the globe, and we are honored to have teams traveling such great distances to play in Newport," stated Dan Keating, captain of the USA squad.

Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd., sponsoring the team's lodging accomodations, is a boutique real estate firm specializing in Waterfront Homes and Properties in Newport Rhode Island and surrounding areas. including the most luxurious and unique properties across Rhode Island and the World. Based in Newport Rhode Island, its professional and licensed team provides a host of Real Estate services to assist property buyers and property owners in successful real estate marketing and sales transactions. 

The team toured the famed Newport Mansions, enjoyed helicopter tours with Birds Eye View, paddle boarding and surfing with Island Surf & Sport, tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, sail on 12 meter racing yachts with America's Cup Charters, fine dining and dancing at the Clarke Cooke House, and all the great goings on in the City by the Sea. 

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.  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 - 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Cox, Forty 1° North, Vueve Clicquot, NAVSTA Newport, RISD Executive Education, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Lufthansa, Green Gear Global, WaterRower, Atria Senior Living, Hotel Viking, Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, McGrath Clambakes, Newport Daily News, Newport J House and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, Newport 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.

Photos & Videos by Matthew J. Atanian,  J.Rodrigo FernandezDana BibeaultRod HarrisMelissa A. Barker, Alex BarzGrace PerkinsRyan Fontaine, & Onne van der Wal