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Independence Cup Match Report

Featuring East Coast Women's Polo Championships, Presented by Dechra

Date:    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Polo fans were in for a treat on Saturday, June 30th, as the Independence Cup of 2018 featured the East Coast Women's Polo Championships, Presented by Dechra. The first match featured the finals of the Handicap Tournament - a matchup between Tolerance Cider and Boston Avalon.  The consolation of the Open Tournament followed the first match, with Island Cowgirl and Heiades International battling for the third place finish.

The national anthem followed the introduction of players from Tolerance Cider and Boston Avalon.  Wearing green for Boston Avalon in the #1 position was Natalie Barton, with Elizabeth Owens at #2, Tiamo Hudspeth at #3, and Athena Malin at #4.

Representing Tolerance Cider in white was Hannah Stowe in the #1 position, with Lizzie Parker at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Izzy Parsons at #4.  

Parsons began the first chukka with two quick goals for Tolerance Cider, and continued her streak into the second chukka with her third consecutive goal, giving her team a 3-0 lead. Hudspeth was finally able to respond for Boston Avalon, but Keating scored her first goal of the match to put Tolerance Cider in another 3 goal lead by the end of the second chukka. Parker scored the lone goal of the third chukka, which made the score 5-1 in favor of Tolerance CiderHudspeth rallied for Boston Avalon with a quick goal at the beginning of the fourth and final chukka, but to no avail, as Parsons responded with her fourth and fifth goals of the match, to give Tolerance Cider a 7-2 win over Boston Avalon, and the first place trophy of the Handicap Tournament.

Following the finals of the Handicap Tournament, fans were treated to another two chukkas of polo with the Consolation of the Open Tournament. Wearing gray for Island Cowgirl in the #1 position was Ula Green, with Julia Steiner at #2, Heather Souto at #3, and Courtney Asdourian at #4.

Representing Heiades International in white was Rachel Turner in the #1 position, with Lizzie Parker at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Izzy Parsons at #4.  

Keating opened the match with a goal for Heiades International to give her team a one goal lead, but not for long, as Souto put Island Cowgirl on the board to end the first chukka in a 1-1 tie. A similar pattern took place in the second chukka, this time with Steiner putting Island Cowgirl in a 2-1 lead. Turner responded for Heiades International to end the second and final chukka in a 2-2 tie. Due to the match deciding third and fourth place of the Open Tournament, the teams were forced into a penalty shootout.

Each team chose one representative to participate in the shootout. Steiner was chosen to represent Island Cowgirl, and Parsons took the field for Heiades International. The women were first faced with a forty yard penalty shot. Parsons took her shot and was successful, as the ball slowly rolled across the goal-line, confirmed by the official. Steiner then took her shot for Island Cowgirl, and soared the ball between the goal posts. The women were then forced to take a sixty yard penalty shot. Parsons took her shot, but barely missed the goal for her team. Steiner was able to successfully convert her sixty yard penalty shot, which made Island Cowgirl the third place winner of the Open Tournament by a score of 3-2.

During the matches, a lucky lady from Holden, Massachusetts won a $250 gift certificate to the Clarke Cooke House, courtesy of Atria Senior Living, in the weekly door prize drawing.  Patriotic touches of red, white, and blue, for a congenial Independence celebration took the Stella Artois Best Tailgate Prize Package. Specialty vendors and concessionaires were present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, and included the Twisted Pony Cocktail Bar, Horseshoe Wine Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, Flint & Flame and gourmet food trucks.

After 6 chukkas, the match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players.  The inaugural Anne Hutchinson Liberty Bowl was presented by John Hartmayer, Atria's Senior Vice President of the Northeast Region.  

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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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, Peru and Poland.

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 Gallo Thomas InsuranceNBC - 10BMW Centers of Rhode IslandModern Luxury BostonGrace HotelsGurney's Newport Resort & MarinaHotel VikingVanderbilt International PropertiesThe Chanler at CliffwalkVeuve Clicquot ChampagneBrahminClarke Cooke HouseFlint & Flame, Rockstar LimoStella ArtoisNewport Daily NewsWhere BostonAtria Senior LivingGoslings RumThe Hermitage Club and promotional partners including International Tennis Hall of FameAmerica's Cup ChartersNewport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport MansionsIsland Surf and SportMcGrath Clambakes 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 XXVII, 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.