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Newport vs. Pittsburgh Match Report

Date:    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Newport continued its winning streak against Pittsburgh this Saturday. This was Newport’s 4th win in a row since 2016 after this year’s match ended in a score of 9-6 in the Newport International Polo Series XXVIII, presented by Brahmin

Sporting grey and gold for Pittsburgh alternating in the #1 position was Grace Grotnik and Yaz Gotnik, with Amanda Roberts at #2, Mark Powers at #3, and Justin Powers at #4. Representing Newport in red in the #1 position was Patrick Quigley, with Sam Clemens at #2, Minnie Keating at #3, and Dan Keating at #4. Without a cloud in the sky, the national anthem followed the introduction to the players.

Despite a valiant effort, Newport outlasted Pittsburgh with a score of 9-6. M. Keating broke out of the pack to draw the first goal for Newport, followed by a second from Clemens.  Pittsburgh made it onto the scoreboard during the 2nd chukker with a goal from J. Powers to close the gap. The close score was short-lived as Clemens and M. Keating closed the chukker with three more goals for a 5-1 Newport lead.  Pittsburgh regained momentum in the 3rd chukker with two goals by J. Powers and one from, M. Powers to end the first have 5-4 in favor of Newport.

Y. Grotnik made the equalizer at the start of the second half, tieing the game at 5 all. This didn’t last long when D. Keating unleashed a torrent of 3 successive goals in the fifth chukker without any retaliation from Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh was down 8-5 with the final seven minutes on the clock and a shaky start for its defense saw D. Keating sink another goal for Newport.  Roberts made a final push, but it was not enough to STEEL the trophy.  The shut-out went into its fourth year with a 9-6 Newport victory.

The match concluded with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players. The 2016 Newport vs. Pittsburgh perpetual trophy was presented by Steve Squatrito Regional Vice President of Atria Senior Living.

During the match, one lucky individual from Auburn, MA won a gift card to the Clarke Cook House from Atria Senior Living in the weekly door prize drawing and an automatic entry into the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize Drawing at the Finals to win a trip for 2 anywhere in the world!  Also, during the match, the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest awarded a fabulous prize to a lively group of spectators.

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

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s 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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This is the 28th 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 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 2019 sponsors including BrahminDavitt IncTurkish AirlinesTD BankBoston CommonGurney'sThe VanderbiltHotel VikingThe ChanlerVanderbilt International PropertiesClarke Cooke House,  Stella ArtoisRockstar LimoAtria Senior LivingGoslingsMcGrath Clambakes and promotional partners that entertain our visiting teams including the International Tennis Hall of Fame, America's Cup Charters, Newport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport MansionsIsland Surf and Sport, and Scooter World. Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partners, Van Liew TrustTanglewood, and WCRI, Classical Rhode Island. “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. 

L'esprit de Polo has flourished in Newport, RI, since the founding of America's first polo club in the seaside resort & sporting haven in 1876.  Newport Polo hosts the 28th season of the Newport International Polo Series, and offers polo club member services for grass & arena polo and polo instruction year-round; charter member of the United States Polo Association.