Jamaica meets Team USA in Newport Polo on Saturday


The Newport International Polo Series will bring Jamaica to its 19thth Faceoff against Team USA in International Series history. This Saturday, August 20ththTwo generations of Jamaican players will take on the home team in one of the highlight seasons.

In preparation for Jamaica’s appearance, they added the return of an inaugural player from the 1994 squad, international sportsman Paul Chin, and his son Conrad, a rising star among island players, along with Zachary Byles, another leading next-gen player and the future of the sport in Jamaica, led by veteran quarterback Shane Chin.

Jamaica’s last game of 2021 ended in a tough loss to Team USA’s all-star lineup, keeping the record in favor of the home team and the eternal Liberty Bowl at home since 2018. The US will field Minnie Keating, Sam Clemens, Dave Bullis and Captain Dan Keating.

“Each year this match is one of the most heated with the caliber of play that Jamaica brings to the table and the fiery spirit of the players. As a result, it’s one of the most entertaining for gamers and fans alike and we’re excited to welcome them back for another year and of course another party,” commented Dan Keating, President and Founder of the series.

As a remnant of its English heritage, there are some of the oldest and longest continuously used polo fields in the Western Hemisphere on the island, which form the backbone of Jamaica’s high talent pool, along with a multicultural diversity that is the by-product of its generations of polo history.

Jamaica’s polo history is rich, thanks to the Caribbean climate that allows for year-round play and international polo communities that encourage the development of the sport. Jamaican players are known for their fierce play on the field and incredible horsemanship, due in part to their endless months of grass polo. In recent decades, more polo clubs have established themselves in Jamaica, making the country one of the top destinations for winter polo on the international stage.

During their stay in Newport, the Jamaican team will tour the famous Newport Mansions, experience Newport by land with Newport Jaguar Tours, experience a sunset harbor cruise with Newport Hinckley Charters, paddle with surf pros at Island Surf & Sport and enjoy the hospitality of Newport Picnic Co enjoy sand; Sail on a private sailing excursion with On Watch Sailing, get a bird’s-eye view of Newport Helicopter Tours, test your skills against the legends at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, experience world-class dining and nightlife at the legendary Clarke Cooke House, Visit the latest exhibition and the Audrain Automobile Museum and taste exceptional wines in Newport Vineyards.

The weekly Stella Artois Best in Show Contest will have a Jamaican theme to welcome back our guests to Jamrock and celebrate the culture and spirit of the Caribbean country. Jamaica is known for so many cultural touchpoints that are popular on the global stage today, including coffee, jerk cuisine, rum, reggae and more. To celebrate this heritage and culture, tailgates, picnics, and Jamaican-inspired clothing are recommended.

Visit www.nptpolo.com for advance ticket sales and full details of USA vs Jamaica polo match.

Last week’s game was an international series encounter between the USA and New Zealand which kept viewers in suspense throughout the match. In the first half of the game, both teams played brilliant offense, with Dan Keating and Henry Wood leading their teams’ attacks. The game remained blocked until Team USA advanced in the fifth chukker, leading them to an 8-6 win over the Kiwis. Upcoming highlights of the 2022 season include several more US City challengers and 2 international rivalries in the 31st roundSt Season of the Newport International Polo Series.

The polo ground is located at the historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth RI. Tickets and reservations for the polo game and related events are available online at www.nptpolo.com.

Ryan Belmore is the editor of What’sUpNewp.
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