Facundo Pieres stars in Royal Salute Jubilee Cup in Greenwich
By Alex Webbe
No Surprises as Facundo Pieres leads his Royal Salute team (Steve Lefkowitz,
Facundo Pieres, Mariano Aguerre and Peter Brant) to a 9-8 victory over Airstream
(Peter Orthwein, Naco Taverna, Matias Magrini and Nick Manifold) Sunday afternoon
in the Royal Salute Jubilee Cup at the Greenwich Polo Club, but the one goal margin of
victory might have raised some eyebrows after the performance Pieres just finished in
A beautiful sunny afternoon was the backdrop for the top-ranked polo player in the
game, Argentine 10-goaler Facundo Pieres, as the Greenwich Polo Club hosted the
Royal Jubilee Cup in front of an enthusiastic crowd of polo devotees at the Connecticut
Airstream was spotted one goal by handicap from the 21-goal Royal Salute lineup,
and quickly added to it on a goal from the field from team captain Peter Orthwein, 2-0.
Facundo Pieres promptly showed his prowess with a responding score, 2-1, and Peter
Brant tied it up at 2-2 with a 30-yard penalty conversion.
Scoring in the second chukker was limited to a single goal from the field from
Airstream’s Matias Magrini, but Pieres managed to entertain the spectators with a
number of runs and an exhibition in ball control on the field. After two chukkers of play,
Airstream held a 3-2 advantage over Royal Salute.
Pieres and company owned the third period. Five unanswered goals gave the Royal
Salute team a commanding 7-3 lead over and Airstream team that was held to a mere
two goals in the opening half of play. Steve Lefkowitz scored his first goal of the game
while Pieres and Brant each contributed two goals apiece.
A defensive tone was set as the second half got underway. Errant shots, well-placed
backhanders and disciplined positioning by both teams resulted in a scoreless fourth
chukker. Royal Salute continued to hold a four goal edge, 7-3.
Lefkowitz scored the opening goal of the fifth chukker, stretching the Royal Salute lead
to five goals, 8-5. Airstream answered back with a pair of goals from Nick Roldan and a
30-yard penalty conversion from Magrini. The royal Salute lead was cut to two goals, 8-
Magrini cut the Royal Salute lead to a single goal, 8-7, with his third goal on the day
in sixth chukker action. Brant answered back with a goal from the field, 9-7. Magrini
scored the final goal of the game for Airstream, but it was Royal Salute who celebrated
the 9-8 win.
Brant led the royal Salute team with four goals (one on a penalty conversion). Pieres
added three goals and Lefkowitz scored twice. Magrini scored four times for Airstream
(once on a penalty shot). Manifold added two goals and Orthwein scored once.
Airstream received one goal by handicap.
Facundo Pieres received MVP honors while Mariano Aguerre’s mare Jackie, played by
Pieres, was named Best Playing Pony.