A rough week for the Pieres family
By Alex Webbe
We’re only one round into Argentina’s Hurlingham Open and we already have altered
lineups. An appendectomy sidelined Alegria 8-goaler Polito Pieres, throwing a wrench
into an impressive Alegria lineup that wound up losing their opening Hurlingham Open
match to La Aguada, 20-15. Polito’s replacement, 7-goaler Diego Cavanagh, performed
admirably, scoring a team high six goals in the loss.
Just a day later it was Polito’s cousin, Ellerstina 9-goaler Nico Pieres who was forced to
leave the game in the sixth chukker following a partial muscle tear to a riding muscle.
8-goaler Paco de Narvaez was brought in to replace Nico for the balance of the 17-12
Ellerstina win, but it must raise some concerns on the Ellerstina sidelines.
For all intents and purposes, the season appears to be over for Polito Pieres while Nico
Pieres Tweeted that it wasn’t a big tear and he hoped to be back as soon as possible,
putting in doubt his return to the Ellerstina lineup for the balance of the Hurlingham
The two top teams in Argentina remain Ellerstina and La Dolfina, but an altered
Ellerstina lineup might open the doors for other competitors. Granted, Ellerstina beat
Magual (Alejandro Muzzio, Ignacio Toccalino, Marcos Di Paola and Jaime Huidobro)
on Tuesday afternoon by five goals (17-12), they trailed in the third, fourth and fifth
chukkers, hardly the expectations of a 39-goal powerhouse.
Fred Mannix’s Alegria foursome showed promise on paper, but with a new team and a
last minute addition to the roster there will be a number of questions regardless of his
Horses are the game, and whether de Narvaez or Cavanagh have the stables to sustain
drives through the final two opens of the season is a matter of concern. Certainly
it would be thought that the Ellerstina organization would be able to supplement
de Narvaez, but are there enough horses in the Alegria network to keep Cavanagh
competitive through the next two months?