After coming within a few seconds of becoming a finalist in the Argentine Open in last weekend’s semis, and having devoted themselves all year to making it, you’d think Alegría would be pretty down and out right now. Having spoken with the team today, I can assure you they have a brighter outlook than one may think. Of course it still hurts—probably more than any of us can imagine—and will for some time. But all four players from the magenta squad are looking ahead to the next challenge.
In fact, one of them has already jumped into the fray and racked up a tournament win in another important Argentine tournament. Yesterday Alegría’s 10-goaler, Hilario Ulloa, took Santa Teresa Park Place to the trophy in the Copa Campaña del Desierto Abierto (Desert Campaign Open Cup) at the AAP’s Alfredo Lalor headquarters in Pilar. The 23-goal team took a 10-6 victory over San Diego On Tap.
Joining Ulloa on the winning team were: Juan Britos, who played for La Aguada Las Monjitas as a sub for injured Eduardo Novillo Astrada in the Argentine Open, along with two young players, Tomás Beresford and James Fewster, who had amazing seasons in England this summer.
As the 2018 season approaches the three other members of Alegría are gearing up for their next tournaments: Ulloa and Sapo Caset are headed for the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida. Caset will play for Tonkawa and Ulloa for Villa del Lago. Facundo Sola is headed for Dubai, and Fred Mannix will back in the Dominican Republic playing for the Casa de Campo Polo Team.
“We’re all going our separate ways for the next few months, but Alegría will be back [in the Argentine Open]. We’re not going to give up. We’re going to make it one day,” said Mannix.
He said it was disappointing to lose the semifinal in Palermo “because we worked very hard to put ourselves in a position to make the final. I’m very proud of the team, the way we behaved on and off the field. I just can’t say enough about how proud I am of everyone because we really became a top team and good friends through the journey of the season. My heart is sad, but my head is high.”