Aiken’s Tommy Biddle Jr.’s summer included an 11 goal game in the arena, and reaching the finals of the East Coast Open as part of the Heathcote roster.
But, success isn’t something new to only one of four players in history that’s been rated 10 goals in the arena. Biddle was nothing short of sensational this week, in scoring 11 goals Monday in the U.S. Arena Open Polo Championship at the Country Farm Polo Club in Medford, N.Y. as Aliano Realty defeated The Tackeria 17-10. Brandon Phillips accounted for the team’s other six goals. The Aliano Realty roster is composed of Nick Aliano, Biddle Jr. and Phillips.
They will meet Cedar Croft Farm, Bob Ceparano, Kris Kampsen and Felipe Viana, tonight in the finals at 7 p.m.
“I always wanted to play with Brandon Phillips,” said Biddle Jr., in a phone interview Thursday evening. “I’ve played against him in Florida. He played a lot of indoor polo in Toronto.”
Friday night’s final won’t come easy for either team, and should be extremely competitive, said Biddle.
“Bob Ceparano has a great arena,” said Biddle. “Felipe Viana won two national intercollegiate championships at the University of Virginia.”
There’s also been talk of a high goal game in the arena at the end of the Bridgehampton Polo Club season between Argentina and the U.S., said Biddle.
Heathcote lost to White Birch 9-6 earlier this week in the finals of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club. The game was tied 6-6 going into the final chukker, but a strong performance in the last period of play sealed the victory for White Birch. Matias Magrini scored five goals in the final for White Birch, and was selected as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Biddle scored three goals for Heathcote.
The Heathcote roster, although a 17 goal team, composed of Steve Lefkowitz, Naco Taverna, Tommy Biddle and Nick Manifold, has played together for some time. The team played extremely well in reaching the finals of the prestigious 20 goal final.
“This is the fifth summer we’ve played together,” said Biddle. “That doesn’t happen often in high goal polo. We’ve been able to get to know each other inside and out. We’re able to change all the time because we know where each one of us is going to be, and how we play. We work really well as a team.”