EASTBOURNE boss Trevor Geer says the big-match experience in his team will stand them in good stead ahead of the Elite League Grand Final.The Eagles take on Poole in the first leg at Arlington on Monday looking to build a lead to take to Wimborne Road next week.Geer said: “Everyone is totally keyed-up for this meeting. It is what we have been working for since the season began in March.“We have riders in the team who have won titles and championships in the past and I know the team will give everything on Monday night, and the following Monday in the second leg at Poole to secure the championship for the Eagles.”
POOLE promoter Matt Ford says Davey Watt’s comeback from injury will be a big boost to his team in the Elite League Grand Final.Watt missed the semi-final victory over King’s Lynn but is due back for Monday’s first leg at Eastbourne, with the Pirates having announced Ricky Wells as a guest at reserve.Ford said: “It will be good to have a near full team at long last, and Watty’s return will be a massive boost to the lads. I have been extremely impressed with the way the team has ridden through our late injury crisis and such performances often prove to be defining moments over the course of a season. “Whilst we will be heading there looking for every point going, if pushed I would say that if we were to bring them back to Wimborne Road in a week’s time needing to make up around six to eight points it wouldn’t be a disaster.”
NEWPORT are celebrating their first Knockout Cup triumph for 47 years after overcoming Glasgow in the weekend’s Final.They travelled to Ashfield for the second leg as red-hot favourites after a 65-25 win at home, and comfortably defended that margin with the Tigers winning 49-41 on the day.It was the Wasps’ first item of team silverware since they won the Premier Trophy in 1999 at the expense of another Scottish side, Edinburgh.
MILDENHALL are through to the National League play-off Final after a 51-40 home win over injury-hit Stoke at West Row.But Fen Tigers promoter Michael Lee admits an improved display will be required in the Final against either Belle Vue or Scunthorpe/Sheffield, after Stoke – already without skipper Tony Atkin – saw Tim Webster and Gareth Isherwood crash out.Lee said: “Naturally, I'm delighted we're in the Final, but I have to admit to being disappointed by our performance. We had to take advantage of Stoke's bad luck and although I'll never know for certain, I'm not entirely sure we'd have made it without them suffering so many injury problems.“Full credit to their four remaining riders who made life far more difficult for us than it should have been. But we're thrilled to have got there, and we'll now sit the boys down, have a good chat with them, and get them ready for the Final. They have done us proud this year, make no mistake about that.”
MONDAY OCTOBER 3:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Eastbourne v Poole 7.30
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5:ELITE LEAGUE KO CUP SEMI-FINAL 2nd leg: Belle Vue v Lakeside 8pmCHALLENGE: King's Lynn v USA Touring Team 7.30
THURSDAY OCTOBER 6:PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Leicester 7.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 2nd leg: Sheffield v Belle Vue 7.45CHALLENGE: Redcar v USA Touring Team 7.30
FRIDAY OCTOBER 7:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Peterborough v Swindon 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Newport 7.30, Plymouth v Ipswich 7.30, Scunthorpe v Redcar 7.30, Somerset v Glasgow 7.30 NATIONAL LEAGUE: Hackney v Scunthorpe (at Lakeside) 8pm