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POOLE secured their place in the Elite League Grand Final with a 47-43 win over King’s Lynn in difficult conditions at Wimborne Road on Thursday.Heavy rain intervened midway through the second leg, which had already been postponed on three occasions, but both teams battled on as the tie went down to the closing stages.Pirates skipper Maciej Janowski produced a crucial ride to get the better of Kenneth Bjerre and Jason Garrity in Heat 11 when the Stars looked set to turn the semi-final around, and Kyle Newman used the inside to good effect to hit the front in the next race.A 4-2 in Heat 13 put the Pirates five-up on aggregate, and after a share in the next race they needed to provide just a finisher in Heat 15 which became academic when Lynn captain Rory Schlein suffered mechanical failure.Newman top-scored for Poole with 11+1 and Janowski added 10, whilst guests Garrity and Chris Harris (both 11+1) led the way for the Stars.(SPEEDWAY 2)

COVENTRY promoter Mick Horton is predicting a classic encounter in the Elite League Grand Final – starting at Brandon on Friday.The Bees take on old rivals Poole in a repeat of the 2010 Final which produced one of the most dramatic clashes in the history of the play-offs.Horton said: “I would like to say after watching the semi-final between Poole and King’s Lynn, that both sets of promotions, management and riders deserve a lot of praise for completing their fixture on Thursday night in trying conditions to say the least. “Now it’s time for the Grand Final and all eyes in the speedway world will be watching two giants of British Speedway. “The rivalry between both Coventry and Poole is immense, and many would argue that it is the fixture on the calendar that every Bees and Pirates fan looks forward to every season. “There will be no love lost in this Final and I strongly urge travelling fans to get to Coventry early on Friday as a big crowd is expected.”


POOLE will again track Troy Batchelor and Danny King as guests in the first leg of the Elite League Grand Final on Friday.The duo both rode in Thursday’s semi-final and step in for Darcy Ward and Josh Grajczonek respectively, with Matt Williamson replacing Benji Compton at reserve. Coventry are at full strength with Ben Barker making his comeback from injury.Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “It's going to be a really tough final again this year. Coventry have really come on big over the latter course of the season and I have been fearing them for a while now. “It is very much like the form guide we had in the semi-final with both sides having won on the other's territory this season.“We have been given a bit of a boost with the news that Vaclav (Milik) is now available after the Czech championship play-offs were cancelled due to rain over there.“Because of the weather and the pressures to get this title decided it has been a bit of a rush but we will go there tonight, fresh, if not muddy, with a view to, at the very least, keeping the tie alive for the second leg.”


EDINBURGH have one hand on the Premier League Knockout Cup ahead of Friday’s second leg against Ipswich at Armadale.The Monarchs produced another impressive away display to win the first leg 53-37 at Foxhall, with No.1 Craig Cook lowering his own track record in the first race on his way to a 15-point maximum.Both sides saw a rider suffer injury with Gino Manzares withdrawn after two races for the Witches, whilst Edinburgh are waiting for news on skipper Derek Sneddon who fell in his third ride and took one more outing before withdrawing with a hip complaint.Ipswich boss Brian Messenger said: “I don't know what went wrong tonight; Gino being withdrawn didn't help but they simply didn't have the same hunger to win as Edinburgh. “I put Adam (Ellis) and Cam (Heeps) out in Heat 15 because I thought they had earned it after all their efforts tonight. The team have now given themselves almost no chance of coming back with a trophy on Friday night.”


KENT make a second attempt to round off their season with the Tunnel Trophy clash against Arena-Essex at Central Park on Friday.Former Kings riders Luke Chessell and Jack Kingston have been added to the line-up for the Young Hammers after the original postponement last week.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 17:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 1st leg: Coventry v Poole 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP FINAL 2nd leg: Edinburgh v Ipswich 7.30TUNNEL TROPHY: Kent v Arena-Essex 6.30

SATURDAY OCTOBER 18:PREMIER LEAGUE: Workington v Edinburgh 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Stoke 7.15

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19:LEAGUE CUP: Glasgow v Berwick 3.15

MONDAY OCTOBER 20:ELITE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2nd leg: Poole v Coventry 7.30

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