March 12, 2009
Sports to broadcast live speedway from Burnham-On-Sea track
Sports will broadcast live speedway racing from Burnham-On-Sea's
Oak Tree Arena for the first time ever next month, it has been
announced this week.
Rebels General Manager David Croucher confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com
that Sky will be broadcasting live from the track on Tuesday April
28th for the clash between Somerset
Rebels and Kings Lynn Stars.
here is absolutely delighted," said Croucher. "We are
all looking forward to putting on a great show in front of the
so many things lately, this came completely out of the blue, and
we have to thank Jonathan Chapman and all at Kings Lynn
for agreeing to come down on Tuesday instead of the scheduled
Premier Trophy fixture on the Friday night."
thanks go also to those responsible at Sedgemoor District Council
for their immediate agreement to this alternative race night and
to Ian Thomas at Workington for agreeing another fixture change,
so that we can get the rest of the Premier Trophy meetings in
by the end of May."
know that on previous occasions, Sky have expressed an interest
in broadcasting from the Oak Tree Arena, and for various reasons,
it hasn't happened. Well, this is now written in stone, and I
hope the TV viewing public will enjoy a thrilling meeting on the
Track that was voted Track of the Year by the Speedway Rider Association
newly structured teams right through the League, I don't think
anyone could predict an outcome. Hopefully, we will have completed
5 home fixtures by then and all our lads will have settled in
nicely, but Kings Lynn are never easy opposition, home or
away, whoever it is against, and I know they will be coming down
and I have done battle previously in front of the Sky cameras
and I won't want a repetition of the last time we met. The boys
will be fired up I'm sure, that's always the way when you're on
TV and we won't be able to afford any slip ups on the night. Equipment,
attitudes, everything needs to be just right, and Steve Bishop
and I will be hammering that home to the riders.
know Johno will be looking forward to it and it will make a change
for him to be behind a pair of goggles rather than a microphone,
which, for a few years now, has been his role on Sky.
are 2 new Aussies, Justin Sedgmen for the Rebels, and Darcy Ward
for Kings Lynn, who will be thrown into the spotlight on
the night as very few people have ever seen either of them race.
is always a great privilege to get on the TV and I sincerely hope
that this meeting is not only a great advert for Somerset and
the set up here at the OTA, but also a great advert for the Premier