March 22, 2011
Rebels roar into new season against Elite Champions
Somerset Rebels will be starting their 2011 season in a big way
Friday night (March 25th)
the opposition being Elite League Champions the Coventry Bees.
big crowd is expected to flock to the Oak
Tree Arena near Highbridge
to watch the team (pictured above) take on the champions in the
season opener, which will also include an appearance by British
Champion Chris Harris.
promoter Debbie Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
Rossiter, who was my mentor last year, promised when the season
ended that if at all possible he would bring a full Coventry side
to the Oak Tree Arena for a challenge match with which to kick
off our 2011 campaign."
"Obviously things looked a bit bleak when it appeared as
if Coventry may not be riding this year, but now it looks as if
everything has been resolved on that front, Roscoe has been has
good as his word, and I am delighted that we are able to start
our new season off with such a prestigious meeting as this. Teams
do not come much bigger than the current Elite League Champions."
"Roscoe wants to make the evening as a whole very much a
team-bonding event for the Bees and we will be having a disco
in the Oaktree Clubhouse after the conclusion of the meeting,
at which the riders will be present."
will be having a special set of race-jackets made up for the match
that will then be signed by the riders and auctioned off after
the meeting itself.
added: "Given that Coventry are doing us the honour of bringing
their full team to Somerset for this match, we will are to draft
in a guest rider from the Elite League to ride at number
1 for the Rebels, and I am delighted to say that we have secured
the services of none other than the British Champion, Chris Harris,
who also finished 6th in last years Grand Prix Series, but
we will arrange our line up so that all 7 of the 2011 Somerset
team still also get ride as part of the meeting, albeit that might
mean that we have to shuffle things around a bit to accommodate
"This match against Coventry has really whetted the appetite
of everyone here at the Oak Tree Arena, especially with the news
that Chris Harris has agreed to ride for the Rebels."
added: "However, as I am sure people can appreciate, we are
involved in additional cost with this fixture and I would like
to thank those people who have come forward to help sponsor Chris
appearance for the Rebels, their support has meant that whilst
we increasing our admission prices for this particular match,
we are able to limit the increase to just £1 for all categories."
Pictured at last Fridays Rebels Practice Day are new number
1 Travis McGowan, Sam Masters and the 2011 Rebels team (Jay Eastwood)