crowd expected in Highbridge tonight for speedway final
Somerset Rebels will be looking to create their own bit of history
tonight (Friday, October 26th) when they line up against the Scunthorpe
Scorpions at the Oaktree Arena in the first leg of the Premier
League Play-Off Final that will determine British Speedway's 2012
Premier League Champions.
comes after an eventful evening for the side last night (Thursday)
when the Rebels won the League Cup after a nail-biting decider
against Ipswich Witches. The Rebels lost 51-42 on the night, but
had taken a 14-point lead up to Suffolk after last Friday's home
leg at the Oaktree Arena and won 95-90 on aggregate.
Rebels, now League Cup holders, will compete in the first leg
of the Premier League Grand Final tonight at 7.30pm.
for the Rebels over the two legs would see them become Premier
League Champions for the first time in their history.
"This has to be the biggest night in the history of the Somerset
Rebels and the Oaktree Arena since that first meeting back in
2000," Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
be in the Grand Final with the possibility of becoming Premier
League Champions is just amazing and I sincerely hope that everyone
in the locality, whether they have been to speedway before or
not, come along to support the Rebels for Friday nights
1st leg as they bid to lift that Championship title."
With Somerset captain Jason Doyle sidelined due to the neck injury
he sustained in the recent Premier League Riders Championship
at Sheffield, the Rebels have booked the services of the winner
of that Riders' Championship, Edinburghs Craig Cook, to
guest in Doyles place in both legs of the Championship Final
against the Scorpions.
has been in superb form all season and showed just what he is
capable of in scoring 13 points from his 5 rides when Edinburgh
rode at the Oaktree Arena earlier this season," Hancock explained.
"I am sure that he will prove to be an excellent replacement
"The two matches we have had against Scunthorpe during the
regular Premier League season have both been close affairs, so
it all points to an exciting finale to the season with that Championship
Trophy up for grabs!"
victory this weekend would be remarkable considering that the
club was only formed in 2000, and did not join the Premier League
itself until 2002.
Rebels host the Scorpions at the Oaktree Arena at 7.30pm, and
will be looking to build up another healthy lead to defend in
the second leg, which will be away, on Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
The Rebels in action against Ipswich Witches (pics Colin Burnett)