Rebels crowned Premier League KO Cup Champions
speedway team the Somerset Rebels were crowned the 2013 Premier
League KO Cup Champions on Sunday (October 6th).
The team beat Rye House 103-77 on aggregate after narrowly losing
Sunday's second final 46-44 at Rye House.
Somerset held a healthy 28-point lead, courtesy of their 59-31
first leg. Their game plan was to keep matters tight in order
to prevent the Rockets getting up a head of steam with which to
put the Rebels under early pressure.
"It's not often that I am speechless, but this is one of
those occasions," Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com
afterwards. "Garry May, the Somerset team manager, gave the
boys a game plan and it worked a treat."
"Although Rye hit us mid-meeting, we knew we had the strength
in the final few heats to come back at the Rockets, which is exactly
what happened, and here we are as the KO Cup winners!"
"All the boys rode exceptionally well and although the hard
work was done in the first leg at the Oaktree Arena, they still
had a job to do in today's match and they did it superbly in front
of a great band of travelling Somerset supporters."
Garry May was equally delighted with the way the team performed.
"It was a fantastic feeling when Doyley was presented with
the Cup," he said.
"The boys did a great job in containing Rye House early
on, and with each passing heat so the pressure built on their
side of the pits, which had been our plan all along."
"Even though Rye House did open up a bit of a lead on us
at one stage, we were never worried about losing control of things
and came back at them to such an extent that we almost snatched
a draw out of todays match, but although we just missed
out on that, we will be heading back to Somerset with the KO Cup
to lock away in that Oaktree Trophy cabinet."