Somerset Rebels make history with third successive Grand Final
speedway team The Somerset Rebels made history on Friday night
when they qualified for their third successive Premier League
Championship Grand Final.
are the first team to achieve such a feat, with their 54-36 home
win over Ipswich securing their place in the Grand Final against
first leg of the final will be held at Somersets Oaktree
Arena on Friday 24th October with a 7.30pm start. The second leg
will then be staged at Edinburghs Scotwaste Arena the following
night, Saturday October 25th, at 7pm.
match is a repeat of last years Grand Final, which saw Somerset
win their first-ever League Championship crown, and although both
sides have tracked septets quite different to the respective sides
which lined up in last year's Final, the two clubs have once again
come through the regular league season and the play-off semi-final
group stages to meet in the 2014 Championship-deciding Grand Final.
was little to choose between the teams when they met during the
regular league season, and while both sides won their home matches
relatively comfortably, the combined scores of those two matches
was a slender one, which all points to the Grand Final itself
being a very close fought affair, it being determined by the aggregate
score of the 2nd legs of the Final.
I said previously, very few, if any, of the speedway pundits gave
us any chance of reaching the final once again when asked for
their predictions at the start of the season," said Rebels
team manager Garry May. "In fact, most predicted that we
would just scrape into the play-offs."
I knew this team had the ability to go all the way when I first
put it together, and after what has been a long, hard, season,
we finished 2nd in the Premier League table with an 100% home
record, and continued that form through the play-off semi-final
matches to book our place in the Grand Final for a third successive
year, which is a record within itself."
years final against Edinburgh was a classic event, both
legs being close fought affairs, and I am sure that this years
Final will be just as exciting, especially as Edinburgh will be
looking to avenge losing out to us last year, while well
be wanting to defend our Championship crown, to be the first club
to achieve such a feat since this Play-Off system were introduced
to the Premier League."