speedway side targets second Premier League title
Somerset Rebels are aiming to clinch a second Premier League Championship
title this week when they face the Sheffield Tigers in the Championship
will stage the first leg at their Owlerton Stadium on Wednesday
26th October, with the second leg at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena
the following night, Thursday 27th October, both starting at 7.30pm.
This will be the fourth time since the current Play-Off system was
introduced five years ago that the Rebels have reached the Grand
won the title back in 2013, while their other two appearances in
the Final saw them finish runners-up on both occasions by
just a single race point.
The Rebels have visited Sheffield twice this season, once in the
regular league season when they went down 50-40 to the Tigers, but
Somerset gained ample revenge for that defeat when winning in the
Steel City 51-39 in the semi-final of the League Cup, a competition
Somerset went on to win earlier this month.
By contrast, Sheffields two previous visits to the Oaktree
Arena have seen them return north having suffered a 53-38 defeat
in the league encounter and an 18-point loss (54-36) in the aforementioned
League Cup semi-final.
The regular league season saw Somerset top the table, some 20 points
above Sheffield who finished in 6th place to claim the final Championship
Play-Off place, but despite this, and the Rebels holding the upper-hand
over the Tigers in their 4 match-ups this year.
team manager Garry May is taking nothing for granted. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We start the Grand Final with a clean slate for both teams,
and what has gone before this year counts for nothing as far as
the 2 legs of the Final are concerned."
"I know that some people are making us favourites, but Sheffield
have got to the final by beating the third and second placed teams
[Newcastle and Glasgow] and so cannot be taken lightly."
"We will go into the matches with the same professional attitude
which has seen us through the season, and will go to Sheffield for
Wednesdays first leg looking for the win ahead of Thursdays
second leg back at the Oaktree Arena."
"Hopefully there will be a good number of Somerset fans who
will be able to make the trip up to Sheffield on Wednesday to support
the team, and that the Oaktree Arena will be packed as the boys
look to end the season in the best possible way
the League Championship!"