Easter weekend ahead for Highbridge-based speedway team
speedway team the Somerset Rebels will have a busy Easter period
with the club racing in three matches over a two-day period, starting
with back-to-back matches against the Poole Pirates on Good Friday
(14th), with the evening match at the Oaktree Arena being a 'kids
go free' special for those aged 11 and under, while the first 50
children through the turnstiles will also receive a free Easter-Egg.
The Rebels make the relatively short trip to the South Coast for
an 11am start at Pooles Wimborne Road track, before the two
teams reconvene at the Oaktree Arena at 7.30pm that evening for
the return fixture, and if that is not taxing enough for both man
and machine, Somerset then head to the East Midlands the following
day for the 2nd leg of their KO Cup tie against Leicester, the Rebels
holding an eight-point lead from Friday nights 1st leg.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they will arrive at the Oaktree Arena
minus their number 1, Pole Krzysztof Kasprzak, who is riding in
the Polish Golden Helmet Final, but Poole have a more than worthy
guest in his place, they having secured the services of British
Champion Danny King, who scored paid 14 for Leicester when they
visited the Oaktree Arena last Friday.
Captaining the side is Dane Hans Andersen, while there is a rider
very familiar to Somerset fans amongst the Poole ranks, namely Brady
Kurtz, who spent two years in Rebels colours with the Pirates
top 5 completed by Kurtzs fellow Australian, Jack Holder and
British rider Lewis Kerr, who was signed by Poole as a short-term
injury replacement for another ex-Rebel, Kyle Newman.
At reserve, Poole track Dane Nicolai Klindt, who has been piling
up the points so far this year and young British rider James Shanes.
Somerset go into the two matches against the Pirates with a full
strength septet, and as well as picking up their first league points
of the season, Somerset are looking to encourage the younger element
to attend Good Fridays match as club promoter Debbie Hancock
We are making Good Fridays home match against Poole
a kids go free event for those aged 11 and under, in
addition the first 50 children through the turnstiles will also
receive a free Easter-Egg.
We would love to see the Oaktree Arena packed out for what
will be a real glamour meeting for the club, and I am
sure that a good number of Poole fans will be looking to make the
relatively short journey up to support their team, just as I know
that there are many Somerset fans planning to travel down to Poole
for the morning fixture between the two side.
Poole, however, never put together a poor side as their record
of 4 league titles in the past 6 years bears testament to, but now
that the Somerset boys have a few matches under their belts, I am
sure that we are more than capable of picking up some league points
from these two matches.
Following their Good Friday double header, the Cases
Somerset Rebels travel to Leicester on Easter Saturday for the 2nd
leg of their KO Cup tie against the Lions with Somerset holding
that 8-point lead from last Fridays 1st leg at the Oaktree
The 8 point lead we have from the 1st leg gives us something
to defend when we go to Leicester for Saturdays 2nd leg,
said Rebels team manager Garry May, but in saying that, rather
than look to defend that lead, we will be going to Leicester with
the aim of winning the match as in my book, attack is the best form
The Rebels will be without Paul Starke for their trip to the East
Midlands as he is required to ride for Peterborough, his Championship
side, and so Somerset have booked the very much in-form Nicolai
Klindt as his guest replacement.