EDINBURGH 45 REBELS 43

Friday October 25, 2013
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will return to the Oaktree Arena for Monday’s 2nd leg of the Premier League Championship Final just 2 points in arrears of the Edinburgh Monarchs, the Rebels narrowly losing the 1st leg at the home of the Monarchs 45-43.

The meeting was a close fought affair, but was marred by a bad accident to Edinburgh’s József Tabaka, who was taken to hospital after a heavy fall in heat 9, Somerset’s Nick Morris unintentionally clipping the Hungarian’s back wheel as the pair headed into the third turn on the 2nd lap.

A lengthy delay ensued as the paramedics attended to the unfortunate Edinburgh number 4, before he was finally able to be transferred to an ambulance and the meeting was able to continue.

Prior to that, heat 8 had seen Somerset take the lead for the first time in the match, Kyle Newman and Charles Wright combining for a maximum 5-1 heat win, only for Edinburgh o quickly re-group and move into a 6-point lead, they looking to build as big an advantage as possible ahead of Monday’s 2nd leg at the Oaktree Arena.

But Somerset came back at the Monarchs in the latter heats, Alex Davies putting, what had been up to then a disappointing night, behind him to win heat 12, before Josh Grajczonek and Charles Wright hit Edinburgh with a 5-1 heat win in the penultimate race.

That brought Somerset back to within 2 points of their hosts and although Edinburgh’s Craig Cook took victory in the final heat to make it 4 race wins out of 5 for the Edinburgh number 1, Grajczonek and Somerset skipper Jason Doyle, who yet again led front the front for the Rebels, packed in for the minor places to leave Somerset needing to win by just 3 points in Monday’s 2nd leg in order to win the Premier League title for the first time in their history.

“The boys rode superbly tonight, just as they have done throughout the season,” said a delighted Somerset team manager, Garry May, afterwards. “But we are only at the halfway stage of affairs and just as we have done an excellent job here at Armadale tonight, there is nothing to stop Edinburgh doing the same back at our place on Monday, so we cannot afford any complacency to set in.”

“József’s crash and his subsequent trip to hospital is something that no one associated with the sport likes to see, and we wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.”

“So now it is all down to Monday night, and hopefully by the end of it we will have a League Championship to celebrate for the first time in the history of the club.”

EDINBURGH 45
C Cook 2 3 3 3 3 - - 14
M Fricke 1’ 0 1 1 - - - 3+1
C Vissing 3 1’ 3 1’ - - 8+2
J Tabaka X 2 N - - - - 2
T Pijper 2 2 3 0 0 - - 7
L Carr 2’ 1 0 X - - - 3+1
D Sneddon 3 R 0 2’ 2 1 - 8+1
Team Manager: Alex Harkess

SOMERSET 43
J Doyle 3 3 2 2 1’ - - 11+1
K Newman 0 0 3 1’ - - - 4+1
A Davies 1’ 0 0 3 - - - 4+1
J Grajczonek 2 3 2 3 2 - - 12
N Morris 3 1’ X 1’ - - - 5+2
C Wright 1 2 2’ X 2’ - - 7+2
L Rose 0 X R - - - - 0
Team Manager: Garry May

Referee: Stuart Wilson

1: Doyle, Cook, Fricke, Newman, 54.6 (3-3)
2: Sneddon, Carr, Wright, Rose (f.rem), 56.7 (8-4)
3: (re-run) Vissing, Grajczonek, Davies, Tabaka (f.exc), 56.4 (11-7)
4: Morris, Pijper, Sneddon (ret), Rose (exc), 57.3 (13-10)
5: Doyle, Tabaka, Vissing, Newman, 55.8 (16-13)
6: Cook, Wright, Morris, Fricke, 56.3 (19-16)
7: Grajczonek, Pijper, Carr, Davies, 55.9 (22-19)
8: (re-run) Newman, Wright, Fricke, Sneddon, 57.3 (23-24)
9: (re-run) Vissing, Sneddon, Tabaka (f.ns), Rose (ret), Morris (exc), 58.2 (28-24)
10: Cook, Grajczonek, Fricke, Davies, 56.6 (32-26)
11: (re-run) Pijper, Doyle, Newman, Carr, 57.5 (35-29)
12: (re-run) Davies, Sneddon, Vissing, Wright (f.exc), 56.3 (38-32)
13: Cook, Doyle, Morris, Pijper, 57.1 (41-35)
14: Grajczonek, Wright, Sneddon, Carr (f.exc) 56.3 (42-40)
15: Cook, Grajczonek, Doyle, Pijper, 57.6 (45-43)


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