Monday April 17, 2017
After a break of some 14 years, the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will renew their local rivalry with the Swindon Robins with the Wiltshire side’s visit the Oaktree Arena on Friday (21st) night, the two sides both having competed in speedway’s second tier of racing in 2002 and 2003 before the Robins made the move into the top flight of racing, with the Rebels making the similar move just this year.

Since their elevation into the top-flight, Swindon have won the much coveted league title, as well as qualifying for the end of season Play-Offs, and will come to Somerset with a team containing many familiar faces to Rebel fans, none more so than their number 1, Jason Doyle, who rode for Somerset with such distinction in 2008, and then again in 2012 and 2013, he leading the Rebels to a league title, two KO Cup wins and the Pairs Championship, the Australian having scored just shy of 1,500 points for the Rebels to place him 3rd in the all-time points scorers for the club.

And Doyle is not the only ex-Rebel in the Swindon septet, as he is joined by his fellow Aussie, Nick Morris, who spent two seasons in Somerset colours and two riders from last year’s league championship-winning Somerset side, namely New Zealander Bradley Wilson-Dean and young British rider, Zach Wajtknecht, who occupies one of the two Swindon reserve berths, the other being filled by Dane Emil Grondal.

Completing the Swindon side are the 2010 French Champion, David Bellego, and the Anglo-French Adam Ellis, both of whom ride in the main body of the Swindon septet.

Somerset will be looking to build on last Friday’s superb, albeit narrow, home win over Poole, but will go into Friday’s match minus the in-form Patrick Hougaard, who will be competing in a qualifying round of the Danish National Championship, and will use ex-Rebel, Brady Kurtz, as a guest replacement.

The Rebels are also sweating on the fitness of Paul Starke, who has suffered a shoulder injury, although early indications would indicate that he will have recovered sufficiently in time for Friday’s match.

“Now we have got that first win under our belts, and against a team as highly rated as Poole, hopefully that will take a bit of pressure off the boys going into Friday’s match with Swindon,” said Somerset team manager Garry May.

“With 4 ex-Somerset riders in their ranks, however, Swindon will definitely know their way around the Oaktree Arena, and in Jason Doyle they have one of the world’s top riders, but this is why we moved up into the top flight of British speedway, in order to see riders such as Doyle at the Oaktree Arena week in, week out.”

“I am sure that the Somerset fans will be turning out in force for this local derby, and that there will be a good contingent of Robins’ fans making the short trip down to the Oaktree Arena, so all in all, this is a match not to be missed!”

'Cases’ Somerset Rebels v Swindon Robins
SGB Premiership
Oaktree Arena
Friday 21st April
Gates Open 6.00pm, Tapes-Up 7.30pm

Admission Prices:
Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.00, Young Adults (12-18 inclusive) £6.00, Children (11 & under) Free.
Programme: £3.00
Car Parking: £1.50


Somerset Rebels: Rohan Tungate (9.03), Josh Grajczonek [c] (8.90), Brady Kurtz [g] (8.70), Paul Starke (6.62), Charles Wright (6.59), Jake Allen (5.96), Jan Graversen (4.00); Team manager: Garry May

Swindon Robins: Jason Doyle (13.41), Nick Morris [c] (8.97), Adam Ellis (7.64), David Bellego (7.63), Bradley Wilson-Dean (5.02), Emil Grondal (4.39), Zach Wajtknecht (2.56); Team manager: Alun Rossiter

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