Tuesday June 13, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will be looking to make it three successive home wins with the visit of the King’s Lynn Stars to the Oaktree Arena this Friday (16th), whilst also gaining some revenge on the Norfolk side for their 2-point win on their earlier visit this year to the home of the Rebels.

With each of the eight teams in the SGB Premiership facing each other twice both home and away this season, Friday will be King’s Lynn’s second league match at to the Oaktree Arena, they having prevailed 46-44 on their previous visit to Somerset at the end of April.

King’s Lynn have made a good start to the 2017 season, losing just one match at home from five outings, whilst winning two of the four away matches they have ridden so far this year, including that aforementioned win at the Oaktree Arena.

The Stars can boast a heat-leader trio to potentially match any in the SGB Premiership, they being led by the 2012 World Champion, Chris Holder, together with the recently crowned British Under-21 Champion, Robert Lambert, who finished third in last season’s Under-21 World Championship, and the 2013 Australian Champion, Troy Batchelor.

As if to emphasis the task facing the Rebels on Friday night, Holder and Lambert teamed up for King’s Lynn to win in dominating style the SGB Premiership Pairs championship held at the Oaktree Arena at the end of March.

Somerset will, however, go into Friday’s meeting on the back of two home wins against Rye House and Belle Vue, as well as picking up a hard fought league point at Leicester on Saturday, but they will be missing two of their septet with new signing Michael Palm Toft required to ride for Scunthorpe, his Championship side, the same evening, while reserve Cameron Heeps also has to ride for Ipswich in their Championship match at Edinburgh, Somerset bringing in ex-Rebel Brady Kurtz as a guest replacement for Palm Toft and Robert Branford as a guest for Heeps.

Somerset have also been hit by the news that Charles Wright is suffering from a bout of concussion following his fall at Edinburgh on Friday, leaving the Rebels with rider replacement as the only option available to them to cover Wright’s absence.

On the plus side, although Palm Toft is required to ride for Scunthorpe, Somerset have preference on the services of Lewis Kerr, who also rides for the North Lincolnshire side, as Rebels team manager Garry May explains;

“To explain the situation, with Scunthorpe’s KO Cup match on Friday against Peterborough being arranged after we signed Lewis, we get preference on his services that same night, but as we signed Michael after Scunthorpe had agreed the date for their match with Peterborough, then he has to ride in that meeting rather than for Somerset.”

“But I think we have booked an excellent guest replacement in Brady [Kurtz] for Michael, Brady having been in a rich vein of form for Poole of late, and as an ex-Rebel, he will certainly know his way around the Oaktree Arena.”

“The match itself should be a real cracker, King’s Lynn only just pipped us on their previous visit to the Oaktree Arena, but since then I think we have become a different proposition, especially at home, so we will be going all out to make it three home wins on the trot, while gaining some degree of revenge for that earlier defeat at the hands of the Stars.”

After the main meeting there will be a 4-rider a-side, 6 heat Southern Development League match between the Exeter ‘Chris Richards’ Falcons and Kent Kestrels

‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels v King’s Lynn Stars
SGB Premiership
Oaktree Arena
Friday 16th June
Gates Open 6.00pm, Tapes-Up 7.30pm
Followed by
Exeter ‘Chris Richards’ Falcons v Kent Kestrels
Southern Development League

Admission Prices: Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.00, Young Adults (12-18 inclusive) £6.00, Children (6-11 inclusive) £2.00 Children (5 & under) Free.
Programme: £3.00
Car Parking: £1.50


Somerset Rebels: Josh Grajczonek [c] (8.90), Richard Lawson (8.22), Brady Kurtz [g] (7.45), Rider Replacement for Charles Wright (6.59), Lewis Kerr (6.30), Jake Allen (5.96), Robert Branford [g] (5.07); Team manager: Garry May

King’s Lynn Stars: Chris Holder (12.53), Robert Lambert [c] (8.70), Troy Batchelor (7.36), Niklas Porsing (6.99), Lewis Rose (5.97), Kai Huckenbeck (5.14), Liam Carr [g] (3.00); Team manager: Dale Allitt

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