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Thursday 19th September, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 54             Coventry Bees 42
S.Ermolenko  3  2  2  3  2'       12+1 B.Andersen    2  2  1' 2  3       10+1  
B.Hedden     0  0  0               0   J.Andersen    1' 0  3  2  0        6+1
G.Stead      3  1  1  2  2         9   S.Bowes       1  2  3  3  1       10  
R.Kessler    2' 3  3  3  3        14+1 S.Tacey       fx 1' 0  1           2+1  
S.Smith      2  3  3  1  1'       10+1 S.Cross       3  3  2  0  0        8
M.Wolter     2  0  0               2   K.Little      1                    1 
R.Matousek   ef 1' 2  1' 1' 2'     7+4 P.Bentley     3  0  1  1  ef 0     5

The Bees took the lead after a controversial heat 2 which saw Kevin Little and Roman Matousek clash on the first bend. Roman was unable to continue and was clearly annoyed that the referee (Gus McLeod) didn't restart the race. Kevin Little however was taken to hospital with his right little toe virtually severed. The Tigers fought back, the Bees responded to level the score after heat 8, but then the Tigers were able to control the match until a brilliant 5-1 by Robert Kessler and Sam Ermolenko in a blanket finish with Shane Bowes left the Tigers with a flattering 8 point win.

Shane Bowes started the meeting quietly but improved as the night wore on, while Simon Cross started with some lightning gates, but finished with two last places as he seemed unable to generate the same pace from behind. Brian Andersen didn't look like he would manage a single win when Garry Stead passed him in heat 15, but then Garry strangely took a very tight line on the last 2 bends to allow Brian to blast around him and snatch the verdict on the line.

Wednesday 18th September, Premier League

Poole 'JTC' Pirates 54                 Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 42

C.Boyce       2  3  3  2' 0       10+1 S.Ermolenko   3  fx 2  3  1  2    11  
C.Jonsson     1' 2' 1' 0           4+3 B.Hedden      0  2  0              2
S.Schofield   1  3  3  3  3       13   G.Stead       ef 1' 1' ef 1'       3+3
M.Zetterstrom 3  1  0  0           4   R.Kessler     2  2  2  1  1'       8+1  
L.Gunnestad   2  3  2  3  3       13   S.Smith       1  1  1' 0           3+1
L.Richardson  2' ef 0              2+1 M.Wolter      0  0  2              2
M.Andersson   3  0  2  1  2  0     8   R.Matousek    1  3  3  1  3  2    13 

The Tigers missed out on the bonus point despite a spirited display. Sam Ermolenko fell in heat 5, and in avoiding him Magnus Zetterstrom hit the safety fence (without injury). Garry Stead strugled all night with his machine, but Robert Kessler gave a better display than his last return at Reading. The star in the Tigers den was Roman Matousek who livened the proceedings with some good moves from the back, and a brief dispute with the crowd after a clash with Marcus Andersson at the start of heat 8.

Thursday 12th September

NORTHERN RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Sam Ermolenko won a nail biting Grand Prix style final to become the 1996 Northern Riders Champion. He beat fellow Americans Bobby Ott and Billy Hamill, and team mate Garry Stead in the final, and it could have been an all American final until Garry Stead passed Greg Hancock in the deciding run-off for the final places.

The large crowd were rewarded with some excellent action, with over 20 racing passes recorded (that's the same as about 3 Grand Prix's!). Although 'Sudden Sam' took the crown, the man-of-the-match award went to Garry Stead who passed Joe Screen, Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill amongst others on his way to the Grand Final.

Sam Ermolenko     (Sheffield)     3  3  3  3  2    14   1st
Bobby Ott         (Hull)          3  3  3  1  3    13   2nd
Billy Hamill      (Cradley/Stoke) 2  3  3  2  1    11   3rd
Garry Stead       (Sheffield)     2  1  2  3  3    11   4th
Greg Hancock      (Cradley/Stoke) 1  2  2  3  3    11   (after run-off)
Steve Johnston    (Long Eaton)    3  2  3  2  0    10
Mike Faria        (Scotland)      3  2  1  1  3    10
Joe Screen        (Bradford)      2  2  1  2  2     9
Roman Matousek    (Sheffield)     1  1  2  2  2     8
Shane Parker      (Middlesbrough) 1  0  2  3  1     7
Scott Smith       (Sheffield)     0  3  1  1  0     5
Charles Ermolenko (Long Eaton)    2  1  0  1  0     4
Neil Collins      (Belle Vue)     1  1  0  0  1     3
Frede Schott      (Belle Vue)     0  0  0  0  2     2
Ray Morton        (Hull)          0  0  1  0  1     2
Bobby Hedden      (Sheffield)     0  0  0  0  0     0   

Monday 9th September, Premier League

Reading Racers 53                      Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 43

T.Olsson     2  3  2  2  X         9   S.Ermolenko   3  3  3  3  2' 2    16+1  
D.Steen      1' 2' 3  1' X         7+3 B.Hedden      0  1  1  1           3
A.Castagna   3  2  3  3  3        14   G.Stead       2  2  3  X  3  1'   11+1
P.Kokko      1  X  2' 1            4+1 R.Kessler     0  X  0              0  
D.Mullett    2  3  1' 1' 3        10+2 S.Smith       1  1  0  1'          3+1
J.Pingel     2  0  2' 2  0         6+1 M.Wolter      1  R  0              1
P.Morris     0  1  2'              3+1 R.Matousek    3  3  ef 1  0  2     9 

The Tigers took the bonus point from bottom club Reading thanks to an inspired display by Sam Ermolenko, and good backing from Garry Stead and reserve Roman Matousek. Bobby Hedden scored 3 points, but failed to finish ahead of anyone, Scott Smith suffered with ignition problems all night, and Robert Kessler had a night he will wish to forget as he failed to open his account. Reading can consider themselves unlucky not to have taken the bonus point with both Tony Olsson and David Steen falling in the last two races.

Thursday 5th September, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 52             Ipswich 'SGR' Witches 44

S.Ermolenko  2  3  3  3  3        14   C.Louis       3  1  3  2  1       10  
B.Hedden     0  0  0  f            0   S.Clouting    1  0  2' 1           4+1
G.Stead      3  2' 3  3  2'       13+2 J.Doncaster   2  3  1' 2  0        8+1
R.Kessler    1  3  1  3  3        11   S.Nicholls    0  1  2  2  1        6  
S.Smith      2  2  ef 1  2'        7+1 B.Howe        3  1' 2  ef          6+1
R.Matousek   ef M  2  1            3   L.Lanham      3  2  3  1' ef 0     9+1
M.Wolter     2  1' 0  1  ef        4+1 K.Teager      1  0  0              1 

Matousek's new motor blew up in his first ride, after which he struggled on Scott Smith's old GM. American Bobbie Hedden was showing signs of improvement, but seems to lack stamina and became ragged toward the end of his races. The Witches held the lead for much of the meeting, but after the Tigers drew level in Heat14 the top four made no mistake winning both of the nominated heats 5-1. Twelve racing passes, and some good close racing, made even more entertaining by the close score-line.

Polish No.2 Alan Labedzki had a spin after the match and looked quite impressive, and once his work permit comes through he should be straight on the pace.

Thursday 29th August, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 54             Reading 'Racers' 42

S.Ermolenko  3  3  3  3  2'       14+1 T.Olsson      2  1' 1' 2  1' 1     8+3  
B.Hedden     0  0  0  0            0   D.Steen       1' 2  2  2  1'       8+2
M.Wolter     0  0  1  M  0         1   A.Castagna    1' 3  2  2  2  0    10+1
R.Kessler    3  3  3  3  3        15   P.Kokko       2  0  1'             3+1  
S.Smith      2' 1' 0  1            4+1 D.Mullett     1  2  2  0  2        7
R.Matousek   0  2  3  0  0         5   J.Pingel      2  1' 0  1'          4+2
G.Stead      3  3  3  3  3        15   P.Morris      1' 0  1'             2+2 

American Bobbie Hedden was way off the pace on his debut, and with Mirko, Scott and Roman all down on power it was up to the Sheffield top three to save the match. Sam, Garry and Robert responded in style all racing undefeated but the Racers made them work for their points with 16 passes recorded, and some excellent team-riding. Roman managed to blast from 4th to 1st inside 1 lap in heat 11, but those were his last points. Castagna was the Racers only heat winner after making the gate in Heat 7.

Thursday 22nd August, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 53             Bradford 'Pulse' Dukes 25

S.Ermolenko  3  3  2' 3           11+1 B.Ott (g)     2  3  1  3  1'      10+1  
R.Kessler    1  1  2' 3            7+1 P.Pickering   0  0  0              0
G.Stancl (g) 3  2  2  3           10   S.Wilson      ef 1  ef 1           2
M.Wolter     1  1' 1'              3+2 A.Smith       2  0  1              3  
S.Smith      1  3  2  0            6   J.Screen      2  2  3  2           9
R.Matousek   2' 2' 1'              5+3 R.Aas         0  0  0  0           0
G.Stead      3  3  3  2'          11+1 A.Compton     1  0  fx             1 

The Dukes seemed to have little appetite for racing, and the Tigers had a 16 point lead by Heat 7. Then the rain started to fall and the Tigers lead grew to 28 points by Heat 13, by which time the inside of the track was very greasy and passing impossible. With the match won, and the bonus point realistically beyond Bradfords reach the captains agreed to call it a day. A spirited display by all the Tigers, such a shame the same team couldn't have been at Odsal last weekend!

Saturday 17th August, Premier League

Bradford 'Pulse' Dukes 56              Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 40

B.Ott (g)    3  3  0  1  3        10+1 S.Smith       1  0  2  2  2  0  1  8+1  
P.Pickering  2  1  1  1            5+1 P.Boast       0  0  0              0
S.Wilson     3  3  2  3  2        13   Z.Adorjan     rider replacement   
A.Smith      2  1  1  3  2         9+3 G.Stead       1  2  3  2  2  2  0 12+1  
J.Screen     3  3  3  2  1        12+1 S.Ermolenko   2  2  3  3  3  3    16
R.Aas        1  0  1  1            3+1 C.Venegas (g) 3  0  1  0  0  0     4+1
A.Compton    2  1  0  1            4   J.Armstrong   0  0  0              0 

Sheffield were missing Zoltan Adorjan (injured elbow), Robert Kessler (German longtrack), Roman Matousek (Czech championship) and Thomas Ravn (retired from Premier League), and were fined for fielding an understrength team. They emerged from the meeting with some credit after a battling display by Sam Ermolenko, Garry Stead and Scott Smith kept the crowd entertained.

Thursday 15th August, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 53             Poole 'JTC' Pirates 43

S.Ermolenko  3  3  2' 3  2        13+1 C.Boyce       2  3  3  1  1  3    13  
R.Kessler    0  1' 2' 3  3  2     11+2 C.Jonsson     rider replacement   (3+1)
Z.Adorjan    rider replacement    (4+1)S.Schofield   3  2  1  3  2  0    11
G.Stead      2  2  3  2  3  1'    13+1 S.Masters (g) 0  1  1' 0           2+1  
S.Smith      2  3  1  2  2' 1'    11+2 L.Gunnestad   3  1  2  1  0  3    10
T.Ravn       3  0  0  0            3   L.Richardson  1' 0  0  0           1+1
R.Matousek   ef ef 0  2' 0         2+1 M.Andersson   1' 2  1  1  1' 0     6+2 

With Roman Matousek suffering machine problems throughout the evening the rest of the Tigers battled hard from the back with Sam Ermolenko, Robert Kessler, Scott Smith and Garry Stead all overtaking the Pirates top three at some stage in the meeting. After the disastrous Coventry away meeting a win was needed to keep up team morale, and it was accomplished in fine style.

Saturday 10th August, Premier League

Coventry Bees 73                       Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 20

B.Andersen   3  3  2' 2' 3        13+2 S.Smith       f  0  0  0  1  ef    1  
S.Bowes      1  2' 3  3  3        12+1 C.Venegas (g) 2  t  1  1  0  1  1  6
S.Tacey      3  3  3  3  2'       14+1 Z.Adorjan     rider replacement   (3)
J.Andersen   2' 2' 1  3  2'       10+3 G.Stead       0  1' 1  m  0  1     3+1  
S.Cross      3  0  2' 3            8+1 S.Wilson (g)  1  1  2  2  1  0     7
P.Bentley    3  3  3  2'          11+1 R.Matousek    2  1  0  ef m        3
K.Little     1  2' 2' x            5+2 T.Ravn        0  0  0              0 

Sheffield were missing Sam Ermolenko and Zoltan Adorjan (Swedish Grand Prix) and Robert Kessler (German Championship), and failed to adapt to the rain soaked Brandon strip. Only 3 passes were observed (Brian Andersen twice, and Shane Bowes) as the rampant Bees annihilated the lacklustre Tigers squad.

Thursday 8th August, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 50             Peterborough Panthers 46

S.Smith      1' 2' 1' 2  3         9+3 J.Crump       3  3  3  3  ef 3  3 18  
R.Kessler    2  3  3  2  0        10   A.Nielsen     fx 0  1' 3           4+1
Z.Adorjan    1' 1' 2' 0  2'        6+4 Z.Tesar       rider replacement   (9+2)
G.Stead      2  2  3  3  2        12   M.Jirout      0  2  0  2  0        4  
J.Birkenshaw 0  1' 0               1+1 P.Thorp (g)   3  ef ef 2' 1  1     7+1
T.Ravn       1  0  2               3   S.Swain       2  1  2  1  3  1' 1 11+1
R.Matousek   3  2  3  ef 1  ef     9   R.Madsen      0  1  1'             2+1 

Sheffield were forced into taking on the mighty Panthers, augmented by Owlerton specialist Paul Thorp, without a guest facility for Grand Prix bound Sam Ermolenko. Jamie Birkenshaw stepped into the Premier heat-leader slot of a side determined to do whatever was neccessary to win, and with the help of a couple of engine failures accomplished the task against the odds.

With the Panthers relying heavily on Paul Thorp and the excellent Jason Crump they had no way of recovering from their engine problems, although Paul Thorp rode admirably on Rene Madsen's machine in the later stages. The racing was entertaining but not up to recent standards, with 15 legitimate passes logged but 8 processional races.

Thursday 1st August, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 56             Exeter Falcons 40

S.Smith      3  1  2  2' 2        10+1 M.Loram       2  3  2  2  1  0    10  
R.Kessler    1  3  1' 0            5+1 C.Venegas (g) 0  0  0              0
Z.Adorjan    1' 1' 0  2            4+2 S.Wigg        3  3  3  3  3  2    17 
G.Stead      2  2  3  3  3        13   A.Rossiter    0  1  1  2  3        7  
S.Ermolenko  3  2  3  3  1        12   M.Coles       2  2  1' 0  0  0     5+1
T.Ravn       2' ef 1  1            4+1 G.Gordon      0  0  0              0
R.Matousek   3  1  2  1' 1'        8+2 P.Fudge       1  0  0              1 

The Falcons served up an excellent nights racing, but the Tigers with strength in depth were in no mood for defeat. Time and again the home riders battled from the back and only super swift Simon Wigg looked unbeatable. Then up stepped in-form Garry Stead who after a 3 lap chase found a way past Simon in heat 16 to put the icing on a tremndous Tigers team performance.

Sam Ermolenko returned to the Tigers septet after his recent injuries, and despite not being match fit he rattled up a double figure score. Next weeks clash with the Peterborough Panthers should now be an interesting spectacle.

Thursday 25th July, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 52             Swindon Robins 44

F.Schott (g) 2  0  3  t            5   J.Nilsen      3  3  2  2' 0       10+1
S.Smith      1' 1  2  1' 2' 1'     8+4 M.Thorpe      rider replacement   (0)
G.Stead      3  1  ef 3  2' 2     11+2 J.Jorgensen   2  1  ef x  2  1'    6+1 
M.Wolter     rider replacement    (6+1)P.Pickering(g)0  ef 1  0  2        3  
R.Kessler    2  3  3  1  3        12   B.Karger      3  1  3  3  3       13
R.Matousek   2' 2  2' 1  1  3  ef 11+2 S.Masters     0  x  3  3  2' 1' 1 10+2
T.Ravn       3  0  2  0  0         5   G.Cunningham  1  1  0  ef 0        2 

Another good nights racing saw the Tigers in the lead from Ht2 onwards. Only Steve Masters was able to score points from behind for the Robins, who seemed unable to cope with the grippy track, while the Tigers battled well from behind with Robert Kessler moving through from 4th to win Ht15. Roman Matousek shielded Thomas Ravn to his first ever Premier League heat win in Ht2, and all the Tigers had a race win apart from Scott Smith.

Garry Stead shed a chain in Ht9, and John Jorgensen ground to a halt in Ht8 and failed to beat the 2 minute allowance in Ht10. Although the Robins complained that the track was bumpy there were no fallers and race times were consistent, but they really missed Mark Thorpe who normally rides Owlerton very well.

Thursday 18th July, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 51             Eastbourne Eagles 45

Z.Adorjan    2  3  0  3  1         9   M.Dugard     3  3  3  2  2       13
S.Smith      1' fx 1  3  1  2      8+1 A.Mogridge   0  0  1  2' 0        3+1
G.Stead      2  1' 3  3  3  3     15+1 S.Andersson  1  3  3  2  3       12 
M.Wolter     rider replacement    (7+1)G.Stancl     3  2' 2' 1  0        8+2  
R.Kessler    3  0  1  1            5   D.Norris     1' 2  1  0           4+1
R.Matousek   3  2  1  2' 0  2' 1' 11+3 D.Standing   2  2  0  1' 0        5+1
T.Ravn       1  0  2' 0            3+1 J.Elkins     0  t  0  0           0  

On a well watered track with plenty of shale the Tigers refused to surrender to the fast starting Eagles. With the lead changing hands 5 times, and some excellent racing (15 passes excluding 1st bend manoeuvers) the fans were treated to an excellent evenings entertainment.

Zoltan Adorjan battled past Martin Dugard to win Ht13 despite being down on power. Thomas Ravn passed Alan Mogridge to join Scott Smith for a 5-1 in Ht8 after Scott had to resort to his old GM after tangling with Alan at the start. Martin Dugard sped from last to first in Ht11, but Garry Stead completed a glorious return to form and his highest score of the year by defeating Martin in Ht16 to win the match.

Thursday 11th July, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 42             Cradley & Stoke Heathens 54

Z.Adorjan    2  2  2  0  1  0      7   G.Hancock    3  3  3  2' 2'      13+2
M.Wolter     rider replacement    (3+3)L.Collins    0  2' 2  2' 0        6+2  
G.Stead      1  1  2               4   D.Andersen   3  3  3  2  1       12
T.Ravn       0  0  1' 0            1+1 T.Pratt      2' 0  ef 2           4+1
R.Kessler    1' 2  1  0  1         5+1 B.Hamill     3  3  3  3  3       15
R.Matousek   1' 3  1' ef 0  3  2' 10+3 N.Tatum (g)  t  0  0              0 
S.Smith      2' 2  1' 3  1' 3  3  15+3 S.Swales     1  0  1' 1' 1'       4+3

The Tigers had no answer to the 'Team Exide' Americans, and even Dalle Andersen passed Zoltan Adorjan despite looking very precarious. Scott Smith's new laydown was obviously powerful but he lost several points when lifting in the 2nd bend, on one occasion baulking his team mate and losing a potential 5-1. Garry Stead's form is now causing grave concern, but Thomas Ravn's solitary point came when he passed Neville Tatum on the 4th bend in Ht9.

Thursday 4th July, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 50           Long Eaton 'Fina' Invaders 46

Z.Adorjan    1' 3  3  2  1      10+1 G.Stancl (g) 3  3  2  1  2       11
P.Fry (g)    2  1  1             4   B.Werner     0  2' 2  1' 0        5+2  
G.Stead      2  0  0  ef         2   S.Johnston   3  ef 2  1  1        7
T.Ravn       0  1  1             2   K.Laukkanen  1  1  0  0           2
R.Kessler    1' 3  3  0  3      10+1 C.Stonehewer 3  0  3  3  0        9
S.Smith      3  2' 1  0  1  3   10+1 R.Nagy       2  2  2' 3  f        9+1 
R.Matousek   ef 2  3  2  3  2'  12+1 M.Dixon      1' 0  ef 2           3+1

Roman Matousek's new Jawa let him down twice, but astride Thomas Ravn's machine we saw Roman at his best scoring points from the back. Garry Stead and Scott Smith both rode new laydowns, Garry failing to score in 2 outings while Scott convincingly won Ht15. The Tigers were 4 points down with 3 races remaining but won them all to save the match.

Robert Nagy was rushed to hospital with severe facial injuries after a first bend incident in Ht14

Thursday 27th June, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 47           London 'Sabre' Lions 49

Z.Adorjan    3  1  3  2  2      11   L.Adams      2  3  3  0  3       11
A.Grahame(g) 1  0  1             2   J.Larsen     0  2' 2  2' 1        7+2  
G.Stead      2  1  1  3  0       7   P.Hurry      3  3  1  ef 1        8
T.Ravn       1' 0  1'            2+2 J.Wainwright 0  0  0              0
R.Matousek   2  2  ef 1' 0       5+1 K.Tatum      3  3  2  3  3       14
R.Kessler    1  1' 2' 1  2       7+2 N.Tatum      2  2' 0  0  2  3     9+1 
S.Smith      3  1' 3  3  1  2   13+1 D.Mason      0  0  0              0

Thomas Ravn made his debut for the Tigers, and with Alan Grahame guesting for the injured Mirko Wolter, and Roman Matousek back in the saddle an overdue home win was on the cards. However Roman found his new laydown a bit of a handfull in ht7 when he severely baulked his team mate Robert Kessler throwing away valuable points, Garry Stead's engine blew when ahead of Neville Tatum, and Roman went on to suffer freak engine troubles in two other races. The Lions made full use of these opportunities to grasp victory in a last heat decider.

Friday 7th June, Premier League

Belle Vue Aces 41                    Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 28

N.Klingberg    2  2  1           5   R.Matousek   rider replacement
F.Schott       1' 1' 1  3        6+2 R.Nagy (g)   0  1  2' 2           5+1
C.Manchester   3  3  3  3       12   G.Stead      0  0  1' 2  2        5+1
N.Collins      2' 2' 1           5+2 B.Werner     1  2  0  1'          4+1
J.Lyons        2  3  3           8   J.Larsen (g) 3  3  3  3  2       14
S.Courtney     f                 0   T.Atkin      x  0  0  0           0
C.Cobby        3  1' 0  0  1     5+1 S.Smith      x  f                 0

Lightning fast starts by Josh Larsen were the order of the day until he met his match in Chris Manchester. Scott Smith tangled with Sean Courtney in Ht2, and fell again in Ht4 leaving the track on a stretcher.

In pouring rain Chris Manchester carefully completed his maximum winning heat 12, but with his time seven seconds slower than the previous race referee Colin Reeve called a halt to the racing.

Thursday 6th June, Premier League

Sheffield 'Star' Tigers 46           Wolverhampton 'HI-Q Tyreservices' Wolves 50

R.Matousek  rider replacement   (5)  R.Correy     2  3  3  1  2'      11+1
R.Nagy (g)  3  1' 3  1  2  1    11+1 J.Grieves    0  1  1  0           2
G.Stead     2  2  3  0  1' r     8+1 M.Karlsson   3  3  3  3  2'      14+1
M.Wolter    0  f  2' 2           4+1 G.Stancl     1  x  2' 3  3        9+1
P.Fry (g)   1  1' 2  2  0  t     6+1 P.Karlsson   3  3  e  3  3       12
T.Atkin     2' 1' 1' 0           4+3 C.Taylor     fx 0  1  0  0        1 
S.Smith     3  2  2  2' 2  1' 1 13+2 S.McDonald   1  0  0              1

The Wolverhapton quartet made heavy weather of the pityfully weak Sheffield select, who didn't track a single rider with an average in excess of 7 pts per meeting. The turning point came at the start of heat 15 when an over anxious Paul Fry scythed through the tapes. Scott Smith rode out of his skin in the re-run, but George Stancl recovered his best Owlerton form to join Ronnie Correy at the front to level the match score. The Karlsson brothers repeated that result in heat 16 to clinch the match for the Wolves, but really they left it rather late.

James Grieves, Craig Taylor and Stewart McDonald were only there to make up the numbers, and with George Stancl being excluded for fencing Paul Fry in heat 7 the Tigers managed to accumulate a flattering 10 point lead. Mirko Wolter was slow from the starts, and made a terrible mistake to fall on last lap of heat 5, but he redeemed himself with two loveley passes, albeit both against the disappointing Craig Taylor. If Robbie Kessler and Zoltan Adorjan had been present I think the result might have been different, but the meeting was still an entertaining spectacle for the fans.


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