Meet the SHEFFIELD 'Tigers' 2021

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Troy Matthew Batchelor
Troy Batchelor Born: Brisbane Queensland, Australia 29th August 1987
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Australian Under-16 Champion in 2003, Queensland State Champion in 2007, South Australia State Champion in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, Australian Champion in 2013, Elite League Riders Champion in 2014 and Victoria State Champion in 2016.

Troy started his British career with King's Lynn and Eastbourne in 2005, switching to Coventry the following year. A year with Poole in 2007 before joining Swindon in 2008 and joining Ipwich in 2009. Two years with Peterborough before he switched back to Swindon for 2012-2015. Back to King's Lynn in 2016 for two seasons and then to Swindon in 2018.

Troy's teams have seen a good deal of success winning the KO Cup in 2005, 2006 and 2019, the Young Shield in 2005, the League Championship in 2006, 2012 and 2019, the Premier Trophy in 2006, and the Elite Shield in 2008 and 2018.

He's represented Australia in 17 World Cup meetings scoring 148 points and winning 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Individually he has appeared in 28 Grand Prix scoring 183 points and making it through to 3 GP finals

With Nicki Pedersen unable to ride in Britain due to Polish League restrictions the Tigers were looking to restructure the team. With the Robins taking a year out due to their Abbey Stadium being redeveloped Troy took little persuasion when invited to join the Tigers for 2021.

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in 2006: 63.3  26 October
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Joshua Lee Grajczonek
Josh Grajczonek Born: Kirwan, Townsville Queensland, Australia 5th February 1990
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Queensland U16 champion in 2004, U21 champion in 2007 & 2008, and State champion in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Josh began his British career with Glasgow in 2008. Back with the Scottish Tigers in 2009 and 2010 and he also had outings for Elite League Belle Vue. Glasgow and Swindon were his clubs in 2011, Glasgow and Belle Vue 2012. In a very successful 2013 he took Championship medals in both divisions with Poole and Somerset, and repeated it with Poole in 2014. He joined the Aces in 2015 and picked up KO Cup and Pairs medals with the Somerset Rebels. In 2016 he picked up a paid maximum with Elite Swindon, and League, League Cup and Pairs medals with the Rebels.

Joining the Tigers he led them to the Championship title in 2017 finishing with a 9.57 average including 4 full and 3 paid maximums. 2018 saw him back with Poole in the Premier League and he helped them to finish top of the Premiership in 2019.

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in 2016: 60.2  26 October
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Jack Holder
Jack Holder Born: Appin New South Wales, Australia 23 March 1996
CMA (20 mtgs) May June July Aug Sep Oct
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Brother of James and 2012 World Champion Chris, Jack first rode in Britain for Plymouth in 2015. He doubled up with Peterborough and Poole in 2017, moved to Somerset in 2018 and finished the 2019 season at the top of the Premiership with the Poole Pirates and second only to Brady Kurtz in their averages.

Jack has an impressive record at Owlerton. His first visit with Plymouth in 2015 saw him score 9 from 4 rides (including a double points heat win). He repeated the double points heat win a year later scoring 14+1 from 5 rides, and also finished 6th with 10 points in the PLRC. His last two visits with Peterborough in 2017 resulted in paid 24 points from 10 rides giving him an Owlerton average of 9.33, or 8.00 excluding bonus points.

Jack has had a good end to the year winning the New South Wales Championship from his brother Chris, and the Jason Crump Classic on Boxing Day from Rohan Tungate, Erik Riss and Brady Kurtz.

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in 2017: 61.4 22 June
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Kyle Howarth
Kyle Howarth Born: Ashton-under-Lyne Greater Manchester 11th February 1994
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Kyle was an accomplished grass track and motocross competitor before turning his attention to amateur speedway in 2008. Queensland U21 State Champion in 2011 and 12 and British U21 champion in 2015, his previous clubs include Scunthorpe, Poole, Somerset, Edinburgh and Swindon but he has become an important part of the Wolverhampton Elite league team.

Kyle first doubled down with the Tigers in 2016. He soon settled in at Owlerton and after solving some machine issues in mid-season he stepped up to assume the captaincy and inspired the Tigers into the play offs, and all the way through to the final despite his team mates dropping like flies around him.

A fantastic season 2017 saw Kyle steer us to Championship success and the Championship Pairs title with Lasse. Having put an impressive 1.44 onto his average he replaced Josh Grajczonek as the Tigers No.1 for 2018 after a lengthy stand-off with Workington who hold his contract.

Kyle and his close friend Charles won the Championship Pairs title at Somerset on the eve of the British Grand Prix but his average took a dip and he lost the no.1 jacket. Sheffield then suffered four consecutive home defeats with Kyle unable to fathom the problem.

Captaining the Tigers again in 2019 Kyle missed the Somerset match after having an extraordinary drug test result while guesting for King's Lynn at Eastbourne at the end of June. This turned out to be a trace of the cocodamol he was given in hospital after dislocating his shoulder when he crashed in the British semi-final at Redcar.

Kyle dislocated it again in the re-arranged away match at Eastbourne on the eve of the Championship Riders final and had to sit out the end of the season. With racing suspended for 2020 Kyle took the opportunity to have surgery on his shoulder and reported it successful when riding in the Peter Craven memorial meeting at Belle Vue. In December he repaid the help he had received from the Ben Fund with a sponsored cycle ride from his home town Swindon to Manchester, just 156 miles in grotty weather!

When the Tigers elected to move up to the Premiership Kyle had to choose between Wolverhampton and Sheffield, and became the first name on the Tigers team sheet.

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in 2019: 60.82  11 August
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Ashley Morris
Ashley Morris Born: Wolverhampton West Midlands 6th May 1994
CMA (20 mtgs) May June July Aug Sept Oct
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Ashley made his debut for the Scorpions juniors back in 2009. For the next two years he doubled with the Dudley and Edinburgh teams, then another two seasons with Dudley and Workington. Ashley top scored in the 2012 British U19 meeting at Owlerton dropping just one point to Tom Perry, but then was beaten by Stefan Nielsen in the grand final.

2014 saw him join Wolverhampton and he continued with the Comets, but it was all change in 2015 with appearances for King's Lynn, Ipswich and Plymouth. Ashley was a busy man in 2016 making 36 appearances in various leagues for Scunthorpe, Newcastle, King's Lynn, Wolverhampton and Peterborough. A full season with the Diamonds in 2017, plus one meeting for Somerset. Wolverhampton and Newcastle were his teams in 2018, and he switched to Birmingham in 2019 with averages of 3.32 for the Wolves, and 5.46 for the Brummies before injury curtailed his season.

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in 2019: 62.94   5 May
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