SWINDON Robins will begin the defence of their Elite League title with a televised visit to Lakeside Hammers.

The meeting on Monday March 25 will be the first broadcast by Sky Sports during 2013, while the Robins’ home clash with King’s Lynn on Thursday April 4 will also be televised.

Club co-owner Gary Patchett said: “This is a very exciting way for us to start the season and we’re delighted to be appearing on Sky as reigning champions.

“The March 25 fixture for TV had to be between two clubs without any GP riders because of the New Zealand Grand Prix that weekend – and under current plans both Lakeside and ourselves fall into that category.”

The Hammers will be led by Peter Karlsson and Davey Watt next season, while the Stars hope to secure Niels-Kristian Iversen as their number one.

The full fixture list is set to be announced in the near future.