SPEEDWAY LIVE: Poole Pirates v Swindon Robins
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- Poole Pirates 49 Swindon Robins 41
- PIRATES: Darcy Ward (R-2-2'-3-3) 10+1; Tomas H Jonasson (2-1'-2-3) 8+1; Greg Hancock (3-3-3-2'-0) 11+1; Rohan Tungate (0-0-0-3) 3; Maciej Janowski (3-3-2-0) 8; Josh Grajczonek (3-0-1'-3-1) 8+1; Micky Dyer (0-1-0) 1.
- ROBINS: Hans Andersen (1-2-3-1'-1') 8+2; Edward Kennett (3-1'-3-0-0) 7+1; r/r for Peter Kildemand; Nick Morris (2-2-X-1-0) 5; Troy Batchelor (0-3-1'-2-2-2) 10+1; Kyle Newman (1'-0-1') 2+2; Kyle Howarth (2-1'-2-1-1-0-2) 9+1.
That's it for today, but please remember to join us for the return clash on Thursday, and also don't forget to pick up your copy of the Advertiser tomorrow for all the action and reaction.
With gate four as hard to use as in the GP Challenge on Saturday night, Robins captain Andersen also explained the last minute switch to take gates two and four in heat 15 after initially choosing one and three.
"Gate four was hard again like it was on Saturday, and I said to Rosco I didn't want to go off gate four twice after Saturday," he said.
"In the last race I knew we needed a heat advantage to get a point, and we debated what to do because at first we wanted to take one and three. Then we thought two had been better all day, so I went off the outside and the plan was to put Troy off two because I had a better chance of coming from the back.
"If Troy made a good start he could have gone off and won the race and I just needed to pass someone, it nearly worked, but it just didn't happen."
Captain Hans Andersen admitted Poole were just a little bit too strong for his side today.
"We fought hard, but it wasn't enough in the end because the Pirates were pretty strong,"
"We all showed good character and tried pretty hard, and on a few occasions they got past on the line which made things harder for us.
"Full credit to the team, but Pirates were a bit strong."
Alun Rossiter was pleased with his riders despite this evening's defeat.
“It’s one of those things really, this is a tough place to come and Darcy’s (Ward) a class act round here who’s very hard to beat, and then when you chuck in Greg Hancock too it’s always going to be difficult,” he said.
“Everyone chipped in and I couldn’t fault their effort at all, although I could maybe expect more from Nick because he’s been riding so well, but he just wasn’t himself.
“Every time we lose we seem to be missing Peter, and that’s just because of the sort of rider he is. It’s not because of the way the team’s built because we’re solid all the way through."
Reaction to follow as long as I can negotiate my way past the guard and get in the pits.
So Poole take all the points from this meeting, but it was a good effort from the Robins in the absence of Kildemand.
Heat 15: Ward, Batchelor, Andersen, Hancock; 60.82 - 49-41
Batchelor gates but is superbly passed by Ward, and although Andersen muscles past Hancock it’s not enough to save a point.
5:58pm Mon 26 Aug 13
morris 1 says
Morris cost us this meeting this afternoon.
Well done lads we really did miss Peter
5:58pm Mon 26 Aug 13
jimmys lovechild says
Are sky Poole fans. Tatum actually cheered when they won heat 14
Apparently there was a protest lodged before the start of the race against a piece of equipment, but that seems to have been cleared up.
The two minutes have just been cancelled for a second time. Not really sure what's going on.
Hancock, Ward, Batchelor and Andersen for heat 15.
That's enough for the Pirates to win the meeting, but the Robins can still take a point with a heat advantage in the last race.
Heat 14: Tungate, Howarth, Grajczonek, Morris; 61.50 – 46-38
Tungate wins from the gate despite a good effort from Howarth, before Grajczonek catches Morris on the line.
Heat 13: Ward, Batchelor, Andersen, Janowski; 60.75 – 42-36
Ward uses every muscle in his slight frame to outmuscle Batchelor in turn one, as Andersen gets past Janowski.
This heat 13 will decide which way the meeting goes from here, massive.
Heat 12: Grajczonek, Hancock, Morris, Howarth; 61.12 – 39-33
Grajczonek produces a superb move to slam past Howarth, and when the reserve hits a rut Hancock is able to get through too.
Howarth takes Newman's last programmed ride, and Grajczonek in for Dyer.
Nick Morris takes the last r/r ride. So far the facility has scored 2+1 from three rides.
Pirates v Swindon, Maciej Janowski #speedway http://t.co/oLbmP5rFoO— @ianwadleyecho 26 August 2013
Heat 11: Andersen, Janowski, Grajczonek, Kennett; 60.56 – 34-32
Andersen passes Janowksi on the first back straight, but Kennett loses third.
Pirates v Swindon #speedway http://t.co/hfOueJD8JN— @ianwadleyecho 26 August 2013
A heat advantage needed from the Robins in the next, as Andersen and Kennett take on Janowski and Grajczonek.
Very short interval now, and the tractors are out. I reckon the Robins would have taken this at this stage before the meeting.
Heat 10: Jonasson, Ward, Howarth, Kennett; 60.53 – 31-29
The Pirates take the lead for the first time after Jonasson and Ward win a tough first corner.
The Robins opt to use Howarth from the start line, rather than Morris from the tapes.
And it looks as through Morris has been excluded for touching the tapes.
Red lights on straight away.
Morris, Jonasson, Kennett, Ward in the next one.
Kennett takes the r/r in heat 10.
Heat nine: Hancock, Batchelor, Newman, Tungate; 60.43 – 26-28
Hancock passes Batchelor and Newman gets by Tungate on the first back straight for another 3-3.
Jonasson is up and fine
Heat eight: Kennett, Jonasson, Kennett, Dyer; 61.09 – 23-25
A superb move from Howarth sees the Robins man go round the outside of both Jonasson and Dyer, but Jonasson bites back and gets the reserve on the line. He then hits the fence after the race is over.
@AndyWarren_ poor track condition like riding on concrete. Joke— @kevindiston 26 August 2013
The tractor's out ahead of heat eight.
Heat seven: Janowski, Morris, Batchelor, Grajczonek; 61.03 – 21-21
Batchelor almost wipes out Morris on the second lap as both Robins fail to hunt down gater Janowski.
Greg Hancock... the Stanley Matthews of Speedway. Please stop winning every heat Mister! #adverspeedway— @John_of_Wessex 26 August 2013
Heat six won by @batchattack1 https://t.co/hzfAbVpGdU— @AndyWarren_ 26 August 2013
Batch made that one look easy, and he's out again in the next one as he takes the RR ride.
Heat six: Batchelor, Ward, Jonasson, Newman; 60.09 – 18-18
Very dominant win from Batchelor, but Newman can’t make an impression.
Heat five: Hancock, Andersen, Kennett, Tungate; 60.40 – 15-15
Hancock gates and goes, and Kennett has to be on his guard for the entire race to hold off Tungate.
Track graded, and we're back with heat five.
My first attempt at using Vine is awful, sorry. https://t.co/8psbpHHYw5— @AndyWarren_ 26 August 2013
So, all even after four, with Howarth the main man so far.
Heat four: Janowski, Howarth, Dyer, Batchelor; 60.59 – 12-12.
Howarth makes it to the first corner first but Janowski goes round the outside, and Batchelor passes Dyer before losing out by going wide coming out of turn four.
Howarth taking three on the trot, so a bit of a delay.
Heat three: Hancock, Morris, Howarth, Tungate; 59.91 – 8-10
Morris gives Hancock a torrid time, but the American holds on after making the gate.
The Robins will be pretty pleased with this start, but how they fill in for Kildemand will be the key.
Howarth takes the r/r ride in the next, and takes on Hancock and Tungate.
Heat two: Grajczonek, Howarth, Newman, Dyer; 60.22 – 5-7
Grajczonek makes the first corner first, and despite trying inside and out Howarth has to settle for second.
That was superb from Kennett, back to the form which saw him start the year with a bang. The Robins rider held his line for four laps, forcing Jonasson to try and use an inside which wasn't there.
Heat one: Kennett, Jonasson, Andersen, Ward R; 60.22
Kennett makes a superb gate from two and pushes Ward wide, and then does superbly well to hold of Jonasson as Ward packs up.
Riders on the track for heat one.
Still waiting for Sky to stop their lovely promo videos.
Poole have won the toss and take one and three in heat one.
Alun Rossiter is having a quick word on the microphone, and was given a huge boo by the Wimborne Road crowd.
A fair bit of water going on the track today, which may not suit the Pirates.
Here come Poole, of course led by Darcy Ward and Greg Hancock.
GREG HANCOCK AND DARCY WARD
The Robins have just been out on parade, with Hans Andersen completing the whole back straight on one wheel.
There's no Peter Kildemand for the Robins this evening, with the Dane missing today as a precaution following two crashes in the GP Challenge which aggravated a knock he suffered against Belle Vue on Thursday.
This is of course a repeat of last year's Grand Final which the Robins won to claim their first title in 45 years, but if they are to meet again in this year's play-offs the Pirates are in desperate need of a win.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Wimborne Road for this afternoon's Elite League clash between Poole Pirates and Swindon Robins.
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