Wait goes on as final is postponed... again

This Is Wiltshire: WET WET WET: Neil Middleditch, Alun Rossiter and Gary Patchett inspect the Poole track WET WET WET: Neil Middleditch, Alun Rossiter and Gary Patchett inspect the Poole track

SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter accepts the right decision was made to call-off last night’s play-off final second leg, because it means the Elite League title will be decided on a level playing field.

Constant rain in Poole throughout the day left little option but for the meeting to be called off at 6.15pm with puddles covering the Wimborne Road track, and the two teams will now try again on Monday night.

The first attempt to get the meeting on on Wednesday night also fell victim to the rain, and Rossiter does not want the weather to have any say in the destination of the title with a cut-off date of October 31 getting ever closer.

“I think it was probably the right decision to call it, but there really was not an awful lot we could do because the weather has beaten us again,” he said.

“It is frustrating and I know the fans are frustrated, because we all just want to get it on and decide a winner.

“What we want is a level playing field and we want the same for everybody.

“I wouldn’t want to win it by the season being cut off, and us winning it just because we won our home meeting wouldn’t be very fair.

“People say it might have suited us more than them to ride in the wet, but you can never really tell about that, and that is not the way to decide the title.

“I am sure we will get it on at some stage, but the wait is so frustrating for everyone.”

Rossiter now wants his riders to quickly shift their focus to Monday night, where Swindon will again be looking to win their first top-flight title for 45 years.

“They are all professionals and they know what they are doing, but it is important they are in the right state of mind for Monday now,” he said.

“We just need to think about it and refocus ourselves for Monday, although some of the guys have the Elite League Riders’ Championship first which will help them keep their concentration.”

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10:08pm Fri 19 Oct 12

mikek says...

Blimey after the week we have had with weather effecting sport like as in Poland who have a fantastic stadium with a roof and declined to use the roof for the England football game and now this farce with Poole supposedly covering the track with covers only for Sky Sports announcing that the covers had in fact been OFF ALL DAY what is going on. Is there some agenda by Poole to avoid playing the second leg to get other riders back in the side IE Pawlicki. When Sky came on at 7.30 tonight it had stopped raining so if the covers had been on it would certainly had gone ahead. Seems to me Poole took them off on purpose to get the match postponed and if Pawlicki is back on Monday then it will make a mockery of the sport.
Blimey after the week we have had with weather effecting sport like as in Poland who have a fantastic stadium with a roof and declined to use the roof for the England football game and now this farce with Poole supposedly covering the track with covers only for Sky Sports announcing that the covers had in fact been OFF ALL DAY what is going on. Is there some agenda by Poole to avoid playing the second leg to get other riders back in the side IE Pawlicki. When Sky came on at 7.30 tonight it had stopped raining so if the covers had been on it would certainly had gone ahead. Seems to me Poole took them off on purpose to get the match postponed and if Pawlicki is back on Monday then it will make a mockery of the sport. mikek
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7:04am Sat 20 Oct 12

GalaxyMan says...

I hear that Poole will be handed the trophy as they finished top of the table, should it be rained off again!
Kind of making a mockery of the Play Off format, isn't it.
I hear that Poole will be handed the trophy as they finished top of the table, should it be rained off again! Kind of making a mockery of the Play Off format, isn't it. GalaxyMan
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