Wednesday May 01, 2019
The Poole Pirates proved to be party poopers as they invaded the Oaktree Arena and inflicted a 22 point defeat on the 'Cases' Somerset Rebels who were celebrating 20 years of racing at the venue.

Limiting the hosts to just one race winner, Chris Harris in heat 7, the Pirates delivered a showing of pacey gating and although on paper the result looks as though the Premiership side outclassed the Championship Rebels, the fact of the matter was that Somerset were very much in close quarters in many of the heats.
"Some of our lads chose to try out a few things and that is fair enough to be honest, as this was an ideal opportunity to test set-ups and things" admitted a not too disconsolate Rebels' team boss Garry May after the 34-56 beating, "We've also got to remember that Poole are a strong, solid outfit. They have been deliberately built that way by Matt [Ford] and he has got a good side there, of that there can be no doubt. But we gave them a run for their money tonight I felt. We weren't as quick as them from the gates and we couldn't finish through with some of the moves that we made, but I don't think we were as bad as the result might sound."
With five of Poole's teams all having been previous Rebels they arguably had more experience of the Oaktree circuit than the seven Rebels on the night.
After going behind in the opening heat the Rebels were able to stem the tide for three heats. Having done well in heat 5 to overcome first out of the traps Richie Worrall, Rebels' guest for the night Josh Bates had no answer to the powerful pass of Jack Holder that set Poole on their way. By heat 8 they had established a 10-point lead and within a further three heats the Rebels were facing an 18-point deficit courtesy of back to back 5-1's to Poole in heats 10 and 11.
The visitors followed that up with a brace of 4-2 advantages and although, through Josh Grajczonek, they also provided the winner of the final two heats, it was Rebel riders picking up the minor places.

Meanwhile, Rebels hopes of reaching the final stages of the SGB Championship Shield were delivered a blow when Eastbourne won at Birmingham in the final fixture of the Southern Group. The Eagles 53-37 triumph gave them four points so finish top of the group with 10 points. Somerset have 9 and now have to wait to see if they can edge through as the best second place across the three groups.

R.Schlein 0,2,1,2,2=7
T.Kurtz 1,0,0,0=1
J.Bates 1',2,1',2=6+2
N.Covatti 2,0,2,2,1'=7+1
C.Harris 1',3,0,0=4+1
H.Atkins 1',0,1,1'=3+2
A.Rowe 2,2,2,0=6

J.Holder 2',3,3,3=11+1
R.Worrall 3,1,3,2',0=9+1
N.Klindt [Tx],2,3,3=8
J.Grajczonek 3,1',2',3,3=12+2
B.Kurtz 3,3,3,1=10
P.Starke 3,0,1,0,1=5
J.Jenkins FD,0,1,0=1

Ht 1: R.Worrall, J.Holder, T.Kurtz, R.Schlein 1-5 1-5 |57.94]
Ht 2: P.Starke, A.Rowe, H.Atkins, J.Jenkins (Fell d/q) 3-3 4-8 [58.4]
Ht 3: J.Grajczonek, N.Covatti, J.Bates, P.Starke (15m hcap) [N.Klindt ex.tapes] 3-3 7-11 [58]
Ht 4: B.Kurtz, A.Rowe, C.Harris, J.Jenkins 3-3 10-14 [57.5]
Ht 5: J.Holder, J.Bates, R.Worrall, N.Covatti 2-4 12-18 [57.75]
Ht 6: B.Kurtz, R.Schlein, P.Starke, T.Kurtz 2-4 14-22 [57.19]
Ht 7: C.Harris, N.Klindt, J.Grajczonek, H.Atkins 3-3 17-25 [57.81]
Ht 8: R.Worrall, A.Rowe, J.Jenkins, T.Kurtz 2-4 19-29 [58.43]
Ht 9: B.Kurtz, N.Covatti, J.Bates, P.Starke 3-3 22-32 [57.81]
Ht 10: N.Klindt, J.Grajczonek, R.Schlein, T.Kurtz 1-5 23-37 [57.44]
Ht 11: J.Holder, R.Worrall, H.Atkins, C.Harris 1-5 24-42 [57.81]
Ht 12: N.Klindt, J.Bates, P.Starke, A.Rowe 2-4 26-46 [57.78]
Ht 13: J.Holder, R.Schlein, B.Kurtz, C.Harris 2-4 28-50 [58.03]
Ht 14: J.Grajczonek, N.Covatti, H.Atkins, J.Jenkins 3-3 31-53 [58]
Ht 15: J.Grajczonek, R.Schlein, N.Covatti, R.Worrall 3-3 34-56 [57.85]
Gates: SOMERSET won toss and chose gates 1&3 | POOLE took gates 2&4 in heat 15
Referee Ronnie Allan
Rider of the Night: Anders Rowe

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