Monarchs lord it over Tigers again for club record eighth straight win
Monarchs set a club record by chalking up their seventh straight win at the start of the season as they roared into the semi-finals of the League Cup with last night’s victory, writes Nigel Duncan.
It was a third straight win over their great rivals this season and Tigers have now lost their first five outings of the campaign. The pair meet again at Tigers’ Ashfield home tomorrow and Derek Sneddon, the Monarchs captain who was riding despite feeling pain barrier following a crash last week, set his sights on an eighth straight win. Craig Cook was again Monarchs’ leading scorer with 14 points and was beaten only once, by the German Kevin Wolbert, a former Monarchs’ No.1, in his first outing for Tigers. The Premier League’s top scorer was backed up by Justin Sedgmen, the Australian newcomer, who scored nine. Theo Pijper, the former Monarch who is now captain of Tigers, scored 14 points and Wolbert 11. nSteve Worral, the Edinburgh Monarchs’ racer scored five points riding for Swindon Robins at Poole Pirates yesterday in the first leg of the Elite Shield. Poole won 56-34. nJosh Grajczonek will use tonight’s visit to Berwick Bandits as a warm-up for his Grand Prix ambitions. The former Glasgow Tigers favourite, who will lead Workington Comets’ in the League Cup tie, has been nominated as one of Australians to contest the FIM Grand Prix qualifiers at Berwick on June 7.
Among the entries for the worldfamous Stawell Easter Gift Handicap Sprint in Victoria, Australia, this weekend is Simon Wells, a little-known, though intriguing Scot, writes Sandy Sutherland.
He is the son of the 1980 Olympic 100 metres champion Allan Wells and his wife Margot, herself a former Scottish national sprint champion though now better known as a sprint and fitness coach for both rugby and football.
Wells Jr has been allocated a start of 8.5m for the professional 120m handicap, the semi-finals and final of which take place tomorrow in the Western Victorian town of Stawell.
With a limit this year of 10m for the handicaps, Wells, a rookie in this form of the sport, could probably not have expected any more generous treatment, particularly with his father’s reputation. Now 26, he has a modest wind-assisted best for the 100m of 11.19sec.
Ambitious SMRH have signed the South African batsman Brad Moses to lead their Cricket Scotland Eastern Premier campaign, writes William Dick. The experienced former Dolphins man, who now plays for KwaZulu Natal Inland, has featured in 75 first-class matches in his homeland, amassing almost 4000 runs with six centuries. He will make his SMRH debut in a pre-season game against city rivals Heriot’s at Goldenacre today. SMRH were spared relegation last season when the league was expanded to 10 teams under reconstruction.