Monar­chs lord it over Tigers again for club record eighth straight win

The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE - BSPA LEAGUE CUP. BOR­DER SEC­TION ED­IN­BURGH MONAR­CHS ...... 55 GLAS­GOW TIGERS .................. 38

SPEED­WAY

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.

ATH­LET­ICS

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.

CRICKET

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.

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