Devils de­mol­ished as Monar­chs take their un­beaten reign to 18

The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE - BSPA PRE­MIER LEAGUE ED­IN­BURGH MONAR­CHS ...... 61 PLY­MOUTH DEVILS ................. 31 Pic­ture: Andrew Hone/getty Im­ages

SPEED­WAY

Max Fricke, the Aus­tralian, pow­ered to his first full house last night as Monar­chs pow­ered to a league dou­ble over Devils at Ar­madale to ex­tend their un­beaten run to 18 games, 17 of them vic­to­ries, since the start of the sea­son, writes Nigel Dun­can. Fricke won all his five races in the com­fort­able vic­tory in which the home side col­lected seven 5-1 heat score­lines.

Vic­tory was sealed mid­way through the match when Ply­mouth were hit by a triple whammy with 5-1 score­lines in heats 6, 7 and 8 as Monar­chs moved to a 33-15 score­line. They never looked back and cruised to a com­fort­able win to set them­selves up for a tricky away meet­ing with Work­ing­ton Comets in the league tonight. The home side have en­listed their for­mer No.1 Richard Law­son as a guest for the for­mer Glas­gow Tigers man Josh Gra­jc­zonek. nSte­wart Dick­son, the Glas­gow Tigers, man­ager, be­lieves that his side are favourites for this weekend’s Knockout Cup Quar­ter-fi­nal dou­ble­header with Rye House Rock­ets even though they are with­out key rid­ers and Rock­ets are two places above them in the Pre­mier League ta­ble.

Tigers, who are sec­ond-bot­tom of the 13-strong di­vi­sion, visit the English side in the re-ar­ranged first-round tie tonight and en­ter­tain Rock­ets to­mor­row (5pm). For­mer Tiger An­dre Comp­ton deputises for the in­jured French­man Dim­itri Berge while Kasper Lykke, the for­mer Rye House rider, will be in Nor­way on in­ter­na­tional duty. James Sar­jeant steps in for the away leg and Tom Perry is his re­place­ment on Sun­day. The French racer Mathieu Tre­sar­rieu misses out for Rye House be­cause of grasstrack rac­ing com­mit­ments abroad and they bring in guests.

Dick­son said: “We need our back­sides kicked if we don’t go through to the next round to face New­cas­tle Di­a­monds. Chris­tian Henry is go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence [for us] at No.2 and, with him com­ing in, and them los­ing Tre­sar­rieu, we’ve got to be favourites for this tie. With­out be­ing dis­re­spect­ful, they [Rye House] have not been do­ing well and they’ve got a Na­tional League rider at No 2.

“At worst, it should be a four or six­point de­feat [in Eng­land], but we should be look­ing to get a win down and the job would be eas­ier to do on Sun­day.”

CY­CLING

Katie Archibald will be look­ing to bounce back from a crash in last weekend’s Jupiter Lon­don Noc­turne when she con­tests the Surf & Turf 2 Day event in Lan­cashire this weekend, writes Colin Renton. The race, made up of three stages, fea­tures a pro­logue this morn­ing, a cri­terium this af­ter­noon and a road stage to­mor­row. She is joined in a strong field by sev­eral of her fel­low Scots, in­clud­ing Claire Thomas, who will be a Com­mon­wealth Games col­league for Archibald next month and Scot­tish road race cham­pion Jane Barr, who has a point to prove af­ter be­ing over­looked by team se­lec­tors for Glas­gow. VIC­TORY TAR­GET: Mark Web­ber leads Porsche’s re­turn to the Le Mans 24 hours to­day.

JUDO

MO­TOR RAC­ING

Sally Con­way, the world No.5, sharp­ens up for the Com­mon­wealth Games by tak­ing part in a top level Olympic train­ing camp in Minsk this weekend, writes Roddy Macken­zie. A sil­ver medal­list at last month’s Baku Grand Slam in Azer­bai­jan, Con­way is ranked sec­ond in the Com­mon­wealth at Un­der-70kg level. The 10-day camp has at­tracted ju­doka from across Europe, and Ed­in­burgh-based Olympic sil­ver medal­list Gemma Gib­bons, who will com­pete for Eng­land at the Games, will also at­tend. Mark Web­ber, the Aus­tralian who leads Porsche’s re­turn to the Le Mans 24-hours race to­day, aims to achieve some­thing his for­mer Red Bull team- mate in For­mula One, Se­bastien Vet­tel, has not done yet this sea­son: win a race, writes Jim McGill.

Web­ber and the four-time F1 world champ shared an of­ten ac­ri­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship at Red Bull, and the 37-yearold couldn’t help hav­ing a dig at the Ger­man, whose best re­sult so far is third in Malaysia and Canada. Vet­tel’s new team-mate, an­other Aus­tralian Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, won in Canada and leads the ti­tle holder by 19 points. “I think he’s had my car from last year,” Web­ber said yes­ter­day as he pre­pared to start his new Porsche 919 Hy­brid from fourth, be­hind the pole-sit­ting Toy­ota and just ahead of the lead Audi in fifth, on the 56-car grid in front of 300,000 spec­ta­tors to­day. “In terms of re­li­a­bil­ity it’s been dif­fi­cult for him to get the re­sults he wants, but I must ad­mit Both Glen Urquhart and Lo­vat will be wary of in­juries and sus­pen­sions to­day as they seek to emerge in­tact ahead of next weekend’s RBS Mac­Tavish Cup fi­nal, writes Kenneth Stephen. Both fi­nal­ists have play­ers on the brink of bans and oth­ers nurs­ing in­juries which could pre­vent in­volve­ment in front of the BBC Alba cam­eras next Satur­day.

Both also have im­por­tant games to­day, with Lo­vat look­ing to take a ma­jor step to­wards the Ma­caulay Cup fi­nal, against lower league Fort Wil­liam while Glen face bot­tom club Lochaber in the Pre­mier­ship as they aim to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tion in the top four.

Billy McLean, co-man­ager of Glen Urquhart said: “Book­ings take one week to take ef­fect and we have one or two lads on the thresh­old but we need to avoid red cards, cer­tainly. Mike Brady is un­likely to make the fi­nal. He ar­rived at train­ing this week for phys­io­ther­apy and left on crutches.” Lo­vat will be with­out Michael MacKen­zie next week be­cause he is on hol­i­day.

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