Poole quits the Pan­thers lair but an­other Aussie great ar­rives at Al­wal­ton

WHAT THE BUT­LER SAW

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

PAN­THERS ex­pert DICK BUT­LER has reached 1994 in his bite-size jour­ney back in time. It was a year in which one Aus­tralian great moved on and an­other was un­earthed, but any hopes of hon­ours were hit by a suc­ces­sion of bad in­juries. POOLE PULLED Club tal­is­man Mick Poole fan­cied a change and couldn’t be talked out of a move to Bri­tish League Di­vi­sion Two ri­vals Ox­ford.

Need­less to say Poole still gave the Show­ground faith­ful a few glimpses of his abil­ity.

He led Ox­ford to Four-Team Tour­na­ment glory here (with Pan­thers back in third) and also scored a 15-point max­i­mum for his new club in a league meet­ing as they won on both vis­its to his old stomp­ing ground.

Oth­ers to leave were Paul Hurry (Arena Es­sex) and Alan Mo­gridge (Mid­dles­brough). RYAN FLYIN’ IN A young Aus­tralian by the name of Ryan Sul­li­van touched down for a de­but in Bri­tish speedway and he was joined on the ar­rivals’ list by an­other fu­ture Peter­bor­ough leg­end, Sam Te­sar.

Carl Stone­hewer ar­rived from Belle Vue to join re­turnees Ja­son Gage, Eric Mon­aghan, Hans Clausen and Ronni Ped­er­sen. DAN­ISH DIS­AS­TER Pan­thers started their sea­son with a nar­row de­feat at Poole’s Ox­ford but it took a huge toll as Clausen suf­fered a bro­ken leg in a heat 14 ar­gu­ment with team-mate Ped­er­sen’s ma­chine that would rule him out for the en­tire sea­son.

As a re­sult Pan­thers brought club leg­end Ian Bar­ney back in as num­ber eight while us­ing rider re­place­ment. RECORD BREAK­ERS That was Long Ea­ton who swooped for a 48-47 win at the Show­ground in late April to de­stroy Pan­thers’ two-year un­beaten home record. DEON SIGNS ON - THEN OFF Pan­thers scrapped the idea of us­ing rider re­place­ment by the time sum­mer ar­rived and snapped up South African rider Deon Prinsloo which quickly looked a good move with de­cent re­sults fol­low­ing.

But an­other ham­mer blow was just around the corner as Prinsloo’s sea­son was ended af­ter just six weeks due to a bro­ken knee which he sus­tained in a Four-Team Tour­na­ment qual­i­fier.

By then Stone­hewer had also suf­fered a frac­tured leg while guest­ing for New­cas­tle.

It came days af­ter he had scored paid 28 points in home and away tri­umphs over Sh­effield. GOLDEN GRA­HAME Pan­thers drafted in vet­eran Alan Gra­hame for the fi­nal weeks of the sea­son.

The 40 year-old had been dropped by Ox­ford but showed his class here with a string of dou­ble­fig­ures scores.

His first match saw the Pan­thers get a draw at New­cas­tle and he also in­spired a 52-44 win at Sh­effield in early Oc­to­ber as he racked up a 9.29 av­er­age in six meet­ings. HIGH FIVES The long list of in­juries had taken its toll how­ever and Pan­thers had to set­tle for a fifth-place fin­ish.

They gained a small slice of con­so­la­tion for an in­jury rav­aged sea­son with a 66-29 maul­ing of cham­pi­ons Glas­gow – their biggest home suc­cess of the sea­son and re­venge for a KO Cup semi-fi­nal exit at the hands of the Scots.

Two 52-44 wins at Sh­effield were the best of half-a-dozen away vic­to­ries. ALL VERY AV­ER­AGE Pan­thers used 13 rid­ers in all – in­clud­ing a very young Scott Ni­cholls who com­pleted 21 meet­ings for a 3.35 mark while on loan from Ip­swich.

Te­sar (9.13) and Sul­li­van (7.09) were the only men to see out all the sea­son with Stone­hewer (8.33) and Ped­er­sen (7.60) also do­ing well.

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