Pan­thers live on Sky next week

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

SKY TV will make their first visit to the East of Eng­land Show­ground this sea­son on Mon­day, June 28.

The Ready­power Pan­thers will take on top-four ri­vals Lake­side in front of the cam­eras in the sec­ond of a week­end of vi­tal play-off ac­tion.

And the meet­ing will be of­fi­cially Armed Forces Day with free ad­mis­sion to all ser­vice per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies.

It will be a hec­tic two matches in four nights for the Pan­thers – with Belle Vue the vis­i­tors on Fri­day, June 25.

So far this sea­son Peter­bor­ough’s only TV ap­pear­ances have been on the road but they are likely to fea­ture more of­ten as the race to fin­ish in the top four hots up.

Cur­rently the Pan­thers are in fourth place but only two points ahead of fifth-in-the-ta­ble Belle Vue.

Next Fri­day’s clash with the Aces is the first of five suc­ces­sive home matches al­though there is a pos­si­bil­ity that an away meet­ing – again in front of the TV cam­eras – will be slot­ted into an oth­er­wise bar­ren away pro­gramme in July.

TEAM-MATES Troy Batch­e­lor and Rory Sch­lein are set to be World Cham­pi­onship ri­vals in the race for a place in next year’s Grand Prix se­ries.

The pair, both of whom are likely to fea­ture in Aus­tralia’s World Cup squad, have been drawn in the same race-off round in the 2011 Grand Prix qual­i­fy­ing se­ries.

And they will meet in their open­ing ride in the meet­ing at Ostrow, Poland, on Satur­day, July 3.

Troy, who is cur­rently tak­ing a mid-sea­son break in Spain, has greeted the draw en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

He said: “I was dread­ing be­ing drawn in the round in Rus­sia – it would have meant a 3,000 mile trip just to get there.”

Peter­bor­ough’s other con­tender Niels-Kris­tian Iversen has also avoided the marathon trek to Rus­sia. He con­tin­ues his bid to get through to the Grand Prix Chal­lenge via the round at Lonigo, Italy, also on July 3.

His ri­vals will in­clude Pan­thers’ as­sets Ales and Lukas Dryml.

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