WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST – Spot­light on the Poole Pi­rates

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily -

LINE-UP 1 Chris Holder (9.38) 2 Sam Mas­ters (4.51) 3 Darcy Ward (9.11) 4 Den­nis An­der­s­son (5.23) 5 Adrian Miedzin­ski (5.57) 6 Ricky Kling (4.06) 7 Todd Kurtz (3.00) STAR MEN ‘Tur­botwins’ Chris Holder and Darcy Ward are two of the top tal­ents in Bri­tish speed­way.

The two Aussies are best pals off the track and quite su­perb on it, both rack­ing up av­er­ages in ex­cess of nine points.

Holder (24) has al­ready slammed in four max­i­mums this term with Ward (20) lag- ging be­hind on three.

Ward should be rid­ing with a weight lifted off his shoul­ders tonight af­ter be­ing found not guilty in a sex­ual as­sault trial yes­ter­day. OTH­ERS TO WATCH The Pi­rates have four Aussies in all with re­serve­todd Kurtz and dou­bling-up man Sam Mas­ters also in the fold.

Mas­ters is de­clared to ride tonight but he missed a meet­ing for his Premier League club, Som­er­set, last night due to a leg prob­lem and Lud­vig Lind­gren may well get the nod in­stead.

Poole also boast two Swedes in their side in mid­dle-or­der man Den­nis An­der­s­son (some­one who burst onto the Bri­tish scene last year and who is im­press­ing again) and re­serve Ricky Kling (a rider who tends to blow hot and cold).

Pol­ish ace Adrian Miedzin­ski com­pletes the line-up. He is cur­rently only com­mit­ted un­til the end of this month but has hinted he may re­main for the whole sea­son due to his friend­ship with Holder and Ward. The three are also team-mates at Pol­ish clubtorun. TRACK Wim­borne Road is sand­wiched be­tween a shop­ping cen­tre and the sea­side.

It’s a smidgeon short of 300 me­tres in length and was nav­i­gated by Swede An­to­nio Lind­back in a record time of 56.91 back in 2006. RE­CENT FORM Poole have been un­stop­pable so far this sea­son, but they did have a ma­jor fright last Wed­nes­day.

They went into the final race of a league clash against Lake­side trail­ing by two points but a 5-1 from top dogs Holder and Ward en­sured they snatched vic­tory. Last five re­sults: v Wolver­hamp­ton (a) W54-39 (KOC) v Lake­side (h) W46-44 (EL) v Lake­side (a) W48-42 (EL) v Wolver­hamp­ton (a) W47-43 (EL) v Coven­try (h) W52-38 (EL) Key: EL = Elite League, KOC = KO Cup LAST TIME THERE Pan­thers were bashed 55-35 at Poole last Au­gust.

Guest num­ber one Ken­neth Bjerre scored just three points – the sec­ond low­est re­turn of any rider in the city team. He’ll cer­tainly hope for bet­ter tonight. Pan­thers: Troy Batch­e­lor 10, Nor­bert Kosci­uch 6, Dakota North 5+1, Krzysztof Buczkowski 5, Li­nus Sund­strom 4, Ken­neth Bjerre (guest) 3, Kacper Go­mol­ski Pan­thers sent shock­waves round the top-flight with a 46-44 suc­cess at Poole back in June, 2008.

Skip­per Hans An­der­sen led the way with a stun­ning 16-point haul and re­serve Morten Ris­ager had his best meet­ing in the city club’s colours with 10+1.

It was a brief high­light in a tur­bu­lent first half of a sea­son at the end of Colin Hor­ton’s reign as owner of the club. Pan­thers: Hans An­der­sen 16, Morten Ris­ager 10+1, Danny King 9+1, Henning Bager 7+1, Claus Viss­ing 4+1, Ty Proc­tor 0, rider re­place­ment for Ken­neth Bjerre.

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