Hall hop­ing to win an­other ti­tle with Pan­thers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Mark Plum­mer SPEED­WAY COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Richard Hall hopes to be­come a Pan­thers ti­tle hero all over again. The pop­u­lar racer has been handed a re­turn to the city club a decade af­ter star­ring in their un­for­get­table Elite League Grand Fi­nal tri­umph of 2006.

Now, Hall has his sights firmly set on scoop­ing Pre­mier League hon­ours as part of a ruth­lessly re­vamped Pan­thers side.

But the first task for the new-look city out­fit is nail­ing down their place in the play-offs fol­low­ing a sum­mer slump in form which prompted pro­moter Ged Rath­bone’s re­cent shake-up.

To do that, Pan­thers must tri­umph in two cru­cial home meet­ings ei­ther side of the week­end as they en­ter­tain Work­ing­ton to­mor­row night (Fri­day, 7.30pm) andthen­host Rye House on Mon­day (also 7.30pm).

Both meet­ings have been hastily re-ar­ranged af­ter a dou­ble-header last Sun­day was post­poned with the Al­wal­ton track left wa­ter­logged by heavy rain.

Hall said: “I’m re­ally happy to be a Peter­bor­ough rider again and I’m de­lighted Ged has given me the chance to come back to the club.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we should make the­p­lay-off­sand­be­push­ingto reach the fi­nal with the team that has been put to­gether.

“I would love to win an­other ti­tle with the club 10 years on­fromthe­high­lightofmy­ca­reer in speed­way.

“The­w­hole­sea­son in 2006 was the best I’ve ever had in speed­way and play­ing a big part in the fi­nal few races of the Grand Fi­nal just made it even bet­ter.”

An­difPan­thers­do­suc­ceed in nail­ing dow­natop-six spot, Hall has no doubt about who he would love to face in the shoot-out for hon­ours.

The 32 year-old, who will op­er­ate at sec­ond string for Pan­thers on­abar­gain 3.29 av­er­age, is gun­ning for for­mer club Sh­effield, who axed him ear­lier this sea­son.

Hall added: “It would be so nice to meet Sh­effield in the play-offs. I’ve got a point to prove af­ter be­ing dropped by them.”

Hall and ma­jor sign­ing Ken­nethB­jer­rewil­l­now­make their Peter­bor­ough re­turns against Work­ing­ton­when­the team is at full strength.

But num­ber one Craig Cook misses the new Rye House date on Mon­day due to an Elite League clash. Lasse Bjerre, younger brother of re­turn­ing star Ken­neth, has been called in to guest.

Re­turn­ing Pan­thers star Ken­neth Bjerre suf­fered heart­break in his bid to win a World Cham­pi­onship place last Satur­day.

Bjerre was­beat­en­bySwedish racer Fred­die Lind­gren in a run-off for third spot in the Grand Prix Chal­lenge in Vet­landa, Swe­den.

The top-three fin­ish­ers se­cured places on the sport’s big­gest stage for 2017 with Lind­gren join­ing meet­ing win­ner Pa­tryk Dudek and run­ner-up Martin Va­c­u­lik in ad­vanc­ing.

Pan­ther­snum­beroneCraig Cook is the city club’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Pre­mier LeagueRiders’Cham­pi­onship at Sh­effield (5.30pm) on Sun­day. He won it in 2012.

Zdenek Holub of Pan­thers rides in the Euro­pean Un­der 21 Fi­nal on Satur­day. Cam­bridgeshire’s BDOIn­terCoun­ties League Pre­mier Divi­sion cam­paign got off to an ex­i­c­it­ing start at the GER Club in March at the week­end.

Cambs, who were well beaten in the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture last sea­son, fought back from 11-7 down on the first day af­ter the B team clashes to snatch a18-18 draw as Craig Ven­man ( March GER) kept his cool to win the fi­nal game in the men’s A team match-up.

For the Cambs men’s B team there was an out­stand­ing de­but by Ash­ley Cole­man (Peter­bor­ough Plough­man El­ders). He fought back from 2-0 down to win 4-3 af­ter check­ing out on 100 in one leg and 91 in the de­cider. He hit 10 tons plus a 140, 139, 125 and 121 and col­lected the men’sBteam­matchaward­for Cambs .

Paul Wenn, Gary Robert­son and Tony Hol­land all scored 180s for Cambs B while on the fin­ish­ing front Wenn had a 105 out, Alex Top­per had a 114, Pete Fuller a 120, Phil John­son-Hale a 104, Si­monCas­sidy a 116, Kelly Cor­co­ran a 106 and best of all Chris Sands Pearce a 161.

The Cambs women’s B match award win­ner was Amanda Ab­bott (Fly­ers) who won on her re­turn to county darts af­ter the birth of her daugh­ter.

Juliet Find­ley ( March GER) took the ladies A match award af­ter beat­ing for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Tam­myMont­gomery, while men’s A team match award win­ner was Martin Adams.

The three- times world cham­pi­o­nand­world­num­ber twowon4-2against Karl For­ring­ton and fin­ished with a su­perb 30.56 av­er­age. He hit three 180s, a 135, 128, 125, 121 and eight tons. City of Peter­bor­ough tackle Na­tional League op­po­si­tion at the Na­tional Hockey Cen­tre in Lea Val­ley in their fi­nal warm-up week­end ahead of the East League sea­son.

City take on Bris­tol Univer­sity and Fare­ham on Satur­day and Chich­ester on Sun­dayinthean­nu­al­tourna-

Stu­ardWard­hadt­wo180s andIanWither­shadone. The best fin­ish­es­both­came­from Den­nisHar­bour, who­had118 and 116 shots out. ment or­gan­ised by Pre­mier League um­piries.

City won 5- 0 at West Bridge­ford in last week­end’s friendly thanks to goals from Joe Find­ing, Ben New­man, Danny Sis­son, Ben Read and Ross Am­bler. Sis­son was mak­inghis­debutafter­trans­fer­ring from Long Sut­ton.

“We’re still ad­just­ing to the new sys­tems in­tro­duced by new coach Mike Yeo­man,” City skip­per Ross Booth­said.

“This week­end’s games against top-class op­po­si­tion will give us an idea of where we are.”

The East League sea­son starts on Septem­ber 17.

Richard Hall (third from left) cel­e­brates Pan­thers’ Elite League Grand Fi­nal tri­umph in 2006.

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