Sh­effield claim play-off glory

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

SPEED­WAY: Sh­effield’s 15-year wait for league glory is over af­ter they took the title on a dra­matic night at Ip­swich.

Al­ready hold­ing a 16-point lead from their home leg, Tigers claimed a 46-44 vic­tory in Suf­folk to tri­umph 99-81 on ag­gre­gate.

Team man­ager Si­mon Stead, who was part of the pre­vi­ous league win­ning side in 2002, said: “I’ve been a rider for the club, I’ve been the cap­tain, I’m team man­ager now and it feels amaz­ing to be a league cham­pion with Sh­effield again.

“We fin­ished top of the league for a rea­son and thank­fully the boys were able to con­tinue their su­perb form in the play-offs and we de­serve this.

“This bunch of riders have made my life so much eas­ier be­cause they’re pas­sion­ate, they’re hun­gry for suc­cess, they’re ded­i­cated and they’ve been a plea­sure to work with.

“It’s been a long time com­ing has this. Ob­vi­ously it’s great for the team we’ve got at Sh­effield right now, but for the man­age­ment, the staff and of course the sup­port­ers, it’s mo­ments like this that you’ll trea­sure for the rest of your life.”

He added: “On be­half of my­self, the riders and the rest of the man­age­ment, I just want to say a big thanks to the many Sh­effield fans who came to Ip­swich to sup­port the boys and to all of those who have been through the jour­ney with us all sea­son long.”

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