Buster blasts we can do it
KING'S Lynn Stars' supremo Buster Chapman insists his men can seal speedway immortality ahead of Wednesday's Premier League KO Cup final, second leg against Edinburgh at the Norfolk Arena.
KING'S Lynn Stars' supremo Buster Chapman insists his men can seal speedway immortality ahead of Wednesday's Premier League KO Cup final, second leg against Edinburgh at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)
Rob Lyon's side must overhaul a seven point deficit to become the first club in history to clinch a second domestic treble. Lynn's Premier League and Premier Trophy double already this season has now taken the Stars' haul of silverware to nine trophies since 2005.
“It's hard to think back to the time when the club wasn't so successful,” said Chapman. “I suppose we are all guilty of sometimes taking our current success for granted. I would like to see the whole town make the most of it while it is here and come and join us to pull down the curtain on another amazing season by hopefully winning the KO Cup for the fourth time in five years.
“I believe you only ever get back what you are prepared to put into something. All I can say is that an incredible amount of work and effort goes on behind the scenes all the way from the management down to the riders and support staff.”
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Chapman was in the pits for Lynn's sterling Armadale first leg display on Friday just days after the Monarchs had dumped his men out of the play-offs.
“It was an incredible effort from every single rider,” he said, reflecting on Lynn's 48-41 defeat. “The defeat the week before made the team realise that they had to work much harder to beat an inform team such as Edinburgh, so they regrouped, worked closer together and they were repaid with a great result.
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“I know Edinburgh held us to only a six point victory at home last week but I believe that if we can keep the team morale up and the fans really behind us from the off then we will have a very special night to end the season with and one that will live in the memories of our fans forever.”
Lynn track regular guest Ty Proctor in an unchanged line up with Darcy Ward making his Saddlebow return after missing both play-off legs with a back injury. Team boss Lyon admits the chance to create fresh history is driving on his double winners.
“To be honest what's resting on this match hasn't really sunk in yet,” he said. “We said we could never better 2006 but I suppose this would be even more special. We would be setting a new level of success that other teams will aspire to in the future, but may never actually match or even better.”
Edinburgh again will use rider replacement for Michal Rajkowski who damaged an ankle in the club's recent play-off visit.
The Monarchs are scheduled to face Belle Vue tonight in the opening leg of the promotion/relegation decider after wet weather wrecked attempts to host the Elite League side over the weekend. Belle Vue now travel to Armadale for the second leg on Friday.
Monarchs' officials have confirmed impressive German racer Kevin Wolbert has already agreed a deal to remain with Lynn's closest rivals for the 2010 season.
Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.
Admission: Adults �12, concessions �9, �4 juniors (aged 12 to 15) with free entry for children aged 11 and under.
Stars: 1 Darcy Ward, 2 r/r (Kozza Smith), 3 Emiliano Sanchez, 4 Chris Schramm, 5 Ty Proctor, 6 Linus Eklof, 7 Jan Graversen.
Monarchs: 1 Ryan Fisher, 2 r/r (Michal Rajkowski), 3 Andrew Tully, 4 Matthew Wethers, 5 Kevin Wolbert, 6 Aaron Summers, 7 Kalle Katajisto.