Chapman hails super Stars

KING'S Lynn chief Buster Chapman is challenging his men to go down in Stars' folklore after wrapping up the 2009 Premier League crown with a 51-42 weekend win at Workington.

KING'S Lynn chief Buster Chapman is challenging his men to go down in Stars' folklore after wrapping up the 2009 Premier League crown with a 51-42 weekend win at Workington.

The new champions needed only a point to mathematically clinch their second title in four seasons but Darcy Ward led from the front at Derwent Park to inflict a first home league defeat on the Comets.

"A lesser team may have taken things easy," said Chapman. "The cynics might've even said don't go and score too many points with next year's averages in mind but the team we are and the motivator Rob Lyon is that was never going to happen.

"I spoke to him before the meeting and he said we are here to win, we want to go all out and finish things in style. We want people to look back in years to come and say it was the best team King's Lynn ever. The way the facts and figures are stacking up that is possible."

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Chapman is confident Lynn can now go on and emulate the club's 2006 grand slam heroes to complete a second tier treble.

"I wish I had a pound for every time a supporter has come up to me and said we'll never see a team like the 2006 one again," he said.

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"This one certainly has the potential. If you base it purely on the league comparison this team has a higher average, has lost fewer meetings and their biggest defeat of the season is also smaller than the previous team.

"The league is always the priority at the start of the year because it the most prestigious one to win. You only have to suffer an engine failure or two or a rider has an off night and you can be out of the cup.

"But we were devastated to lose the KO Cup last year after winning it the previous three years in a row so that is a huge incentive. As for the Premier Trophy, anytime you reach a final you want to prove you are a good team and go that one last step. Finals are always great occasions."

Chapman is also promising a special atmosphere for the champions' homecoming title party in Wednesday's regular season league finale against beaten rivals Birmingham.

"It's great for us as a promotion that we can plan this for the past few days," he said. "Normally in a cup or a league competition you don't know when or if you will win and you don't want to make too big a deal for fear of putting the curse on it.

"This time around we have the trophy coming down and we will present that on the parade before the start of the meeting.

"The fans will then have the opportunity after the meeting to share in the celebrations with the riders. It will be a great night and we're expecting a big crowd."

The Stars failed to pick up any further points in their final Premier League road trip of the season last night with a 51-42 defeat at play-off contenders Newcastle.

Emiliano Sanchez (paid 13) top scored for the visitors against a Diamonds' outfit they could face again in the promotion / relegation end of season tussles. Lynn will announce their choice of play-off semi final opponent today.

Birmingham also lost yesterday, 49-41 at Glasgow.

The Norfolk Arena box office will be open on Tuesday between 5pm and 8pm for fans to purchase tickets in advance.

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