Lynn boss salutes his grand-slam Stars
KING's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon saluted his 'phenomenal' grand slam-winning Stars after last night's Premier League KO Cup success.Lynn became the first club in speedway history to clinch two trebles after emulating the 2006 vintage with a 98-81 aggregate win over Edinburgh.
KING's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon saluted his 'phenomenal' grand slam-winning Stars after last night's Premier League KO Cup success.
Lynn became the first club in speedway history to clinch two trebles after emulating the 2006 vintage with a 98-81 aggregate win over Edinburgh.
Norfolk's most successful sporting club of recent years overcame the late injury blow of losing World U21 champion Darcy Ward to clinch the clean sweep in front of a bumper 3,500 Norfolk Arena crowd.
Stars' asset Simon Lambert was forced to step in less than two hours before the meeting after Ward failed a pre-race fitness test on his long standing back problem.
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Injured captain marvel Tomas Topinka joined deputy Chris Schramm to lift the trophy in front of their adoring public to a crescendo of fireworks.
“I'm elated,” said Lyon. “It's a tremendous feeling to win it once but twice in four years is just immense. Don't forget we did it in 2007 really if you think about it because we topped the league but with the play-offs that year the league wasn't decided as it is now. In my mind it's three times out of four.
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“You set out every year with the same aim to put together a team to win everything and you always hope you can win everything - but its always very, very hard to actually achieve it and get over that finish line. This is a phenomenal achievement.”
Lyon believes the club's new heroes can now take their rightful place alongside the 2006 grand slam-winning septet.
“I think they deserve to be mentioned alongside that side now,” he said. “Particularly with what was thrown at us in the final month of this season. The treble speaks for itself now and we're going to have a special night to celebrate.
“It is a proud moment for everyone within the club. We can't take this for granted but to win ten trophies in such a short space of time is unbelievable. I guess the aim now is to repeat this. We're on a rollercoaster and we don't want to get off.”
Lyon admitted a catalogue of late season injuries - topped by Ward's dramatic withdrawal - made the club's latest historic task even harder.
“This does feel more difficult than 2006 with the problems we've had,” he said. “We stuck at it and the boys have put the results together when we needed to. Perhaps people didn't expect us to do this year but it's testament to how we do things here - we never give up. Yes, we had some bad results but we have bounced back from them. It shows the determination we have as a club.”