Monday April 10, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will have a busy Easter period with the club racing in three matches over a 2-day period, starting with back-to-back matches against the Poole Pirates on Good Friday (14th), with the evening match at the Oaktree Arena being a 'kids go free' special for those aged 11 and under, while the first 50 children through the turnstiles will also receive an Easter-Egg!

The Rebels make the relatively short trip to the South Coast for an 11am start at Poole’s Wimborne Road track, before the two teams reconvene at the Oaktree Arena at 7.30pm that evening for the return fixture, and if that is not taxing enough for both man and machine, Somerset then head to the East Midlands the following day for the 2nd leg of their KO Cup tie against Leicester, the Rebels holding an 8-point lead from Friday night’s 1st leg.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, they will arrive at the Oaktree Arena minus their number 1, the Pole Krzysztof Kasprzak, who is riding in the Polish Golden Helmet Final, but Poole have a more than worthy guest in his place, they having secured the services of British Champion Danny King, who scored paid 14 for Leicester when they visited the Oaktree Arena last Friday.

Captaining the side is Dane Hans Andersen, while there is a rider very familiar to Somerset fans amongst the Poole ranks, namely Brady Kurtz, who spent two years in Rebels’ colours with the Pirates top 5 completed by Kurtz’s fellow Australian, Jack Holder and British rider Lewis Kerr, who was signed by Poole as a short-term injury replacement for another ex-Rebel, Kyle Newman.

At reserve, Poole track Dane Nicolai Klindt, who has been piling up the points so far this year and young British rider James Shanes.

“Living in the area, I would like nothing more than for Somerset to beat the Poole, but that is easier said than done, said team manager Garry May, “but if Rohan can sort out his engine problems, then given the way the boys rode against Leicester, and now that they have that match behind them, then they will put that to good use come Friday night’s home encounter against the Pirates.”

“To have the likes of Poole, and then again Swindon the following week, coming to the Oaktree Arena is something we could only dream about even just a few seasons ago, but now that has become reality, so hopefully the weather will be kind to us again and the fans will turn out in force for what promises to be a cracking match.”

‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels v Poole Pirates
SGB Premiership
Oaktree Arena
Friday 14th April
Gates Open 6.00pm, Tapes-Up 7.30pm

Admission Prices:
Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.00, Young Adults (12-18 inclusive) £6.00, Children (11 & under) Free.
Programme: £3.00
Car Parking: £1.50


Somerset Rebels: Rohan Tungate (9.03), Josh Grajczonek [c] (8.90), Patrick Hougaard (8.70), Paul Starke (6.62), Charles Wright (6.59), Jake Allen (5.96), Jan Graversen (4.00); Team manager: Garry May

Poole Pirates: Danny King [g] (11.08), Hans Andersen [c] (10.00), Brady Kurtz (7.65), Jack Holder (7.16), Lewis Kerr (5.98), Nicolai Klindt (5.42), James Shanes (2.00); Team manager: Neil Middleditch

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