YOUNG REBELS QUALIFY FOR WORLD U21 SEMI FINALS
By Deegeetee | Monday, April 30, 2012, 09:35
'Cases' Somerset Rebels duo of Sam
Masters and Kyle Newman came through their World Under-21 Qualifying Meeting in
Neustadt Donau, Germany, this afternoon to qualify for the semi-final stages of
Masters finished 5th on the
day with 11 points from his 5 rides while Newman scored 9 points to finish just
a place behind his Somerset team-mate, the meeting being won by Poland's Patryk
Dudek with an unbeaten 15 point haul.
The Rebels have 2 more representatives
in the qualifying stages of the competition, Alex Davies and Tom Perry
competing at Blijham, Holland, on May 19th as they attempt to join
Masters and Newman in the semi-finals, which are being staged at Terenzano,
Italy, and Chervonograd, Ukraine, on June 2nd.
"It would be quite a coup for the club
if all 4 Rebels made it through to the semi-final stages," said Somerset
Promoter Debbie Hancock, "Sam and Kyle did tremendously well in their
qualifying meeting in Germany, and I am sure that Alex and Tom will not want to
be out-done by their team-mates when they ride in their qualifying meeting in
Prior to all that, the Rebels hope that
the adverse weather encountered over the past few weeks will finally abate as
they look to stage their first home meeting this Friday (4th May)
since Good Friday as they welcome the Leicester Lions to the Oaktree Arena in a
League Cup group match.
Despite having recently beaten
Leicester on their own shale, the Lions have a number of riders who usually
perform well around the Oaktree Arena and can boast a heat-leader trio of
Magnus Karlsson, Kauko Nieminen and Lasse Bjerre that is the equal of many
a-team in the Premier League.
Backing up the Lions top 3 is ex-Rebel
Jari Mäkinen and Leicester's lone British rider, Simon Lambert, whilst at
reserve the East Midland side track the Danish duo of Jan Graversen and Simon
Nielsen, the latter making his return to the Lions septet following a spell out
with a wrist injury.
The Rebels track an unchanged line-up
for the meeting and will be looking for all 3 match points to keep their
qualification for the semi-final stages of the League Cup competition on
"Leicester may have made an indifferent
start to the season," continued Debbie Hancock, "but they will, no doubt, be
looking to avenge the home defeat they suffered at our hands a week or so ago,
but by the same token it goes without saying that we will be expecting to bag
all 3 points from the match to keep the pressure on Ipswich at the top of our
League Cup group."