Edinburgh Monarchs
Victor Palovaara 13+1 (6)
Redcar Bears
Michael Palm Toft 13 (6)
Championship
49
41
Friday 21st June 2019
Armadale Stadium
Edinburgh Monarchs
Team Manager: Alex Harkess
49
1. Ricky Wells 2* 2 2* 3 1 10 2
2. Victor Palovaara 3 0 1* 3 3 3 13 1
3. Josh Pickering F 0 0
4. Joel Andersson 3 2 2* 2 2 11 1
5. Cameron Heeps 3 2 2 1 8 0
6. William Lawson 3 0 2 0 0 1* 6 1
7. Connor Coles 0 1 0 1 0
Redcar Bears
Team Manager: Jade Mudgway
41
1. Charles Wright 1 3 3 0 0 7 0
2. Tom Bacon 0 1 3 1 5 0
3. Ulrich Ostergaard 2 1 1 1 5 0
4. Jordy Stewart 1* 3 0 3 7 1
5. Michael Palm Toft 2 3 1 3 2 2 13 0
6. Nathan Greaves 2 1 0 0 3 0
7. Jack Smith 1* 0 0 1 1
Heat 1
Time: 57.0
1. Ricky Wells  
2
2. Victor Palovaara  
3
1. Charles Wright  
1
2. Tom Bacon  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
5
Away
1
1
Heat 2
Time: 58.6
6. William Lawson  
3
7. Connor Coles  
0
6. Nathan Greaves  
2
7. Jack Smith  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
8
Away
3
4
Heat 3
Time: 57.1
3. Josh Pickering  
F
4. Joel Andersson  
3
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
2
4. Jordy Stewart  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
11
Away
3
7
Heat 4
Time: 56.8
5. Cameron Heeps  
3
7. Connor Coles  
1
5. Michael Palm Toft  
2
7. Jack Smith  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
15
Away
2
9
Heat 5
Time: 57.2
3. Josh Pickering  R/R
6. William Lawson
0
4. Joel Andersson  
2
1. Charles Wright  
3
2. Tom Bacon  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
17
Away
4
13
Heat 6
Time: 56.0
1. Ricky Wells  
2
2. Victor Palovaara  
0
5. Michael Palm Toft  
3
6. Nathan Greaves  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
19
Away
4
17
Heat 7
Time: 58.1
5. Cameron Heeps  
2
6. William Lawson  
7. Connor Coles
0
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
1
4. Jordy Stewart  
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
21
Away
4
21
Heat 8
Time: 57.8
2. Victor Palovaara  15m
1
7. Connor Coles  
6. William Lawson
2
2. Tom Bacon  
3
7. Jack Smith  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
24
Away
3
24
Heat 9
Time: 55.7
3. Josh Pickering  R/R
2. Victor Palovaara
3
4. Joel Andersson  
2
5. Michael Palm Toft  
1
6. Nathan Greaves  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
29
Away
1
25
Heat 10
Time: 56.0
1. Ricky Wells  
2
2. Victor Palovaara  
3
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
1
4. Jordy Stewart  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
34
Away
1
26
Heat 11
Time: 57.4
5. Cameron Heeps  
2
6. William Lawson  
0
1. Charles Wright  
3
2. Tom Bacon  
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
36
Away
4
30
Heat 12
Time: 57.3
3. Josh Pickering  R/R
4. Joel Andersson
2
7. Connor Coles  
6. William Lawson
0
3. Ulrich Ostergaard  
1
6. Nathan Greaves  T/S
5. Michael Palm Toft
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
2
38
Away
4
34
Heat 13
Time: 56.0
1. Ricky Wells  
3
5. Cameron Heeps  
1
1. Charles Wright  
0
5. Michael Palm Toft  
2
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
42
Away
2
36
Heat 14
Time: 58.4
4. Joel Andersson  
2
6. William Lawson  
1
4. Jordy Stewart  
3
7. Jack Smith  
6. Nathan Greaves
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
45
Away
3
39
Heat 15
Time: 56.9
2. Victor Palovaara  
3
1. Ricky Wells  
1
5. Michael Palm Toft  
2
1. Charles Wright  
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
49
Away
2
41

The Staggs Bar Monarchs return to Championship action this week as they kick off a busy spell of 3 matches in 3 days by welcoming the Redcar Bears to Armadale.

The variances of the fixture list means that despite it being the end of June remarkably this will be Redcar's first league match of the season although the Monarchs have only had 2 themselves so they are not running that far behind. The Bears will be looking to make a strong start to their league campaign having had a disappointing Championship Shield campaign finishing bottom of their group. The Bears did however progress in the KO cup knocking out Somerset over 2 legs to set up a quarter final clash with Glasgow.

The Teesiders have not had their troubles to seek in regards team line-up recently with Ben Barker being released and replaced with former captain Ulrich Ostergaard. Ostergaard is now definitely in the stage of being called an 'experienced' campaigner at 38 years old and into his 17th British season. The former PLRC champion slots in at 3rd heat leader behind Charles Wright and Michael Palm Toft both of whom are very capable at any track not least Armadale although both would probably say that they would like to be a little more consistent to take the step to the next level.

Second string backup comes from two improving youngsters in the form of Tom Bacon and Jordy Stewart. Bacon has improved year on year at this level with only an injury curtailing a very good 2018 season. Stewart is also kicking on nicely after his debut year last year and having ridden in the Scottish Open last week has recent Armadale experience.

At reserve is another mix of youth but with experience also in Nathan Greaves and Jack Smith. Greaves is still only 21 but has years of experience at all 3 levels of British speedway whereas 20 year old Smith is using the experience gained with a year in the Championship with Glasgow back in 2017 to try and take advantage of the leagues newcomers with almost a point added to his average so far.

For the Monarchs it will be great to finally see the team back on track, it has now been 4 weeks since the 1-7 raced together although it could be said that time off has done the team a favour with the injuries suffered at the end of May, unfortunately 2 of 3 of our injured riders still aren't ready to return with Luke Ruddick still suffering the effects of concussion and Justin still unsure as to when he could return. The good news is that the break has given Josh time for his shoulder to recover and he returns to the team on Friday. Elsewhere Conner Coles steps in for Luke after a solid showing for Glasgow at Armadale in our last meeting and of course Victor Palovaara has returned to the fold to deputise for Sedgy.

Elsewhere we are as programmed with the hope that the excellent form shown by Ricky and Cameron on Thursday night carries on into the weekend. Ricky was a key man guesting for Peterborough as they came form 6 down to defeat a fancied Swindon outfit by 10, Ricky weighing in with 3 heat wins as part of a 12 point haul. Cameron carried on his blistering Ipswich form with a paid 15 score in the Witches victory over Kings Lynn.

Joel has been riding in Sweden regularly and the hope is that similar to last year this uptick in fixtures in his homeland led to increased scoring for the Monarchs as well. While Willie will be looking for improvement after a pointless score in the open last week.

So the start of 3 matches in 3 days (well for most of the team with the fours on Sunday) and a chance to really kick start our season, 3 points on Friday is the minimum expectation to start the charge.

As always there is only one place to be to see the action and that is tracksideā€¦

See you there!

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