Edinburgh Monarchs
Sam Masters 14+1 (5)
Sheffield Tigers
Broc Nicol 12+1 (7)
SGB Championship
58
32
Friday 13th September 2019 - Armadale Stadium
Edinburgh Monarchs
Team Manager: Alex Harkess
58
1. Sam Masters 3 3 3 2* 3 14 1
2. James Sarjeant 1 2* 1* 2* 6 3
3. Josh Pickering 2* 1 2* 3 8 2
4. Ricky Wells 3 3 3 3 2* 14 1
5. Cameron Heeps 1 2 1 3 7 0
6. William Lawson 1* 1* 2 2* 6 3
7. Connor Coles 2 0 0 1 3 0
Sheffield Tigers
Team Manager: Simon Stead
32
1. Danny King 2 2 3 3 F 1 11 0
2. Josh MacDonald 0 0 0 0 0
3. Justin Sedgmen 1 R 0 0 1 0
4. Todd Kurtz 0 1 2 3 0
5. Matthew Wethers 2* 1 1 1 5 1
6. Zaine Kennedy 0 0 0 0 0
7. Broc Nicol 3 3 3 2* 1 FD 0 12 1
Heat 01
Time: 55.5
1. Sam Masters
3
2. James Sarjeant
1
1. Danny King
2
2. Josh MacDonald
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
4
Away
2
2
Heat 02
Time: 59.5
6. William Lawson
1
7. Connor Coles
2
6. Zaine Kennedy
0
7. Broc Nicol
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
7
Away
3
5
Heat 03
Time: 56.5
3. Josh Pickering
2
4. Ricky Wells
3
3. Justin Sedgmen
1
4. Todd Kurtz
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
12
Away
1
6
Heat 04
Time: 57.3
5. Cameron Heeps
1
7. Connor Coles
0
5. Matthew Wethers
2
7. Broc Nicol
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
1
13
Away
5
11
Heat 05
Time: 56.2
3. Josh Pickering
1
4. Ricky Wells
3
1. Danny King
2
2. Josh MacDonald
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
17
Away
2
13
Heat 06
Time: 56.5
1. Sam Masters
3
2. James Sarjeant
2
5. Matthew Wethers
1
6. Zaine Kennedy
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
22
Away
1
14
Heat 07
Time: 56.5
5. Cameron Heeps
2
6. William Lawson
1
3. Justin Sedgmen
R
4. Todd Kurtz
TAC
1. Danny King
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
25
Away
3
17
Heat 08
Time: 57.7
2. James Sarjeant
1
7. Connor Coles
RS
6. William Lawson
2
2. Josh MacDonald
0
7. Broc Nicol
3
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
3
28
Away
3
20
Heat 09
Time: 57.1
3. Josh Pickering
2
4. Ricky Wells
3
5. Matthew Wethers
1
6. Zaine Kennedy
0
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
33
Away
1
21
Heat 10
Time: 57.4
1. Sam Masters
3
2. James Sarjeant
2
3. Justin Sedgmen
0
4. Todd Kurtz
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
38
Away
1
22
Heat 11
Time: 56.4
5. Cameron Heeps
1
6. William Lawson
RS
7. Connor Coles
0
1. Danny King
3
2. Josh MacDonald
RS
7. Broc Nicol
2
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
1
39
Away
5
27
Heat 12
Time: 57.8
3. Josh Pickering
3
7. Connor Coles
RS
6. William Lawson
2
3. Justin Sedgmen
0
6. Zaine Kennedy
RS
7. Broc Nicol
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
44
Away
1
28
Heat 13
Time: 58.2
1. Sam Masters
2
5. Cameron Heeps
3
1. Danny King
F
5. Matthew Wethers
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
49
Away
1
29
Heat 14
Time: Awarded
4. Ricky Wells
3
6. William Lawson
RS
7. Connor Coles
1
4. Todd Kurtz
2
7. Broc Nicol
FD
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
4
53
Away
2
31
Heat 15
Time: 58.1
4. Ricky Wells
2
1. Sam Masters
3
7. Broc Nicol
0
1. Danny King
1
 
Heat
Score
Match
Score
Home
5
58
Away
1
32

The Staggs Bar Monarchs once again proved tonight how powerful they are around the Lothian Arena by easily beating playoff hopefuls Sheffield by 58-32. They are hopeful no more.

The conundrum for Monarchs' fans is why their team can't reproduce this kind of form on the road, but that is how it has been all season. For tonight they had far too much strength for the team from Yorkshire with Sam Masters and Ricky Wells leading the way with paid maximums from 5 rides.

Team manager Alex Harkess said "That is the kind of performance we expect at Armadale, a comfortable win in the end. It's a while since anyone pushed us at home but the bottom line is that we are not in the Playoffs because of our away form."

Monarchs could even afford a bit of an off-night from Cameron Heeps who conceded two 5-1s before coming good with a heat 13 victory.

For Sheffield, former British Champion Danny King did well as expected, taking two race wins, and their surprise packet was American Broc Nicol who was unbeaten in his first four rides. That was number 1 and number 7, but the five in between didn't enjoy much success. Former Monarch Justin Sedgmen was especially disappointing in what was probably his worst ever Armadale meeting.

Masters took all his points from the start and looked completely commanding. Ricky Wells was just as dominant though he did have to peg back a couple of opponents along the way, in particular a fine effort in heat 14 when he stalked Nicol for three laps before gliding through on the inside. The American was unsettled and went into the air fence, but he was unhurt.

James Sarjeant used the second bend to good effect with some strong bursts of speed and scored in every ride, while Josh Pickering was as lively as ever dropping his only point to King.

No-one had a more eventful night than William Lawson. After a poor start in heat 2 he burst past both Kennedy and Nicol, only to pull up when he thought he saw one of the red stop lights come on. It seems to have been a light on someone's camera, so it cost William a win.

His final ride was one of his best this season as he chased Broc Nicol and went flying round the outside to the front on lap three, earning the biggest cheer of the night.

Masters and Wells closed the show by heading Danny King home to underline their superiority. There is just one remaining league match now at Armadale, home to Newcastle, plus the Scottish Cup against high-flying Glasgow.

It's our penultimate Championship match of the season tonight at Armadale Stadium and we have a fine day as we await the arrival of the Sheffield Tigers.

Our play off aspirations may be over but Sheffield Tigers can still pip either Redcar Bears or more likely Somerset Rebels for the fourth qualifying place but they face a tough task to do so. They need to beat us or Glasgow tomorrow by more than six points and win the other match.

The Tigers are certainly taking tonight's match seriously having changed their plan to use rider replacement for Kyle Howarth and have now brought in track specialist, Matthew Wethers as a guest. On his day there is no greater track expert than Justin Sedgmen.

We now have only two advertising slots available in our 2020 calendar and these can be reserved by calling at the Club Shop tonight.

Don't forget, you can book your tickets online or pay at the gate. Gates open at 6.30pm.

Sheffield Tigers visit Armadale this Friday in a Championship match postponed just over a month ago. Forecast is good and the Staggs Bar Monarchs should have their full septet available – Ricky Wells has missed Poole's matches this week but is intending to ride on Friday.

The Sheffield team await Kyle Howarth but have a guest replacement ready if required. Otherwise they have a solid side including Championship Individual runner-up Danny King and former Monarchs' favourite Justin Sedgmen who started the season at Armadale.

Theoretically Sheffield could still snatch the fourth play off place from Somerset and they will be looking to do that with wins at Edinburgh and Glasgow over the weekend.

The Yorkshire side has strong reserves in American Broc Nicol and first season Aussie Zaine Kennedy, who will be a test for William Lawson and Connor Coles on Friday.

Team manager Alex Harkess says "We welcome Sheffield along with our old friend Sedgy. We have no chance to make the Playoffs now, and perhaps they do, but I expect that we will as always see a home fixture as a must win match. We want to get up the table as many places as we can and complete our home record with just the one rather unlucky home defeat, in unusual circumstances."

Friday 13th September: Staggs Bar Monarchs v Sheffield (Championship), Armadale, 7:30pm

Teams:

STAGGS BAR MONARCHS: Sam Masters, James Sarjeant, Josh Pickering, Ricky Wells (capt.), Cameron Heeps, Connor Coles, William Lawson.

SHEFFIELD WINDOW CENTRE TIGERS: Danny King, Josh MacDonald, Justin Sedgmen, Todd Kurtz, Matthew Wethers (Guest for Kyle Howarth), Zaine Kennedy, Broc Nicol.

Update: Sheffield have confirmed that Kyle Howarth will be replaced by Matthew Wethers.

Official Calendar 2020

Thursday 12th September 2019, 12:45pm

The Official Monarchs Calendar 2020 is now in preparation and will be on sale before the end of the season.

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