Aces Set For POSF Second Attempt


A frustrating night for the Belle Vue Aces saw Leg 2 of their Play Off Semi-Final against Lakeside postponed in the early afternoon of September 26 after heavy rain resulted in a waterlogged track.
 
Carrying an 8-point lead from their visit to Arena Essex last week, the home team were due to take on the Vortex Hammers in Manchester to decide which of the two progressed to the Grand Final.
 
With the meeting postponed, it means they’ll now have to wait until Wednesday’s re-staging before fully understand their fate; They are however the widely-accepted hot favourites to go through.
 
Unfortunately, this means that they will again be without resident Australian Max Fricke whose services are required in Denmark. The club has called on former Ace Patrick Hougaard to guest.
 
With the aggregate scores standing at 41-49 in Belle Vue’s favour Hougaard could prove a crucial choice of guest, while Lakeside have brought in Robert Lambert for injured No.1 Andreas Jonsson.


Richie Worrall & Craig Cook hit the front during the semi-final 1st Leg at Lakeside   (IC)
 
Team manager Mark Lemon said: "Everyone was gutted to have to postpone Monday night but in the circumstances the right decision was made. It can't be helped, it's just one of those things.
 
"The forecast for Wednesday is looking much better so we're ready to roll again. We've just got to keep our head in the game because situations like this can be mentally exhausting on the boys.
 
"But they know the drill and are eager to get racing. Lakeside have brought in a new guest at No.1, Robert Lambert, who you could argue is a much better choice considering his track record here.
 
"For ourselves, we also have a great guest in Patrick Hougaard due to Max being unavailable, but that in no way devalues the level of competition that we can expect from both teams on the night.
 
"It's the business end of the year and everyone's raising their game. The Final is just around the corner. We're fully immersed in the task we have to do and are determined to see it through."
 
It wasn’t only the Rentruck Aces who were washed out by the inclement weather as the second semi-final between Poole and Wolverhampton - also scheduled for Monday - was called off too.
 
The Pirates carry an emphatic 12-point aggregate lead into Leg 2 at Monmore Green - also to be re-staged on Wednesday - after demolishing the Wolves 51-39 at their Wimborne Road Stadium.
 
Despite the significant points deficit in each match, all involved are keeping an open mind as to the outcome though many predict a repeat of the 2015 Elite League Grand Final; Poole v Belle Vue.
 
TEAMS - PLAY OFF SEMI-FINAL - LEG 2 - SEPTEMBER 28TH


Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces
Matej Zagar; Steve Worrall; Patrick Hougaard (G); Scott Nicholls (C); Craig Cook; Richie Worrall; Joe Jacobs
Team Manager: Mark Lemon

Lakeside ‘Vortex’ Hammers
Robert Lambert (G); Lewis Bridger; Edward Kennett; Richard Lawson (C); Kim Nilsson; Lewis Kerr; Robert Branford
Team Managers: Paul Hurry & Jon Cook

Aggregate Scores As of Leg 1: Belle Vue 49   Lakeside 41

Tuesday 27th September 2016