Cook Going For Gold

British No.2 Craig Cook says his side have “nothing to lose” ahead of next week’s Elite League Grand Final, where they will take on the Wolverhampton Wolves for the 2016 top flight title.

Poole have dominated the competition since 2013, winning three straight Elite League golds but on Wednesday their hopes of a fourth consecutive victory were stamped out by the Wolves.

It means that a new champion is guaranteed to ascend the top step of the podium in Manchester on October 5 when the two side meet for the final time, something Cook is keen to kick on with.

He said: “It’s been a tough season for me, it really has been hard. Some elements have purely been down to environment, not anybody’s fault, while others have been more to do with machinery.

“I’ve a few bike problems throughout the year, and even up to just recently I've been on the phone to Lemo [Mark Lemon] quite frequently in the build-up to the semi trying to figure out what’s wrong.

“Top man that he is, he made a few suggestions and we’ve changed a couple of things. Nothing drastic, just small things to make the bike more positive which showed in the Lakeside match.

“I felt the best on Wednesday that I've felt in a long time, and like a few other lads I believe things have fallen into place at the right time. I just need to carry this into the next couple of meetings.

“This club’s achieved so much in the time that I’ve been with them. We’ve nothing to lose in the Final so we’re going to go into it as we did last year and enjoy ourselves, and what will be will be.”

Craig Cook  (HB)

The 29-year old Cumbrian is one of the longest-serving Belle Vue Aces in their current incarnation and he’s determined to finish what began as a frustrating year with one final golden flourish.

He said: “To win the league with Belle Vue would be awesome. I’ve been with this club a long time. It’s my home club and all I want is for us to succeed and it’d mean the world to me to win the gold.

“Last year we were the underdogs. Nobody expected us to do as well as we did. We ran Poole so close and though we were disappointed to just miss out, we took a lot from that experience.

“It was a fantastic performance that we’re aiming to better this season. But I don’t feel there’s any pressure on us. Come the Grand Final, we’re going to do as we always do. We’ll do our best.”

Tickets for Leg 2 of the Grand Final continue to sell furiously less than 48 hours after going on sale, with South Stand tickets still available and Block G the only remaining Grandstand area.

Friday 30th September 2016