Sunday October 23, 2022
SHEFFIELD will unveil their first signing for 2023 following the conclusion of Monday’s (October 24, 7.30) home fixture with Ipswich.

The Tru Plant Tigers take on the Witches as they fulfil their final outstanding Premiership meeting.

The Owlerton outfit will be without two of their own riders though.

Tobiasz Musielak will be absent due to a family emergency back home in Poland - former Australian Champion Sam Masters guests in his place.

Meanwhile skipper Kyle Howarth is ruled out through illness, rider replacement will be in operation for him.

Co-owner Damien Bates said: “It’s a meeting we’ve got to run and when you look at the two teams on paper, it should be a good night of Speedway.

“Of course the Sheffield riders want to go out there and win but Ipswich have got a good side and it could be close.

“We’ve already started looking at 2023; we were semi-finalists in 2021, runners-up in 2022 so we’re already doing what we can to make sure we’re as best placed possible to go that next step and win the league next year.

“We’ve already got our first rider sorted and we’ll make the announcement after Heat 15 so that the loyal Sheffield supporters who have stuck with us through thick and thin are the first people to hear the news.”

Season tickets ARE valid for the meeting and the ‘kids for a quid’ scheme will again be in operation with a smaller programme on sale for just £1.50.

In addition, 1976 World Champion Peter Collins will be in attendance signing copies of his brand new 506 page autobiography.

One of the most popular visiting riders at Sheffield, ex-England and Belle Vue star PC will be on the Retro Speedway table in front of the main grandstand from when the gates open. The book costs £20 (£5 off the RRP).

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Sheffield,” says Peter. “I first went there by bus as a 14-year-old fan and have always enjoyed racing there – it has a great reputation as one of the best racetracks in world speedway.

“There are plenty of stories in my book that I hope will particularly interest Tigers’ fans – from funny tales of touring Australia and New Zealand with Arnie Haley, Reg Wilson and Doug Wyer, to riding for Eric Boocock (who wrote the foreword) and Frank Varey, and much more.”

Meanwhile, discussions regarding options for the potential restaging of the previously postponed Premiership League Cup Final decider are ongoing.

SHEFFIELD: Jack Holder, Lewis Kerr, Adam Ellis, Kyle Howarth R/R, Sam Masters, Justin Sedgmen, Connor Mountain.
IPSWICH: Jason Doyle, Aaron Summers, Danny King, Erik Riss, Troy Batchelor, Paul Starke, Anders Rowe.

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