We did it – 2014 Premier League Champions
That was sooooo close and over two legs and after 29 heats of racing it came down to a final heat decider but the Edinburgh Monarchs managed to pulled off a stunning win to come from behind and become the 2014 Premier League Champions.
Because we finished on top of the ladder we had the 2nd leg of the final at our home track, an advantage that the Edinburgh Monarchs and their fans have not been able to enjoy before. We were 12 points behind after the first leg which was held at Somerset on Friday night. We were fairly confident that we could do it and the beginning of the meeting was definitely going our way. We took control of the meeting and had a handy lead after the first 7-8 heats however, things started to go wrong towards the end of the meeting and we lost a couple of vital heats (including a tactical ride by the Rebels) and this put us three points down going into the final heat.
The biggest crowd that the Armadale stadium had seen for a very long time ensured that the atmosphere and noise at this point was immense and the tension felt by both sides in the pits and also around the stands was huge. To lose it now after the season we’d had would have been very, very disappointing.
Everyone had contributed vital points throughout the meeting, I finished up on 11, but it came down to one race which was ultimately left up to our top 2 riders (Craig Cook and Sam Masters) who had to come 1st and 2nd to ensure the meeting was won by the Monarchs in the final heat and they did it.
This year has been such a good one with the riders, managers and fans all enjoying one of the best and most successful Monarchs teams in the club’s history.
This year we have won the PL Pairs, Knock-Out Cup, Premier League Cup and finally the Premier League Championships and to have won 4 of the 5 trophies on offer throughout the year is something that I don’t think has ever been done before and they are saying will never be done again in the modern era. I am so grateful to have been able to share this experience with my team mates (who are a great bunch of guys) and the Edinburgh management and fans who have given us so much support throughout the year.
I’d like to thank my many supporters and particularly my sponsors whose support has been a huge help in assisting me throughout the year to meet some of the considerable costs associated with being a speedway rider. I really appreciate your help and now look forward to packing up and heading back to Australia where I will again contest some State Titles, attempt to qualify for the 4 round Senior Australian Title and also defend my Australian Under 21 Title.
Thank you so much and looking forward to your continued support next year.