2011 Premier League speedway season

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2011 Premier League speedway season
Season 2011 Season
Premier League Glasgow Tigers
PL Play-Offs Not Held
Premier League KOC Newport Wasps
Premier Shield Newcastle Diamonds
Premier League Pairs Glasgow Tigers
Premier League Fours Ipswich Witches
PLRC Australia Sam Masters
Biggest home win Sheffield 69-21
Rye House
Biggest away win Leicester 28-62
Glasgow (PL1)
Division/s above 2011 Elite League
Division/s below 2011 National League

The 2011 Premier League Season was the second division of British speedway. Glasgow Tigers won the league after winning both matches of a double-header on 9 October.

Pre Season[edit]

New Entries[edit]

The Leicester Lions were hoping to gain entry to the 2010 season. However, the track was not ready in time for them to compete.[1] They therefore decided to return in 2011. With the stadium getting approval, the Lions were then confirmed as entrants for the 2011 season.[2]

On 15 November 2011, Plymouth Devils boss Mike Bowden confirmed that the Devils hope to join the 2011 Premier League after spending 5 years in the National League.[3] On 19 November, it was confirmed that the Stoke Potters were to withdraw from the 2011 Premier League season due to financial climate and making substantial losses over the last three season. However, it was confirmed that they would race in the 2011 National League.[4] It was also decided at the Yearly AGM meeting that the Birmingham Brummies and the Ipswich Witches would exchange league memberships, meaning the Brummies would move up to the Elite League and the Witches would move down to the Premier League.[5] On 27 November, the BSPA announced that the Coventry Bees and the Peterborough Panthers failed to declare their intention to race in the forthcoming Elite League season and are therefore seeking a league to compete in.[6] Because of this, the Kings Lynn Stars elected to compete in the 2011 Elite League and therefore withdrew from the Premier League.[7] Later that day, the Plymouth Devils announced that they were set to be accepted into the 2011 Premier League season[8]

Season Format[edit]

At the Annual AGM Meeting, it was decided that the Premier League would be expanded to 19 home and 19 away fixtures throughout the season. The 14 teams will initially race each other in Round 1 with a total of 26 meetings (13 home and 13 away). In Round 2 the league then split into two groups of seven teams, with everyone then racing each other in their group for a further 12 meetings (6 home and 6 away). The format and cut-off point for the split is made as each team reaches 10 home and 10 away matches. Group 1 will be teams placed 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 14th - Group 2 is 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th. Those additional 12 matches are then added onto the points gained from the 26 meetings in Round 1. The league table above at the end of the season will then show a total of 38 meetings (19 home and 19 away). The team that finishes top after these 38 meetings is declared Premier League Champions.[9]

The Premier League KOC has been retained for the 2011 season. A new competition, the Premier Shield has been introduced for the 2011 season. It is understood that it will work along the same lines as the Elite Shield, and contested by the previous seasons league winners and KOC champions. The 2011 Premier Shield will be contested between the Edinburgh Monarchs and the Newcastle Diamonds.[10][11]

The Premier Trophy and the Young Shield do not continue into the 2011 season. It has yet to be confirmed if anything will replace these competitions.[5]

Team Lineups[edit]

The Points Limit was once again set at 42.50 for the third year running. Rolling averages were introduced into the 2011 season in which the first set of averages will be taken at the end of April and will consider the averages from the end of the 2011 season. The first set of new averages was released on 1 May 2011.
The following issue is correct for the month of June 2011

Berwick Bandits Edinburgh Monarchs Glasgow Tigers
Rider CMA Rider CMA Rider CMA
Sweden Sebastian Alden 7.65* Germany Kevin Wolbert 7.95 United Kingdom Joe Screen (C) 9.20
Sweden Ludvig Lindgren 7.27* United Kingdom Craig Cook 7.61 United Kingdom James Grieves 7.17
Czech Republic Josef Franc 7.16 United Kingdom Andrew Tully 7.32 Australia Richard Sweetman 7.05
United Kingdom Lee Complin (C) 7.08 Australia Matthew Wethers (C) 7.20 Australia Christian Henry 5.57
Australia Kozza Smith 6.79 Finland Kalle Katajisto 6.98 Poland Michal Rajkowski 5.36
New Zealand Jade Mudgway 3.88 United Kingdom Kyle Howarth 5.28 Netherlands Theo Pijper 5.10
Australia Mitchell Davey 3.00 United Kingdom Tim Webster 3.00* United Kingdom Nick Morris 5.02
TOTAL 42.83 TOTAL 45.34 TOTAL 44.06
Remaining 0.00 Remaining 0.00 Remaining 0.00
Ipswich Witches Leicester Lions Newcastle Diamonds
Rider CMA Rider CMA Rider CMA
Australia Kevin Doolan (C) 8.02 Finland Kauko Nieminen (C) 8.87 United Kingdom Mark Lemon 9.18
France Matt Tresarrieu 7.54 Sweden Magnus Karlsson 7.81 United Kingdom Stuart Robson 8.85
Denmark Lasse Bjerre 6.82 Denmark Henning Bager 7.63* Denmark Claes Nedermark 6.26
Australia Taylor Poole 6.42 Denmark Jan Graversen 4.64 United Kingdom Derek Sneddon (C) 5.47
Denmark Morten Risager 6.29 Russia Ilya Bondarenko 4.53 United Kingdom Jason King 5.09
United Kingdom Chris Mills 5.16 Australia Charles Wright 3.94 United Kingdom Kyle Newman 4.02
United Kingdom Jerran Hart 4.10 Australia John Oliver 3.77 United Kingdom Richie Worrall 3.22
TOTAL 44.35 TOTAL 41.19 TOTAL 42.09
Remaining 0.00 Remaining 1.31 Remaining 0.41
Newport Wasps Plymouth Devils Redcar Bears
Rider CMA Rider CMA Rider CMA
Australia Jason Doyle 7.92 United Kingdom Ben Barker 10.40 Australia Jason Lyons 8.37
United Kingdom Leigh Lanham (C) 7.60 Denmark Jesper Kristiansen 6.32 Czech Republic Matej Kus 7.60
Denmark Charlie Gjedde 7.38 Denmark Lee Smart (C) 5.70 Australia Aaron Summers 7.16
Australia Justin Sedgman 6.19 United States Ricky Wells 5.51 United Kingdom Gary Havelock 7.12
Sweden Robin Aspegren 5.52 Czech Republic Hynek Stichauer 5.40 Denmark Peter Juul Larsen 4.59
Australia Todd Kurtz 4.38 United Kingdom Kyle Hughes 4.18 Czech Republic Lubos Tomicek 4.44
Australia Mark Jones 3.16 Italy Gino Franchetti 3.74 United Kingdom Robert Branford 3.00
TOTAL 42.15 TOTAL 41.25 TOTAL 42.28
Remaining 0.35 Remaining 1.25 Remaining 0.22
Rye House Rockets Scunthorpe Scorpions Sheffield Tigers
Rider CMA Rider CMA Rider CMA
United Kingdom Jordan Frampton 7.91 United Kingdom David Howe (C) 7.87 United Kingdom Josh Auty 8.20
United Kingdom Chris Neath (C) 7.86 United Kingdom Richard Hall 7.23 Australia Shane Parker (C) 8.19
United Kingdom Steve Boxall 6.59 Denmark Michael Palm Toft 7.00* United Kingdom Ricky Ashworth 8.14
United Kingdom James Brundle 5.14 Finland Tero Aarnio 6.31 Argentina Emiliano Sanchez 6.06
United Kingdom Ritchie Hawkins 5.01 United Kingdom Ben Wilson 5.78 Australia Hugh Skidmore 5.81
United Kingdom Luke Bowen 4.79 Denmark Thomas Jorgensen 5.26 United Kingdom Simon Lambert 4.98
Australia Tyson Nelson 4.65 United Kingdom Steve Worrall 3.26 United Kingdom Ashley Birks 3.59
TOTAL 41.95 TOTAL 42.71 TOTAL 44.97
Remaining 0.55 Remaining 0.00 Remaining 0.00
Somerset Rebels Workington Comets
Rider CMA Rider CMA
Australia Travis McGowan 8.11 United Kingdom James Wright 8.06
Australia Cory Gathercole 7.60 Czech Republic Tomas Topinka 7.40
Australia Sam Masters 7.28 United Kingdom Rusty Harrison 7.33
Germany Christian Hefenbrock 6.50 Denmark Peter Kildemand 7.11
Sweden Anders Mellgren 4.80 United Kingdom Richard Lawson 6.01
Australia James Holder (C) 4.35 United States Kenny Ingalls 5.27
Australia Alex Davies 3.86 United Kingdom Gary Irving 3.00
TOTAL 42.50 TOTAL 44.18
Remaining 0.00 Remaining 0.00

*Average Assessed.

Last updated: August 1, 2011

Source: BSPA

Fixtures & Results[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Phase 1 of the 2011 Premier League consists of each team racing each other, both at their home track and the oppositions away track. This would consist of 26 meetings for each team.

  Home\Away BER EDI GLA IPS LEI ND NW PLY RED RH SS SHE SOM WOR
Berwick Bandits 53-39 44-46 62-28 46-44 49-43 59-34 48-44 40-38 54-36 51-42 48-44
Edinburgh Monarchs 49-44 53-40 44-45 53-39 51-42 64-28 56-37 55-37 60-32 49-41 48-41
Glasgow Tigers 50-39 58-32 53-37 60-32 50-43 62-31 61-32 54-36 50-43 56-39
Ipswich Witches 53-42 51-41 42-48 47-44 49-41 59-35 49-43 49-47 69-24 53-38 42-51 63-27
Leicester Lions 45-45 44-49 28-62 42-42 52-43 45-45 44-45 41-52 56-35 40-52 45-48 40-50 45-45
Newcastle Diamonds 52-43 41-49 50-40 52-40 42-47 50-43 49-45 49-44 48-45 54-39
Newport Wasps 42-49 57-37 42-50 52-40 48-42 55-38 37-53 43-49 48-44 43-50 43-50
Plymouth Devils 39-45 43-47 40-53 47-43 39-51 51-38 44-45 45-45 41-49
Redcar Bears 46-43 54-41 44-46 45-45 53-37 59-34 50-40 62-30 48-45 48-43 49-41 46-44
Rye House Rockets 54-39 48-42 45-34 54-39 43-44 41-49 54-41 46-44 54-39 51-41
Scunthorpe Scorpions 56-39 46-44 54-36 53-40 47-42 52-41 56-38 46-43 49-41 44-46
Sheffield Tigers 51-41 56-40 52-44 56-36 61-33 52-39 56-35 62-30 57-37 64-29 55-39 43-47 57-36
Somerset Rebels 62-31 59-34 53-41 53-43 48-42 45-45 46-44 62-32 40-53
Workington Comets 57-36 53-42 59-31 51-42 57-38 50-40 60-34 59-37 55-37 53-41

Last updated: August 2, 2011. Source: BSPA

Colours: Green = home win; Red = away win; White = draw

Home team listed in the left-hand column

Final League table (including Phase Two)[edit]

Pos Club M Home Away F A Pts
3W 2W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Glasgow Tigers 38 19 0 0 0 3 6 0 2 8 1925 1568 89
2 Sheffield Tigers 38 17 1 0 1 1 3 0 8 7 1880 1604 74
3 Ipswich Witches 38 15 2 0 2 3 2 3 1 10 1793 1670 74
4 Workington Comets 38 16 1 1 1 2 2 1 5 9 1787 1667 72
5 Newport Wasps 38 11 2 0 6 5 2 1 3 8 1794 1697 68
6 Somerset Rebels 38 12 4 1 2 3 1 2 3 10 1786 1712 67
7 Scunthorpe Scorpions 38 13 4 0 2 1 2 0 3 13 1709 1786 60
8 Rye House Rockets 38 10 6 0 3 2 0 1 6 10 1687 1750 58
9 Berwick Bandits 38 8 9 0 2 1 0 1 5 12 1712 1710 53
10 Redcar Bears 38 8 7 2 2 1 1 1 3 13 1690 1792 52
11 Edinburgh Monarchs 38 13 1 1 4 1 1 0 2 15 1764 1737 51
12 Newcastle Diamonds 38 9 5 0 5 0 1 0 6 12 1693 1794 46
13 Plymouth Devils 38 4 7 1 7 0 1 0 1 17 1496 1929 31
14 Leicester Lions 38 4 1 4 10 1 1 0 2 15 1586 1886 27

Home: 3W = Home win by 7 points or more; 2W = Home win by between 1 and 6 points
Away: 4W = Away win by 7 points or more; 3W = Away win by between 1 and 6 points; 1L = Away loss by 6 points or less
M = Meetings; D = Draws; L = Losses; F = Race points for; A = Race points against; +/- = Race points difference; Pts = Total Points

Last updated: June 22, 2011

Source: BSPA

Premier League KOC[edit]

Premier Shield[edit]

First leg[edit]

Edinburgh Monarchs44 - 46Newcastle Diamonds
Matthew Wethers 11 report Stuart Robson 13
1 Germany Kevin Wolbert 0, 1', 0, 0 1+1
2 Australia Matthew Wethers (c) 1, 2, 3, 3, 2 11
3 United Kingdom Andrew Tully F, 0, 1, 3 4
4 United Kingdom Craig Cook 3, 2, 3, 2, F 10
5 Finland Kalle Katajisto 3, 2, 3, 2 10
6 United Kingdom Ashley Morris 2', 0, 0, 1' 3+2
7 United Kingdom Jay Herne 3, 1, 0, 1 5
Manager: John Campbell
1 Denmark Rene Bach 2', 3, 1', 1 7+2
2 United Kingdom Derek Sneddon (c) 3, 1, 2, 2 8
3 Czech Republic Lubos Tomicek 1', 1, 1', 2 5+2
4 United Kingdom Stuart Robson 2, 3, 2, 3, 3 13
5 Australia Mark Lemon 2, 3, 2, 3, 1 11
6 United Kingdom Kyle Newman 1, 0, 1', F 2+1
7 United Kingdom Richie Worrall 0, 0, 0, F 0
Manager: George English

Second leg[edit]

Newcastle Diamonds48 (94) - 45 (89)Edinburgh Monarchs
Stuart Robson 14 report Andrew Tully 10+2
Referee: Michael Breckon
1 Denmark Rene Bach 3, 3, 3, 1, 1' 11+1
2 United Kingdom Derek Sneddon (c) 1, 1, 3, 1 6
3 Czech Republic Lubos Tomicek 0, 0, 0, 2 2
4 United Kingdom Stuart Robson 3, 3, 3, 3, 2 14
5 Australia Mark Lemon 3, 3, 3, 0 9
6 United Kingdom Kyle Newman 2, 0, 1, 1 4
7 United Kingdom Richie Worrall 0, 2', 0, 0 2+1
Manager: George English
1 Germany Kevin Wolbert 0, 2, 2, 3, 0 7
2 Australia Matthew Wethers (c) 2, 1', 2, 0 5+1
3 United Kingdom Andrew Tully 1', 1', 2, 6^ 10+2
4 United Kingdom Craig Cook 2, 2, 0, 2 6
5 Finland Kalle Katajisto 0, 2, 2, 2', 3 9+1
6 United Kingdom Ashley Morris 1, 0, 1', 1 3+1
7 United Kingdom Robert Branford (G) 3, 1, 1', 0 5+1
Manager: John Campbell

Final Leading averages[edit]

[12]

Rider Team Average
England Ben Barker Plymouth 9.87
England Joe Screen Glasgow 9.10
Australia Mark Lemon Newcastle 9.08
England Stuart Robson Newcastle 8.96
Denmark Charlie Gjedde Newport 8.88
Germany Kevin Wölbert Edinburgh 8.61
Denmark René Bach Newcastle 8.58
Sweden Seb Aldén Berwick 8.04
Australia Jason Doyle Newport 8.00
England Andrew Tully Edinburgh 7.82

See also[edit]

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leicester Delay". BSPA. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  2. ^ "Leicester: Lions Get Connected". BSPA. 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  3. ^ "Devils Hoping for Premier". BSPA. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  4. ^ "Potters Going National". BSPA. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  5. ^ a b "British Speedway AGM - Key Points". BSPA. 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  6. ^ "British Speedway Statement". BSPA. 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  7. ^ "Kings Lynn Join The Elite". BSPA. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  8. ^ "Plymouth Make Premier Move". BSPA. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
  9. ^ http://www.speedwaygb.co/pltable11.html
  10. ^ http://www.speedwaygb.co/march11.html
  11. ^ http://www.speedwaygb.co/april11.html
  12. ^ "Greensheet Averages" (PDF). Speedway GB.