NEXT ACTION: PIRATES V ACES - UNDER A TENNER!
Having progressed their way to the top of the Premiership table the Belle Vue Aces arrive at Wimborne Road boasting a recent change in personnel.
National Stadium specialist Rohan Tungate, a former Pirate, was snapped up by the Aces to replace fellow Australian Justin Sedgmen, after Tungate had been sat on the sidelines since having been released by Somerset back in May.
Despite having seen his average slashed from a starting figure of 9.03 to a lowly 4.68 Tungate is set to add further strength in depth to the Aces and the VOLVO CARS POOLE PIRATES will be tested to the hilt as they aim to close the gap on the leading two clubs.
Whilst the Pirates have matches in hand over both second place Wolverhampton and the Aces, victory by a margin of 7 points or more has to be the goal for the Dorset club in this encounter, which will be the first ever BT Sports televised Premiership meeting.
With new averages coming into effect the Pirates side has undergone a reshuffle with Brady Kurtz elevated to number one and back from injury Nicolai Klindt moving out of the reserves berth, 'new' boy Paul Starke now taking up that position.
Besides their status as league leaders, Belle Vue's arrival also heralds the visit of newly crowned British Champion Craig Cook and runner-up Steve Worrall, together with Australian Champion Max Fricke and winter target Kenneth Bjerre. The promising pair of Dan Bewley and Jack Smith fill out the Aces seven.
"The magnitude of the task ahead of us really speaks for itself " admitted Poole promoter Matt Ford, "they have a very solid side and since Mark Lemon has been involved as team manager the performances we have seen from Belle Vue have always been highly competitive. "
"There are no easy matches in this league but few become tougher than this one but I would like to think that our boys can rise up to the occasion and make this a night to remember. "
Admission prices for the meeting have been slashed to just £9.99 for adults with youth prices just £5 and under 11s admitted FREE of charge.
Poole: Hans Andersen (Capt), Jack Holder, Nicolai Klindt, Brady Kurtz,Grzegorz Zengota, James Shanes, Paul Starke Team manager - Neil Middleditch
Belle Vue: Kenneth Bjerre, Craig Cook (Capt), Max Fricke, Rohan Tungate, Steve Worrall, Dan Bewley, Jack Smith Team manager - Mark Lemon
11/09 PIRATES 44 SWINDON 46
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)