Poole ReadyPower Pirates launched their Elite league title defence in the most emphatic manner with a 30 point demolition job on rivals Swindon to make the perfect start to their Easter weekend.
The Pirates have been rocked by late news from trackside ahead of tonight's Elite Shield second leg at Coventry with number one Chris Holder being forced to withdraw due to illness.
Poole overcame the disappointment of the late withdrawal of number one Chris Holder to claim a 103-77 aggregate victory over Coventry to win the Elite Shield for the third successive season.
Elite Shield holders Poole took a major stride towards a successful defence of the title with a 22 point opening home win against Coventry.
After two successful Press and Practice days with both Plymouth and Poole, Kyle Newman is now hungry for the season to begin. Newman took to the track on Saturday and Monday as part of the traditional preseason warm up and is now desperate for the racing to begin.
Former Poole Pirate Krzysztof Kasprzak is determined to be fit to take his place in the Coventry side when the Bees visit Wimborne Road on Wednesday (16th) evening.
Poole's 2016 season opener on Wednesday 16th March will also see the inaugural staging of the Pete Ansell Memorial Race.
Although denied the chance to see speedway sensation Darcy Ward back in Poole kevlars, Pirate fans will have a regular chance to 'be in touch' with their hero throughout the 2016 campaign as he becomes a contributor to the match day programmes.
Regional law firm Trethowans are breaking new ground in their 150th year as they have embarked on a sponsorship deal with the Pirates.
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