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Great Weather for a very BIG DAY at Derwent Park
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 14 Sep 2013 by Comets Press Office
Fund-raising Fun Day and GB v Australia Test Match TODAY at Derwent Park
It appears that we have been blessed with perfect weather for our big day at Derwent Park, which sees the ‘Safety-Barrier Fund-raising Fun Day' and the fifth and final Test Match between Great Britain and Australia taking place.

The ‘Fun Day' gets underway at 1:00pm (going on until 4:00pm) and will be held in the car park local to the grandstand. It has been organised in conjunction with the hard-working Workington Speedway Supporters Club and the aim of the event is to raise some funds towards the new Safety Barrier which the Comets, along with all other tracks, must have in place prior to the start of next season.

The ‘Fun Day' will include various activities such as a Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Tombola, Balloon Race, a Climbing Wall, along with the appearance of several riders. Supporters will have the opportunity to have their photographs taken with riders as well as the chance to throw wet sponges at the riders, and possibly the management – which could prove very popular!

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Hopefully the Fun Day will be a brilliant curtain raiser to the Test Match for our fans and their families and we are all very much looking forward to it.”

After the Fun Day we get down to the serious stuff when, at 7:00pm, Great Britain and Australia lock horns for the fifth and final time this year and although Great Britain have a 3-1 series lead the Aussies will be looking to make that 3-2 rather than 4-1, which would not be a representative score-line given how keenly contested the previous Test Matches have been.

This fixture had originally been scheduled for mid-August but was unfortunately ‘rained off' however the teams that will take to the track this time are certainly more evenly matched due to the availability of several Australian riders who were unable to race on the original date due to a clash of fixtures.

Workington Comets skipper Richard Lawson will captain the Great Britain side, which also includes another Comet, Kyle Howarth, as well as West Cumbrian based Craig Cook – an ex-Comet who is now the top rider in the Premier League where he rides for Edinburgh.

Coming into the Australian side for tonight are Somerset's World Cup bronze medal winning team-member Jason Doyle, who will captain the side, and he is joined by two of his Rebels team-mates; Nick Morris and Josh Grajczonek. The fourth new face in the Aussie line-up is Scunthorpe's exciting reserve Ryan Douglas, who rode brilliantly at Derwent Park on his recent visit with Scunthorpe. Meanwhile the Comets very own Aussie, Rusty Harrison, is also included in the Australian side; so there is plenty of interest in both teams for the home supporters on what promises to be a night of top class racing.

GREAT BRITAIN: Craig Cook, Andrew Tully, Josh Auty, Kyle Howarth, Richard Lawson (c), Kyle Newman, Lewis Kerr.

AUSTRALIA: Jason Doyle (c), Dakota North, Josh Grajczonek, Rusty Harrison, Nick Morris, Max Fricke, Ryan Douglas.

REMINDER: Normal admission charges will apply for tonight's Test Match BUT the rain-off re-admission ticket from last Monday's abandoned Edinburgh fixture WILL be valid for the Test Match OR the re-arranged meeting on Monday (in fact it is valid for any single Workington home meeting for this season or next season).

Under British Speedway rules there would normally be a £2 charge for re-entry using the rain off ticket (as there were 2 heats raced on Monday evening) but Workington Speedway have decided to waive this charge to show appreciation of the patience of the fans at Derwent Park last Monday.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR ADMISSION TICKET FROM the Test Match because IF you present this ticket at the turnstile on Monday (16th September) at the Edinburgh PL meeting then you will be allowed entry for the concession price of £10.00.

ALSO - 'Kids for a Quid' will apply all weekend - for the Test Match AND the re-arranged Edinburgh match on Monday.
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Last Updated :  Sat 14 Sep 2013, 08:51 UK
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