Comets Name Date of Season Opener
The 2014 Workington Comets will take to the track for the first time as a team on Saturday 22nd March at Derwent Park when they open their season with the first leg of the Ian Thomas Shield against their nearest rivals the Newcastle Diamonds.
The second leg of the contest is scheduled to take place at Newcastle's Brough Park the following evening, with the Comets keen to get their hands on the shield after being beaten on aggregate by the Diamonds in last season's inaugural staging.
This season's event will also serve as a significant fund-raiser for both clubs towards their respective Air fence appeals with riders from both sides racing for minimal expenses in both legs; a concept that is being rolled out by every club early in the season to help towards the cost of the new air fences, which are required by all Premier League clubs from the start of the 2014 campaign.
Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Our air fence appeal is coming along quite well, but we still have a fair way to go in order to reach our target and this opening meeting should provide a major boost to the fund.
“As for the speedway side of things we would love to take the shield off Newcastle and bring it back to Derwent Park, the place where the promoting career of Ian Thomas started back in 1970.”
Meanwhile, Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “Both ourselves and Newcastle finished in the play-off positions last season and looking at our respective line-ups ahead of next season I am sure we will both be in contention for play-off places once again. So, while these two fixtures give everyone a chance to blow off their winter cobwebs, both clubs will also be looking at putting down an early season marker to show their intent before the serious matter of official fixtures gets underway.
“When Newcastle took hold of the shield last season we warned them it was only on loan to the Diamonds for a year and come March that year will be up!” added Jackson.
Meanwhile the Comets and Diamonds management have agreed a special deal where season ticket holders of either club can gain entry to the away leg of the Ian Thomas Shield for just £10. Additionally, Comets supporters will be able to buy an advance ticket giving entry to both legs through the Comets Official Website, with an adult two-leg ticket costing just £25. Further details are available on the Comets website.
Co-promoter Steve Whitehead said: “We were delighted to be able to come to an agreement with Newcastle that will give the supporters of both clubs an opportunity to see their team in action home and away in the Ian Thomas Shield and so get what promises to be an exciting 2014 season well and truly underway.”
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Last Updated : Thu 12 Dec 2013, 08:39 UK