Monarchs v Tigers Final ‘biggest derbies in history’

Monarchs will be hoping to celebrate like they did last season

Monarchs will be hoping to celebrate like they did last season

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Edinburgh Monarchs’ in-form Australian, Justin Sedgmen, says the team’s forthcoming League Cup Final showdown against arch-rivals Glasgow Tigers is one of the most eagerly-awaited speedway occasions seen in Scotland in a long time.

Sedgmen, who helped Monarchs oust Ipswich Witches in the semi-finals last week, said: “There is a huge buzz now about the Glasgow meetings and I think both legs will be two of the biggest Scottish derbies in history.

“It’s very exciting and I’m sure both clubs will do everything possible to promote the event properly to help get huge crowds at both legs.”

No dates have yet been agreed for the fixtures.

Meanwhile, Monarchs are on track for a second cup final appearance this season when they travel to Newcastle Diamonds on Sunday for the second leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final.

Monarchs have a hefty cushion of 22 points from last Friday’s first match at Armadale, but Sedgmen warned: “We are taking nothing for granted but it’s a big lead we are taking down there and I’m confident we’ll get through – especially as Newcastle is a track we all go pretty well on. We did a very professional job in beating Newcastle 56-34 on Friday at home, even although Craig (Cook) hadn’t been feeling well earlier in the week and Sam (Masters) is still settling in after his six-week injury lay-off.

“We haven’t really had a period this season when everyone has been 100 per cent fit but now at this time of the campaign when we need everyone firing, the boys thankfully, are back on it again!”