Rebels secure Grand Final with Edinburgh Monarchs

The legendary Peter Carr holds the trophy as Monarchs celebrated their first title back in 2003. Picture: Cate Gillon

The legendary Peter Carr holds the trophy as Monarchs celebrated their first title back in 2003. Picture: Cate Gillon

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Edinburgh MONARCHS will meet Somerset Rebels in speedway’s Premier League play-off Grand Final.

At the third time of asking, the Rebels defeated Redcar Bears 47-43 on Teeside last night to qualify as Group A winners.

However, a row is brewing over dates for the two matches with both clubs having Friday as their regular race night.

Having topped the league at the end of the regular programme, Somerset have the right to choose if they hold the first or second leg. But Monarchs are the senior team and insist they have the right to stick to a Friday.

Somerset are only permitted to run five or six times on their Wednesday off-night and it’s believed they reached that limit over the course of the season and would have to apply for local council permission should they wish to run in midweek again.

Talks were set to begin later today between both sides to try and thrash out an agreement and, given the length of time Monarchs have had to wait to discover their opponents, a speedy conclusion would be welcomed by all concerned.