Monarchs aim to honour director Gray with trophies

Monarchs director Brian Gray passed away last week
Monarchs director Brian Gray passed away last week
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EDINBURGH MONARCHS speedway star Justin Sedgmen today expressed the hope that the Capital outfit can claim silverware this season to help honour the memory of director Brian Gray, who died suddenly last week.

Sedgmen revealed how overjoyed Gray was in seeing Monarchs sweep to a trophy treble in 2014, which included their fourth league crown, and said: “It would be great if we could do that again for Brian.

“His death was a huge shock and he will be missed by everyone connected to the club. He took great delight at seeing the team be so successful last season and I just hope we can go on and win more trophies this year to dedicate to a man who gave so much of his time to Monarchs. It would be a fitting tribute.”

Monarchs’ first opportunity of success could come in the League Cup. They travel to Ipswich Witches tonight for the second leg of their semi-final tie defending a mammoth 22-point first-leg lead gained at Armadale, and have an outstanding chance of progressing to the final where arch-rivals Glasgow Tigers await.

But Monarchs co-promoter John Campbell has told his riders to keep their feet firmly on the ground. He is conscious of the fact that the Witches, who are currently involved in a battle with Plymouth Devils for the sixth and final Premier League play-off spot, have found form recently and their 61-29 demolion of Peterborough Panthers a week ago is a warning.

Campbell said: “We are in a very comfortable position given the size of our first-leg lead but we are certainly not going to be complacent. But, if Craig Cook rides anything like he did on our last visit when he broke the track record and scored a 15-point maximum, we should be okay. And it would take something pretty extraordinary to happen for us not to go through.”

Sam Masters continued his comeback from the hand injury which kept him sidelined for six weeks by turning out for his Elite League side Leicester Lions at Belle Vue Aces on Sunday. After winning his first two heats, Masters then suffered a nasty fall in his final ride and admitted he was glad to walk away from what had been a difficult week.

“I’m okay but it wasn’t ideal to crash so soon after just coming back. It’s been a tough last few days for everybody at Edinburgh following the death of Brian and racing our bikes hasn’t been top of our list. But we have a job to do. And, although my hand isn’t right yet, at least it is getting stronger every day.”