Poole Pirates v Ipswich Witches16/09/19
Despite the Pirates completing their regular home league campaign with a victory over fellow play-off qualifiers Ipswich, they remain second in the table but have slipped a point further behind leaders Swindon, who banked all four points from their visit to King's Lynn, which leaves Poole needing a win in Norfolk to finish top of the table.
Nico Covatti and Josh Grajczonek both showed their liking for a very fast line that developed around the pit turn which helped set up the Poole victory. Covatti first discovered it in heat eight, sweeping round partner Ricky Wells and Jake Allen to set up a 5-1 to counter that conceded in the previous heat when Richard Lawson and Chris Harris held firm over Jack Holder and Tomas H Jonasson.
But still Ipswich came back, that pairing of two heats earlier combining again, this time in reverse order to inflict a 5-1 over the out-of-sorts Brady Kurtz and third-placed Covatti. Jack Holder and Jonasson gated on a 5-1 in heat ten and had Iversen hunting them all the way, somehow Jonasson just managed to hold on for the maximum after deciding to switch lines that inspired Niels-Kristian Iversen to go for broke off the final turn.
With only Lawson to trouble them in the restart, Grajczonek and Holder wasted no time in the Pirates 5th 5-1 of the night, in a meeting that could well prove to be a dress rehearsal for the play-off semi-finals. In which case Poole will need to be mindful of the fact that the Witches themselves registered four maximum heat scores and would be no push-overs in the quest to reach the 2019 Grand Final.
N.Covatti ,3,1',3,1=8+1 (4)
N.Klindt ,3,3,1,FD=7 (4)
J.Grajczonek ,2',1,3,3,3=12+1 (5)
J.Holder ,1,1,3,1,2'=8+1 (5)
T.Jonasson ,3,0,2',1=6+1 (4)
R.Wells ,2',0,2',1=5+2 (4)
Ht 1: N.Covatti , N.Iversen, C.Heeps, B.Kurtz 3-3 3-3 [59.41]
Ht 2: T.Jonasson , R.Wells , J.Allen, J.Sarjeant 5-1 8-4 [60.78]
Ht 3: N.Klindt , J.Grajczonek , R.Lawson, C.Harris 5-1 13-5 [60.75]
Ht 4: J.Allen, D.King, J.Holder , R.Wells 1-5 14-10 [60.72]
Ht 5: N.Klindt , N.Iversen, J.Grajczonek , C.Heeps (fell exc) 4-2 18-12 [60.53]
Ht 6: D.King, B.Kurtz, N.Covatti , J.Sarjeant 3-3 21-15 [60.6]
Ht 7: R.Lawson, C.Harris, J.Holder , T.Jonasson 1-5 22-20 [61.09]
Ht 8: N.Covatti , R.Wells , J.Allen, C.Heeps 5-1 27-21 [61.41]
Ht 9: J.Grajczonek , D.King, N.Klindt , J.Sarjeant 4-2 31-23 [60.66]
Ht 10: C.Harris, R.Lawson, N.Covatti , B.Kurtz 1-5 32-28 [60.94]
Ht 11: J.Holder , T.Jonasson , N.Iversen, C.Heeps 5-1 37-29 [61.88]
Ht 12: C.Harris, J.Sarjeant, R.Wells , N.Klindt (fell exc) 1-5 38-34 [awd]
Ht 13: B.Kurtz, N.Iversen, J.Holder , D.King 4-2 42-36 [61.28]
Ht 14: J.Grajczonek , R.Lawson, T.Jonasson , J.Allen 4-2 46-38 [61.25]
Ht 15: J.Grajczonek , J.Holder , R.Lawson, N.Iversen (fell exc) 5-1 51-39 [62.03]
Mr Craig Ackroyd
POOLE won toss and deferred choice to heat 15; IPSWICH chose gates 1&3 |POOLE choose gates 1&3 in heat 15
League Points: POOLE 3 IPSWICH 0
Rider of the Night Josh Grajczonek