Ipswich Witches finish third as Edinburgh Monarchs win Premier League Fours title
PUBLISHED: 09:44 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:44 02 October 2015
© Copyright Stephen Waller
Ipswich’s season ended in with a whimper last night as the Witches finished third in the Premier League Fours event at Redcar.
Edinburgh: Cook 12, Masters 7, Sedgmen 3, Riss 8, Branford (Res) - 30
Somerset: Kurtz 10, Richie Worrall 6, Wright 4, Grajczonek 7, Starke (Res) - 27
Ipswich: King 10, Covatti 5, Tungate 6, Heeps 1, Manzares (res) 2 - 24
Newcastle: Steve Worrall 3, Aarnio 6, Lingdren 2, Rosen 4, Nielsen (Res) - 15
Edinburgh Monarchs (30 points), who finished top of the regular Premier League table, pipped Somerset Rebels (27) to the title, with the Witches (24) finishing a further three points behind. Newcastle (15) earned the wooden spoon.
Danny King top scored for the Witches with 10 points, while Rohan Tungate scored six, Nico Covatti five, reserve Gino Manzares two and Cameron Heeps, one.
The Witches got off to a poor start, Heeps failing to secure a point in the first heat. Edinburgh’s Justin Sedgmen took the first flag, with Newcastle’s Steve Worrall in second.
Tungate grabbed the Witches’ first point of the night in the second heat, finishing third, having led from the tapes. However, Somerset’s Brady Kurtz overtook Tungate and an error by the Ipswich man during lap two, allowed Tero Aarnio into second.
There was a re-run in heat three after Edinburgh’s Craig Cook collided with the Rebels’ Charles Wright, the latter being excluded and suffering an upper arm injury.
Covatti led from the tapes on the re-run, but Cook passed him to take first, leaving the Witches’ man in second.
At the start of heat four, Edinburgh (six points) led Somerset by a point, with Newcastle (four), a further one ahead of Ipswich (three).
The Monarchs went further ahead when Sam Masters emerged from a tight bend on lap one to take the lead. Ipswich’s King pushed him hard in second, earning the Witches two points, with Newcastle’s Ludvig Lingdren third and Somerset’s Josh Grajczonek in fourth.
Cook then secured a second win of the night as Edinburgh pulled ahead, but Grajczonek pushed him all the way, Ipswich’s Heeps finishing third.
Into heat six and Edinburgh had accrued 12 points, Ipswich in third on six points, but Tungate grabbed the Witches’ first heat win of the night with ease from the tapes.
However, just as things were looking up for Ipswich, Covatti fell in heat seven, was unhurt, but was excluded.
Fortunately, Edinburgh failed to pick up all three points in the re-run, the Rebels’ Kurtz taking the win ahead of Scots’ Sedgmen and Newcastle’s Lingdren.
The deficit between the Witches, in third, and leaders Edinburgh was seven, but Ipswich refused to lie down and King took the win in heat eight, leading Richie Worrall (Somerset), Anton Rosen (Newcastle) and Edinburgh’s Erik Riss from the off.
Kurtz took another win for Somerset in heat nine as Ipswich’s hopes faded, with Heeps in fourth.
Tungate added another point to Ipswich’s total, with Cook securing an Edinburgh win. Ex-Witch Richie Worrall was second for Somerset.
Ipswich were failing to make inroads, Covatti finishing third in the next race as Grajczonek put Somerset a point ahead of the Monarchs, for whom Riss came last.
King grabbed the Witches’ third win of the night in heat 12, but Tungate could only manage third in the next race, four points from two races a frustrating return.
Gino Manzares raced in heat 14 as reserve for Heeps, and did well, finishing second to Edinburgh’s Riss.
Covatti grabbed a second in heat 15, but Ipswich were out of the running and the title would go to Edinburgh or Somerset.
And it was Cook who won the race and the Fours title for the Scots, with Ipswich’s King finishing second.