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ZAMORSKI DENIES PIRATES

Estonian stars as Oslo progress

Oslo legend Oleg Zamorski scored 14 points which included two for a semi final place clinching second in the final race of their European Cup tie with Pennsylvania, the SL19 winners going out by two after the Estonian spilt the Pirates pairing of Kevin Dobinson (14) and Rafal Robakiewicz (12) in the decider. Zamorski—who was awarded a testimonial in SL20 after chalking up ten seasons and over 350 appearances for the Norwegian's—was the difference between the two sides as Pennsylvania let slip an eight point lead in this weeks return leg of the first round tie, the 31 year old beat Dobinson and Rabakiewicz in early Oslo 4-2’s, while crucially in heat 10 he saw off a fourth and final tactical change by the visitors, substitute Rabakiewicz beaten again by the home number one, as was fellow Pirates heat leader Lehel Sardi (10+2). Two wins over Rabakiewicz became three in heat 13, and then decisively four two races later. Oslo have been drawn with holders Sedgemoor in the semi finals, the Rebels—who completed a 20 point first round win over Pila with a Bryan Baah (15) led 43-47 victory in Poland this week—were defeated by 12 on aggregate in their only other tie against the Norwegians back in SL19. Elsewhere Rugby’s debut in the competition ended with a 50-40 defeat in Prague, the Gravediggers eliminated by five on aggregate after a meeting in which both Claus Christiansen and Michael Gordon failed to trouble the scorers. Prague will take on New Forest for a place in the final, the Knights into the semi finals for the third year in four following a ten point aggregate win over Malmo.

 

TODAY: Shorts

Rugby quickly put the disappointment of their European exit behind them to record a shock win at title chasing Chalvington in the league, the Chiefs first home defeat in over a year inflicted despite holding a six point lead heading into the final five races. Roy Frain’s (16) winning appearance as a tactical substitute in heat 11 was the catalyst for the success, he and Tom Lynch (12+1) picking up a 5-1 in a race which featured home number one Simon Atkins (8+1), Frain and Lynch also won the next two in turn, with Lynch’s heat 13 success resulting in more maximum points for the visitors, Valeri Elin (10+1) taking second to give the Gravediggers the lead for the first time on the night. They backed that up with 4-2’s in the final two races, Frain successful in the last, a heat which also saw his side grab the bonus point by two. Chalvington remain second despite the loss, although their deficit to leaders New Forest has grown to six points, Rugby are up to sixth, two clear of the relegation places.

 

Maximums for Kevin Dobinson and Rafal Robakiewicz in their respective national finals ensured there would be a double celebration in the Pennsylvania camp, the two Pirates heat leaders dominating the finals in Sedgemoor and Pila this week. SL18 winner Dobinson secured the British title for a second time with a heat 17 success over Mark Lyons (9), leaving the last two winners of the Championship, Stephen Charnock (12) and Andy James (11), fighting for second this time around. A heat 19 win for last years winner Charnock was enough for him to take the runners-up spot, with James finishing only second in the final race of the meeting. Robakiewicz’s success in Pila was his fourth in the Polish final, equalling the record number of wins set by Adrian Klytta between SL2 and SL9.

 

Four wins on the bounce had taken Netherton top of the division two table, now a mirror image of four losses for the Heathens has left them fifth, six points off the pace. Changes—partly points limit induced—have certainly not helped their cause, James Smith scored just four on his debut at heat leader for the club as they suffered a 43-47 loss to Birmingham this week. Stuart Wade scored paid 13 for the Bulldogs in that win, however the reserve managed just two at home for his side as they were beaten by a struggling Durham side, 44-46, his opposite number Chris McAlea contributing paid 11 for the Saints. Durham certainly like the Kennel Lane circuit, the success their third in a row at the venue. Elsewhere Cambridge climb to third despite not winning either of their meetings this week, a defeat at Newport Pagnell was proceeded by a home draw with leaders Glasshoughton for the Cougars, Phil Cooper impressing with ten at reserve for the Gazelles as they picked up two of the three league points on offer at Station Road. Second placed Whitemoor’s visit to Oxford was also a profitable one, two points for them after a last heat Witches 4-2 left the final scores tied in a meeting the visitors had never led in. In division three Maldon extended their advantage at the top of the table to six points having picking up the maximum six this week, with three awarded for a 43-47 win at fourth placed Pagham, in which Risto Antilla (18) scored his ninth league maximum of the season. Pagham recovered from that defeat to beat Pencoed on their travels, 42-48

 

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