PREMIER LEAGUE FOURS: Captain wants to get his hands on some more silverware

Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard. Photo: David Lowndes.
Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Proud captain Ulrich Ostergaard wants to capture another major British speedway prize this weekend (July 23/24).

The Danish star powered to glory in the Premier League Riders Championship last season to collect Panthers’ first piece of silverware since 2007.

Craig Cook will spearhead Panthers'Premier League Fours challenge.

Craig Cook will spearhead Panthers'Premier League Fours challenge.

Now Ostergaard has set his sights on lifting the Premier League Fours crown as the Showground plays host to one of the biggest meetings ever to be staged in the city.

More than 50 riders will do battle across 72 heats of action with all 13 clubs in the second tier represented and Ostergaard is determined to ensure it is the home side - also represented by Craig Cook, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and Tom Perry - who emerge victorious.

“It is a huge honour for me to be captain of Panthers,” said Ostergaard. “I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a title-winning team with the club and it was also fantastic to win the PLRC last season.

“It would be really special if we could win another trophy on our own track. Everyone from our promoter Ged Rathbone to the supporters deserve some silverware.

Tom Perry is in the Panthers' line-up for the Premier League Fours.

Tom Perry is in the Panthers' line-up for the Premier League Fours.

“The Fours is one of the big events of the season and I know that all the riders look forward to it.

The Premier League is tough these days so the meeting is full of really strong teams, but we want to win it.

“It hasn’t been a good event for us in the last two years as we have failed to make the final, but at least that can’t happen this year as we’ve been put straight through into it!”

Panthers don’t enter the fray until the Fours final at 4pm on Sunday (July 24), where they will be joined by the winning team from each of the three Saturday (July 23) semi-finals, also a 4pm start.

The weekend line-up also includes an individual meeting (noon, Sunday) which will involve the leading two riders from each of the eight clubs who do not make progress in the main Fours event.

Tickets cost £20 per day or £30 for a two-day pass for adults, and can be bought on the turnstiles. The prices are £7.50 or £10 respectively for children aged 12 to 16. Kids under 12 gain free admission.

TEams

Semi-final 1

GLASGOW: 1 Richard Lawson, Aaron Summers, Richie Worrall, Fernando Garcia.

WORKINGTON: Ricky Wells, Claus Vissing, Kenneth Hansen, Rasmus Jensen.

SOMERSET: Josh Grajczonek, Rohan Tungate, Charles Wright, Paul Starke.

SCUNTHORPE: Josh Auty, Ryan Douglas, Michael Palm Toft, Carl Wilkinson.

Semi-final 2

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Kyle Howarth, Dimitri Berge, Jason Garrity.

NEWCASTLE: Steve Worrall, Robert Lambert, Victor Palovaara, Lewis Rose.

PLYMOUTH: Brady Kurtz, Todd Kurtz, Kyle Newman, Jack Holder.

REDCAR: David Bellego, Hugh Skidmore, Lasse Bjerre, Jonas B Andersen.

Semi-final 3

EDINBURGH: Sam Masters, Kevin Wolbert, Ryan Fisher, Erik Riss.

IPSWICH: Danny King, Nico Covatti, Ben Barker, Morten Risager.

RYE HOUSE: Leigh Lanham, Cameron Heeps, Stuart Robson, Edward Kennett.

BERWICK: Kevin Doolan, Thomas Jorgensen, Theo Pijper, Matthew Wethers.

Final:

Three semi-final winners plus hosts Panthers

PANTHERS: Craig Cook, Nikolaj B Jakobsen, Ulrich Ostergaard, Tom Perry.