Sheffield Tigers: Boss still smarting ahead of Glasgow clash

Damien Bates
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Tigers co-owner Damien Bates has turned up the heat ahead of tonight’s Premier League crunch clash with Glasgow at Owlerton (7.30pm).

Bates claims Sheffield were robbed of a point when the sides met in Scotland last month when they were served notice that Ty Proctor had to return to Australia due to a visa issue.

And he says the rider replacement facility – where Proctor’s four programmed rides were shared around the team – made them significantly weaker.

Said Bates: “It’s been well documented how I feel regarding the Proctor situation and the way it was all handled – I’m still fuming about it now, three weeks down the road.

“But I also believe it cost us a point. The way Proctor was riding, scoring good points everywhere for us, we would have got a bonus point there for losing by six or less – and we may even pinched a draw.

“So we have revenge on our minds for tonight. We have booked a great guest in Brady Kurtz to replace Simon Stead, David Bellego is back to replace Proctor and Jason Garrity stays in the team for the rest of the season.

“I know David is excited about coming back and we’re pleased to have him back. We’re looking forward to what could be one of the meetings of the season at Owlerton.”

Glasgow were installed as Premier League title favourites by bookmakers before the start of the season with a well balanced side.

Nick Morris leads their challenge and he has just been called into the Australian starting line-up for the World Cup clash with GB, USA and Latvia at King’s Lynn next Monday.

Richard Lawson has been in fine form at both Elite and Premier League level and James Sarjeant – born in Sheffield – adds strength at reserve.

Sheffield: Brady Kurtz, Ashley Birks, David Bellego, Jason Garrity, Andre Compton, Arthur Sissis, Josh Bates.

Glasgow: Nick Morris, Dimitri Berge, Aaron Summers, Kozza Smith, Richard Lawson, Victor Palovaara, James Sarjeant.

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