Tigers pull the plug on individual event

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Sheffield have pulled the plug on plans for a high profile individual event at Owlerton next Thursday.

The club were planning a potential revival of the traditional Northern Riders’ Championship, which always pulled in bumper crowds, but the Premier League Fours Final has been rearranged for the same night at Redcar.

Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates isn’t prepared to risk going up against a national event and also feels it would be against the best interests of the sport.

He said: “We were well down the road in putting an individual meeting together, possibly the Northern Riders or something similar, but then the BSPA (British Speedway Promoters’ Association) put the Fours on the same night.

“Even if I decided to continue and use riders who were available it’s probably not in the best interests of the sport.

“We will make a decision on a final meeting of the season at Owlerton once we know the outcome of our play-off on Sunday at Peterborough. We’re not out of that yet and we still hope to have a play-off semi-final at home yet!

“It’s just been a nightmare season for injuries, we thought we had put a team together in March which was capable of challenging for the Premier League title and for us to be in the play-offs is a remarkable feat in itself.

“We’ve had a complete team wiped out for one reason or another and yet we’ve kept the season going which is excellent.

“In many ways our fans deserve one more home meeting at least to show their appreciation to the lads.”