Eastbourne Eagles boss Trevor Geer is confident they can land their first Elite League title in 11 years after a stirring semi-final victory on Monday.
Geer’s men produced a superb team performance as Eagles’ favourite Lewis Bridger and skipper Cameron Woodward claimed a 4-2 victory in heat 14 to confirm a play-off final date with the Poole Pirates.
The Eagles won the meet 53-39 and took the semi-final tie 99-86 on aggregate. Fans were expecting a comfortable passage through to the final after an excellent display at Lakeside saw them trail by just one point ahead of the Arlington leg.
However, they were made to fight all the way by a determined Lakeside outfit that featured former Eagle and Arlington specialist Lee Richardson.
Poole Pirates sealed their place in the Elite League play-off final by finishing off King’s Lynn Stars with a 108-75 aggregate win. Poole’s Aussie rider Darcy Ward top scored with 18 points.
An upbeat Geer said, “I believe we can do this - why not? The team has come this far and we have a great chance.
“We need to perform well in the first leg and if anyone is capable of going to Poole and getting a result then it’s us.
“The lads will be up for this one and I think they will want to get their revenge.
“We were gutted to be knocked out of the Cup. It shouldn’t have happened and we want to get them back for that.”
Co-promoter Mike Bellerby added, “The riders are all determined to bring the title back to the club.
“They were excellent during the semi-final against the Hammers but straight after the result they were back on the track and discussing how they were going to beat Poole. They have been very professional this season.”
Fans are urged to arrive early for the meeting that will be shown live on Skysports. Poole are expected to bring more than 1,000 supporters to Arlington. Tapes up 7.30pm