1st: Sheffield Tigers
2nd: Redcar Bears
= 3rd: Scunthorpe and Glasgow
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler), who ended their season several weeks ago had the well rested Kevin Doolan and David Howe out in their corner in Group B of Sunday's SGB Championship Pairs at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium, the winners and runners-up going to meet the top two from Group A in the semi finals.
Glasgow , to their credit, covered their track on Saturday knowing bad weather was on the way but as Sunday morning dawned it rapidly became apparent that the SGB Championship Riders' Championship would have to be postponed due to constant heavy rain forecast throughout the day which would ruin any attempt to race once the covers were removed.
The restaging date has been set for Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow, on Saturday October 14th at 7.00pm start time.
As can be seen in the above Colin Poole pic, the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) the 2017 season was sent off in good - old traditional speedway style with flour and eggs somehow ending all over the riders and management - and Roy Clarke, the unfortunate centre green mic-man who ended with a whole bucket of chalk dust deposited over his head, but even he - despite looking like a Yeti - agreed "That's how proper speedway closes a season!" and the fans agreed as a superb season - with poor results - but an excellent atmosphere and sense of belief
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) may well have have finished bottom of the SGB Championship (with one match left to run against the league leaders, the Sheffield Tigers who arrive at Shielfield Park on Saturday night at 7 o'clock), yet the club and it's new owners are still upbeat with their inaugural year in charge as Scott Courtney highlighted when he said: "We've ended in a league position at the opposite end to where we aimed to be, but it's still been a brilliant season to be involved with the Bandits.
After a frustrating night at Ipswich on Thursday, Berwick's team manager, Gary Havelock is keen to end the season bathed in glory with Edinburgh and Sheffield due at Shielfield Park on the 9th and 16th of this month.
Following the match at Foxhall he said: "We rode better than that score suggests tonight with all the guys having their moments and getting dug right in there. Ipswich are a good side and they're not top two for nothing so we were right up against it to get a result, saying that we looked the part tonight!