The Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches open their 2016 Premier League campaign on Saturday (8th April) when they visit the Rye House Rockets at Hoddesdon (7pm).
The Witches have endured a long break since they last rode at Scunthorpe on 20th March due to two consecutive postponements for differing reasons and they will be eager to get back on track on Saturday.
Ritchie Hawkins will be delighted to be able to field a full side for the clash with Morten Risager back from injury and James Sarjeant back from illness as the side look to start the campaign on a positive note.
It’s been a winter of change for the home side with some exciting developments for Rockets fans. New owners Team BMR have taken full control of the club in 2016 and they have already made track adjustments, changed the club colours and there are new logos for the club. It’s a new era for the Hertfordshire club and they will be looking to transfer the positivity off the track into points on the track when they face the Witches.
The Rockets have one of the league’s top performers leading them into 2016 with Eddie Kennett back for another year and there are a couple of familiar faces to Witches fans in the Rye House side with Cameron Heeps making the winter switch and Ipswich born Leigh Lanham also part of the side. The two sides last met at Hoddesdon back in August with the Witches coming out 46-44 winners on the night and a repeat result would be the perfect start to the new campaign.
Team Manager Ritchie Hawkins says the long break between meetings so early in the season is not great preparation but refuses to use it as an excuse.
Rye House ‘BMR’ Rockets: 1. Edward Kennett (c) 9.57 2. Kasper Lykke 5.74 3. Cameron Heeps 5.87 4. Leigh Lanham 5.78 5. Stuart Robson 6.50 6. Peter Karger 5.00 7. Ben Morley 3.00
Team Manager: Peter Schroeck
Ipswich ‘Tru7.com’ Witches: 1. Danny King (c) 9.54 2. James Sarjeant 5.00 3. Lewis Kerr 6.85 4. Morten Risager 6.86 5. Nico Covatti 7.55 6. Paco Castagna 3.33 7. Darryl Ritchings 3.00
Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins