ROBINS 62 IPSWICH 27 (AGG:111-68)

Thursday October 17, 2019
SWINDON were crowned Premiership Champions and double winners on an unforgettable night at the Abbey Stadium.

The CFS Filtration Robins demolished Ipswich 62-27 for an emphatic 111-68 aggregate victory, underlining their status as the best team in the country in 2019.

Alun Rossiter’s side made sure there were no slip-ups after taking an eight-point lead from the first leg at Foxhall, and the party at a packed Blunsdon began when Adam Ellis and skipper Jason Doyle steamed to a 5-1 in Heat 10.

Doyle was one of three Robins riders to go unbeaten on the night, with Tobiasz Musielak and Rasmus Jensen also going through the card, and as has been the case throughout their sensational run of form, there were contributions right down the order.

There was a dramatic start with Witches No.1 Niels-Kristian Iversen blasting through the tapes in Heat 1, although reserve Jake Allen initially kept them in the contest, holding Doyle at bay in the early stages, whilst Ellis Perks was unlucky to hit mechanical trouble in Heat 2 after a good start.

But Musielak and Jensen got the Robins on their way with a 5-1 in Heat 3, Jensen re-passing Harris in a smart move, and Troy Batchelor then rounded Allen to take his first win of the night in the next.

Musielak and Jensen defeated the strong Iversen/Danny King pairing for maximum points in Heat 5, and Doyle and Adam Ellis both came from the back against Allen in Heat 6 as the Robins took total control.

Two more 4-2s followed with Perks defeating a scoreless Richard Lawson in Heat 7 and fellow reserve Claus Vissing always in the action, whilst a third Musielak/Jensen 5-1 in Heat 9 took the home side to the mathematical brink of glory.

That was sealed in blistering fashion in Heat 10 as Ellis and Doyle got the better of Harris to spark jubilant and emotional scenes at the pits gate.

Robins still extended their lead when the action resumed, although Batchelor was disqualified from Heat 11 after locking up on turn two with King coming down.

But there were still two more 5-1s for the packed crowd to enjoy with a trademark Doyle/Batchelor success over a hard-pressing Iversen in Heat 13, whilst Musielak – who had overhauled the hard-working Allen in Heat 12 – wrapping things up alongside captain Doyle in the last race.

Rossiter said: “I’m so proud of these boys. We had to make some changes earlier in the season, which were for the better, but the team spirit and camaraderie has been absolutely amazing.

“I tip my hat to the riders because they’re the guys that did it. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink it – they’re the ones who have done it for the club.

“Jason Doyle has been amazing as captain, he’s led us from the front, and signing Ramus (Jensen) transformed the season, but this is about everyone because they’ve all played their part.

“And the scenes at the end were absolutely unbelievable. To do it at home in front of a crowd like that, I don’t think we’ll ever forget that and everyone should be so proud of what we’ve achieved.”

PREMIERSHIP GRAND FINAL 2nd leg
SWINDON 62: Jason Doyle 13+2, Tobiasz Musielak 12+3, Rasmus Jensen 11+1, Troy Batchelor 9, Adam Ellis 8+1, Claus Vissing 5, Ellis Perks 4.
IPSWICH 27: Jake Allen 11, Chris Harris 6, Niels-Kristian Iversen 5, Danny King 3+1, Cameron Heeps 1, James Sarjeant 1, Richard Lawson 0.
Swindon win 111-68 on aggregate and are Premiership Champions

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