Agilia Bears play off dates confirmed
The Redcar Agilia Bears will face table toppers Leicester Lions in their Play Off Semi-Final. The Bears management received news of their opponents this afternoon and have agreed dates quickly for both legs. Redcar will host Leicester on Friday 27th September, with the Bears travelling to Leicester the following evening on Saturday 28th September. The other Semi-Final will therefore take place between the Glasgow Tigers and Somerset Rebels, with dates to be confirmed and expected to be in September.
Giving his thoughts, Promoter Jitendra Duffill said, “I had a feeling that Leicester may pick us as we are suffering from a bit of an injury crisis at the moment. Having said that, we have a good selection of guests to choose from and our boys enjoy riding at Leicester, so they were happy when I broke this news to them. We need to be able to beat anybody if we want to win the league title, so I didn’t really care who we ended up with in the Semi-Final. We are confident of beating anybody over 2 legs and I think that this is set up to be a phenomenal contest. All 4 teams in the play offs this year are capable of challenging for the league title and it will come down to who performs best on the day.”
With the play offs set to take place over the final week of September and early October, the Bears are currently looking to hold the KO Cup Final in mid-October. Talks are currently taking place with the Newcastle promotion and the Bears hope to reveal dates for both legs of the KO Cup very soon. The annual Teesside Silver Helmet will then bring the club’s season to a close in traditional fashion.