16th Dec, 2017

Gary Havelock - Coventry Bees fear nobody ahead of Elite Shield showdown with Poole

Steve Carpenter 17th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

GARY Havelock has revealed that is Coventry Bees side fear nobody heading into the 2016 Elite League campaign.

Under Havelock’s reign the Bees have come close to winning the title having progressed to the play-off semi-finals last year and in 2014 they reached the Grand Final.

On both occasions they were beaten by rivals Poole and Havelock is hoping his side get revenge when the Bees face the Pirates at the Brandon season opener tomorrow (Friday) in the Elite Shield.

“Of course we can go further,” said Havelock, who endured a nightmare winter of operations on his arm injury. “From looking at the other teams, there really should be no-one we fear.

“It’s all down to the boys, and how badly they want to win things. I know from when I rode how badly I wanted to win, and hopefully I can pass a bit of that over to the boys!

“Like Mick (Horton) says, first and foremost it’s about getting into those play-offs, and then anything can happen.

“It’s about time we were due a bit of luck. I think in the Grand Final of two years ago and the semi-final last year, we were unlucky, and you’ve got to have a bit of luck in sport as well.

“Hopefully this year will be our year. I’d love to win it but what would be even nicer would be to beat Poole in the Final!”

The firs leg of the Elite League shield took place in Poole on Wednesday evening.

Bees No.1 Krzysztof Kasprzak missed the trip to Dorset as he receives treatment following his crash at King’s Lynn in the Ben Fund Bonanza last weekend.

Wednesday’s meeting came too soon for the Pole, who suffered some shoulder damage but not the broken collarbone which was initially feared, and he is set to make his comeback in Friday’s return fixture at Brandon.

Bees promoter Horton added: “KK is having physio and will be back with us on Friday, and we want to have everything dialled-in by then, so we can hopefully start off well at home before the league campaign gets underway.”

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