Curtain comes down on Rebels’ successful season

The Somerset Rebels held a presentation evening to celebrate their most successful season to date.

THE Cases Somerset Rebels brought the curtain down on the most successful season in the club’s history when they staged their presentation night at their clubhouse.

The two main awards, the rider of the year and the riders’ rider of the year, a new award for 2013, were both won by club captain Jason Doyle, it being the second year in succession that Doyle has received the fans’ vote as their rider of the year.

Another rider who was receiving an award for the second year in a row was Alex Davies, who collected the most improved rider of the year trophy, while Nick Morris and Josh Grajczonek both collected a brace of awards.

Morris received the Fred Fountain Memorial Trophy, and the Somerset Riders’ Equipment Fund’s (SREF) award as their rider of the year. Grajczonek was presented with the Merv Marsh Memorial Shield as the track staffs’ choice as their rider of the year, as well as being voted as the fans’ most entertaining rider of the year.

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“It has been a tremendous year for the club,” said promoter Debbie Hancock after the various trophies and awards had been presented, “and one that will live long in the memory of everyone associated with the Rebels.

“However, this being speedway, we have little time to rest on our laurels and we will soon begin the task of planning towards the 2014 campaign.”

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The Rebels were honoured with a civic reception granted by the Mayor of Burnham, together with an open-top bus parade through Highbridge and Burnham in recognition of their achievements in winning the Premier League Championship, together with the KO Cup and the Premier League pairs title.

“This was a great honour for the Rebels,” said co-promoter Bill Hancock, “and we are extremely grateful for the recognition that the Mayor and his office have extended to the club for its achievements this year.

“This will be a proud moment for everyone associated with the Somerset Rebels and is a marvellous way to bring to an end what has been a tremendous year for the club.”

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