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JACK'S TUSSLE FOR TOP SPOT

Jack Holder is expecting a battle for the Poole No.1 spot as he leads Pirates into Premiership Shield action at King’s Lynn tonight.

08 / 04 / 2019, 10:43

Aussie ace Jack Holder is expecting a battle for the Poole No.1 spot as he leads Pirates into Premiership Shield action at King’s Lynn tonight.

The Dorset club meet the Stars in a re-run of last year’s SGB Premiership Grand Final, which saw Pirates deny table-topping King’s Lynn the title.

Holder was part of the Somerset side eliminated by Poole in the semis, but he’s back at Wimborne Road after a year on loan with the Rebels and takes on the No.1 berth.

It’s great to be No.1 for the Poole Pirates. There are a few good names down the line who have been there. But at the end of the day, it’s just a number on your back.

Jack Holder

The Torun and Vastervik man knows he faces plenty of competition from the likes of Brady Kurtz and Josh Grajczonek to keep top spot in the averages.

“There’s always rivalry!” he smiled. “It’s great to be No.1 for the Poole Pirates. There are a few good names down the line who have been there. But at the end of the day, it’s just a number on your back.

“There are some boys who want to take it off me and if they do that, good on them. I’ll just give 100 percent at any number I get.”

Holder bagged two paid four points in Torun’s opening PGE Ekstraliga match at Zielona Gora last Friday as he overcomes a foot injury sustained in a crash with Rybnik’s Sergey Logachev in a challenge match on March 23.

He was quick to play down the issue. “It’s all good” he said. “My foot went in his front wheel. It’s not too bad. It’s hurting a little bit, but I’ve had a few more practices and it’s all good.”

If the thrill of racing a speedway bike wasn’t enough for Holder, he has also been getting to grips with snowboarding recently.

Jack jetted out to Andorra where his older brother Chris recently set up his European base in the picturesque Pyrenees principality, which is also home to world No.3 Freddie Lindgren and Max Fricke.

“I went out and checked out Chris’ place,” Jack said. “I had never snowboarded before. I loved it. Hopefully we can get a few more boys out there and have some fun.”

 

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