IVERSEN'S TITLE SHOT WITH WITCHES
Niels-Kristian Iversen can’t wait for the chance to make up for his 2018 SGB Premiership title heartbreak after Ipswich dethroned Poole.
29 / 09 / 2019, 11:25
Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen can’t wait for the chance to make up for his 2018 SGB Premiership title heartbreak after Ipswich dethroned champions Poole at Foxhall on Saturday.
Witches will take on Swindon or Wolverhampton in the Grand Final after winning their semi-final, second leg 54-36 to triumph 94-86 on aggregate.
Iversen was a late addition to the side ahead of the play-offs and a man who has already booked SGP 2020 qualification is keen to end his season in style.
Last year I missed the Final with Lynn because of injury. This year I will be fit and ready to try and win the title.
The British-based racer was forced out of last year’s SGB Premiership title decider for King’s Lynn after crashing out of an open meeting in Bydgoszcz the day after the Torun SGP.
But Iversen knows what it takes to lift league titles, having won the 2006 Elite League Final with Peterborough, when Panthers stunned Reading in a last-heat decider to snatch the trophy in arguably the greatest play-off final in history.
NKI would love to repeat the feat with the Witches in their first top-flight season since 2010.
He said: “I am happy I’ve been able to help the team so far. We are in the finals now and we could win it.
“I won it in 2006 with Peterborough. It would be nice to win it again. I haven’t been in the team all year, but I have been in five meetings with them and we have two more now.
“Last year I missed the Final with Lynn because of injury. This year I will be fit and ready to try and win the title.”
Witches roared into a 12-point lead at the first leg in Poole on Thursday, but surrendered five straight 5-1s at the end of the meeting to crash to a 50-40 loss. Starts were everything on Saturday, and Ipswich outclassed Pirates from the tapes at Foxhall to dump the league leaders out of the title race.
“It was good,” he said. “We threw it away down at Poole the other day. We had a good lead and lost 5-1 in the last five races. That was obviously a disappointment. We managed to turn things around and get the job done.
“The track was a little bit difficult and they had a lot of rain there on the Friday. Poole was difficult with the weather conditions too – but in both cases, it is the same for everyone.”