SWINDON ROBINS: Rosco happy with early finish

Swindon Advertiser: Alun Rossiter Alun Rossiter

SWINDON Robins boss Alun Rossiter is happy to see the Elite League regular season finish by the end of August as the sport bids to avoid the fixture pile-up which caused carnage during 2012.

The Robins suffered 21 rain-offs on their way to winning the league title last season, with the play-off final with Poole not finally completed until October 22.

The champions’ final scheduled meeting for the coming season is a provisional clash at Lakeside on August 30, and Rossiter is pleased to see clubs taking measures to avoid the congestion caused by the weather in 2012.

“I didn’t realise it was going to finish quite so early, but obviously it is allowing for rain-offs and everything that happened to us last year,” he said.

“I think it is a very sensible move because you can’t have any guarantees that the weather is going to be any better next season, and we can’t afford to have another season like the one we have just had.

“We all realised that everyone struggled this year, and none of us can afford to run meetings on top of each other like we were doing because in this economic climate you can’t expect fans to keep coming out all the time.”

The Robins will race home and away twice against Birmingham, Lakeside, Peterborough, King’s Lynn and Belle Vue, and only once against Eastbourne, Coventry, Poole and Wolves.

Throughout the season the Robins will face two meetings against the same club just days apart on several occasions, starting with double-header clashes against Lakeside, Birmingham and Peterborough in April.

Swindon were due to open their campaign live on Sky Sports at Lakeside on March 25 but that meeting has been moved to April 5, and Rossiter is expecting the home clash with the Hammers the previous day to be televised instead.

“I think the Lakeside meeting will still be on Sky, and it will take the slot from when the King’s Lynn meeting was supposed to be run,” he said.

“I don’t know why it was changed, but it is just one of those things we have only just found out ourselves.

“I think it is a good idea to run the meetings back to back I think because you can compare the teams a bit more, and then also you get a better indication of the aggregate score.”

The Robins have still not heard any more news regarding the FIM sanctioned European league, with the Belle Vue meeting provisionally pencilled in for May 13 scheduled for one of the Mondays set aside for a home meeting against either a Swedish or Danish side at Blunsdon.

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8:04am Fri 25 Jan 13

oldlegtrailer says...

I think this will be a disaster - March can be either wet or freezing with dark nights and yet September is still a summer month with light nights. The Abbey is the coldest place in the world on a frosty night and expect lower crowds even if the meetings can be run.
I think this is bowing to Polish league pressure again
I think this will be a disaster - March can be either wet or freezing with dark nights and yet September is still a summer month with light nights. The Abbey is the coldest place in the world on a frosty night and expect lower crowds even if the meetings can be run. I think this is bowing to Polish league pressure again oldlegtrailer

10:56am Fri 25 Jan 13

StillPav says...

There are only two meetings in March, the Bob Kilby Memorial on the 14th and the Elite Shield against Poole on the 28th.

Having all meetings scheduled to be complete by the end of August makes sense, we it leaves plenty of contingency to re-arrange fixtures. I haven’t heard any dates suggested for the play-offs though.

I don’t see what it has to do with Poland. Their league trumps every other league so we have to work around them whether we like it or not.
There are only two meetings in March, the Bob Kilby Memorial on the 14th and the Elite Shield against Poole on the 28th. Having all meetings scheduled to be complete by the end of August makes sense, we it leaves plenty of contingency to re-arrange fixtures. I haven’t heard any dates suggested for the play-offs though. I don’t see what it has to do with Poland. Their league trumps every other league so we have to work around them whether we like it or not. StillPav

11:32am Fri 25 Jan 13

swindonspur says...

oldlegtrailer wrote:
I think this will be a disaster - March can be either wet or freezing with dark nights and yet September is still a summer month with light nights. The Abbey is the coldest place in the world on a frosty night and expect lower crowds even if the meetings can be run.
I think this is bowing to Polish league pressure again
What are you on?!!! The play offs are mid-September so its common sense to leave a couple of weeks free before it in case of rain off's.

And what has it got to do with the Polish league? They race on a Sunday!
[quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: I think this will be a disaster - March can be either wet or freezing with dark nights and yet September is still a summer month with light nights. The Abbey is the coldest place in the world on a frosty night and expect lower crowds even if the meetings can be run. I think this is bowing to Polish league pressure again[/p][/quote]What are you on?!!! The play offs are mid-September so its common sense to leave a couple of weeks free before it in case of rain off's. And what has it got to do with the Polish league? They race on a Sunday! swindonspur

11:32am Fri 25 Jan 13

swindonspur says...

StillPav wrote:
There are only two meetings in March, the Bob Kilby Memorial on the 14th and the Elite Shield against Poole on the 28th.

Having all meetings scheduled to be complete by the end of August makes sense, we it leaves plenty of contingency to re-arrange fixtures. I haven’t heard any dates suggested for the play-offs though.

I don’t see what it has to do with Poland. Their league trumps every other league so we have to work around them whether we like it or not.
I've basically repeated your reply there Pav! Well said mate!
[quote][p][bold]StillPav[/bold] wrote: There are only two meetings in March, the Bob Kilby Memorial on the 14th and the Elite Shield against Poole on the 28th. Having all meetings scheduled to be complete by the end of August makes sense, we it leaves plenty of contingency to re-arrange fixtures. I haven’t heard any dates suggested for the play-offs though. I don’t see what it has to do with Poland. Their league trumps every other league so we have to work around them whether we like it or not.[/p][/quote]I've basically repeated your reply there Pav! Well said mate! swindonspur

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