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Troy: Making play-offs is an achievement for Poole
TROY Batchelor believes Poole should be happy just to be in the play-offs following a season blighted by injuries.
The Robins and the Pirates begin their semi-final at Blunsdon this evening but negotiated the regular season in very different manners to set up a repeat of last season’s final.
With six straight wins in April the settled Robins’ place in the play-offs was never really in doubt, but the Pirates have had to do without Turbo Twins Chris Holder and Darcy Ward for long spells due to injury and have redeclared their team on numerous occasions and used 14 permanent riders.
Batchelor is impressed the Pirates have been able to make the top four despite all their problems and believes they will be pleased with what they have salvaged from their season even if the Robins are victorious.
“I think it will be a good draw for the crowd because they have (Greg) Hancock and Darcy (Ward) and it should be an interesting match, but at the end of it we can win,” he said. “They will be happy to have just made the play-offs because they started off down the bottom of the league and had some bad injuries, so for them to make it in is an achievement in itself.
“They’re going to want more from now on but even if they go out in the semi-final they will see that as an achievement.
“We need to take as many points as we can from it, that’s the key, and even if we are 10 points up or something like that after heat 14 we’re still going to go for more in the last.
“We’ve done the business all year, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.
The Australian champion had several guest bookings for the Pirates in the immediate aftermath of Holder’s injury and believes his recent experience around Wimborne Road will help the Robins.
“Anything can happen at Poole because it’s one of those tracks which is up and down and one time you can go there and it’s really slick and the next it’s different,” he said. “I was lucky enough to do a few guest bookings earlier in the season after Chris (Holder) got injured, and the GP Challenge too, so I know the way around.
“I rode there for a season too so that will help, but we need to get the boys going really so the whole 1-7 is scoring points.”
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