Topinka ready for special’ fixture

King's Lynn captain Tomas Topinka wants the last laugh in tonight's Premier League encounter with reigning champions Rye House at the Norfolk Arena.

King's Lynn captain Tomas Topinka wants the last laugh in tonight's Premier League encounter with reigning champions Rye House at the Norfolk Arena.

Topinka is backing the Stars' superb team spirit to edge the latest episode between the old foes - Lynn foiling the Rockets' grand slam dreams at the final hurdle last season to land a cup double.

"It's always a bit special when we face each other," said the Czech. "Maybe on paper they don't look as strong this time around but they still have riders who are pretty decent around King's Lynn. Steve Boxhall has moved into the main body from reserve, he's getting double figures every meeting and must be near the top of the averages right now.

"They did really well at our place in the KO Cup earlier this season. It was pretty close and I expect much the same again."


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Topinka is enjoying leading a Stars outfit homing in on a their own clean sweep.

"It's a nice job to captain these boys," he said. "Everyone gets on with each other and that is so important. We have great fun. There's plenty of laughs before, during and after meetings - we have a good time and that is one of the keys. At the minute we are doing well. As long as we stay injury-free then I don't see why we can't go on and win trophies."

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Topinka's recent purple patch included a paid 11 guest slot for Somerset at the champions.

"You can always get better," he said. "I'm happy with how things are going at the moment. If I keep doing the same for the rest of the season I wouldn't complain."

Lynn's rained off Premier League meeting against Edinburgh last weekend has been re-arranged for Saturday, August 26.

Stars co-promoter Jonathan Chapman admits the club's fixture struggles this season are proving a major headache.

"It just seems that come Tuesday or Wednesday we are always worrying about the weather," he said. "It hasn't been kind to us.

"If we have any more rain-offs before the league cut-off point (Saturday, September 17) we will be stuck for alternative dates. That's our biggest headache and we will be keeping our fingers crossed."

Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.

Stars: 1 Kevin Doolan, 2 Troy Batchelor, 3 Trevor Harding, 4 Daniel Nermark, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Chris Mills, 7 John Oliver.

Rockets: 1 Edward Kennett, 2 Ross Brady, 3 Steve Boxhall, 4 Tommy Allen, 5 Chris Neath, 6 Danny Betson, 7 Adam Roynan.

A nostalgic six-race mini meeting featuring Norwich Stars and Coventry Bees select sides will run alongside tonight's main event to tie in with this week's 'swinging sixties' theme at the Norfolk Arena.

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