PAUL Starke declared “our season starts now” after Glasgow romped to a huge win over Edinburgh to edge closer to the Championship play-offs.
The Englishman was one of many stars for the home team, who got revenge for a hammering at Armadale a few weeks back with a 56-34 victory in the so-called D-Day Derby.
Craig Cook was untouchable and went through the card again, the fourth time he’s done so in Glasgow colours, while Chris Harris provided the entertainment with pass after pass round the boards.
Starke played a vital role in team-riding to a series of important results mid-meeting, with James Sarjeant also impressing at No 2.
The three points gained takes the Tigers on to 36, the same as second-placed Workington, ahead of two away meetings later this week.
And if they can take further spoils from those matches, they could book their place in the top four.
Edinburgh remain in the top four for now, but have one fewer meeting left to complete.
Starke, whose 5-1 with brilliant guest Jordan Stewart in heat 14 ensured the Monarchs left empty-handed, said: “It was a big meeting for us tonight and we needed to pull together.
“The first concern was win the meeting and make sure they didn’t get a point. It was all about being a team and working together – and that’s exactly what we did out there.
“It’s about getting the best advantage you can. I could have cleared off in that last one and left Jordan vulnerable, and he might have got swallowed up, so I did the right thing coming back to the inside and keeping an eye on what was going on behind me.
“Our season starts now – we’ve scraped through most of the year but now is the time to make it count and make it stick.
“Our next matches are vital, and we need to set a bar and set a precedent to show we want this. Tonight, I think it shows against a really strong team.”
Next up are Ipswich on Thursday and Lakeside on Friday – who themselves are looking to make sure they’re in the top four come the cut-off later this month.
GLASGOW 56: Craig Cook 15, Chris Harris 12+1, Jordan Stewart 9, Paul Starke 8+2, James Sarjeant 7+1, Claus Vissing 5+2, Jack Thomas 0.
EDINBURGH 34: Josh Pickering 10, Broc Nicol 7+2, Erik Riss 7, Ricky Wells 7, William Lawson 1+1, Richie Worrall 1+1, Victor Palovaara 1.