This was billed as Derby D-day but only one team came to the battle, as the Tigers got revenge for their recent defeat at Armadale, by thrashing the Monarchs with a superb display. Led again by another maximum from Craig Cook.
They really tore into Edinburgh from the off with Cook and James Sarjeant taking an easy maximum in heat 1, despite a heart in the mouth moment for Sarjeant on the third lap.
It could’ve been another in heat 2 but Jack Thomas stopped on the opening bends, guest Jordan Stewart just holding off Broc Nicol to win.
A home 4-2 followed in heat 3 before a Chris Harris masterclass in heat 4. He made the start but Erik Riss passed him off the 4th bend on the opening bend, only for Harris to repay the compliment by riding round the fence at the same spot a lap later.
Heat 5 was shared, with Ricky Wells getting the visitor’s first heat win.
Riss led heat 6 for a couple of laps but couldn’t keep Cook behind him and Tigers took a 4-2.
Heat 7 was another shared race, leaving Glasgow 8 up.
Heat 8 saw Tigers gate on a 5-1 but Nicol passed Stewart who just held off Palovaara but another two was added to the lead.
Monarchs now had to do something and Wells appeared as the TS in heat 9. He made a good start but was last by the second bend and the Tigers shared the race, Riss winning.
Glasgow could sense blood now and Cook rode around everyone in heat 10 to join Sarjeant at the front. Sarjeant then had a good battle with Pickering with the Aussie coming out on top.
Jack Thomas had struggled all evening but looked like he would pick up a welcome point in heat 11 but a mistake on the last bend, allowed Nicol through.
Claus Vissing made the start in heat 12 but lifted going into the corner allowing Stewart and Pickering through. There was then a three way battle for the lead with Vissing trying to pass Pickering on the inside, which he managed on the second lap. However Stewart didn’t ride wide enough and this allowed Pickering to go round both of them going into the third lap to take the win.
Tigers were now 12 up and knew they could tie it up in heat 13.They managed to do it in a cracking race. Wells gated but Cook made a terrific cutback on the 4th bend to power up his inside. Meanwhile at the back, Harris was stalking Riss trying inside and out. He decided to ride the fence again going into the last lap and he swept around the German and made it stick down the back straight for the 4-2.
Glasgow had to stop Edinburgh gaining the losing point, which they did with a superb 5-1, Starke team riding Stewart around in heat 14.
To finish it all off, Cook won heat 15 with ease, with partner Harris again flying round the outside of the opening bends to join him.
Tigers were superb, never allowing Edinburgh a chance to get into the match and indeed didn’t give up a heat advantage all night.
Craig Cook scored yet another maximum and has now been unbeaten in his last 24 races in the Championship, 19 at home. Chris Harris, James Sarjeant and Paul Starke also had productive nights, whilst Jordan Stewart was useful at reserve.
The Monarchs only really had pass marks for the entertaining Josh Pickering, whilst guest Broc Nicol had a good Ashfield debut. It was a bad night for their three former Tigers, with Richie Worrall in particular being disappointing.
So Glasgow have completed their 100% home league record, their first since 2011 and only the third time at Ashfield. Interestingly they haven’t done this and made the play-offs since their first in 2006! For the play-offs this year the task is simple(ish). Pick up 3 points from their two away matches and providing Berwick don’t have two 4 point away wins (with big scores) they will finish in the top 4. Ipswich away is next and will be earmarked as the match where those points are most likely to be gained.
Glasgow Tigers 56 Edinburgh Monarchs 34 SGBC 12/9/2018 s Glasgow Tigers Craig Cook 3 3 3 3 3 15 James Sarjeant 2* 1 3 1 7 + 1 Claus Vissing 1 2 1* 1* 5 + 2 Paul Starke 3 1* 2 2* 8 + 2 Chris Harris 3 3 3 1 2* 12 + 1 Jack Thomas R 0 0 0 Jordan Stewart 3 0 1 2 3 9 Edinburgh Monarchs Ricky Wells 0 3 0 2 2 7 Victor Palovaara 1 0 0 1 Josh Pickering 2 2 2 3 1 10 Richie Worrall 0 1* 0 0 1 + 1 Erik Riss 2 2 3 0 0 7 William Lawson 1* 0 0 1 + 1 Broc Nicol 2 1* 2 1* 1 7 + 2 Heat 1 - Craig Cook ; James Sarjeant ; Victor Palovaara ; Ricky Wells ; 57.17 (5-1)(5-1) Heat 2 - Jordan Stewart ; Broc Nicol ; William Lawson ; Jack Thomas(R) ; 59.47 (3-3)(8-4) Heat 3 - Paul Starke ; Josh Pickering ; Claus Vissing ; Richie Worrall ; 58.32 (4-2)(12-6) Heat 4 - Chris Harris ; Erik Riss ; Broc Nicol ; Jordan Stewart ; 57.99 (3-3)(15-9) Heat 5 - Ricky Wells ; Claus Vissing ; Paul Starke ; Victor Palovaara ; 58.19 (3-3)(18-12) Heat 6 - Craig Cook ; Erik Riss ; James Sarjeant ; William Lawson ; 58.03 (4-2)(22-14) Heat 7 - Chris Harris ; Josh Pickering ; Richie Worrall ; Jack Thomas ; 58.41 (3-3)(25-17) Heat 8 - James Sarjeant ; Broc Nicol ; Jordan Stewart ; Victor Palovaara ; 59.88 (4-2)(29-19) Heat 9 - Erik Riss ; Paul Starke ; Claus Vissing ; Ricky Wells (T/S) ; 58.77 (3-3)(32-22) Heat 10 - Craig Cook ; Josh Pickering ; James Sarjeant ; Richie Worrall ; 57.78 (4-2)(36-24) Heat 11 - Chris Harris ; Ricky Wells ; Broc Nicol ; Jack Thomas ; 58.85 (3-3)(39-27) Heat 12 - Josh Pickering ; Jordan Stewart ; Claus Vissing ; William Lawson ; 59.67 (3-3)(42-30) Heat 13 - (re-run) Craig Cook ; Ricky Wells ; Chris Harris ; Erik Riss ; 57.97 (4-2)(46-32) Heat 14 - Jordan Stewart ; Paul Starke ; Broc Nicol ; Richie Worrall(15m, tapes) ; 60.12 (5-1)(51-33) Heat 15 - Craig Cook ; Chris Harris ; Josh Pickering ; Erik Riss ; 57.78 (5-1)(56-34)