The ‘’ Witches begin the Championship Play-Offs with the first leg of the semi-final at Foxhall this Thursday against Edinburgh Monarchs (7.30pm).

The home side qualified for the top four with ease, finishing second in the table whilst the visitors have more recently confirmed their spot with a win at Workington last Saturday. With Sheffield topping the table, they decided to face fourth placed Glasgow at the semi-final stage.

The Witches go into the tie without Justin Sedgmen and Cameron Heeps who continue to have treatment on shoulder injuries. Sedgmen looks unlikely to return to UK racing this season and Workington’s Mason Campton steps in as a guest. Heeps is battling to be fit for upcoming meetings but rider replacement is used again at two on this occasion.

The Monarchs were back to full strength after injury issues left them without Sam Masters and Mark Riss for a period of time but Masters is now back in the side. Mark Riss has been a successful guest for the Witches in recent weeks but will miss Thursday’s clash after a fall on Wednesday. Brother Erik has shown a liking to the Foxhall track in recent visits. Edinburgh have a successful record in the play-offs having won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.

The two sides also have plenty of recent history as they met in last season’s Play-Off quarter-final with the Witches progressing over two legs. The Monarchs are the only side in 2017 to win at Foxhall after they claimed a last heat 47-46 victory in July.

Season ticket holders will receive discounted admission for the meeting on Thursday (£14 Adults, £11.50 Concessions & Students).

Words: Henry Chard


Meeting Sponsor: Doug Wade Insurance


Ipswich ‘’ Witches:

1. Danny King (c) 9.03

2. R/R for Cameron Heeps 6.93

3. Mason Campton (g) 6.17

4. Kyle Newman 6.25

5. Rory Schlein 8.60

6. Nathan Greaves 4.45

7. Connor Mountain 3.26

8. Jordan Jenkins

Team Manager: Ritchie Hawkins 


Edinburgh ‘Parsons Peebles’ Monarchs:

1. Ricky Wells 8.77

2. Josh Pickering 4.87

3. Sam Masters (c) 8.73

4. R/R for Mark Riss 5.91

5. Erik Riss 8.11

6. Max Clegg 4.23

7. Mitchell Davey 2.95

Team Manager: John Campbell


Referee: B. Horley

Parade: Thursday, 7.30pm

Venue: Foxhall Stadium, IP4 5TL


Championship Play-Off Fixtures:



Ipswich vs Edinburgh

Sheffield vs Glasgow


Last five home results v Monarchs:

27.07.17 L46-47

08.06.17 W50-39

22.09.16 W58-32

19.05.16 W48-45

03.09.15 W52-38


Monarchs’ last five:

CH Workington 38-54 Edinburgh

CH Edinburgh 46-43 Glasgow

CH Sheffield 58-34 Edinburgh

CH Scunthorpe 41-49 Edinburgh

CH Berwick 49-41 Edinburgh