Eastbourne Eagles Miss Out On Title

Thursday 27th October 2016

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Birmingham have beaten the Eastbourne Eagles to become the 2016 National League champions.

The Second City outfit put in a stunning performance in the second leg of the Grand Final on their home track last night (26 October) to win 57-33 on the night and 94-83 overall.

The Brummies had trailed by 13 points from the first leg at Arlington, but a whirlwind start instantly brought them back into the Grand Final.

They had pegged back the IT First Eagles’ 13-point lead from the first leg after seven races.

The Eagles hopes were further damaged when guest Nathan Stoneman had to pull out of the meeting after a fall in his second ride.

Club chairman, Martin Dugard, commented, “Congratulations to Birmingham. They grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck from the off and I am afraid on this occasion we had no answer.

“The Brummies have been the stand-out team in the National League all season and we were always the underdogs in this final. 

“Of course, we are disappointed, but we have lost to what everyone knows is a very good team.”

The Eagles and the Brummies will meet one more time – this time on Sunday (30 October) in a 6.30pm start at Arlington to decide the destiny of the Knock Out Cup.

Eastbourne are six points down after the first leg a week ago at Perry Bar and will be seeking revenge and consolation for tonight’s defeat in the Grand Final.

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