Tigers have double in their sights

TAKING A BOW: Mildenhall Fen Tigers' riders salute the crowd at West Row after their semi-final victory over Stoke Potters on Sunday evening. Picture by Mark Westley
TAKING A BOW: Mildenhall Fen Tigers' riders salute the crowd at West Row after their semi-final victory over Stoke Potters on Sunday evening. Picture by Mark Westley
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CAMERON Heeps wants to get the party started, but only once the Mildenhall Fen Tigers have clinched an historic double, writes Derek Bish.

The Tigers took a huge step towards emulating the double-winning West Row outfits of 2003 and 2004 by securing a phenomenal victory over the Stoke Potters in the National League play-off semi-finals at the weekend.

And a delighted Heeps – Mildenhall’s number one – declared the Tigers’ team spirit helped then through.

The Australian teenager said: “I didn’t expect to come over this year and us make the play-off final, so hopefully we can do what we’ve done all season by not losing at home and then going to wherever it is and win there too.

“Since I’ve been at number one, I haven’t been making the best of heat one so I have to get my head together with that. But we work as a team and all get along really well, which shows.”

When asked what it would mean to him to lift two pieces of silverware this year, Heeps said: “If we win the double, it’s going to be party time.”

Mildenhall became the first travelling side to win at Loomer Road this year with a 46-44 success on Saturday night and wrapped up their place in the final with a 51-40 success at West Row the following day, despite a less-than-convincing display.

Co-promoter Michael Lee said: “We are absolutely ecstatic that we got to the final. It’s such a big thing for us in our first year to do this and the cup final as well.

“If they really get their act together – I know what the team are capable of – they could do the double.”

The Tigers will face Belle Vue Colts or the Scunthorpe Saints in the National League final, with the home leg scheduled for Sunday, October 16 (4.30pm), and could clinch the double by seeing off the Stoke Potters in the second leg of the Knockout Cup final on October 22, with Mildenhall defending a 51-43 lead.

n More reaction from Lee and full play-off semi-final second leg report on Page 142