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Firey Local Derby this Saturday at 7!

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If there's one match that will always raise temperatures, lift blood pressures and set fire to the speedway forums, its a local derby between the Berwick "KLS" Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope of Wooler) and the Edinburgh Monarchs, and as they are due at Shielfield Park this Saturday at 7 for an SGB Championship Shield Group Phase match it means the season finally gets underway with a potential fire cracker 15 heats.

With the explosive Riss brothers and Ricky Wells leading the way, ably backed up by Matt Williamson and Josh Pickering, who certainly impressed on his first visit to Berwick last season, then the "KLS" Bandits will have their work cut out in their first match of the year.

Edinburgh have two other new faces too, firstly in 21-year-old Swede, Joel Andersson who won the 2016 Swedish Under-21 Championship and has enjoyed an extensive career racing in his own country with a decent level of success which he is eager to transfer to the UK, while the Monarchs have also introduced another new 21-year old in Max Ruml from Orange in California where he has won four US Open Championships and has experience in the World Cup. His aim has long been to come to the UK and make it big, and with a positive mental attitude like his, he will be one to watch on Saturday night.

The Bandits, led again by skipper Kevin Doolan are champing at the bit to get out of the traps and do what they know best and race their hearts out for the Bandits and with the support roaring from the terracing, maybe the Monarchs will return to Armadale pointless.