2005 Elite League speedway season

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2005 Elite League speedway season
League Sky Sports Elite League
Season2005
Champions Coventry Bees
Knockout Cup Belle Vue Aces
Pairs Championship Swindon Robins
Craven Shield Oxford Silver Machine
Riders Championship Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen
Highest average Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen
(10.15)
Division/s below Premier League
Conference League

The 2005 Elite League speedway season was the 71st season of the top division of speedway in the United Kingdom and governed by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA). [1] [2]

Contents

Season summary

In 2005, the league consisted of ten teams, with the title being decided by a play-off between the top four. [3]

Belle Vue Aces topped the regular season table and won the Knockout Cup. Their world champion rider Jason Crump was in superb form throughout the season. Fellow Australian Leigh Adams topped the league averages for Swindon for arguably the second consecutive season but it was Coventry Bees that experienced their first title success since the glory days of the late 1980s. Coventry had finished bottom of the table during the previous season and with the exception of finishing runner-up in 2003 had been starved of success. The club made a change that proved instrumental, they brought in Scott Nicholls from Ipswich and supported by Andreas Jonsson and Chris Harris the team defeated Belle Vue in the Elite League Play off final. [4]

Final table

PosMWDLFAPtsBonTot
1 Belle Vue Aces 362401217661520481361
2 Coventry Bees 362301317391605461359
3 Peterborough Panthers 362122317091598441256
4 Eastbourne Eagles 361911616581646391049
5 Poole Pirates 361811716661647371047
6 Ipswich Witches 36163171661167235944
7 Swindon Robins 36172171617167536743
8 Wolverhampton Wolves 361422016821647301040
9 Oxford Silver Machine 36111241550177323326
10 Arena Essex Hammers 36110251539180422325
= Qualified for Play Offs

Play-offs

Semi-Final decided over one leg. Grand Final decided by aggregate scores over two legs.

Semi finals

Final

First leg

Coventry Bees
Ulamek 11
Nicholls 10
Risager 9
Janniro 8
Kylmakorpi 8
Harris 5
Smolinski 3
54 - 41 Belle Vue Aces
Crump 21
Screen 9
Smith 4
Stead 4
Harrison 2
Lyons 1
R/R

Second leg

Belle Vue Aces
Crump 10
Screen 9
Smith 9
Stead 7
Lyons 4
Harrison 3
R/R
42 - 47 Coventry Bees
Nicholls 11
Harris 9
Janniro 8
Risager 6
Ulamek 5
Kylmakorpi 4
Smolinski 4

The Coventry Bees were declared League Champions, winning on aggregate 101-83.

Leading averages

RiderTeamAverage
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Leigh Adams Swindon10.42
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Crump Belle Vue10.35
Flag of Denmark.svg Nicki Pedersen Eastbourne10.30
Flag of England.svg Scott Nicholls Coventry9.45
Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Karlsson Peterborough9.48
Flag of Denmark.svg Hans Andersen Ipswich9.44
Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Max Wolverhampton9.39
Flag of the United States.svg Greg Hancock Oxford9.32
Flag of Denmark.svg Bjarne Pedersen Poole9.27
Flag of England.svg Lee Richardson Swindon8.85

Elite League Knockout Cup

The 2005 Elite League Knockout Cup was the 67th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Belle Vue Aces were the winners of the competition. [5]

First Round

DateTeam OneScoreTeam Two
21/04Swindon60-36Poole
20/04Poole51-41Swindon
07/04Ipswich55-40Wolverhampton
04/04Wolverhampton37-53Ipswich

Quarter Finals

DateTeam OneScoreTeam Two
15/06Arena Essex51-40Ipswich
12/06Swindon55-39Coventry
26/05Ipswich52-42Arena Essex
21/05Eastbourne59-36Peterborough
20/05Coventry51-41Swindon
19/05Oxford49-41Belle Vue
16/05Belle Vue59-35Oxford
13/05Peterborough56-37Eastbourne

Semi Finals

DateTeam OneScoreTeam Two
21/09Arena Essex52-41Eastbourne
18/08Swindon37-35Belle Vue
27/07Belle Vue61-32Swindon
23/07Eastbourne55-40Arena Essex

Final

First leg

Eastbourne Eagles
Pedersen 17
Shields 10
Watt 9
Barker 5
Moore 5
Giffard 0
R/R
46 - 44 Belle Vue Aces
Crump 16
Lyons 9
Screen 8
Smith 7
Stead 3
Harrison 1
R/R

Second leg

Belle Vue Aces
Crump 16
Screen 12
Lyons 11
Stead 5
Smith 5
Harrison 4
R/R
53 - 37 Eastbourne Eagles
Pedersen 11
Shields 7
Watt 6
McGowan 5
Allen 4
Moore 4
R/R

The Belle Vue Aces were declared Knockout Cup Champions, winning on aggregate 97-83.

Team Lineups

Arena Essex Hammers

Belle Vue Aces

Coventry Bees

Eastbourne Eagles

Ipswich Witches

Oxford Silver Machine

Peterborough Panthers

Poole Pirates

Swindon Robins

Wolverhampton Wolves

See also

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