Poole Pirates boss Middleditch 'euphoric' at Elite League title

Poole Pirates team manager Neil Middleditch has said he felt "euphoric" after his side won the Elite League speedway title on Monday.

The Pirates overturned an eight-point deficit to defeat Eastbourne Eagles 98-85 on aggregate at Poole Stadium.

The Grand Final victory was Middleditch's fourth league title in charge of the Dorset side.

"It is a feeling hard to describe, euphoria is the best word really," Middleditch told BBC Radio Solent.

He added: "It feels nice to be champions again after a little while. It is a lovely feeling and we have finally got that monkey off our back from last year, I am thoroughly over the moon."

The Pirates boss admitted to being nervous before Monday's meeting, but said he was proud to see Poole hold their nerve to win the title.

"I told the boys eight points wasn't a huge deficit in the grand scheme of things. We wanted to hit them hard and hold our lead but it went right to the wire," he said.

"There wasn't a stage where I thought we have got this in the bag until it was mathematically impossible for Eastbourne to win.

"I was quite nervous and we all felt it. Losing the title was just so hard last year and we wanted to make up for it.

"It is a dream come true, every league championship feels better and I am just so proud.

"It has been a long hard season and to finally get that title is fantastic. I've had four league championships and they are all wonderful feelings.

"The fans have been treated to some great racing and I just love it."

And Poole captain Davey Watt said after last season's disappointment they were desperate for success this year.

"This was the goal right at the start of the season and after everything we have been through to win the title is just amazing," Watt told BBC South Today.

"Last year hurt and we were determined not to let it happen again and tonight was our night and we deserved it.

"We wanted to have something to show for all our hard work. Now we have."

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