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Poole Pirates captain Darcy Ward: Team effort crucial to title triumph
CELEBRATION: Captain Darcy Ward is congratulated by his Pirates colleagues after sealing the title at Perry Barr
The Australian sensation underlined his reputation as the world’s most exciting racer by racking up a near-perfect 14 points in Pirates’ 47-43 win at Birmingham in the grand final second leg.
That followed the stand-in skipper’s 13+2 paid maximum in Poole’s resounding victory over the Brummies in the first fixture last Monday.
But despite the likes of Ward and Greg Hancock grabbing the headlines, the 21-year-old insisted that Josh Grajczonek and guest Kyle Newman deserved their share of the credit.
Poole-born rookie Newman, covering for Micky Dyer, delivered nine paid 11 over the two legs, while rising star Grajczonek racked up a mammoth 23+3 haul.
Ward, who led Pirates’ dramatic transformation from basement boys to champions, told the Daily Echo: “We dug deep.
“There were a couple of weeks when we didn’t think we were going to make the play-offs.
“Greg coming in after the injury to Chris (Holder) was definitely a big boost and that could have been one of the reasons we won the league.
“But it is a whole team thing and, throughout the finals, the whole team definitely pulled through and did their jobs.
“Particularly at reserve, Kyle got the points and showed some good character, and Josh Grajczonek was awesome throughout the finals. That was what we needed throughout this team.”
Meanwhile, Ward reiterated his desire to stay with Pirates next season but said he would have to wait on potential rule changes and the fixture schedule.
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