PIRATES duo Brady Kurtz and Peter Kildemand reached the final at Simon Stead's farewell meeting – but Martin Vaculik took top honours.

Kurtz and Kildemand had to settle for second and fourth, respectively, with Niels-Kristian Iversen placing third in Sheffield.

Poole spearhead Kurtz had stormed into the final, dropping just one point in five qualifying rides.

Kildemand squeezed into the semi-final on nine points and inched through after a second-place finish, with only Leicester charger Vaculik ahead of him.

Poole skipper Josh Grajczonek scored seven points and retired on the final lap of his third and fifth rides.

He also fell short of a semi spot at Belle Vue's 90th anniversary meeting on Saturday, the Queenslander managing seven points.

A chequered night saw the 28-year-old win one race, finish second in another, end third twice and retire on his last outing.

The event was won by reigning world champion Jason Doyle, who saw off Steve Worrall, Kenneth Bjerre and Scott Nicholls in the final.

Poole's Linus Sundstrom was in action for Gorzow in the Zenon Plech Invitational, a four-team event at Gdansk.

The Swede fell on his opening ride and failed to score on his second. However, he recovered to rack up seven points in his final three heats.