Sport in brief: Speedway team puts brakes on ticket prices

Sheffield Tigers Speedway Club has put the brakes on admission prices at Owlerton in a bid to keep the sport affordable to fans.

Despite being hit by spiralling costs and an increase in VAT, admission prices will remain at £14 for adults and free for Under-12s.

Owner Neil Machin said: “VAT increases are usually passed on to supporters and even though substantial sums are involved we have opted not to do so. It is a bit of a gamble for us but the whole idea is to keep speedway affordable in what are tough economic times.

“With our promotional activities coupled with the facilities we have, we hope to introduce more people to our sport rather than suck an extra quid out of the regulars’ pockets.

“We are also looking to hold on to our existing supporters who are very loyaland we want each and every one of them to know how much we value their support.”

Tigers open their season against Elite League Belle Vue on Thursday, March 17.

Free golf taster session

Calling all would-be lady golfers. Lees Hall Golf Club are to hold free taster sessions later this month.

There will be an hour’s group coaching and introduction to the sport followed by tea and cake on Sunday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 29, both at 2pm.

All ladies need to bring are a pair of trainers or golf shoes if they have them as all other equipment will be provided.

The club will then offer those interested an opportunity to try golf for six months at a reduced membership of £250. During this trial membership they will be able to play the ‘short course’ of eight holes, use the practice ground, take part in fun competitions and attend social functions.

For details contact the club on 0114 2554402 and ask for a registration form or email Anne Jervis on

Dive pair shine in cup

City of Sheffield divers duo Channein Lancaster and Ross Haslam produced star performances at the Armada Cup in Plymouth. Channein struck triple gold while Ross grabbed double glory. Elliot Beeden was a double silver medallist in the boys 12-13 years 3 metre and platform events while Georgia Davenport (girls 14-15 years 1 metre springboard), Jordan Houlden (boys 12-13 1 metre springboard) and Bron Jenkinson (boys 10-11 1 metre springboard) also bagged silver. Bron also picked up a bronze in the 3 metre event for his age group as did Abbey Green in the girls 14-15 years 3 metre springboard.

Matilda Rhys-Christensen, Charlotte Giblin, Millie Fowler, Sarah Leach, Milly Haffety, Chloe Blunden, Rhian Humpage, Jade Semper, Fern Hitchen, Molly Bingle, Catriona Fraser, Cameron Brooks-Clarke, Hayden Liggins and Max Etherton all produced good performances.

Abbeydale double aim

Abbeydale Squash Club may well be celebrating a Championship double come the end of the season.

The Sheffield and District first team completed the first part of the hoped-for success story when they became League One champions for the first time since 1993-94 helped by stand-out performances from 15-year-old Russell Clark who won all his matches.

Meanwhile the Yorkshire League team remains on course to clinch the Championship and bridge a 30 year gap. A 4-1 win over Huddersfield (19 points to 6) and a 3-2 defeat of Queens Halifax (14-9) opened up a healthy lead going into the last four matches of the season.

Long-time member Murray Scott has been selected to represent England in the Over-45 Home Internationals in May.