Poole Pirates' Matt Ford: Reaching the playoffs feels like we won a trophy
POOLE Pirates will face Swindon Robins in the semi-finals of the Elite League playoffs after the Wiltshire side ended Lakeside Hammers' push for a top four finish.
Last season, Swindon got the better of Poole in the playoff final - but the Pirates have now qualified for the playoffs for the ninth time in a row since they were introduced in 2002.
"After the sort of adversity we have had to overcome this season, the fact we are in the playoffs feels like we have won a trophy" admitted Pirates boss Matt Ford.
"It has been a victory to get this far and although we start next Monday all square in Swindon, we have to acknowledge that over the season the Robins have been better than us.
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"Deservedly they start as favourites, but the playoffs are all about the time and the moment. We found this in 2010 and last season when we finished top of the Elite table over the season, but were beaten in the final."
The first leg of the semi final will take place at Swindon on Monday 23rd September, with the return leg at Wimborne Road on Monday 30th September.
The Wolverhampton Wolves will face the Birmingham Brummies in the other semi final.