Jul 29 2010 By Fraser Wilson
TEENAGE prodigy Nick Morris scorched to a stunning maximum as Glasgow Tigers mauled their Edinburgh rivals on Sunday.
The Aussie ace - who only turned 16 last month - defied his inexperience to secure a brilliant 12 points as the Tigers won the Premier Trophy meeting 58 - 37 at Ashfield.
But Morris' day was to end on a sour note - as his miserable team mates wouldn't even buy him a juice to celebrate!
Nevertheless the Tigers tight-fisted stars failed to dampen what was another milestone day in the junior riders' rapid rise to fame.
Morris told the Glaswegian: "It was a pretty awesome day - it doesn't get much better than a maximum so I was happy with that.
"We all went to Braehead for dinner afterwards as normal. We went to TGI Friday's but the boys didn't even buy me a drink. I had to buy my own.
"Thankfully I had my winnings to help me out. The rest of the cash will be going on new parts for the bike, although it's my intention to buy a dirt bike too.
"I live with Josh Grajzconek and we are both planning to buy a dirt bike just for something different to do."
Morris stole the show with his paid maximum against the under-par Monarchs but there were other contenders for rider of the day with Grajzconek and Travis McGowan both posting 13 points.
Brisbane-born Morris can't quite believe he's teaming up with speedway legends such as his compatriot McGowan and English star Joe Screen - both of whom were revving up their careers long before he was born.
But the strong-minded Tiger, who was loaned out to National League side Buxton before being called-up by Glasgow boss Stewart Dickson on the day of his 16th birthday, isn't fazed.
He said: "It's brilliant riding with guys like Travis and Joe - real legends of the sport.
"They are great blokes aswell though and really help me out with my equipment and general speedway things.
"They were both big players when I was growing up but it doesn't bother me to be in the same team as them. I don't get worried about things like that, I just want to go out and win every race I'm in.
"Hopefully I can keep progressing and scoring Premier League points this season and then my intention is to get a few Elite League run outs next year like Josh is getting on a regular basis now."
While Morris enjoyed a memorable day against Edinburgh it was to prove another painful Sunday afternoon for captain Lee Dicken as he landed in A&E following a heat eight collision with Kalle Katajisto.
Thankfully, the news seems to be positive as Dicken, who feared he had cracked a collarbone, was given the all clear and allowed to leave hospital on Sunday evening.
A decision on Dicken's fitness ahead of this Saturday's Premier League trip to Workington will be made towards the end of the week.
Tigers then welcome fourth-placed Rye House to Ashfield on Sunday (tapes-up 4pm) as Stewart Dickson's men look to continue their climb up the table.
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