Reports and results from week ending 28 April 2013 including Elite League and British Youth and Junior League action.
British Youth & Junior League - Midland Region - Round 2 - Coventry
Under 8 A final
1st Ronnie Wassal Leicester
2nd Todd Rowley Wednesfield
3rd Megan Burt Wednesfield
4th Dan Harley Wednesfield
Under 10 A Final
1st Charlie Bracken Bretford
2nd Ryan Winwood Birmingham
3rd Georgia Burt Wednesfield
4th Lois Rowley Wednesfield
Under 12 A Final
1st Dylan Hexley Brirmingham
2nd Jimmy Wassal Leicester
3rd Dan Price Bretford
4th Josh Whetton East Park
Under 14 A Final
1st Brandon Whetton East Park
2nd Kyle Roberts Bretford
3rd Haydn Rowley Wednesfield
4th Josh Marsh Coventry
Under 16 A Final
1st Mason Philips Bretford
2nd Jamie Whetton East Park
3rd Lee Kemp East Park
4th Connor Dyke Wednesfield
Girls A Final
1st Courtney Aris Wednesfield
2nd Elizabeth Rigley Leicester
Team scores: Wednesfield 136, Bretford 98, Coventry 94, East Park 68, Leicester 61, Birmingham 29.
British Youth & Junior League - Eastern Region Round 2 - Great Blakenham
HETHERSETT HAWKS / SWINTON & CO had success at the British Youth & Junior League Regional Round at Gt.Blakenham. In cold and, at times, wet conditions Danielle Riley won the Girls Grand Prix while brother Oliver came runner-up in the Under-16s. Their combined score of 28 points put Hethersett only in 5th place as no other Hethersett riders made the trip to Suffolk.
KESGRAVE 332 IPSWICH 271 NORWICH 54 GT BLAKENHAM 31 HETHERSETT 28 COLCHESTER 24
British Youth & Junior League - South West Region Round 2 - Exeter
1st Danny Reeks POOLE
2nd Joe Hurren POOLE
3rd Brody Crockford SOUTHAMPTON
4th Joshua Evans NEWPORT
1st Ben Stanbury EXETER
2nd Dan Wright UNDERWOOD
3rd Nathan Goulden POOLE
4th Alice Neighbour SWINDON
1st Sean Bennett UNDERWOOD
2nd Owen Tidball EXETER
3rd Callum Smith POOLE
4th Thomas Croal EXETER
1st Will Tidball EXETER
2nd Jack Herbert EXETER
3rd Sean Brown SWINDON
4th Ieaun Payne UNDERWOOD
1st Aaron Smith POOLE
2nd Jacob Soper NEWPORT
3rd Jake Neighbour SWINDON
4th Adam Bennett UNDERWOOD
1st Lauren Hookway EXETER
2nd Charlie-Jane Herbert EXETER
3rd Rebecca Davies NEWPORT
4th Kristina Mines POOLE
Team Scores: Poole 247, Exeter 202, Underwood 99, Newport 61, Swindon 51, Southampton 46, Horspath 36
Elite League: Poole v Birmingham - 27/04/2013
Report: Graham Sutton
Image: John Burge
Home skipper Greg Gluchowski comfortably outpaced Chris Timms in the opening race with Arron Morgan tucked in for third and when Steve Harris and Leyton Glover followed up with the first of two 7-3s in heat two, things were already beginning to look ominous. Tom Reed was uncharacteristically cast adrift at the back in heat 3 after a mix-up with his partner and the Midlanders shared heat 4 to keep the gap at 6 points.
The home grown Morgan/Smith pairing outpaced Mark Winwood and Kieren Jones who received an exclusion for excessive slowing in heat 5. Three more heat wins to the hosts gave them a seemingly invincible 19 point lead but there was another glimmer of hope for Birmingham leading up to the break when Michel Nowak picked up a tapes exclusion giving Timms and his partner Nicky Evans a comfortable 7-2 over Wil Bristowe.
Having been pegged back to 51-37 at the interval, the Seaview boys banged in two quick 7-3s to ease back into their comfort zone before Gluchowski reeled off his fourth straight race win in heat 12. Thomas Reed executed an exquisite pass on Kieren Jones to join his partner for a 7-3 in heat 13 matched by a fine ride from Aaron Smith two heats later when he skilfully got ahead of Chris Timms and withstood a robust attempt at an inside pass to hold on to the four points.
By this time, Poole were out of sight on 90-57 but the Evans/Ball pairing notched up a late 6-4 to raise their spirits and in the final race Chris Timms looked to be on his way to his first win of the day until Thomas Reed treated the crowd to another one of his trademark passes to bring the curtain down on a sportingly contested encounter.
POOLE 106: Greg Gluchowski 16, Thomas Reed 15, Steve Harris 14, Arron Morgan 13, Leyton Glover 13, Michel Nowak 13, Aaron Smith 12, Wil Bristowe 7 Oli Sidwick 3
BIRMINGHAM 71: Nicky Evans 14, David Ball 13, Chris Timms 13, Kieren Jones 8, Mark Winwood 8,
Joe Kemp 6, Paul Timms 5, Steve Hodgkinson 4
Referee - Robin Spicer
POOLE 80: Oli Sidwick 13, Hayden Chant 12, Kyran Yeatman 11, Dave Murphy 11, Chris Shylock 10, Niall Instone 9, Jay Briggs 8, Callum Albin 6
BIRMINGHAM 54: Joe Kemp 12, Lee Kemp 10, Steve Hodgkinson 8, Phil Widdas 7, Richard Stephenson 7, Ryan Winwood 5.
Elite League - Wednesfield v Ipswich - 28/04/2013
Report: David Jewkes
This elite fixture started with a first heat 6-4 win for the home side under the watchful eye of official referee Mike Legge, the race win going to Lee Aris with Eagles' Adam Peck close behind in 2nd.
Heat two saw the Eagles come bouncing back with their own 6-4 win with fast gating Lewis Roberts getting the better of Aces' Paul Heard and Matt Haddock held at bay by the experienced Lewis Osborne. The next race saw the Aces pair of Jewkes and Mould take a 6-4 against Chittock and Brooke to put the home team two points in front.
The next heat saw points shared with a race win for Aces' Mark Griffiths, holding off the attentions of Eagles' Peck and Mower. Heat five saw the first of three exclusions for the away team with Chris Osborne moving at the start, giving Aces a 7-2 from Marchant and Aris, the next heat it was Lewis Osborne excluded for moving at the start but Lewis Roberts managed to split the Aces pair of Mould and Jewkes to restrict the home team to just a 6-4 heat win.
The Aces moved further ahead in the next heat when Lee Aris held off the challenge of lively Josh Brooke but Brooke's partner Jamie Chittock was excluded for use of the leg giving Ricki Johnson the third place, the Aces now with a commanding 13 points lead. The next race the points were shared with Heard taking the win against Rumbold and Peck. Heat nine and the Aces closed the first half of the meeting with a 6-4 from Griffiths and Jewkes, the score at 51-36.
After the interval Wednesfield chalked up another 6-4 from Mould and Marchant against the Osborne brothers, then Paul Heard won the next heat, holding off the challenge of Josh Brooke and Chittock with Haddock finding it hard to find a way past the Eagles pairing.
A ray of light for the Eagles in the next when Lewis Roberts gained his second race win of the day against the experienced Lee Aris with backing from Lewis Osborne giving the away team their second 6-4 of the meeting. But then the home team struck back with a killer 7-3 from Mould and Jewkes against Peck and Rumbold.
Heat 14 saw the visitors get another exclusion when Chris Osborne forced Griffiths off the outer boundary of the track with Paul Heard way ahead in the lead for the Aces. Jamie Chittock picked up the second spot giving the Aces another 6-3 win. With the match virtually under their belts the Aces gave a ride to their number nine rider Troy Allen, who was unlucky in his efforts, coming last behind Brooke and Mower with teammate Marchant picking up the second place; 6-4 to the away team, but even so there was no way back into this match for the visitors, the Aces closing the final three heats down with a 5-5, a 6-4 and finally a 6-3. Final score 100-75.
WEDNESFIELD ACES 100 IPSWICH EAGLES 75
BEN MOULD 20, PAUL HEARD 19, LEE ARIS 15+1, CHRIS JEWKES 13+1, CRAIG MARCHANT 11, MARK GRIFFITHS 10, RICKI JOHNSON 8, MATT HADDOCK 3, TROY ALLEN 1.
JOSH BROOKE 16, LEWIS ROBERTS 15, ADAM PECK 12+2, JAMIE CHITTOCK 9+1, CHARLIE RUMBOLD 7, LEWIS OSBORNE 7, LEON MOWER 6, CHRIS OSBORNE 3+1, RICHARD FELGETT D/N/R, DANIEL NIGHT D/N/R.
Elite League Combination
WEDNESFIELD 55 IPSWICH 70
TROY ALLEN 12+1, DAVE MEANLEY 10, HARRY EVERISS 9+2, MICK ARIS 6+2, HAYDN ROWLEY 6+1, TOM BEWICK 6, SAM PARR 4, CONNOR DYKE 2.
DAN NIGHT 16, ASHLEY HILL 14+2, WILL CLARK 12, RICHARD FELGETT 11+1, MATT HILL 8+1, FRAZER HARRIS 3+1, JORDAN STANT 3, LAUREN JACOBS 3.
Elite League - Sheffield v Horspath - 28/04/2013
Report: Shaun Hudson
Sheffield 88 Horspath 86
Well it wasn't pretty at times but at the end of the day it was job done and a notable scalp taken. A strong wind blew throughout the match which turned the track surface into a dust bowl despite the continuous watering before the meeting began. Horspath turned up minus Sean Rudman and Matty Symtrac which wasn't the best of starts, however the way Sheffield were throwing points away in the first half of the meeting it seemed to matter very little.
The match started well enough for the Stars, a Matt Smith/Jamie Ball 6-4 over Lewis Bates & Errol Thaw then a shared heat with Ryan Hoyland taking the win but the impressive Jack Harrold and Mark Boaler relegating Andy Angell to the back. Heat three then went decidedly pear-shaped as Adam Stephenson got his marching orders for a tapes offence and Pawel Idiszorek found the Nowacki/Carmichael partnership too hot to handle.
When Horspath took a 6-4 in the next heat the alarm bells began to ring and the Sheffield side looked ill at ease and seemed to be making a series of basic errors. Heat five and up pops the unflappable Jono Birks with the equally relaxed Jamie Ball who promptly stop the rot with 7-3 maximum, seemingly without breaking into a sweat. The euphoria was short lived though as Horspath hit back with maximum of their own in the very next heat and it was back to square one.
With the visitors now five points up, a tactical ride for Birks, who was in the number eight position was called for and the resulting 6-4 from Ball and Birks over Nowacki and Carmichael narrowed the gap, a storming ride from Jamie Ball - the only rider to beat world champion Nowacki all day. Two more shared heats and the interval arrived with Horspath on 46 to Sheffield's 43. Whatever was said in the half time team talk obviously had the desired effect because suddenly Sheffield started to race like a team, a Ryan Hoyland tape exclusion although less than ideal was only a minor blip as Carmichael was excluded for a racing incident which left Angell sprawled on the track, the resulting rerun saw Nowacki execute a fine pass to take a 4-3 heat advantage.
A tactical ride for Birks in heat 13 saw him and Stephenson post a fine maximum 7-3 over Thaw and Bates which tied the score at 63-63. A tactical heat 14 saw a share of the points as Hoyland and Zareba were happy to keep Richard Harrison at the back, knowing Angell and Birks were next up.
Hopes of a Sheffield 7-3 suddenly looked unlikely as Birks missed his pedal at the start and trailed into the first bend in fourth place, Angell was away for the win and Birks passed Munden to set up a 6-4 which became a 6-3 as Munden was promptly excluded for a remark he made to referee Bob Prince. This seemed to be the catalyst for Horspath to self destruct as Thaw was excluded in the next heat which gave another heat advantage to Sheffield after the third rerun of heat 16. A shared heat 17 with Zareeba coming in for an off colour Matt Smith meant Sheffield could not lose the match, a Horspath 7-3 in the final race would be a draw. Angell and Idsizorek for Sheffield, Bates and Nowacki for Horspath. Bates makes the gate followed by Angell with Nowacki in third, Idsizorek buzzing around Nowacki back wheel. In a majestic move Angell sweeps around Bates to take the lead, Nowacki moves past his partner to give chase to Angell. A big last bend from Nowacki saw him get on the inside of Angell, however Angell is past caring as he knows second place will give his team the win, he punches the air in delight as he crosses the line and Sheffield win by a slender two points.
For the visitors Jack Harrold and Mark Boaler were in fine form and Lukas Nowacki was a class act. Sheffield Jamie Ball was simply outstanding, Andy Angell reliable as ever and super sub Jono Birks was err...............Jono Birks! The rest of the Sheffield lads pulled together when it mattered, as for Horspath they will be hoping for a swift return of their missing riders.
Sheffield: Jamie Ball 16+1, Andy Angell 15, Jono Birks 14+1, Adam Stephenson 11+2, Ryan Hoyland 11, Damien Zareeba 8+2, Pawel Idziorek 7, Matt Smith 6.
Aiden Owen, Jake Read DNR
Horspath: Lukas Nowacki 19, Jack Harrold 17+1, Mark Boaler 14+3, Lewis Bates 9+1, Mark Carmichael 8+1, Errol Thaw 8, Simon Munden 8, Richard Harrison 3.
Zac Payne, Jordan Richardson DNR
Sheffield 64 +13 penalty pts 77 Horspath 66
With Horspath giving away 13 penalty points as Simon Munden & Richard Harrison doubled up it was always an uphill battle, Sheffield fielded a separate 8 riders knowing that a share of the heats was all that was needed. Having said that it was a very entertaining Combination fixture with some great battles between the riders.
For Sheffield Richard Hudson powered his way to a 16pt maximum, lowering the colours of both Harrison & Munden in the process. He received great support from Zach Smurthwaite who is becoming a very powerful gater, Jake Read, Aiden Owen & Matt Parrott all contributed to some fine racing and were always in the thick of the action.
Spare a thought for Kyle Holland whose all action style brought him little reward today. he featured in some great races but ended up on the deck or in the fence, sometimes being helped there by one of his opponents!
Simon Munden scored well and received solid support from Wayne Clarke, Richard Harrison & Zac Payne however as mentioned earlier those penalty points were the killer.
Richard Hudson 16, Jake Read 12+1, Zach Smurthwaite 12, Aiden Owen 9+2, Matt Parrott 7+1, Kyle Holland 5, Mick Knowles 2, Vicki Brown 1
Simon Munden 13, Zac Payne 13, Wayne Clarke 12+2, Jordan Richardson
11+3, Richard Harrison 11+1, George Horsley 6