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15th March Comets v Swietochlowice Chall
5th April Rose Bowl
25th April BYJL Regional Rd 2
26th April Comets v Leicester E.Lge
23rd May Comets v Birmingham E.Lge
23rd May Ade Gale Laurels - Vets
24th May Ade Gale Laurels - Junior/Womens/Open
28th June Comets v Swindon Chall
12th July Battle of Britain/Grand Prix
19th July Comets v Ipswich E.Lge
23rd Aug Comets v Newport SWL
6th Sept Comets v Horspath EL/SWL
20th Sept Comets v Gt Blakenham E.Lge
27th Sept Comets v Exeter SWL
2019 FIXTURE LIST
6th April BYJL Round 1 Poole
7th April Coventry 91 Poole 87 EL
14th April Poole 154 Newport 93 SWL
27th April BYJL Rd 2 Exeter
28th April Exeter 116 Poole 130 SWL
5th May Poole 101 Coventry 78 EL
11th May BYJL Rd 3 Newport
19th May Horspath 113 Poole 133 EL /SWL
26th May The ADE GALE "LAURELS"
1st June BYJL Rd 4 Southampton
2nd June Leicester 80 Poole 97 EL
9th June Poole 142 Exeter 105 SWL
16th June Newport 105 Poole 136 SWL
30th June Wednesfield 90 Poole 87 EL
7th July Wales & S.West Ind. Championships Poole
21st July Poole 95 Birmingham 83 EL
18th Aug Poole v Horspath EL
1st Sept Poole v Horspath SWL
15th Sept Poole v Leicester EL
6th Oct Birmingham v Poole EL
20th Oct Poole v Wednesfield EL
Matches at Harbourside - dates underlined
EL = English Charity Shield:
SWL = Regional Wales & South West League:
POOLE DOLPHIN CENTRE COMETS 95
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 83
The English Charity Shield was aimed at providing a top class window for team cycle speedway and the encounter between the Comets and the Monarchs certainly entertained the crowd at sun-drenched Harbourside Park with excellent racing throughout. The visitors demonstrated their credentials with two
race wins in the opening 3 heats but the hosts hit back with two maximum scores and steadily increased their advantage until the final race when Ben Donohue took a tumble which saw the Comets concede a 6 – 3 which limited their margin of victory to 12 points.
Ben Mould continued his rich vein of form with another maximum return, the highlight coming in heat 7 when he powered his way past Paul Heard after an epic wheel to wheel encounter. Despite the continuing absence of Fraser Garnett, the Comets were solid from 1 to 8 and packed plenty of scoring power while the Monarchs tended to lean heavily on their twin spearhead of Chris Timms and Paul Heard for the bulk of their points.
Poole: Ben Mould 20 Aaron Smith 14 Nathan Goulden 13 Wil Bristow 13 Matt Mildon 11 Jay Briggs 11 Ben Donohue 10 Kenzie Bennett 3 (1r)
Birmingham: Paul Heard 19 Chris Timms 15 Scott Millward 12 Mark Winwood 11 Carl Winwood 8 Ricky Johnson 8 Jake Steel 6 Ryan Winwood 4
Referee – Dean Hook
9.6.2019 - Poole 142 Exeter 105 (South West League)
It wasn't until the later stages of this South Coast derby that the Comets were able to draw clear of the Aces with the visiting riders
7 - 11 in fine form and the Poole opening pair conceding a 7-3 after a mix up which left Matt Mildon on the deck! It was 51 - 48 at the interval but 7 maximum heats after the break put clear daylight between the sides.
The Comets trio of Bristowe, Garnett and Smith along with reserve Nathan Goulden all returned unbeaten returns while Matt Mildon was untroubled after his tumble. Connor Tucker supplied a heat win for the Aces top 6 while Andy Collett and Rosie Tidball did likewise in the Junior/Vets races. There was a notable return to race action for the Comets by Alan Nation after a 15 year absence from racing - he picked up 2 race wins and he could be joined by brother Steve shortly.....after an even longer lay-off.
POOLE 142 (Jay Briggs 8 Matt Mildon 16 Wil Bristowe 18 Aaron Smith 18 Ben Donohue 13 Fraser Garnett 18 Feroze Langoo 7 Alan Nation 8 Kenzie Bennett 10 Josh Nottle 6 Nathan Goulden 18)
EXETER 105 (Ben Robinson 5 Connor Tucker 12 Rob Geach 7 Andy Yard 8 Craig Nethercott 8 Dave Murphy 11 JJ Wildman 10 Andy Collett 17 Shannon Tucker 7 Rosie Tidball 12 Ben Stanbury 8)
Referee - Dean Hook.
5.5.2019 - Poole 101 Coventry 78 (English Charity Shield)
Poole welcomed Coventry for the return fixture in the new English Charity Shield match up. A couple of weeks ago the south coast team travelled to the midlands and were unlucky losing the last heat and going down 91-87. Looking to avenge this Poole put out a strong side despite still missing a couple of the regular first team.
Overcast skies and no wind at the Harbourside track made for some fast racing. The pairing of captain Will Bristowe and Fraser Garnett took the first heat with a one two, whilst the visitors captain Myke Grimes took the win in heat two.
Over the next couple of heats Poole had two more wins and continued to collect points before in heat five Cameron Gill took a fine win leading from tape to flag.
Heat six saw Poole’s Ben Mould up against Coventry’s Myke Grimes, a match up that looked like being a good battle until three quarters round the opening lap Grimes parted company with his bike leaving Mould to win with Aaron Smith taking second for a seven point heat for Poole.
The next three heats leading up to the break saw two wins for Poole whilst Adam Watson was the winner in heat seven. At the break Poole were leading the meeting 53-36.
After the break Coventry opened with a one-two before Poole hit back with a win, only then to see Coventry win to close the score to within 15points (67-52). Aaron Smith led another Poole one two in heat 13, with Coventry winning heat 14.
The return race between Ben Mould and Myke Grimes once again disappointed the purists expectation of a classic encounter as this time the Comets top man ended up on the deck on lap 1! Poole closed out the remaining four heats winning three but also collecting more points for other placings.
Poole 101: Aaron Smith 17 Ben Mould 16 Wil Bristowe 14 Matt Mildon 12 Nathan Goulden 11 Kyran Yeatman 7 Ben Donohue 7 Jay Briggs 6.
Coventry 78: Myke Grimes 16 Adam Watson 13 Cameron Gill 12 Matt Lawrence 11 Kyle Barlow 9 Dan Drewitt 9 Tom Savage 7 Jim Bailey 1 (Ret'd inj).
14.4.2019 - Poole 154 Newport 93
Poole Comets were off to a winning start against Newport in the South West league which this year features a new 10 rider formula with up to 4 optional reserves raced over 25 heats with separated heats for senior and junior riders.
Senior scorers - Wil Bristowe 14+1 Kyran Yeatman 11 Ben Mould 16 Fraser Garnett 13+1 Jay Briggs 12+1 Aaron Smith 11+4
Junior scorers - Jasmine Oddie 12+1 Maddie Saunders 10+2 Josh Nottle 13+1 Kenzie Bennett 11+1
Reserves - Ben Donohue 9 Nathan Goulden 7+2 Macie Schmidt 8 Natalie Goulden 7
Referee - John Carry
2018 FIXTURES & RESULTS
1st April Horspath v Poole v Newport Spring Cup Rd1
7th April BYJL Rd1 Horspath
8th April Poole v Newport v Horspath Spring Cup Rd2
15th April Newport v Horspath v Poole Spring Cup Rd3
22nd April South West/Wales v North/Scotland Battle of Britain
28th April BYJL Rd 2 East Newport
29th April Exeter v Poole SWL
19th May BYJL Rd 3 Southampton
20th May Poole v Horspath SWL
27th May The Ade Gale "LAURELS"
3rd June Poole v Newport SWL
9th June BYJL Rd 4 Newport
10th June Poole v Exeter SWL
17th June Horspath v Poole SWL
1st July Newport v Poole SWL
8th July S&SW Individual Championships Exeter
15th July Gold Cup Southampton
22nd July National Womans League Rd 2 Poole
5th Aug SWL Play-offs
9th Sept CS Cup Regional final
23rd Sept CS CUP National Play-off Final Poole
6th Oct BYJL Rd 7 Poole
17th June - South West League
The top of the table clash between the Comets and the Hammers lived up to
expectations as a close and tense battle unfolded at the Village bowl. After two shared heats, the hosts sped away to a 7-3 in heat 3 only for Maciej Ganczarek to team up with Ben Tinsdale in the next race to return the favour.
After 3 more shared heats, Matiej teamed up with Greg Gluchowski for a 6-4 over fellow countryman Lukas Nowacki which saw the Comets lead 44-46 at the break. However, the Hammers were back in front with a 7-3 in heat 10 from the Rudman/Payne pairing.
After a difficult first half, Ben Mould pulled off the pass of the day on the final bend of heat 11 at the expense of Lukas Nowacki which provided the opportunity for Wil Bristowe to come through for the race win. Heat 12 featured an epic battle for 3rd place between Fraser Garnett and Will Jeffrey - good mates off the track but fierce racing rivals on it. After an entertaining sequence of passing and re-passing, it was Fraser who got the verdict.
A strange incident saw Greg excluded at the start of heat 13 for raising his hand to indicate he was not ready, even though the referee had not completed the command "under starters orders"! Matiej managed to split the home pairing in the re-start but with the scorecard showing 64-65, the match was still wide open.
The home side looked to be on target for a 7-3 two heats later but Jay Briggs and Wil Bristowe managed to outfox Rudman to preserve the Comets' one point overall lead. A Ganczarek/Garnett 6-4 extended that lead to 3 before Dean Hook powered away from gate 2 in the penultimate race with Wil Bristowe slotting in nicely for a 6-4 to pull off a match winning effort.
The Hammers required a 7-2 to draw in the final race but Ben Mould rounded off an outstanding 2nd half performance with a win under pressure from Nowacki/Payne snapping at his wheels for all 4 laps.
Zac Payne 16+3 Lukas Nowacki 16 Sean Rudman 12+2 Wil Jeffrey 12+1 David Lieberman 12 Andy Jonson 9 Jack Ellis 6 Owen Johnson 4
Matiej Ganczarek 19 Dean Hook 15+2 Ben Mould 14+1 Wil Bristowe 14 Fraser Garnett 12 Greg Gluchowski 8 Ben Tinsdale 7+1 Jay Briggs 3.
10th June - South West League
Poole Comets completed their home South & South Wales league programme with a comprehensive victory over Exeter although the final scoreline did scant justice to the efforts put in by the visitors.
Aaron Herbert lowered the colours of home skipper Dean Hook twice in the opening heats but his win in heat 4 was to be the visitors only one of the match as the Comet’s big guns got to work on another sunny afternoon
in front of a healthy gathering.
Rob Geech once again proved to be Mr.Entertainment with his never say die style which saw him hit the deck a couple of times but when he stayed on his bike he was able to split the home pairings in heats 10 and 16.
There were 11 maximum heat wins for the Comets with Fraser Garnett and Wil Bristowe joining their two Polish team mates Dawid Bas and Maciej Ganczarek for unbeaten returns. There was good support from Jay Briggs and Ben Tinsdale while Ben Donohue put in another lively performance!
Next up for Poole is a trip to Horspath in 7 day’s time for what promises to be a tough encounter.
Maciej Ganczarek 20 Dawid Bas 18+2 Wil Bristowe 17+3 Fraser Garnett 16 Jay Briggs 13+1 Ben Donohue 11+2 Ben Tinsdale 11+2 Dean Hook 11+2
Aaron Herbert 12 Connor Tucker 11+1 Dave Murphy 10 Rob Geech 9 Sam Riddle 9 Ben Robinson 4 Ben Stanbury 4 Lauren Hookway 4
3rd June - South West League
The run of glorious Harbourside weather was once again matched by the Comets run of league victories as they completely outpaced 2017 champions Newport who were well down on fire power. Once again the opening pairing of Dean Hook and newly crowned Welsh Open Champion
Fraser Garnett provided a powerful unbeaten spearhead and a great display of team riding appreciated by another healthy crowd.
Ben Mould drew the applause in heat 2 after a first bend mis-judgement saw him trail by a quarter of a lap only to reel in his opponants and join his partner Jay Briggs for a 7-3. However he was less fortunate in heat 11 when he snapped a crank arm at the start - a costly break and a premature - not to mention painful - end to his race.
Greg Gluchowski was back in the saddle for his first match of the season having missed 2017 altogether but it looked like he had never been away. The same could be said for Ben Donohue who was unbeaten by an opponant after his first race. The lure of the shale for both these riders is seemingly too great to resist!
Chris Davies and Adam Bennett battled hard for the Stars who were without Mark Carmichael and their two Polish signings but fair play to the seven riders who did turn out knowing that the Comets were tooled up ready for a tougher encounter. Lastly, a special word of praise for 14 year old Nathan Goulden, drafted in for his senior team debut and reeling off three race wins for the Comets which drew the loudest cheers of the day.
(Fraser Garnett 18+2 Dean Hook 17+3 Dawid Bas 16 Ben Mould 14+2 Greg Gluchowski 14+2 Jay Briggs 14 +1 Nathan Goulden 13 Ben Donohue 10+3.
(Chris Davies 13+1 Joe Lewis 11 Adam Bennett 11 Dan Bock 9+1 Jim Collier 7 Steve Clarke 6 John Brosnan 6)
27th May Ade Gale Senior Laurels – sponsored by Precision Engraving
Lucas Nowacki once again showed his liking for the Baiter Park circuit as he successfully defended his Laurels title in maximum style with five faultless rides. A perfectly time pass on Ashley Hill in heat 18 enabled the Polish star
to take the outright win, avoiding a run-off with fellow Horspath Hammer Zac Payne who finished runner up on 19 points.
The third rostrum place was decided by a race off featuring two home based riders, Dawid Bas and Wil Bristowe with the Polish rider getting the verdict. The cut and thrust on the track was typified in heat 9 by the coming together of Steve Harris and Leon Mower with the A&T man painfully entangled with both machines on the deck, requiring careful extrication. Fortunately he was fit to complete his rides with nothing more than a few additional bruises to add to his collection!
Perfect weather conditions and an immaculately prepared circuit provided a fitting backdrop for the annual event staged in the memory of inspirational Poole rider Ade Gale and it was pleasing to see so many of his former club
mates amongst the healthy sized crowd.
Lucas Nowacki 20 Zac Payne 19 Dawid Bas 17 Wil Bristowe 17 Ashley Hill 15 Leon Mower 15 Fraser Garnett 13 Adam Peck 12 Adam Watson 12 Steve Harris 10 Will Jeffrey 10 Aaron Sellick 10 Jay Briggs 9 Tom Bewick 8 ConnorTucker 8 Hayden Rowles 5.
Womans Laurels – sponsored by Read Fabrications
In the Womans event, Exeter’s Lauren Hookway dropped 3 points on her way to a place in the sudden death “A” Final but she made no mistakes from gate 1 in the decider with hot prospect Emily Burgess in close pursuit. Maddie Saunders pleased the home supporters, holding off the challenge of Niamh Morton to clinch the third rostrum place.
Gemma Hill outpaced Charlie Jane Herbert to win the “B” final while Chloe Pearce finished ahead of Anna Tuttle in the “C”. Reigning trophy holder Macie Schmidt, nursing a broken collarbone suffered the previous week, could only watch on in frustration as her fellow competitors dished up some great racing to entertain an appreciative crowd.
Maddie Saunders 14 Emily Burgess 14 Lauren Hookway 13 Niamh Morton 13 Charlie Jane Herbert 12 Laura Watson 10 Krissie Mines 10 Gemma Hill 9 Chloe Pearce 8 Anna Tuttle 7 Jasmine Oddie 5 Daisy Sherwood 5.
Ade Gale Junior Laurels – sponsored by Colemans Insurance
The curtain raiser for the day’s events featured a talented line-up in the Junior Laurels and they did not disappoint when it came to the track action, providing 20 scintillating heats and proving that emerging young talent at this level is of the highest quality.
When Lewis Brinkhoff won his second race in heat 6, lowering the colours of Will Jeffrey in the process, a rostrum place looked to be an early certainty. Fast forward to heat 12 and Pierce Bacon outpaced the Kesgrave star from his gate 1 by which time Jeffrey had already taken his total to 11, level with Brinkhoff.
Further wins apiece for Jeffrey and Brinkhoff took their respective totals to 15 with Michael Preston and Pierce Bacon breathing down their necks on 14 apiece. The Horspath rider looked to have 4 points in the bag from his heat 18 gate 1 so Brinkhoff knew he had to pull something out of the bag in heat 17 as he trailed Preston before executing a superb pass taking his total to 19.
With Jeffrey matching this total in heat 18, the stage was set for a race-off for the Dave Lanning trophy and drama was to follow as Brinkhoff won the toss and led his opponent for a couple of laps before both riders hit the deck as they struggled for supremacy. Judged a 50:50 racing incident, the race was allowed to continue but while the Horspath rider was quickly back in the saddle, it was clear that Lewis had sustained a painful injury which required lengthy on track first aid attention.
Michael Preston held his nerve to take the third rostrum slot while Jack Ellis, Fraser Garnett and pierce Bacon were the best of the rest.
Will Jeffrey 19 Lewis Brinkhoff 19 Michael Preston 17 Jack Ellis 16 Fraser Garnett 15 Pierce Bacon 15 Max Evans 14 Louis Wright 14
Harrison Bacon 13 Devon Campbell 12 Dan Wright 11 Nathan Goulden 9 Hayden Rowles 8 Owen Johnson 7 Josh Nottle 6
Mackenzie Briggs 5.
20th May - South West League
A sunny afternoon at Harbourside and the prospect of the top two South West and Wales teams going head to head attracted a healthy crowd for the Comets v Hammers encounter, and they were not disappointed. Ben Mould lined up for the home side for his first match since returning from Australia, having last ridden for the Dorset club back in 2012 when he was crowned British Junior champion.
Poole opened up with two maximum heat wins, but any suggestion that this would be a one sided affair soon receded as this was to be the last time in the match that this would be repeated until the penultimate race. Horspath produced their one maximum heat win in the final race after Mould picked up the only exclusion of the match at the tapes.
Dean Hook and Matiej Ganczarek, along with Mould, formed a powerful spearhead for the Comets, winning ten races between them, while Fraser Garnett chipped in with another two. Will Jeffery looked to be back to his best for the Hammers, notching a couple of race wins, while Jake Neighbour and Zac Payne managed one apiece. European Champion Lukas
Nowacki is still on the road back to full fitness after his injury but still managed a creditable 14 including one win.
But this was not just a match about race winners, as all 16 riders battled for every point and it was often the scraps for minor places that provided the crowd with the most entertainment. League racing of this standard is still able to produce an entertaining public spectacle but looking around the regions, such opportunities seem sadly fewer these days.
Maciej Ganczarek 18+1, Dean Hook 17, Ben Mould 16, Fraser Garnett 14, Wil Bristow 12, Ben Tinsdale 9, Jay Briggs 8, Rob Haywood 3.
Will Jeffrey 15+2, Zac Payne 15+2, Lukas Nowacki 14, Jake Neighbour 13+1, David Leiberman 9, Jack Ellis 8+1, Andy Johnson 7+1, Alice Neighbour 1.
29th April - South West League
After their slip up in Devon on the opening day of the 2017 season, Comets management team took no chances this year and tracked a fully loaded team which suffered only one heat reversal following a tapes exclusion Otherwise it was plain sailing all the way with all 8 riders playing their part in the victory. Good to see an unbeaten performance from Maciej Ganczarek after his heavy tumble in last week's Battle of Britain - bike and rider back in one piece!
ExeterAces 68 Poole 109 - M.Ganczarek 18+2 D.Bas 17+2 D.Hook 17+1 W.Bristow 14+2 F.Garnett 14+1 B.Tinsdale 12 M.Schmidt 10 J.Briggs 7+1
22nd April - Battle of Britain Rd 1
Harbourside Park regulars were treated to two cracking matches in the opening round of the 2018 Battle of Britain with the powerful North & Scotland squads taking the honours against South West and Wales after 40 pulsating heats of Elite racing.
The Junior match opened the proceedings but there was nothing second best about the standard of racing as both teams battled hard for supremacy and fought tooth and nail for every single point.
Adam Taylor and Michael Preston steered the North to a 5 point interval lead and two quick heat wins after the break extended the margin to 12 after South’s skipper Sean Bennett got his marching orders from referee John Carry in heat 11.
The hosts clawed their way back into contention with three 6 – 4 wins to make the scoreline 86-91 with just two nominated races remaining.
The penultimate heat saw Ben Tinsdale race home for the win but the Morton/Taylor pairing closed the door on Sean Bennett to ensure the match victory went to the visitors. Michael Preston turned the tables on South’s leading scorer Fraser Garnett in the final race after his colours were lowered for the only time in the match by the Poole rider in heat 9.
South & South Wales 94
Fraser Garnett 22, Will Jeffrey 14, Ben Tinsdale 13, Danny Byrne 13, Jack Ellis 13, Sean Bennett 9, Macie Schmidt 6, Owen Johnson 4
North & Scotland 102
Michael Preston 23, Adam Taylor 17, Ed Morton 16, Max Evans 11, Devon Campbell 11, Adam Turnbull 10, Kaysar Mohamedi 8, Lewis Foxley 6
The senior teams looked evenly matched on paper and a closer scoreline would have surely followed were it not for a high speed crash between Maciej Ganczarek and Pawel Idziorek in heat 3 which led to the withdrawal of the Poole man who sustained injury and bike damage.
With the likes of Nowacki, Hook and Mould unavailable, the hosts drafted in 3 of their junior squad to fill the gaps while it was left to Zac Payne to spearhead the SSW attack. Guiding the North to victory was the wily tactitioner Steve Harris whose move of home from South to North during the winter was another decisive factor in the match outcome.
His race partnership with A&T clubmate Reece Pollitt chalked up 40 points and with Idziorek and Jake Read chipping in some good scores, there were points to spare in the closing stages although SSW did stage something of a second half comeback when they reduced the deficit from 14 to 4 between heats 13 and 17.
However, well crafted 6 – 4 heat wins in each of the last 3 races made it a clean sweep of the spoils for North & Scotland.
As with the junior match, racing was tough and entertaining for the crowd and the victors will be hoping to carry this form with them to Round 2 while team manager Dave Murphy must hope that the missing SSW stars will be in action for his squad sooner rather than later.
South & South Wales 93
Zac Payne 18, Jake Neighbour 16, Adam Bennett 13, Wil Bristowe 12, Will Jeffrey 12, Fraser Garnett 11, Ben Tinsdale 10, Maciej Ganczarek 1 (Withdrew Injured)
North & Scotland 103
Reece Pollitt 21, Steve Harris 19, Pawel Idziorek 16, Jake Read 14, Kris Ramsden 11, Adam Watson 10, Kyle Holland 6, Ed Morton 6
8th April - Spring Cup
The weather did its best to spoil the season opener at Harbourside Park but Poole and Horspath contested an entertaining Spring Cup encounter, reduced to a straight two team event after Newport defaulted citing transport problems.
Zac Payne provided the spearhead for the Hammers and his encounters with the home trio of Dawid Bas, Maciej Ganczarek and skipper Dean Hook provided the top end highlights while there was plenty of tactical team racing on show with 13 bonus points shared between the two sets of riders.
Despite a month of almost constant rain the track raced perfectly, in no small measure due to the efforts of Neil Garnett along with club colleagues who have worked tirelessly to ensure the match was able to go ahead. Fingers will crossed for better conditions in 2 weeks time when Round 1 of the Battle of Britain comes to town.
Maciej Ganczarek 23 Dawid Bas 21+2 Dean Hook 20+2 Fraser Garnett 14+2 Jay Briggs 12 Ben Tinsdale 9+1 Macie Schmidt 4+1
Zac Payne 19+1 Jake Neighbour 14+2 Jack Ellis 13+1 Andy Johnson 12 Will Jeffrey 10+1 Owen Johnson 9
2017 FIXTURES & RESULTS
26th March Newport 95 Horspath 86 Poole 85 (Spring Cup Rd 1)
2nd April Horspath 92 Poole 82 Newport 92 (Spring Cup Rd 2)
9th April Poole 100 Newport 89 Horspath 78 (Spring Cup Rd 3)
16th April Exeter 92 Poole 85
7th May Poole 100 Swindon 77
14th May Poole 85 Birmingham 94
28th May BRITISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS Poole Winners
25th June Poole 91 Horspath 86
9th July Swindon 81 Poole 99
16th July Poole 93 Exeter 85
30th July Horspath 101 Poole 79
6th Aug Poole 87 Newport 88
3rd Sept THE ADE GALE "LAURELS"
6th August 2017 - SW&W League
Poole 87 Newport 88
Scorers - Jay Briggs 14+1 Fraser Garnett 13+1 Maciej Ganczarek 17+1 Dean Hook 12 Ben Tinsdale 12 Wil Bristow 9 Ben Donohue 7+2 Callum Smith 3.
30th July 2017 - SW&W League
Horspath 101 Poole 79
Scorers - Wil Bristow 17+2 Fraser Garnett 15 Jay Briggs 13+2 Ben Tinsdale 13 Rob Haywood 19+1 Callum Smith 8+1 Macie Schmidt 3+1)
16th July 2017 - Wales & South West League
Poole 93 Exeter 85
(Scorers - Jay Briggs 14+1 Fraser Garnett 13+1 Callum Smith 13+2 Dean Hook 11+2 BenTinsdale 7 Matiej Ganczarek 15+1 Ben Donohue 11+1 Macie Schmidt 9.)
25th June 2017 - Wales & South West League
Poole 91 Horspath 86
(Scorers - Wil Bristow 10+2 Fraser Garnett 13+2 Greg Gluchowski 17+2 Maciej Ganczarek 13+2 Dean Hook 11+1 Jay Briggs 12+1 Callum Smith 5 Ben Tinsdale 10).
14th May 2017 - Anglo Welsh League
Poole 85 Birmingham 94
(Scorers - Dean Hook 13+2 Fraser Garner 14 Maciej Ganczarek 19 Pete Chant 6 Wil Bristowe 11+2 Callum Smith 10+1 Colin Rowles 5 Rob Haywood 7+1)
7th May 2017 - Wales/South West League
Poole 100 Swindon 77
(Scorers - Dean Hook 15+3 Fraser Garnett 14+2 Maciej Ganczarek 19 Ben Donohue 10+2 Jay Briggs 13+2 Callum Smith 13+2 Wil Bristow 8 Pete Chant 9+2).
(Greg Gluchowski scored 22 & Macie Schmidt 10+2 as guest riders for Swindon)....corrected match score - 100 45
23rd April 23rd April South West League
Exeter 92 Poole 85
(Scorers - Kyran Yeatman 9+2 Bethany Briggs 1 Dean Hook 10+2 Fraser Garnett 14+1 Jay Briggs 15 Ben Tinsdale 16+2 Callum Smith 11+1 Macie Schmidt 9+2)
9th April 2017 - Spring Cup Round 3 (At Poole)
Poole 100 Newport 89 Horspath 78:
(Scorers - Dean Hook 13 Fraser Garnett 15 Kyran Yeatman 12 Callum Smith 10 Wil Bristow 15 Jay Briggs 14 Macie Schmidt 8 Danny Byrne 6 Ben Tinsdale 7)
2nd April 2017 - Spring Cup Round 2 (At Horspath)
Newport 92.5 Horspath 92 Poole 82:
(Dean Hook 13 Fraser Garnett 19 Jay Briggs 12 Danny Byrne 12 Wil Bristowe 15 Callum Smith 11.5)
26th March 2017 - SW&S Spring Cup Round 1 (At Newport)
Newport 95 Horspath 86 Poole 85:
(Scorers - Dean Hook 16+2 Fraser Garnett 14 Jay Briggs 17+1 Macey Schmidt 10+1 Wil Bristow 18 Callum Smith 10+3).
9th April BYJL Rd 1 (Swindon) Poole 1st - see Juniors page
10th April Newport 94 Poole 83 SWL
17th April Poole 92 Coventry 106 EL Rd 1
23rd April BYJL Rd 2 (Horspath) Poole 1st
24th April Swindon 88 Poole 91 SWL
1st May Poole 106 Hellingly 73 SCL
8th May Exeter 91 Poole 88 SWL
14th May BYJL Rd 3 (Exeter) Poole 1st
15th May Poole 102 Birmingham 97 EL Chal
21st May Eurovets
22nd May Poole 98 Newport 76 SWL
29th May THE ADE GALE "LAURELS" (Women 1pm Sen 3pm)
4th June BYJL Rd 4 (Southampton) Poole 1st
5th June Hellingly 91 Poole 89 SCC
12th June Wednesfield 105 Poole 90 EL Rd 2
19th June Poole 101 Swindon 76 SWL
25th June BYJL Nat Rd 1 (Leicester) Poole 1st
26th June Poole 101 Ipswich 95 EL Rd 3
3rd July Southampton 85 Poole 91 SWL
10th July Horspath 110 Poole 86 EL Rd 4
17th July Poole 98 Exeter 73 SWL
23rd July BYJL Nat Rd 2 (Southampton) Poole 1st
24th July Coventry 111 Poole 86 EL Rd 5
29-31 July EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
7th Aug Birmingham 97 Poole 82 EL Chal
13th Aug BYJL Nat Rd 3 (Manchester Astley & T)
14th Aug South West Individual Championships (at Poole)
20th Aug BYJL Rd 5 (Poole)
21st Aug Newport 97 Poole 78 KO Cup
28th Aug British Individual Championships
4th Sept Poole 93 Horspath 106 EL6
4th Sept Poole 95 Horspath 85 SWL
10th Sep BYJL Rd 6 (Hellingly) Poole 1st
17th Sep BYJL Nat Rd 4 (Gt Blakenham) Poole 1st
18th Sep GOLD CUP (Exeter) Poole 2nd
25th Sep Poole 103 Wednesfield 96 EL Rd 7
25th Sep British Womans League Rd 4 (Poole) (12.00 start)
1st Oct BYJL SW Finals (Underwood).
2nd Oct Horspath 86 Poole 93 SWL
9th Oct Ipswich 115 Poole 82 EL Rd 8
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23rd Oct SW Regional Play-offs Venue tba
3rd Dec PRESENTATION EVENING at CHAMPS BAR
tba Poole v Southampton awaiting confirmation
(Be sure to checkout racing coverage on the 3318 & BC websites)
9th October 2016
Ipswich 115 Poole 82
Not only the last Elite League match of the season but for all time as the sport contemplates a new competitive structure for 2017. Injuries and absentees saw a depleted squad of 6 riders in SeaView action with Leon Mower drafted in as a guest for the day.
Although the Ipswich margin of victory was generous, racing was competitive and Fraser Garnett, Calum Smith and Kyran Yeatman responded well to their elevation to the top flight. Dawid Bas worked hard and earned 4 bonus points courtesy of some excellent team riding. Similarly Steve Harris again put in some sterling work in his final match for the club - as he has done throughout his 4 splendid "Seaview" years.
Scorers - Steve Harris 15 Dawid Bas 13 Fraser Garnett 12 Callum Smith 12 Leon Mower (G) 12 Dean Hook 10 Kyran Yeatman 8.
2nd October 2016 South West League
Horspath 86 Poole 93
With 5 members of their championship winning BYJL squad in their side, Poole completed the double over the Hammers at the village after a closely fought encounter. The home side held a 46-43 half-time lead but with Mark Boaler and Wayne Hutt failing to show up, Poole capitalised and staged a second half recovery which made the most of their intensive twice weekly training sessions at Harbourside!!
Poole scorers - Wil Bristowe 8 Fraser Garnett 15+3 Jay Briggs 14+2 Bethany Briggs 1 Pete Chant 15+1 Ben Tinsdale 13+2 Macie Schmidt 13 Callum Smith 14+3.
Div 2: Horspath 37 Poole 43 (Fraser Garnett 10 Macie Schmidt 8 Ben Tinsdale 8 Callum Smith 8 Jordan Bradford 5 Bethany Briggs 4).
25th September 2016 Elite League
Poole 103 Wednesfield 96
The curtain came down on the 2016 season at Harbourside yielding the best possible result for the Comets with a hard fought victory against their "oldest enemy" Wednesfield Aces in a match which turned on its head in the final 6 races. Poole stormed back from a 6 point deficit at heat 14 to win by a relatively comfortably 7 point margin although in truth there was nothing comfortable for either side in this fiercely contested encounter.
The Aces edged the first half with three 6-4 wins, two inspired by Paul Heard from inside gates while Gavin Wheeler was involved in both the Comets 6-4 race wins. Two shared heats after the break gave way to what looked like a pivotal 7-3 for the visitors with Matt Smith and Chris Jewkes shocking the home fans with a comprehensive and unexpected max with previously unbeaten Dawid Bas trailing.
An even more unexpected 7-3 max followed 3 heats later following two more shared heats when the strong looking Aces pairing of Aris/Hewittson were comprehensively beaten by Poole reserves Jay Briggs and Wil Bristowe to bring the margin back to just 2 points. The home crowd had even more to cheer two heats later when Steve Harris teamed up with Comets skipper Gluchowski for another 7-3 and all of a sudden Poole were leading for the first time in the match albeit by a slender 2 point margin.
That lead was extended in heat 18 when Lee Kemp picked up the only exclusion of the day for ramming Jay Briggs giving Poole a 6-3 and a healthy lead 92-87. Bas reeled off his fifth race win from gate 1 in heat 19 and with Steve Harris bowing out from his 4 years at Harbourside with a stylish 3rd place, the league points were in the bag. Matiej Ganczarek matched his Polish team mate Bas with a fifth race win in heat 20 but by that time the race outcome was academic.
The Aces will claim that they were missing their talisman Ben Mould and his absence undoutedly made a big difference. Poole had nothing ride for but their pride and that box was well and truely ticked with all 9 riders making important contributions. The outcome of the league title will go down to the final matches on October 5th with the Wednesfield v Horspath match at Ashmore Park looking decisive!
Poole: Dawid Bas 22 Maciej Ganczarek 21 Greg Gluchowski 17 Steve Harris 11 Gavin Wheeler 9 Dean Hook 7 Jay Briggs 6 Wil Bristowe 6 Ben Donohue 4.
Wednesfield: Paul Heard 19 Matt Smith 18 Mark Griffiths 17 Chris Jewkes 12 Lee Aris 11 Lee Kemp 9 Mikey Hewittson 7 Matt Haddock 3.
Referee - Robin Spicer
4th September 2016 South West League
Poole 95 Horspath 85
Poole strengthened their challenge for the South West title with a 10 point victory over the Hammers to gain a measure of revenge for the preceding Elite reversal. Euro champ Lukas Nowacki made a rare SWL appearance and his presence along with Zac Payne kept the better balanced Poole side honest throughout.
Aside from Pete Chant and Dean Hook , this was a youthful home team who all played their part in the victory, none moreso than recently crowned British U.16 Girls champion Macie Schmidt who picked up 3 race wins. Both Smith brothers Callum and Arron were denied victories against Lukas Nowacki, in both cases surrendering their advatage in the last half lap!
Scorers: Jay Briggs 15 Macie Schmidt 14 Dean Hook 14 Ben Tinsdale 13 Pete Chant 13 Callum Smith 11 Aaron Smith 10 Fraser Garnett 5.
SWL Div 2 Poole 42 Horspath 45 (Fraser Garnett 12 Ryan Bollom 9 Maddie Saunders 8 Bethany Briggs 2 Anna Tuttle 2 Joe Hurren 1)
4th September 2016 Elite League
Poole 93 Horspath 101
With two Polish Internationals including the current European Champion Lukas Nowacki and 5 British Final qualifiers in their line-up, Horspath were always favourites to take the league points but with only a 3 point advantage after 15 races, the Comets gave them a good run for their money. Two home rider tapes exclusions in the last 5 heats allowed the Oxford club to widen the final margin to 8 on the run-in.
Track conditions were nigh on perfect and watched by a healthy crowd, some quality racing ensued as track craft and team tactics were on display in every race. Mark Carmichael and Lewis Osborne along with Nowacki caught the eye for the Hammers while Matiej Ganczarek and Dawid Bas shone for Poole.
Scorers: Dawid Bas 18 Matiej Ganczarek 17 Greg Gluchowski 14 Steve Harris 13 Dean Hook 9 Aaron Smith 6 Wil Bristow 6 Jay Briggs 6 Ben Tinsdale 4.
21st August - KO CUP Newport 97 Poole 78
7th August E.L.Challenge
R.Johnson 15 J.White 15 M.Winwood 13 J.Ball 10
S.Millward 14 J. Whetton 9 Z.White 7 P.Timms 8 E.Hancock 6
Jay Briggs 7 Steve Harris 16 Pete Chant 12 Dean Hook 12 Dawid Bas 18 Fraser Garnett 7 S.Hodgkinson 7 J.Steel 3
24th July - Elite League
Coventry 111 Poole 86
Coventry completed the EL double over Poole with a convincing victory thanks to the strength in depth of their pre-season signings in contrast to the Comets who tracked a quintet of home grown riders.
With Dean Hook and Greg Gluchowski unavailable, hopes of a closer scoreline faded but every rider gave 100% and realistically the points were only ever going one way.
(Dawid Bas 19 Maciej Ganczarek 15 Gavin Wheeler 12 Steve Harris 11 Wil Bristowe 11 Ben Donohue 7 Jay Briggs 6 Aaron Smith 4 Ben Tinsdale 1)
Coventry 63 Poole 87: Once again, Poole turned the tables in the Elite challenge as they did at Horspath a fortnight earlier showing that the junior squad have few equalls when it comes to U16 racing.
(Macie Schmidt 19 Callum Smith 18 Fraser Garnett 17 Ben Tinsdale 17 Maddie Saunders 8 Ryan Bollam 8).
17th July - South West League
Poole avenged their narrow 3 point defeat at Exeter earlier in the season with a comprehensive victory despite gifting the visitors two consecutive 7 - 0 heat victories in the closing stages of the match, surely a bazaar first for the club in 41 years of racing!
With the European championships at Harbourside Park now just two weeks away, Poole tracked a full strength side including two of their Polish stars Dawid Bas and Maciej Ganczarek who were unbeaten by an opponent while Ben Tinsdale again caught the eye with three wins from 4 starts.
Aaron Herbert ploghed something of a lone furrow for Exeter, winning two of his six races while Dan Winchester and Owen Tidball picked up fortuitous wins in those two whitewash heats 16 and 17.
Poole 98 (Dean Hook 14 Aaron Smith 14 Dawid Bas 14 Maciej Ganczarek 14 Ben Tinsdale 13 Pete Chant 11 Jay Briggs 9 Ben Donohue 9):
Exeter 73 (Aaron Herbert 19 Owen Tidball 13 Dave Murphy 10 Dan Winchester 9 Connor Tucker 9 Rob Geach 8 Lauren Hookway 4 Brett Tucker 1).
The SWL Division 2 match was significant in the fact that eight of the 14 riders were girls - two of who Macie Schmidt and Lauren Hookway contested the race of the match in heat 10 with the Poole rider just holding on for the win under pressure.
Poole 78 (Fraser Garnett 16 Danny Byrne 13 Callum Smith 13 Macie Schmidt 10 Krissie Mines 10 Ryan Bollam 9 Bethany Briggs 7)
Exeter 42 (Lauren Hookway 12 Rosie Tidball 8 Liam Borrowdale 7 Shannon Tucker 6 Karla Lomas 5 Shannon Borrowdale 4).
10th July 2016 Elite League
Horspath 110 Poole 86
Traffic gridlock on the A34 which almost doubled the journey time to Oxford meant that the team had a battle on their hands before the match even started! After their shock home defeat to Ipswich in their EL opener, Horspath have thrown their cheque book at their subsequent line-ups with the intention of steam-rollering their way to try and regain the title they begrudgingly lost in 2015!
Comets were missing the twin spearhead of Greg Gluchowski (working) and Ty Geertsen (back in Aus) - top scorers in the recent victory over Ipswich but welcomed back Gavin Wheeler for his first EL match of the season, forming an effective pairing with Steve Harris. There were good returns from Dawid Bas and Maciej Ganczarek while our home grown talent of Dean, Jay, Wil and Aaron found points hard to come by against the likes of World Champion Grabowski & Co.
Poole gave it their all with Aaron Smith worth more than his points total and it was satisfying to see Ben Tinsdale knock in 3 points from his solitary ride - the first of many from the much improved youngster who is learning with every ride and destined for good things ahead.
In truth, not a match that Poole expected to win or even come close but just why the hosts feel they must "buy" crushing victories over everyone they ride is short sighted and frankly quite baffling.
(Dawid Bas 19, Matiej Ganczarek 17, Steve Harris 13, Gavin Wheeler 12, Dean Hook 6, Aaron Smith 6, Jay Briggs 5, Wil Bristowe 5, Ben Tinsdale 3)
Horspath 59 Poole 70: Tables were turned in the subsequent Junior challenge with Poole lowering the colours of their Hammers counterparts by 11 points in a well contested encounter.
(Ben Tinsdale 15 Macie Schmidt 13 Fraser Garnett 12 Maddie Saunders 12 Krissie Mines 10 Nathan Goulden 8).
3rd July 2016- South West League.
Southampton 85 Poole 91: (Ben Tinsdale 16 Ben Donohue 15 Maciej Ganczarek 14 Jay Briggs 13 Aaron Smith 12 Ryan Bollam 11 Fraser Garnett 10).
26th June 2016 - Elite League
Poole 101 Ipswich 95
There have been many epic Elite League matches at Harbourside over the years and this one was right up there with the best of them. A topsy turvy match which swung back and forth with many races which turned on their heads on the very last bend - truely dramatic stuff!
A cagey start saw 6-4's traded before the first 7-3 of the day to the hosts with the Donohue/Bas before Ipswich knocked in 3 6-4's to build up a 4 point lead with Cody Chadwick, Josh Brooke and Jamie Chittock taking classy race wins. However, the interval scoreline was levelled in heat 9 with the impressive Dawid Bas once again featured along with Greg Gluchowski who blasted through to pass their opponents.
After the break Ipswich struck a blow to home hopes with a 7-3 of their own from Chadwick/Chambers right on the final bend and things got even worse in the next race when a tapes exclusion for Ganczarek gave away a 6-3 to increase the points gap to 7. Back bounced the Comets in heat 13 with another Bas/Gluchowski 7-3 to bring it back to 63-66.
Hardly had the dust settled on that drama, than Dean Hook picked up an exclusion to gift his opponents a 7-2 and Ipswich were beginning to look out of sight on 65-73. Back bounced Poole again with another Polish inspired maximum from Ganczarek/Bas as Brooke dropped his first points of the day. Two more shared heats and the scoreline hit 82-86 with three to go.
Drama in heat 18 saw a tapes exclusion for Jamie Chittock opening the door for a Bristowe/Ganczarek 7-2 and all of a sudden Poole took the lead for the first time in the match since heat 5 albeit by a single point!
Cometh the hour and another Gluchowski/Bas 7-3 in the nominated heat 19 put the home side on the cusp of their first Elite points of the year which were finally wrapped up with a 5-4 in heat 20.
There may be question marks about the future of the Elite League but if it could always provide brilliant and closely contested matches such as this, then maybe there would be stronger hopes for its survival.
Poole 101 (Dawid Bas 20 Greg Gluchowski 20 Ty Geertsen 19 Maciej Ganczarek 14 Dean Hook 11 Ben Donohue 7 Wil Bristowe 7 Jay Briggs 3).
Ipswich 95 (Cody Chadwick 20 Josh Brooke 19 Charlie Rumbold 13 Dan Chambers 11 Jamie Chittock 10 Leon Mower 10 Ashley Hill 7 Richard Fellgett 5).
Referee - Robin Spicer.
19th June 2016 - SouthWest League
Despite the absence of one or two of their first choice riders, Swindon provided lively opposition but in the end, all round strength won the day for Poole with Ty Geertsen and Maciej Ganczarek unbeaten by an opponant. Ganczarek executed some powerful passes on Steve Harris and Jake Neighbour to entertain the crowd on a damp and drizzly afternoon. One of the races of the day was in heat 13 when Dean Hook made a strong challenge to pass Jake Neighbour on the final lap, but the Swindon rider held on by a hairs breadth!
Poole 101 (Ty Geertsen 19+1 Dean Hook 18+1 Maciej Ganczarek 15+1 Ben Donohue 12+2 Pete Chant 10+2 Wil Bristow 10 Jay Briggs 9 Ben Tinsdale 8)
Swindon 76 (Steve Harris 17+1 Jake Neighbour 16 James Bailey 12 Mattie Rayson 11 Andy Yard 11 Paul Matthews 6 Tyler Bingham 2 Alice Neighbour 1)
Referee - Mike Legge
D2 Poole 92 Swindon 55
This was an impressive performance from a Poole team which included three girls and two U10 riders with a standout performance from 12 year old Maddie Saunders who reeled off three straight wins. Fraser Garnett rounded off his best SWL performance of the season with a fine 16 max. (Fraser Garnett 16 Macie Schmidt 14+2 Krissie Mines 14 Callum Smith 13+3 Maddie Saunders 12 Ryan Bollam 11 Oli Saunders 5 Scot Rowles 5 Ben Tinsdale 3).
12th June 2016 - Elite League
A trip to Ashmore Park is never likely to be a comfortable on-track experience, such is the wealth of talent on the Aces' books, and Comets needed the rub of the green to minimise the scoreline margin in this latest encounter. They didn't get it however and with the added handicap of three exclusions - two of them to Aussie star Ty Geertson - the eventual scoreline slipped away after the 6 point interval differential.
As expected, Greg and Matiej led the challenge and the rest did their best against the 2015 champions who used their home track advantage to the maximum. With plans afoot to examine a competition re-stucture of the sport including the Elite League, this could well be the last such "old firm" encounter, such has been the decline in competing teams and stubbornly continuing presence of foregone conclusions. Shame in a way, but difficult times call for difficult decisions!
Wednesfield 105 Poole 80: (Matiej Ganczarek 18 Greg Gluchowski 18 Dawid Bas 12 Ty Geertson 11 Steve Harris 9 Wil Bristowe 9 Dean Hook 8 Hayden Chant 5).
5th June - South Coast Challenge
Hellingly 91 ( Martyn Hollebon 17 Jesse Moore 16 Stephen Archer 15 Neil Hollebon 13 Etien Patel 9 Jamie Cox 9 Tristian Bassett 9 Jamie Morley 3)
Poole 89 (Ty Geertson 14 Correy Drewett 13 Jay Briggs 13 Callum Smith 13 Ben Tinsdale 12 Dean Hook 10 Macie Schmidt 7 Danny Byrne 3)
22nd May - South West League
Reigning league champions Newport dropped points for the first time in 2016 as they found Poole in an uncompromising mood at Harbourside. The home side were solid from 1 to 8 while the visitors sorely missed the services of injured Nicky Evans and Jack Harrold.
With 9 heat wins between them, Greg Gluchowski and Maciej Ganczarek cruised to maximum tallies and Ben Donohue was unbeaten in 4 completed rides while Hayden Chant just dropped a single point. Mark Carmichael and Chris Davies headed the attck for Newport while Adam Bennett kept the home top guns honest.
Poole 98 (Greg Gluchowski 20 Maciej Ganczarek 16 Hayden Chant 13 Ben Donohue 13 Dean Hook 13 Wil Bristowe 10 Pete Chant 7 Ben Tinsdale 6)
Newport 76 (Mark Carmichael 19 Chris Davies 15 Adam Bennett 12 Oli Sidwick 10 Sean Bennett 9 Kevin Greaves 8 Dale Clark 2 Colin Simmons 1)
Division 2: Poole 45 (Callum Smith 12 Ben Tinsdale 10 Danny Byrne 9 Fraser Garnett 7 Macie Schmidt 5 Bethany Briggs 2)
Newport 35 (Colin Simmons 11 John Sidwick 8 Dale Clark 6 Dan Wright 6 Pete Sadler 4).
15th May - Elite Challenge
This match had all the hallmarks of a close encounter when the two teams were declared and so it turned out as the lead swung backwards and forwards with never more than 3 points between the sides up to heat 15. Then Poole clinched two 6-4's to give themselves breathing space and although the visitors hit back with a 6-4 of their own in heat 19
the victory was in the bag for the hosts.
Fair weather and a healthy crowd made for an entertaining spectacle as World No.2 Chris Timms made a successful comeback after injury including the only Birmingham race win over Matiej Ganczarek in a brilliant heat 18. The Polish star turned the tables 2 races later in an epic heat 20 finale with barely a single bike's length between all four riders as they crossed the line.
Jay Briggs and Ben Tinsdale with two race wins apiece confirmed their excellent progress for Poole while for Birmingham, Ricky Johnson and Mark Winwood gave solid support to Chris Timms. Only a challenge? Try telling that to the riders who turned on an excellent exhibition of racing.
Poole 102 (Matiej Ganczarek 23 Ben Donohue 16+1 Steve Harris 14+2 Dean Hook 14+1 Jay Briggs 13+2 Wil Bristowe 9 Ben Tinsdale 8 Pete Chant 4).
Birmingham 97 (Mark Winwood 21 Chris Timms 19+2 Ricky Johnson 16+1 Nathan Groves 14+1 Paul Timms 11+1 Daniel Garner 9+1 Luke Draisey 6+1 Phil Widdas 1).
8th May - South West League
Tracking 4 U.16's, Poole did well to fight back from a 6 point interval deficit to draw level with one heat remaining. Unfortunately the referee made his only exclusion of the match to Matiej Ganczarek while he was leading heat 18 so a "deserved" league point slipped away disappointingly! Exeter 91 Poole 88 (Dean Hook 16 Jay Briggs 14 Matiej Ganczarek 14 Pete Chant 12 Ben Tinsdale 12 Callum Smith 9 Fraser Garnett 8 Macie Schmidt 3).
SWL D2 - Exeter 60 Poole 68 ( Danny Byrne 13 Jordan Bradford 12 Ryan Bollom 8 Bethany Briggs 8 Macie Schmidt 8 Fraser Garnett 8 Scottie Rowles 2).
1st May - South Coast League
An entertaining match against the Eastbourne based Lions with good close racing which belies the margin of victory. Poole provided 15 heat winners.
Poole 106 (Jay Briggs 19 Ben Donohue 19 Greg Gluchowski 19 Dean Hook 14 Pete Chant 12 Wil Bristow 12 Ben Tinsdale 8 Callum Smith 3)
Hellingly 73 (Jesse Moore 15 Martyn Hollebon 13 Neil Hollebon 13 Steven Archer 12 Jim Cox 11 Jamie Morley 9).
Junior Triangular Challenge - Marauders 45 (Macie Schmidt 15 Ben Tinsdale 11 Nathan Goulden 9 Oli Saunders 6), Demons 39 (Danny Byrne 11 Ryan Bollom 11 Callum Smith 8 Anna Tuttle 6) Fliers 36 (Fraser Garnett 14 Jack Kennedy 11 Maddie Saunders 5 Bethany Briggs 4) Event reserves Krissie Mines 7 Izzy Byrne 2.
24th April - South West League
A close match all the way with Poole holding a slender 1 point lead at the interval. Things looked ominous as the home side came back to lead 81-78 with two heats to go. Step up Jay Briggs and skipper Dean Hook to take a vital 7 - 3 to restore a one point lead topped off by Hayden and Pete Chant in the final race with a 6 - 4 . A fine all round team performance in a close and sportingly contested SW league match.
Swindon 88 (Jake Neighbour 16 Steve Harris 16 Rob Hunt 15 Jim Bailey 14 Sean Brown 9 Neil Power 8 Andy Yard 7 Martin Glover 3). Poole 91: (Hayden Chant 19 Dean Hook 16 Kyran Yeatman 12 Ben Donohue 12 Pete Chant 11 Jay Briggs 11 Callum Smith 8 Fraser Garnett 2)
SWL Division 2: Swindon 52 Poole 68 (Callum Smith 7 Krissie Mines 12 Fraser Garnett 9 Ryan Bollom 10 Danny Byrne 8 Bethany Briggs 12 Jordon Bradford 10)
17th April - Elite League
The opening match at Harbourside Park was expected to provide good racing and a close result. Sure enough the racing was of a high calibre throughout and with the scores level at the interval the close result was also a strong liklihood until disastrous heats 15 and 16 for the hosts. Tapes exclusions for Dawid Bas and Maciej Ganczarek gifted a 10 point advantage to the visitors who fully capitalised with two 7-2's.
In truth, Coventry had already edged into an advantage after the break as their top end trio of McMillan, Grimes and ultra impressive Pole Sassek plus in form
reserve Mason Phillips continued to monopolise the race wins with 13 out of 20 heats in their favour.
Poole battled hard with Ben Donohue typifying their fighting spirit, taking no prisoners en route but the team ran out of steam in their opening fixture while Coventry, with one league win already under their belts looked sharper from one to nine.
Poole 92 (Greg Gluchowski 20 Ben Donohue 15+2 Matiej Ganczarek 12+2 Dawid Bas 12 Steve Harris 11+2 Hayden Chant 10 Dean Hook 6+1 Wil Bristowe 4+1 Jay Briggs 2).
Coventry 106 (Bobby McMillan 22+1 Michal Sassek 18+1 Myke Grimes 16+1 Mason Phillips 11 Ben Higham 10+1 Chris Parrish 10+1 Jake Read 9+2 Mike Baldock 9, Dan Drewitt 1).
Referee Dave Dart.
Junior Training event: Poole 68 (Ben Tinsdale 15+1 Jay Briggs 13+1 Fraser Garnett 11+2 Nathan Goulden 10 Ryan Bollom 9 Jack Kennedy 6 Oli Saunders 4)
Coventry 62 (Dan Drewett 15 Ben Wells 12 Ollie Morris 11 Matt Lawrence 9+1 Jack Reynolds 5 Jimmy Wassell4+1 Bailie Phillips 3+1 Sammy Marsh 3).
10th April SWL Div 1 Newport 94 (Mark Carmichael 18+2 Chris Davies 16 Jack Harrold 14 Sean Bennett 12 Ollie Sidwick 11+1 Dan Bock 9 Adam Bennett8 Kevin Greaves 6) Poole 83 (Matiej Ganczarek 17 Wil Bristowe 14+1 Pete Chant 14+1 Ben Donohue 12+1 Dean Hook 9+1 Jay Briggs 8+2 Callum Smith 5+1 Ben Tinsdale 4).
Referee – Colin Simmons
SWL Div 2 Newport 37 Poole 77 (Fraser Garnett 15+1 Ben Tinsdale 15+1 Jay Briggs 15 Callum Smith 13+3 Dean Hook 13+2 Ryan Bollom 6+1) ...corrected score with penalty points 58-83.
29th March Exeter 83 Tigers 89 Comets 96 SWL Rd 1
5th April Swindon 96 Exeter 93 Tigers 79 SWL Rd 2
5th April Horspath 81 Comets 85 Newport 102 SWL Rd 2
12th April Tigers 99 Horspath 68 Comets 103 SWL Rd 2
19th April HORSPATH 89 POOLE 88 EL Rd 1
26th April Swindon 93 Newport 97 Comets 72 SWL Rd 4
26th April Horspath 75 Exeter 95 Tigers 93 SWL Rd 4
3rd May SHEFFIELD 94 v POOLE 78 EL Rd 2
10th May Newport 101 Exeter 79 Comets 89 SWL Rd 5
Tigers 92 Swindon 100 Horspath 70 SWL Rd 5
17th May POOLE 105 NEWPORT 74 EL Rd 3
31st May POOLE 78 WEDNESFIELD 100 EL Rd 4
7th June Bury v Poole KO Cup Rd 1 95 - 79
Poole v Hellingly Challenge 90 - 88
14th June IPSWICH 97 POOLE 81
21st June Comets v Exeter SWL Rd 6 97 - 80
Newport 107 Swindon 82 Tigers 76 SWL Rd 6
28th June POOLE 88 HORSPATH 91
12th July POOLE 84 SHEFFIELD 93
16th Aug Tigers 86 Exeter 80 Newport 101 SWL Rd 8
16th Aug Swindon 111 Comets 78 v Horspath 72 SWL Rd 8
23rd Aug Hellingly 81 Poole 97
6th Sept Comets 89 Swindon 97 Tigers 81 SWL Rd 7
13th Sept Comets 102 Tigers 83 Newport 82 SWL Rd 9
20th Sept WEDNESFIELD 106 POOLE 74 EL
4th Oct POOLE 99 IPSWICH 77 EL
25th Oct NEWPORT 83 POOLE 82 EL
Newport 83 Poole 82
Hayden Chant 19+1 Steve Harris 15 Wil Bristowe 12 Dean Hook 10
Jay Briggs 9 Pete Chant 7 Jamie Palmer 7 Callum Smith 3
D2 - 72 57 Ben Tinsdale 12 Callum Smith 12 Jay Briggs 10 Jamie Palmer 8 Jordan Bradford 8 Ryan Bollom 7).
S&SWL Play-offs (Exeter) October 18th
Exeter was the venue for the regional finale for 2015 which saw the Comets attempting to lower the colours of defending champions Newport. The handicap of two exclusions for moving at the tapes in the opening heats and a further one later in the procedings proved too much of a deficit to pull back however, so it was another runners up performance to match the Gold Cup outcome 7 days earlier.
Everyone weighed in with good points totals with Jay Briggs once again catching the attention as he had done two weeks previously in the Elite League.
Newport 96 Poole Comets 87 Swindon 81 (Scorers - Greg Gluchowski 21 Jay Briggs 16 Dean Hook 16 Ben Donohue 13 Hayden Chant 11 Pete Chant 9 Fraser Garnett 1)
POOLE 99 IPSWICH 77 October 4th
There were plenty of lively exchanges at Harbourside between the clubs in 4th and 5th place in the table despite the absence of several Ipswich big guns, but Poole always had the upper hand with Greg Gluchowski and Gavin Wheeler dropping their only points to Josh Brooke who achieved the rare feat of a full 20 max at the Dorset circuit.
Referee Robin Spicer was a busy man with numerous re-starts and four exclusions – two apiece and every one “passionately” contested.
Greg and Gavin received solid backing right down the scoresheet with reserve Jay Briggs taking two notable wins and Bournemouth based former Sandwell rider
Jamie Palmer improving with every match. Ashley Hill gave solid backing to Josh Brooke and he, along with Leon Mower and Jamie Chittock each won one race apiece which helped to keep the scoreline respectable and prevent the Poole “ton”.
Ipswich have now completed their season with two wins - at home to Poole and Newport while Poole with two home wins against Newport and this one with Ipswich, still have to travel to Newport on the 25th for the re-arranged encounter postponed on July 26th. These three clubs seem to have been involved in a virtual mini-league, a million miles away from the top 3 clubs who have had access to riding and/or financial resources which has seen them win all their matches at home and away against the bottom three. Good for those clubs at the top end maybe, but in truth bad for the competition which has been the least competitive overall in recent memory.
Maybe “events” or natural selection will rectify the situation but with Newport tipped to drop out after two seasons and Ipswich and Poole forever stuck on the geographical periphery, one cannot help but wonder how much longer this league will go on in its present format! As for todays’ match, a healthy October crowd were well entertained as the curtain finally came down on another busy season at Harbourside.
POOLE 99 (Greg Gluchowski 18 Gavin Wheeler 17 Hayden Chant 14 Aaron Smith 12 Ben Donohue 10 Jay Briggs 10 Dean Hook 9 Jamie Palmer 9)
IPSWICH 77 (Josh Brooke 20 Ashley Hill 15 Jamie Chittock 11 Leon Mower 10 Ben Harvey 7 Alex Harvey 6 Charlie Jane Herbert 4 Fraser Harris 4)
As if to underline the recent decision to scrap the Elite Division 2, Ipswich tracked the same 8 riders against the hosts with the 54-70 scoreline corrected to 131-70 with penalty points added. Poole tracked a separate 8 man team with 6 drawn from the club’s successful BYJL squad.
POOLE (Pete Chant 9 Luke Armes 9 Ben Tinsdale 8 Fraser Garnett 7 Callum Smith 7 Callum Albin 5 Jordan Bradford 4 Ryan Bollom 4).
IPSWICH (Ben Harvey 14 Alex Harvey 14 Fraser Harris 11 Ashley Hill 10 Leon Mower 9 Josh Brooke 7 Jamie Chittock 6 Charlie Jane Herbert 5).
Sept 13th SWL
Poole Comets 102 (Greg Gluchowski 22 Hayden Chant 22 Dean Hook 20 Ben Donohue 16 Jay Briggs 13 Pete Chant 7 Jordon Bradford 2) Poole Tigers 83 (Aaron Smith 22 Leyton Glover 16 Wil Bristowe 13 Jamie Palmer 13 Callum Albin 9 Luke Armes 5 Callum Smith 3 Ben Tinsdale 2)
Newport 82. - Comets qualify for League play-offs.
Sept 6th SWL
Poole Comets 89 (Hayden Chant 20, Dean Hook 17, Jay Briggs 16, Pete Chant 15, Ben Donohue 14 Jordon Bradford 5, Fraser Garnett 2) Swindon 97, Poole Tigers 81 (Aaron Smith 23 Matt Mildon 17 Jamie Palmer 15 Ben Tinsdale 11 Niall Instone 9, Callum Smith 6).
POOLE 84 SHEFFIELD 93 12th July
Poole seem to have developed a habit of making life hard for themselves and correspondingly easy for the opposition this season and a whole bunch of gift wrapped points were gratefully accepted by the visitors who maintained their interest at the top end of the 2015 campaign.
A heat 1 tapes exclusion to Arek Szymanski gave Sheffield a 7-2 courtesy of the powerful Handke/Zareba pairing and a lead which the Stars did not relinquish for the rest of the 17 heats. 4 drawn heats and a brace of 6-4's apiece meant that the 5 point advantage still stood at the interval as the scorechart read 42-47.
In the opening half, there were race wins for Handke, Zareba, Angell and a brace for Myke Grimes who seemed to be enjoying his first visit to Harbourside while Harris, Szymanski and Gluchowski (2) took the flag for Poole.
Temperatures rose in a drawn heat 10 after a robust exchange between Ben Donohue and Gavin Parr while more excitement was to follow in heat 11 as a Gluchowski/Harris 6-4 narrowed the gap to just 3 points with Grimes headed for the first time in the match.
In heat 12 Angell/Parr sat in behind Szymanski for a share of the spoils to make it 58-61 but hopes of a home recovery crashed when a hotly disputed tapes exclusion for Gavin Wheeler in heat 13 resulted in a killer 7-2 for the visitors.
A Gluchowski/Donohue 6-4 gave Poole a glimmer of hope but that was finally extinguished inheat 16 when out of form Aaron Smith picked another tapes exclusion leaving team mate Szymanski to split the Stars duo.
Greg Gluchowski completed a faultless 20 point max ahead of Handke in heat 18 with Wheeler relegating Grimes to the rear of the field. Sheffield were good value for their win and showed why they are challenging for the title while Poole lacked support for their top 4 riders.
The damp conditions kept some of the regulars away, but those who came along witnessed another top quality Elite League encounter. The day finished on a high note for Myke Grimes who sped from gate 2 to hold off a strong challenge from defending match race holder Greg Gluchowski.
Poole Scorers: Greg Gluchowski 20 Steve Harris 15 Arek Szymanski 13 Gav Wheeler 11+1 Hayden Chant 8 Ben Donohue 7 Will Bristowe 5+1 Aaron Smith 5.
Sheffield scorers: Radek Handke 17 Myke Grimes 16 Damian Zareba 15+2 Andy Angell 15+2 Gavin Parr 11+2 Mason Phillips 8 Kyle Holland 6 Jason Burke 5.
Referee - Dave Dart
Division 2 - Poole 67 (56+11) Jay Briggs 13 Pete Chant 9 Chris Blundell 8 Callum Albin 7 Dean Hook 6 Ben Tinsdale 5 Callum Smith 4 Jordan Bradford 4:
Sheffield 72 Niall Morton 16+1 Adam Watson 11+1 Luke Morton 11+1 Jason Burke 11 Ed Morton 10+1 Kyle Holland 9.
POOLE 88 HORSPATH 91 28th June
Both set of team managers worked overtime in this match to juggle their teams to cover gaps in their line-ups in what turned out to be a close and hard fought affair with plenty of incidents to keep the Harbourside crowd entertained.
Aaron Smith expertly picked off Chris Timms in the opening race to give Poole a 6-4 advantage but the lead was short lived as a fine Boaler/Payne 7-3 reversed fortunes in heat 3. Horspath were vulnerable in heat 5 with Andy and Owen Johnson surrendering maximum points to Smith/Bristowe moving the score to 26-24.
Hayden Chant rode the race of his CS career in heat 6 to gate and hold Ex-World Champ Lukas Nowacki for 4 pressurised laps of racing and with Arek Szymanski doing a similar job on Lewis Osborne there was an early glimmer of daylight for the hosts at 32-28. The Hammers hit back with a 6-4 in the next with Zac Payne at the helm but Poole responded with a 6-4 of their own as Greg Gluchowski lowered
the colours of Chris Timms.
A share of the spoils before the break moved the half-time scoreline to 47-43 but the slender advantage lasted only 2 more heats as the Nowacki/Osborne combo outpowered Aaron Smith and Steve Harris who was not having one of his better matches against
his former team mates. Temperatures rose in heat 13 when Timms and Szymanski clashed on the back straight of the first lap and again after the chequered flag when frank views were exchanged!
There had been numerous first bend restarts all match, such was the intensity of the racing but vitally for Poole, heat 16 was not one of them and the race continued with Aaron Smith on the deck allowing the Hammers duo to secure a potentially match winning 6-4. That victory was secured in the penultimate race when Steve Harris got his marching orders after a do or die effort to pass Zac Payne.
The scoreline took on a measure of respectability in the final race when Callum Albin teamed up with Greg Gluchowski for a 7-3 but by then, the league points were ready for their journey back up the A34. The absence of talisman Gavin Wheeler and Dean Hook proved costly for Poole for whom Gluchowski was once again the outstanding performer, dropping his only point to the impressive Zac Payne in heat 15.
The Poole skipper took his revenge in the Elite match race however with a victory from gate 2 in a well contested race. Horspath were forced to track 3 riders who did not pick up any points against the home team with only Lukas Nowacki of their Polish quartet available to fly in for the day.
There may be a different name on the trophy in 2015 but this clash between the 2013 and 2014 Elite League champions provided some great racing and a good spectacle for the crowd to enjoy.
Greg Gluchowski 18+1 Arron Smith 13+1 Arek Szymanski 12+1 Wil Bristowe 11+2 Hayden Chant 10+1 Matt Mildon 9 Steve Harris 7 Jay Briggs 4+2 Callum Albin 4
Zac Payne 18+1 Lukas Nowacki 17+1 Chris Timms 16 Lewis Osborne 14+2 Mark Boaler 13+1 Paul Timms6 Andy Johnson 6 Owen Johnson 1.Referee – Robin Spicer
Match race – Greg Gluchowski (Challenger bt Zac Payne (Holder)
Poole 73 (+60)
Callum Smith 14+1 Bethany Briggs 12 Jordan Bradford 12+1 Ben Tinsdal 10+3 Callum Albin 10+2 Pete Chant 9+1 Jay Briggs 6
Horspath 56 (+6)
Andy Johnson 16 Owen Johnson 9 Zac Payne 9 Mark Boaler 8 Paul Timms 8 Chris timms 4
2015 BRITISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS - Junior rounds (June 2015)
Under 10's - Kesgrave 50 Poole 43 Exeter 37 Ipswich 25
(Joe Hurren 15 Oli Saunders 14 Mack Briggs 10 Scottie Rowles 4).
Under 13's - Kesgrave 64 Ipswich 58 Sheffield 52 Poole 50 Exeter 39 Gt Blakenham 25 (Nathan Goulden 16 KJ Legge 10 Oli Saunders 9 Maddie Saunders 8 Ryan Bollam &).
June 21st - SWL
Poole Comets 97 Exeter 80 (Greg Gluchowski 21+3 Hayden Chant 20 Dean Hook 17+2 Jay Briggs 17 Pete Chant 13 Fraser Garnett 4+1 Jordan Bradford 4+1 Ryan Bollom 1) Horspath dnr
Newport 107 Swindon 82 Poole Tigers 76 (Aaron Smith 20+1 Kyran Yeatman 18+1 Wil Bristowe 17+1 Ben Tinsdale 13+1 Callum Smith 8)
June 14th - Elite League
Ipswich 97 Poole 81 (Greg Gluchowski 19 Steve Harris 18 Gav Wheeler 12 Wil Bristowe 11 Hayden Chant 8 Dean Hook 6 Pete Chant 3 Luke Armes 2 Callum Albin 1 Jay Briggs 1)
D2 Ipswich 71 Poole 68 (Pete Chant 16+1 Callum Albin 15+2 Jay Briggs 11+1 Ben Tinsdale 10 Luke Armes 8+1 Jordan Bradford 8+1)
June 7th - KO Cup
Bury 95 Poole 79 (Dean Hook 15+1 Steve Harris 13+2 Hayden Chant 11+2 Gavin Wheeler 11 Pete Chant 11 Leyton Glover 8+1 Jay Briggs 5 Wil Bristowe 5.)
June 7th - SWL Challenge
Poole 90 Hellingly 88 ( Greg Gluchowski 19+1 Jordan Bradford 13+3 Callum Albin 13+1 Luke Armes 13+1 Chris Blundell 12+2 Macie Schmidt 8 Ben Tinsdale 7 Fraser Garnett 5+2).
May 31st - Elite League
POOLE 78 WEDNESFIELD 100
Greg Gluchowski 20 Gavin Wheeler 16 Steve Harris 11 Aaron Smith 9+1 Pete Chant 8 Hayden Chant 7 Callum Albin 4 Jay Briggs 3
Division 2 - Poole 48 Wednesfield 84
Jay Briggs 9 Callum Albin 8 Jordan Bradford 7 Pete Chant 7 Luke Armes 5 Callum Smith 5+1 Chris Blundell 3
May 24th The ADE GALE LAURELS:
Poole Comets captain Greg Gluchowski topped the rostrum in a hotly contested Senior Laurels and just to emphasise the international flavour of the event, top Aussi Bobby McMillan joined him on the podium as runner-up along with British Champion Andy Angell who took third place.
Angell started with 3 wins then took a second behind Greg in heat 15 - level points after 2014 champion Mark Carmichael headed home Gluchowski in heat 4.
With Greg settling for a second behind McMillan in his final race, Andy knew he could clinch the title outright with a win in heat 20. However his hopes were dashed when he took a tumble whilst challenging Chris Timms for 3rd place taking him to 16 points - level with McMillan.
A brilliant run-off for the minor places saw Angell hold the early advantage from gate 2 but a well judged overtake mid-race saw the Aussie come home for the silver spot. Once again the Harbourside crowd witnessed racing out of the top drawer - credit to all 16 competitors.
Senior scorers - 1st Greg Gluchowski 18 2nd Bobby McMillan 16
3rd Andy Angell 16 Adam Peck 15 Chris Timms 13 Paul Heard 13 Brandon Whetton 13 Josh Brooke 12 Mark Carmichael 12 Matt Smith 11 Neil Hollebon 11 Nicky Evans 11 Ben Mould 11 Lee Aris 8 Mark Winwood 7 Rob Hunt 7 Referee - Colin Simmons.
After reeling off 4 straight wins, Brandon Whetton had the luxury of sitting behind his nearest rival Charlie Rumbold in heat 19 to round off a highly impressive display in the Youth Laurels. These 2 were joined on the podium by Lee Kemp who seems to be benefitting from his move to Wednesfield with some canny races on show. Hayden Chant was the best of the home crew with 16 and 4th place while Jesse Moore and Ashley Hill were good value for their 15 point hauls.
Youth scorers - 1st Brandon Whetton 19 2nd Charlie Rumbold 18 3rd Lee Kemp 17 Hayden Chant 16 Ashley Hill 15 Jesse Moore 15 Arron Morgan 13 Ricky Johnson 12 Rchard Fellgett 11 Aaron Smith 11 Dean Hook 10 Aaron Herbert 10 Oli Sidwick 9 Zac Payne 9 Dan Drewett 8 Referee - Robin Spicer
British Champion Charlie Jane Herbert won the Ladies Laurels with a 16 max but had to come from the back twice, once against her former Exeter clubmate Lauren Hookway and again in heat 11 when surprise packet Macie Schmidt led her for the early part of the race. Lauren and Macie tied on 15 apiece and the Exeter rider clinched the run-off for silver from gate 2. Once again this event proved to be a great spectacle and advert for ladies racing.
Ladies scorers - 1st Charlie Jane Herbert 16 2nd Lauren Hookway 15
3rd Macie Schmidt 15 Krissie Mines 13 Lily Gedge 11 Rebecca Davies 11 Chloe Horton 9 Sammy Marsh 7 Bailie Phillips 6 Bethany Briggs 6 Alice Neighbour 5 Referee - Mike Legge
The Junior Laurels provided a great curtain raiser for the 2015 event and showed what great talent the sport has in its younger ranks - none moreso that Pierce Bacon and Mason Phillips who tied on 14 points apiece to set up a run-off to decide the title. The toss of the coin favoured the Ipswich rider and he made no mistakes despite early pressure from the Coventry star to round off an impressive performance. Jake Neighbour and Callum Albin were the best of the rest but all 12 riders deserve praise for their efforts.
Junior scorers - 1st Pierce Bacon14 2nd Mason Phillips 14 3rd Jake Neighbour 13 Callum Albin 12 Connor Tucker 11 Ben Harvey 10 Adam Bennett 10 Charlie Barnett 8 Callum Smith 7 Iaen Payne 6 Oli Harris 6 Josh Marsh 6 Referee - Mike Legge
May 17th Elite League
Poole 105 Newport 74 (Arron Smith 17+2 Greg Gluchowski 17+2 Leyton Glover 16 Gav Wheeler 15+2 Steve Harris 13+2 Aaron MOrgan 10+2 Hayden Chant 10+2 Dean Hook 7+1).
Match comment - Track and weather conditions were near perfect for the first Elite match of the season at Harbourside but the crowd were deprived of the close and competitive encounter they anticipated as Newport failed to arrive with a fully competitive side due to the non-availability of a number of their squad riders.
Aaron Smith and Greg Gluchowski dropped their only points to top Welsh star Mark Carmichael and it was good to see Leyton Glover return to the top flight with 4 race wins from reserve berth, but this was hardly the rehearsal that Poole needed for the visit of league leaders Wednesfield who will provide much sterner opposition in a fortnight’s time.
Div 2 - Poole 105 (64+41 p/pts) Newport 66 (Pete Chant 12 Chris Blundell 11+2 Callum Albin 11+2 Callum Smith 10 Jordan Bradford 9+1 Ben Tinsdale 9 Bethany Briggs 2)
May 10th - South West League
Poole Tigers 92 Swindon 100 Horspath 70
(Aaron Smith 23+1 Callum Albin 18+1 Leyton Glover 18 Chris Blundell 13+3 Callum Smith 12 Ben Tinsdale 7+1 Bethany Briggs 1)
Newport 101 Poole Comets 89 Exeter 79
Greg Gluchowski 22+2 Hayden Chant 18 Dean Hook 15 Jay Briggs 14 Pete Chant 14 Jordan Bradford 6).
Division 2 Poole 71 Swindon 63 (top 3 scorers count)
Div 2 - Under 13 Poole 37 Swindon 34 (Nathan Goulden 16 Mackenzie Briggs 14 Scott Rowles 7 also rode - Natalie Goulden 5)
Div 2 - Under 19 Poole 34 Swindon 29 (Callum Smith 14 Macie Schmidt 12 Fraser Garnett 8 - also rode Ben Tinsdale 8 Bethany Briggs 5 James Law 4)
May 3rd - Elite League
Sheffield 94 Poole 78 (Gav Wheeler 18 Arron Morgan 16 +1 Aaron Smith 14+1 Wil Bristowe 9 Dean Hook 7+1 Hayden Chant 7+1 Ben Donohue 4 Jay Briggs 3).
With Greg Gluchowski back in Poland on a family visit, Poole were further hampered by the absence of injured Steve Harris and Kieren Yeatman ......and 4 second half exclusions did not help their cause either. Even so this was a creditable result with Arron Morgan and Aaron Smith taking the scalp of British Champion Andy Angel. Unfortunately Ben Donohue took a heavy tumble in the penultimate race when battling hard - hopefully his injuries are not too serious.
Div 2: Sheffield 81 Poole 83 (Hayden Chant 17+2 Dean Hook 15 Jay Briggs 12+1 Callum Albin 19 Pete Chant 10 Jordon Bradford 4)
Both sides conceded penulty points in Division 2 but Poole just got the match verdict after a last heat decider - to stay unbeaten in 2015.
April 26th - South West League
Swindon 93 Newport 97 Poole Comets 72
(Hayden Chant 19 Dean Hook 17 Pete Chant 14 Jay Briggs 13 Jordan Bradford 6)
Horspath 75 Exeter 95 Poole Tigers 93
(Leyton Glover 16 Wil Bristowe 15+1 Callum Albin 14+2 Aaron Smith 14+1
Gav Wheeler 14+1 Arron Morgan 11 Callum Smith 9+1)
April 19th - Premier League
Horspath 89 (M.Paradzinski 17 L.Nowacki 15 M.Boaler 14, Z.Payne 12, L.Osborne 11, C.Timms 9, D.Harper 8, A.Johnson 5).
Poole 88 (Greg Gluchowski 20 Gavin Wheeler 16, Steve Harris 15 Dean Hook 12, Arron Morgan 11, Aaron Smith 8, Hayden Chant 4, Kieran Yeatman 2.
Div 2 - Horspath 60 Poole 92 (Wil Bristow 17 Jay Briggs 12 Hayden Chant 12 Callum Albin 11 Chris Blundell 11 Pete Chant 11).
April 12th - South West League
Poole Tigers 99 Horspath 68 Poole Comets 103
Tigers - Kieran Yeatman 17+1 Gavin Wheeler 16 Aaron Smith 14+2 Aaron Morgan 14 Callum Albin 14 Chris Blundell 12+2 Luke Armes 12.
Comets - Greg Gluchowski 22+1 Ben Donohue 20+1 Hayden Chant 18+3 Dean Hook 18+3 Jay Briggs 14+2 Pete Chant 11.
April 5th - South West League
Swindon 96 Exeter 93 Tigers 79 - Arron Morgan 22 Kyran Yeatman 18 Chris Blundell 15+1 Callum Albin 9+1 Luke Armes 8+1 Jordan Bradford 7.
Horspath 81 Comets 85 Newport 102 - Greg Gluchowski 28 Dean Hook 16 Hayden Chant 15 Pete Chant 9 Jay Briggs 8 Ben Donohue 8 Ryan Bollom 1
March 29th - South West League
The biggest ever change to the regional racing format saw the first ever 3 team league match featuring both Poole teams in action in the season's opener. Comets took the 3 points ahead of the Tigers with Greg Gluchowski notching 6 straight race wins. There were good performances from the whole Poole squad and whilst racing was competitive, the match was ridden in good spirit.
Exeter 83 Poole Tigers 89 Poole Comets 96
Tigers - Aaron Smith 20+1 Arron Morgan 17 Leyton Glover 16+4 Chris Blundell 16+1 Callum Albin 9+2 Luke Armes 9 Callum Smith 2
Comets - Greg Gluchowski 24 Hayden Chant 18+2 Dean Hook 15+3 Ben Donohue 15+2 Jay Briggs 14+2 Pete Chant 10.
Inter-club: Exeter 121 Poole 119
U13's: Maddie Saunders 16 Oli Saunders 14 Ryan Bollam 9 Scottie Rowles 4.
U19's: Jay Briggs 16 Callum Albin 13 Jordan Bradford 10 Macie Schmidt 8 Bethany Briggs 7 Fraser Garnett 7 Callum Smith 5.
Open: Colin Rowles 12 Neil Garnett 10 Mark Bollam 9.
23rd March Swindon v Poole SWL L90-88
30th March Poole v Southampton SWL W95-80
5th April BYJL Round 1 Exeter Winners
6th April WEDNESFIELD v POOLE EL L113-66
13th April Horspath v Poole SWL W 87-91
26th April BYJL Round 2 Poole Winners
27th April POOLE v IPSWICH EL L85-94
11th May Poole v Newport SWL L81-92
17th May BYJL Round 3 Horspath Winners
18th May Hellingly v Poole SWL W86-92
25th May Ade Gale "LAURELS"
31st May British Club Champs U13 2nd
1st June HORSPATH v POOLE EL L93-84
7th June BYJL Round 4 Newport Winners
8th June Poole v Horspath SWL W114-65
15th June SHEFFIELD v POOLE EL L98-78
22nd June Poole v Swindon SWL W107-73
28th June Poole v Exeter SWL W97-79
29th June POOLE v NEWPORT EL W102-72
5th July BYJL Round 5 Underwood Winners
6th July Exeter v Poole SWL W 83-94
13th July SW Individual Champs Swindon
20th July Exeter v Poole KO Cup W76-99
27th July POOLE v WEDNESFIELD EL W96-81
2nd Aug BYJL Round 6 Swindon Second
10th Aug Poole v Bury KO Cup W100-76
17th Aug Poole v Hellingly SWL W99-81
23-25 Aug British Indiv Champs (North Region)
31st Aug IPSWICH v POOLE EL W88-89
7th Sept Newport v Poole SWL L90-85
14th Sept POOLE v HORSPATH EL L84-95
21st Sept KO Cup Finals Exeter R/Up
27th Sept British U.19 Club Champs Poole R/Up
28th Sept POOLE v SHEFFIELD EL W91-86
4th Oct BYJL SW Finals Soton
5th Oct NEWPORT v POOLE EL W82-94
12th Oct GOLD CUP FINALS Poole Winners
19th Oct Poole v Southampton SWL
15th Nov PRESENTATION EVENING at CHAMPS BAR
2014 MATCH DETAILS
October 12th - GOLD CUP
Poole rounded off their South West season on a victorious note with this Gold Cup victory which went down to a last heat decider. All 30 races were keenly contested with fellow Elite clubs Horspath and Newport providing the strongest challenge. Greg Gluchowski and Aaron Smith were in sparkling and unbeaten form and Ben Donohue was only headed once by an opponant in his five races. With Horspath having completed their rides on 56 points, three ahead of the Comets, Poole only needed to draw the final heat with Exeter to snatch the trophy. Skipper Gluchowski duly obliged with his fifth straight win of the day and with Luke Armes clinching third place, the margin of victory extended to 3 points.
1. POOLE 59 (Greg Gluchowski 20 Aaron Smith 19+1 Ben Donohue 15+3 Dean Hook 3 Luke Armes 2)
2. HORSPATH 56 (Wayne Hutt 16+2 Mark Boaler 15+3 Andy Johnson 14 Zac Payne 11)
3. NEWPORT 50 (Ollie Sidwick 17 Mark Carmichael 16+1 Dan Bock 12 Chris Davies 5)
4. SOUTHAMPTON 43 (Gavin Wheeler 15+1 Nathan Harris 13 Hayden Chant 11 Pete Chant 9)
5. HELLINGLY 40 (Martyn Hollebon 16 Neil Hollebon 13 Jesse Moore 9+1 Jamie Cox 7)
6. EXETER 39 (Aaron Herbert 15 Rob Croal 11 Jack Herbert 8 Dan Winchester 5)
October 5th 2014 - Newport 82 Poole 94
This victory elevates the Comets to 3rd place in the table - their highest position of the season as the curtain comes down on the 2014 Elite campaign. Once again this was an all round team performance with the heat leader trio once again laying down a solid foundation. Ten up at the break, the closing heats were all about consolidating those two league points. Scorers - Gavin Wheeler 18+1 Steve Harris 17+2 Greg Gluchowski 16 Aaron Smith 15 Arron Morgan 11+1 Dean Hook 10+1 Ben Donohue 5+1 Hayden Chant 2.
Poole cemented their runners-up position in Division 2 with a convincing 59-91 victory - Jay Briggs 14+2 Callum Albin 14+1 Pete Chant 13+1 Wil Bristowe 11 Luke Armes 10+1 Brandon Hague 9+2.
September 28th 2014 - Poole 91 Sheffield 86
The close final scoreline masks a preverbial match of two halves in this final Elite League match of the season at Harbourside with Poole picking up their 4th victory of the season against a strong Stars line-up.
The Comets supplied every race winner before the break with Greg Gluchowski, Gavin Wheeler, Aaron Smith and Steve Harris dominating the procedings. Four race wins including two 7-3's left the scoreline on 51-36 at the break with Sheffield wondering what had hit them.
With inside grids after the break, the Stars began to adapt better to the track as skipper Gavin Parr notched a brace of wins and Polish Stars Zareba and Idziorek followed suit but Poole seemed content to share the heats and still lead by 13 with two heats to go.
A Jake Read/Andy Angell 7-3 in the penultimate race and another from Zareba/Idziorek in the final race gave a glimpse of how things might have been had the visitors started as well as they finished.
Poole once again forged a victory based on outstanding performances from Gluchowski, Harris and the simply masterful Wheeler while Sheffield packed in some good scores from their middle order.
The good weather attracted another healthy crowd which showed its appreciation for a superb and sportingly contested match - a fine advert for the Elite League and the sport of cycle speedway.
Greg Gluchowski 19 Gavin Wheeler 17 Steve Harris 15+1 Aaron Smith 13+1 Hayden Chant 9+1 Dean Hook 8+1 Arron Morgan 8 Luke Armes 4
Gavin Parr 15+2 Damien Zareba 15+2 Andy Angell 12+2 Bobby McMillan 12 Jake Read 11+1 Pawel Idziorek 11 Niall Morton 6+1 Adam Watson 4
POOLE 93 (58+35)
Jay Briggs 15+1 Callum Albin 14+1 Pete Chant 10
Brandon Hague 8 Callum Smith 6 Caris Glover 5+1
Gavin Parr 15+1 Adam Watson 13+2 Richard Hudson 13+1
Jake Read 11+2 Luke Morton 10 Niall Morton
September 27th 2014 British U.19 Club Championship
Ipswich 65 - Matt Hill 17 Charlie Rumbold 16 Richard Felgett 15 Ashley Hill 15 Pierce Bacon 2
Poole 59 - Aaron Smith 20 Arron Morgan 13 Wil Bristowe 13 Hayden Chant 7 Matt Mildon 6
East Park 47 - Brandon Whetton 18 Jamie Whetton 12 Lee Kemp 11 Jake White 5 Zac White 3
Wednesfield 45 - Ricky Johnson 15 Jordon Holdcroft 13 Harry Evriss 11 Connor Dyke 6
Stockport 42 - Matt Lush 16 Jack Lush 11 Jake Read 10 Connor Simpson 5
Exeter 35 - Jack Herbert 11 Robert Croal 11 Sam Riddle Lauren Hookway 3 Charlie Jane Herbert 3
September 21st Poole 93 Stockport 83 (KO Cup Semi-final)
Dean Hook 16+1 Gavin Wheeler 15+1 Aaron Smith 14+2 Matt Mildon 13+1
Hayden Chant 11+2 Wil Bristowe 10 Callum Albin 9 Luke Armes 5
KO Cup final - Poole 75 Wednesfield 103
Gavin Wheeler 17+1 Dean Hook 14 Aaron Smith 11+1 Wil Bristowe 11 Hayden Chant 7+1 Matt Mildon 6+1 Callum Albin 5+1 Luke Armes 4.
Poole contested 18 more races on KO Cup finals day than originally predicted by surprising themselves and many others with a victory against Stockport in their semi-final at Exeter. Fresh from a quarter final victory at Ipswich last month, the Northern League champions were expected to make the final against a depleted Comets team missing the services of Arron Morgan and Ben Donohue.
However, predictions went out of the window as the re-shuffled side turned up the heat mid-way through the match to earn a memorable victory. Level at 35-35 at heat 7, four maximum race wins in the next five established a commanding 19 point lead which left their opponants reeling. Although Stockport managed a 7-3 of their own in heat 13, a Poole victory was ensured with a 6-4 from inspirational skipper Gav Wheeler and Luke Armes in heat 15.
All eight riders played a full part in this hard fought victory with special credit to Matt Mildon for stepping in at short notice to fill one of the "gaps" and contributing a vital 13+1 to the winning total.
The same battling qualities were not enough in the final against trophy holders Wednesfield who comfortably held on to the cup with a 28 points win. However, Gav Wheeler once again entertained the crowd with another masterclass and the rest of the team gave 100% against the Aces "superstar" powerhouse which provided 15 of the 18 race winners.
As with last year against Horspath, there was an air of inevitability about the final with Wednesfield the obvious beneficiaries of the various rule changes regarding rider eligibility for this competition. Their supercharged team has a potential 20+ points advantage over any other UK team right now which is unlikely to change without de-stablizing transfers elsewhere. Still, they didnt make the rules so good luck and congratulations to them on their success!
So no KO cup win for Poole but pride in bucket loads!
September 14th Poole 84 Horspath 95
Greg Gluchowski 15 Arek Szymanski 14+2 Steve Harris 12 Gavin Wheeler 11+3 Dean Hook 11+1 Hayden Chant 11 Arron Morgan 7 Kyran Yeatman 3.
Division 2 117-66 Luke Armes 14+2 Brandon Hague 12+1 Pete Chant 11+1 Callum Albin 11 Callum Smith 9 Leyton Glover 7
September 7th Newport 90 Poole 85
Arek Szymanski 19 Greg Gluchowski 16 Dean Hook 13 Aaron Smith 11+3 Ben Donohue 11+1 Arron Morgan 8 Wil Bristowe 4 Luke Armes 3.
D2. 73-45 - Macie Schmidt 9 Callum Smith 8 Brandon Hague 7 Krissie Mines 6+1 Fraser Garnett 6 Cameron Hoff 5+1 Jay Briggs 3 Jordan Bradford 1
August 31st 2014 Ipswich 88 Poole 89
In their first ever league match, 40 seasons ago, Poole started their competitive life trailing by 3 points heading into heat 18. Fast forward to their Elite league match at Ipswich and here they were, 4 decades on in exactly the same situation and with exactly the same outcome..... a 7-3 maximum race win and a victory by the slenderest of margins. This time around the heroes were a brace of world champions in Steve Harris and Marcin Szymanski who held their nerve to seal a Comets victory which had appeared unlikely in the closing heats with two highly debatable refereeing decisions.
This was always going to be a close encounter against the young and talented host club who held a 45-44 interval lead after the two sides traded a series of 6-4 heats with Arron Morgan's somewhat harsh heat 7 exclusion the only contentious issue. Aaron Smith got the second half off to a good start with a race win with Dean Hook settling for a 3rd to put the Comets back in front by a point. Three more shared heats followed then Smith teamed up with Marcin Szymanski for another 6-4 and a 68-71 margin - the biggest gap between the teams all match!
Then the controversy kicked in as Ipswich were awarded a 7-2 in heat 15 after a last bend incident which resulted in an exclusion to Aaron Smith and the relegation of his team partner Arron Morgan from his legitimate 2nd place. Smith's exclusion was not contested but the loss of Morgan's 3 points was inexplicable. More controversy was to come in heat 16 when Dean Hook received his marching orders in what at worst seemed a 50:50 racing scenario. Skipper Greg Gluchowski kept his cool in the re-start but the 5-4 reversal saw the scoreline 85-82 as home supporters eagerly anticipated another 2 league points.
Steve and Marcin had other ideas and rode the perfect race with a strong first bend and a master class in team riding which allowed the home pairing no opportunity to mount a match winning challenge.
A great result for the Comets who after a slow start to the season, tasted their third consecutive Elite League victory.
Greg Gluchowski 19 Marcin Szymanski 18+1 Arek Szymanski 14+1 Steve Harris 12+1 Aaron Smith 11 Dean Hook 7 Arron Morgan 6+1 Ben Donohue 2
Man of the match Jay Briggs inspired Poole to a comfortable division 2 victory with five faultless unbeaten rides with good support from all his fellow team members in another hard fought victory against the East Anglians.
Scoreline 58 - 74 (Jay Briggs 18+2 Hayden Chant 17+1 Luke Armes 12+1 Ben Donohue 12+1 Pete Chant 9+3 Wil Bristow 6+1).
August 17th Poole 99 Hellingly 81
Greg Gluchowski 18+1 Eryk Misior 18 Ben Donohue 17 Aaron Smith 17
Luke Armes 10+4 Jay Briggs 7+1 Niall Instone 7 Colin Rowles 5
D2 41-38 Niall Instone 13+1 Jay Briggs 11+1 Brandon Hague 6+1 Jordan Bradford 5+1 Callum Smith 3+1 Fraser Garnett 3.
August 10th Poole 100 Bury 76
Although Hurricane Bertha blessed the match with gusty conditions, the morning deluge gave way to a bright afternoon on and off the track as the battle of the "Comets" provided a lively KO Cup quarter final encounter.
Three excellent first half wins from top visitor Ben Scranage kept the hosts honest at the interval with a 49-40 scoreline as Hayden Chant recovered from a last place in his opener to take two wins. A Hook/Donohue 7-2 in heat 11 opened up the margin but that was one of only three maximum returns for Poole, all of them coming when an opponant was excluded.
Dean Hook reeled off three second half race victories and Aaron Smith was back to his best for Poole who were missing four of their line-up from the previous round. Scranage and Parish were the best of the young visitors team but Ben was denied the chance of a 20 maximum in heat 17 when referee Steve Copping adjudged him guilty of bringing down Ben Donohue.
Poole 100 Bury 76 (Dean Hook 18 Aaron Smith 17 Gav Wheeler 16+1 Ben Donohue 14+3 Hayden Chant 13+2 Pete Chant 12+1 Jay Briggs 6 Niall Instone )
July 27th Poole 96 Wednesfield 81
These two cycle speedway giants have battled away with each other in just about every season since Poole opened up in 1975 and like so many of their encounters in the ensuing 40 years, this match followed a similar
pattern as the hosts were determined to avenge the heavy defeat they suffered at Ashmore park on the opening day of the Elite season.
The Comets supplied the opening three heat winners in Gav Wheeler, Arek Szymanski and Greg Gluchowski, but with Marcin Szymanski suffering a rare tumble the scoreline stood at 16-14 and the Aces seized the opportunity to pounce in heat 4 after Wheeler was ruled out at the tapes leaving Ben Donohue on the wrong end of a 7-2
behind Chris Jewkes and Roger Cox.
Ricky Johnson got the better of the home Morgan/Hook pairing moving the score to 23 - 26 but then Poole sprung to life with a run of four 7 - 3 maximums which left the visitors reeling at the interval as they trailed 51 - 37 with only Cox and Johnson able to win a race.
With the advantage of inside grids after the break, the Aces hoped for better as Matt Smith took heat 10 in some style but the powerful Szymanski pairing of Arek and Marcin notched another maximum which extended the Poole advantage to an almost unassailable 18 points and when this duo each won their 4th races, a feat matched by unbeaten skipper Greg Gluchowski, the league points were in the bag.
An over-exuberant pass by Arek Szymanski on Matt Smith in heat 17 spoiled the maximum hopes of the Polish star who found himself back in the pits and allowed the Aces to take the second of two race wins in the closing heats to prevent the Comets breaking their target of 100 points. Ricky Johnson won the final race by holding on to his advantage with
inches to spare against World champion Szymanski.
2014 Elite league honours finished up even between these two in a match which was a perfect shop window for the sport with a big holiday crowd at Harbourside enjoying the action. With Paul Heard still not ready for his return to the track the Aces were missing a vital cog while the Comets were very well balanced with the World number 1 back in their ranks!
Arek Szymanski 15+1 Greg Gluchowski 14+2 Marcin Szymanski 14+1 Arron Morgan 13 Steve Harris 13 Gavin Wheeler 11+2 Aaron Smith 7 Dean Hook 6+2 Ben Donohue 3
Chris Jewkes 13+1 Ben Mould 13 Matt Smith 12 Ricky Johnson 11 Lee Aris 10+2 Mark Griffiths 10+1 Roger Cox 9+1 Hayden Rowley 2 Glynn Rowley 1
Div 2 Poole 64 Wednesfield 62
If all Division 2 matches were like this one, nobody would ever think twice about their place in the racing schedules.
The current and previously unbeaten young Aces went head to head with the 2013 champions and from heat 3 onwards, there was never more than 2 points between the sides.
Lively early exchages saw Poole open with a Smith/Bristowe 7-3 followed by a 6-4 from Callum Albin and Luke Armes but the Aces were level with 2 heats as first Hayden Chant and then Wil Bristowe got their matching orders. In the next four shared heats there were wins for Chant and Smith for the hosts and Kemp and Evriss who were best for the visitors. This quartet would later feature in the match decider.
The Albin/Armes pairing put in another 6-4 in heat 9 to make it 44-42 but after two more shared heats, the Holcroft/Rowley duo notched a timely 6-4 of their own to square the match off at 58-58. Poole were thankful to have won the coin toss at the start of procedings and tracked Hayden Chant from gate 1 and Aaron Smith on 3 while the Aces skipper Harry Evriss took 2 leaving partner Lee Kemp on 4.
The classic two races in one soon developed with Evriss desperately trying to keep pace with speedy Chant while Kemp tried in vain to find a way past the ever vigilant Smith. A thrilling end to a brilliant match and indeed to a great day's racing at Harbourside.
Aaron Smith 16+1 Callum Albin 14 Hayden Chant 13+1 Jay Briggs 7+1
Luke Armes 7+1 Wil Bristowe 6 Niall Instone 1
Harry Evriss 14+2 Lee Kemp 11 Dave Meanley 10 Jordan Holcroft 9
Hayden Rowley 8+2 Connor Dyke 7 Carl Parfitt 3
July 20th Exeter 76 Poole 99 (KO Cup)
Dean Hook 17+1 Ben Donohue 15+4 Aaron Smith 8+3 Wil Bristowe 14+1 Arron Morgan 19+1 Hayden Chant 13 Luke Armes 10+1 Pete Chant 3.
July 6th Exeter 83 Poole 94
Greg Gluchowski 20 Arek Szymanski 19+1 Arron Smith 17 Dean Hook 12 Jake Williams 8 Ben Donohue 6 Luke Armes 6 Wil Bristowe 6
D2 64-56 Chris Blundell 11+1 Jordan Bradford 6 Sandra Tamborska 5 Callum Smith 2 Jay Briggs 13 Fraser Garnett 2 Caris Glover 2 Callum Albin 15 +1
C.Smith 6 J.Bradford 5 C.Albin 14 B.Briggs 5 + 1 J.Briggs 12 F.Garnett 3 C.Glover 2
June 29th Poole 102 Newport 72
Greg Gluchowski 17+1 Gav Wheeler 14+4 Dean Hook 14 Arek Szymanski 13+1 Arron Morgan 12+2 Ben Donohue 11+1 Aaron Smith 11+1 Steve Harris 10+3.
D2 64(+50ppts) 114-66 Luke Armes 14 Hayden Chant 13 Callum Albin 12+1 Jay Briggs 10 Jake Williams 8+1 Chris Blundell 7+2
June 28th Poole 97 Exeter 79
Greg Gluchowski 17+3 Arek Szymanski 14+2 Dean Hook 14+1 Ben Donohue 14+1 Wil Bristowe 14 Callum Albin 12 Jay Briggs 7+1 Chris Blundell 5
Div 2 62 - 58
Jake Williams 16 Niall Instone 14 Jay Briggs 12 Callum Albin 7+1 Jordan Bradford 4 George Lindfield 4 Bethany Briggs 3 Caris Glover 2
Conference League 50 - 70
Niall Instone 11+1 Callum Albin 11+1 Jay Briggs 11 Fraser Garnett 6 Sandra Tambourska 5 Chloe Albin 3 Jordan Bradford 2 Nathan Goulden 1
June 22nd Poole 107 Swindon 73
Arek Szymanski 20 Arron Morgan 19 Dean Hook 18+1 Ben Donohue 15+2
Aaron Smith 13+4 Luke Armes 9 Wil Bristowe 7+2 Chris Blundell 6+1
D2 63-55 Callum Albin 15 Jake Williams 14+2 Kyran Yeatman 12 Jay Briggs 10 Callum Smith 8 Fraser Garnett 2 Chloe Albin 1 Caris Glover 1
June 15th Sheffield 98 Poole 78
Greg Gluchowski 16 Arek Szymanski 14 Steve Harris 13 Arron Morgan 9 Gavin Wheeler 9 Dean Hook 8 Aaron Smith 8 Luke Armes 1
D2 Sheffield 68 Poole 70 Callum Albin 17 Wil Bristowe 15 Sandra Tambourska 9 Luke Armes 8 Chris Blundell 8 Jay Briggs 7.
June 8th Poole 114 Horspath 65
Ben Donohue 20 Dean Hook 16+2 Aaron Smith 15+4 Wil Bristowe 15+3 Luke Armes 14+4 Arron Morgan 14+1 (4) Jay Briggs 11+2 Callum Albin 9+2
D2 76 - 42 George Lindfield 16 Chris Blundell 15+1 Callum Smith 13+1 Fraser Garnett 12+3 Caris Glover 10+3 Jordan Bradford 10+2
June 1st Horspath 93 Poole 84
Gavin Wheeler 18+1 Greg Gluchowski 18 Dean Hook 15 Arron Morgan 7+1
Wil Bristowe 7 Dave Murphy 6+1 Ben Donohue 6 Hayden Chant 6 Callum Albin 1
D2 Horspath 73 Poole 91 Callum Albin 15 Luke Armes 14+1 Pete Chant 12+2 Hayden Chant 11+2 Wil Bristowe 10 Jay Briggs 8+3 (+21 p/pts)
May 19th Hellingly 86 Poole 92
Greg Gluchowski 18 Dean Hook 15+1 Ben Donohue 13+4 Leyton Glover 12+2 Callum Albin 12 Luke Armes 11 Chris Blundell 6 Jay Briggs 5
May 12th Poole 81 Newport 92
Arron Morgan 11, Luke Armes 4+1 Leyton Glover 9+2 Wil Bristow 8, Aaron Smith 17+1, Ben Donohue 12, Jay Briggs 7+1 Dean Hook 13
D2 Poole 62-56 Callum Albin 13 Fraser Garnett 9 Chris Blundell 13 Jordan Bradford 6 Kyran Yeatman 16 Callum Smith 3 George Lindfield 2.
April 28th Poole 85 Ipswich 94
Arron Morgan 18 Gav Wheeler 12+2 (4) Leyton Glover 12 Aaron Smith 11+2 Dave Murphy 11+1 (4) Luke Armes 8 (4) Wil Bristow 7 (4) Hayden Chant 6+1
D2 68-87 - Callum Albin 11 Jay Briggs 10 Dean Hook 9 Fraser garnett 4 Callum Smith 4 Haydn Rowles 3 Caris Glover 2.
April 14th Horspath 87 Poole 91
Arron Morgan 20 Greg Gluchowski 16 Leyton Glover 14+2 Aaron Smith 12+2 Luke Armes 9+1 Wil Bristow 9 Callum Albin 7 Jay Briggs 4+1
Div 2 56 - 72 (inc 9 p/pts) - Callum Smith 1 Fraser Garnett 11+2 Jordan Bradford 11+2 Chloe Albin 11 Caris Glover 8+2 George Lindfield 7+2
April 7th Wednesfield 113 Poole 66 (EL)
Greg Gluchowski 13 Steve Harris 13 Leyton Glover 9+1 Kieran Yeatman 8+1 Hayden Chant 8 Aaron Smith 8 Wil Bristowe 5 Luke Armes 2
Div 2 86-43 - Callum Albin 10 Luke Armes 8+1 Jay Briggs 8 Pete Chant 7+1 Sandra Tambourska 6 Caris Glover 4
March 30th Poole 95 Southampton 80 (SWL)
Aaron Smith 14+3 Leyton Glover 14+2 Ben Donohue 12+2 Kieran Yeatman 12+2 Wil Bristowe 12 Jay Briggs 11+3 Arron Morgan 11 Luke Armes 9.
Div.2 Poole 50 Southampton 30 - Callum Albin 11+1 George Lindfield 10+1 Callum Smith 9+1 Jordan Bradford 8+1 Chris Blundell 7+1 Fraser Garnett 5+2.
March 23rd Swindon 91 Poole 89 (SWL)
Kieran Yeatman 18, Arron Morgan 14, Aaron Smith 13+1, Leyton Glover 13, Wil Bristowe 12+1, Ben Donohue 11+1, Luke Armes 6+2, Callum Albin 2).
Div. 2 Swindon 53 Poole 67 - Jay Briggs 15, Niall Instone 13+2, Fraser Garnett 11, Chris Blundell 11, Callum Smith 7, George Lindfield 4, Chloe Albin 4 Bethany Briggs 2).
U.16 Conference Swindon 56 Poole 63 - Callum Albin 14 Jay Briggs 13 Niall Instone 9 Fraser Garnett 8 George Lindfield 7 Chloe Albin 5 Callum Smith 5 Bethany Briggs 3.
FINAL ELITE LEAGUE TABLE 2013
P W D L For Against plus/minus TOTAL
POOLE 10 9 0 1 956 808 148 18
Horspath 10 8 0 2 953 800 153 16
Wednesfield 10 5 0 5 910 832 78 10
Sheffield 10 5 0 5 851 899 -48 10
Ipswich 10 3 0 7 850 901 -51 6
Birmingham 10 0 0 10 736 1016 -280 0
(For Match Reports, scroll down)
24th Mar Exeter v Poole SWL W72-107
31st Mar Poole v Southampton SWL W97-79
6th April BYJL Rd 1 - E.Newport (See Juniors page) Winners
7th April Swindon v Poole SWL W69-108
14th April IPSWICH v POOLE Elite W78-99
21st April Underwood v Poole SWL Conf D58-58
27th April BYJL Rd 2 - Exeter (See Juniors page) Winners
28th April POOLE v BIRMINGHAM Elite W106-71
4th May British Under 10 Championship (Poole) Third
6th May British Under 13 Championship (Exeter) Fourth
12th May OXFORD v POOLE Elite W88-89
18th May BYJL Rd 3 - Poole Winners
19th May Hellingly v Poole SWL W88-90
26th May "LAURELS" Winner Greg Gluchowski
2nd June Poole v Horspath SWL W95-82
8th June BYJL Rd 4 - Southampton Winners
9th June WOLVERHAMPTON v POOLE Elite W80-97
16th June Poole v Coventry Jnr Challenge W93-87
16th June HULL v POOLE BTC Rd.1 W75-103
22nd June British Under 16 Championship (Ipswich) Third
23rd June Poole v Swindon SWL W105-71
30th June POOLE v SHEFFIELD Elite W98-79
7th July Newport v Poole SWL L92-87
13th July BYJL Rd 5 - Newport Winners
14th July Leicester V Poole BTC Rd2 W73-107
20th Aug BYJL National Rd 1 (E.Anglia) Details on Juniors page
21st July Horspath v Poole SWL L90-89
28th July POOLE v IPSWICH Elite W95-79
3rd Aug British Vets Championship (Norwich) Second
4th Aug Poole v Hellingly SWL W94-83
10th Aug BYJL National Rd 2 (Midlands) Details on Juniors Page
11th Aug BIRMINGHAM v POOLE Elite W77-98
17th Aug British U19 Championship (Sheffield) Second
18th Aug Poole v Exeter SWL W107-72
26th Aug British Individual Finals (Coventry) Details on News page
31st Aug BYJL National Rd 3 (E.Newport) Details on Juniors Page
1st Sept POOLE v OXFORD Elite L83-92
7th Sept BYJL Rd 6 - Horspath Winners
15th Sep Poole v Newport SWL L75-105
22nd Sep POOLE v WOLVERHAMPTON Elite W92-85
28th Sep BYJL National Rd 4 (North)
6th Oct SHEFFIELD v POOLE Elite W79-99
12th Oct BYJL S.West Finals - Swindon
6th October 2013 SHEFFIELD 79 POOLE 99
Poole won their crucial last match of the season and were crowned champions following a superb team performance....details to follow.
(Marcin Szymanski 20 Greg Gluchowski 16 Thomas Reed 14 Steve Harris 12 Matiej Ganczarek 12 Leyton Glover 10 Aaron Smith 8 Arron Morgan 7.)
Press release posted on News page
29th September 2013
Gold cup at Newport - Newport 75 Hellingly 58 Poole 53 Exeter 52
(Arron Morgan 20 Aaron Smith 17 Callum Albin 9+2 Leyton Glover 6 Callum Smith 1)
22nd September 2013 Poole 92 Wednesfield 85
Two well balanced teams bursting with talent put on a superb exhibition of top class cycle speedway at Harbourside Park where the home side just had the edge after the opening race, to collect the two points that leaves them in the driving seat in the race for the Elite League title.
The Aces opened with a 6-4 from inside gates with Paul Heard outpacing Thomas Read before a sublime double pass by Maciej Ganczarek and Marcin Szymanski on Lee Aris gave Poole a lead which they did not relinquish for the remainder of the match. The lead was increased with a heat 3 win from the excellent Greg Gluchowski with Ben Mould trailing in last after a good pass by Steve Harris.
The next two races were shared with trademark wins for Paul Heard and Thomas Reed before another 6-4 from the Gluchowski and his partner Harris who relegated another big scalp in Lee Aris to the back of the field.
The colours of Paul Heard were lowered for the first time in the match by Marcin Szymanski in a Poole 6-4 in heat 8 but the interval advantage was trimmed back to 48-42 in heat 9 when Lee Aris teamed up with Ricky Johnson for a 6-4 of their own.
After the break, home skipper Gluchowski continued his winning ways with another win before the Wroclaw duo of Szymanski and Ganczarek banged in another maximum after a robust challenge by the European champion on Ben Mould who picked up his second last place in three races. Tapes exclusions for Arek Szymanski and Mark Griffiths left Lee Aris to head home Thomas Reed in the resulting match race.
Another well judged move by Gluchowski from gate 4 saw him speed past Paul Heard in heat 13 to square the race followed by a 6-4 in heat 14 which saw the Comets now 74-63 to the good. Heat 15 was shared as Ben Mould recovered his poise to hold on from fast charging Maciej Ganczarek while Arron Morgon turned the tables on Ricky Johnson after an earlier misfortune.
Late fightbacks between these two giants are the rule rather than the exception and in todays encounter it was the turn of the Aces to make the home side sweat after a superb Heard/Griffiths 7-3 in heat 16. Ben Mould headed Marcin Szymanski in the penultimate race as the Polish star had to be at his tactical best to prevent Lee Aris from joining his partner for another maximum score as the Aces narrowed the gap to 5 points.
Matiej Ganczarek rounded off a fine performance to win heat 18 while partner Gluchowski dropped his first point in the match after a scintilating four laps of action with Chris Jewkes. This was a sportingly contested affair, well handled by referee Robin Spicer who allowed the match to flow freely and without controversy.
Poole now face the difficult trip to Sheffield to round off their season where a draw or a win will enable them to wrest the league title from 2012 champions, Horspath.
Greg Gluchowski 18 Maciej Ganczarek 17 Marcin Szymanski 17 Thomas Reed 13 Steve Harris 10
Leyton Glover 6 Arek Szymanski 6 Arron Morgan 5
Greg Gluchowski bt Paul Heard
Poole 83 Wednesfield 60
Wil Bristowe 13 Oli Sidwick 13 Hayden Chant 10 Jay Briggs 9 Pete Young 8 Niall Instone 8 Chris Blundell 5 Fraser Garnett 4 (+13p/pts)
Referee - Robin Spicer.
15th September 2013 Poole 75 Newport 105
With League honours already decided and runners-up position already secured, Poole tracked a SWL "future team" with four Div 2 riders promoted into action against the strong Welsh visitors. Although the outcome was never in doubt, there were plenty of encouraging signs in an entertaining match which was hampered by the weather with strong winds and driving rain marring the occasion.
Poole 75 Newport 105
Arron Morgan 14 Callum Albin 12 Kyran Yeatman 12 Wil Bristowe 11
Leyton Glover 10 Chris Blundell 6 Niall Instone 6 Jay Briggs 4
Division 2 - Poole 56 Newport 60
Kyran Yeatman 10 Chris Blundell 8 Callum Smith 8 Fraser Garnett 7
Niall Instone 7 Jay Briggs 7 Jordan Bradford 6 Caris Glover 3.
Conference League - Poole 71 Newport 49
Jay Briggs 15 Callum Smith 14 Niall Instone 10 Fraser Garnett 8
Krissie Mines 7 Callum Albin 7 Aaron Smith 7 Jordan Bradford 3
8th September 2013 KO CUP Report
This weekend the senior team is off to Wolverhampton to race in the semi-finals of the national KO cup at East Park. The matches are;-
11am Newport v Wednesfield and 1pm Poole v ....you've guessed it
Horspath! Seconds out did someone say. Good luck to the Poole team - or at least better "luck" than last week!
Team selected from the senior/junior league squad - Sam Hearn, Ben Donohue, Steve Harris, Chris Shylock, Oli Sidwick, Matt Mildon, Phil Howells, Pete Young, Luke Armes, Leyton Glover, Aaron Smith, Wil Bristowe, Chris Shylock, Arron Morgan, Chris Blundell, Rob Haywood, Jay Briggs, Niall Instone, Callum Albin and Colin Rowles. As this is classed as a British Championship event, non-British nationals are not eligible to race...even those who reside here, work and pay their taxes! Still that's 20 riders to select from and another 20 juniors racing in the BYJL at Horspath on Saturday. Busy times!
Match report.....no new plot here, just the same one as 7 days ago. Poole make a good start and go into the lead then along comes some decidedly questionable decisions and bang, the team is left facing an uphill struggle.
A great 7-3 from Phil and Steve set us up in the opener before Pete and Arron sat in for a good 5-5 off outside grids. Heat 3 saw Aaron and Leyton holding a heat advantage over Boaler no less until the Hammer man crashed into Aaron on the last bend. By his own admission after the match, Mark was honest enough to admit he should have been excluded but the referee saw it the other way and excluded the hapless Smithie. Now where have we seen that before!
What should have been a 19-8 lead became 15-12 and after 2 more Horspath race wins it was 31-26. In heat 5, Phil Howells was clearly rammed and caused to fall without penalty befalling the Horspath culprit. Step up Poole's rider of the match Leyton Glover to engineer a 7-3 with parter Aaron to make it 34-33. All that good work was undone in heat 8 when Steve Harris was excluded at the tapes in highly controversial circumstances. BC cameraman Andy Whitehouse was right next to the tapes and caused his camera to inadvertently click at the vital moment for which he immediately apologised to the referee and riders.
Rules allow discretion for noise distraction but the ref chose not to
do so......but was there ever a clearer case! This was becoming another one of those days. Horspath accepted their ridiculous good fortune to lead by 6 at the break and that was the gap up to heat 15 when the score stood 75-69. Then Steve and Arron M notched a great 7-3 to make it 78-76. Pete and Aaron S could only manage a 5-5 in heat 17 so it was 83-81 with one to go.
Phil and Leyton faced the Hammers top two - Boaler and Rudman off gates 2&4 and despite a great gate from LG from 4, Boaler just held on after a spirited challenge from the Poole duo. Another tense last heat decider between us and Horspath in a match where the best team lost due to questionable officiating....two weeks running.
Footnote to the question posed on SOL......did the clicking camera change the result....a probable 6-4 or 5-5 became a 7-0! Do the maths.)
Score - Horspath 88 Poole 86 (Leyton Glover 18 Arron Morgan 15 Steve Harris 13+1 Aaron Smith 12+1 Pete Young 11+3 Phil Howells 8+1 Wil Bristowe 5 Oli Sidwick 4.)
1st September 2013 Poole 83 Oxford 92
Minus the services of three key riders, Poole were always going to be vulnerable to a determined Horspath side which was at full strength for the return fixture at a packed Harbourside Park.
However for much of the first half, the home side built up a steady lead thanks to three 6-4's in the first four heats only to suffer a 7-3 reversal just before the break which brought it back to 46-44. From that point onwards, things went steadily downhill for the hosts who suffered 4 crucial exclusions in 9 second half heats from referee Colin Simmons.
First Arron Smith was ruled out in heat 10 when Poole looked to have a 6-4 in the bag and Horspath grabbed a 6-3 in the re-start. Two heats later Arek Szymanski was ruled out when dicing for the lead with Jack Harrold and once again the Hammers capitalised with a 7-2 to lead 57-61.
Jack Harrold was also involved in the next incident in heat 15 when Poole were on to a 7-3 from Steve Harris and Arron Smith. Harrold and Smith clashed and the home rider got his marching orders for the second time in the match. With the race restarted, it was the Hammers who were able to take another 7-2 to lead by an almost invincible 8 points.
Glover and Glluchowski teamed up for a heat 17 7-3 over Boaler to give Poole an outside chance of squaring the match as the scoreline moved to 81-85 but with the powerful Nowacki/Carmichael pairing off inside gates it looked a long shot which disappeared completely when Thomas Reed found himself back in the pits after a robust tussle with the Welshman.
Horspath with two defeats, know they must win their remaining 2 matches and hope that Poole slip up again. They have the easier run-in against Birmingham and Ipswich while Poole entertain Wednesfield in 3 weeks hoping that Marcin Szymanski and Gavin Wheeler will be back in action after their recent injuries for they were both sorely missed on todays' performance....as was an impartial man in the middle!
Greg Gluchowski 17 Arek Szymanski 14 Thomas Reed 13 Phil Howells 12
Leyton Glover 10 Steve Harris 8 Arron Morgan 8 Aaron Smith 1
Mark Carmichael 18 Jack Harrold 16 Mark Boaler 15 Lukasz Nowacki 15
Matty Szymczak 9 Sean Rudman 9 Zac Payne 5 Lewis Bates 5
Poole remain at the top of the Division 2 table with a hard fought win against a tough looking Hammers line-up with Oli Sidwick and Hayden Chant once again providing the spearhead. Pete Young and Ben Donohue were drafted in to provide reinforcements against Horspath's Stoke based trio and Kieren Yeatman answered the call to replace injured Wil Bristowe who could be out of action for several more weeks.
Poole 69 Horspath 61
Oli Sidwick 13 Hayden Chant 13 Pete Young 12 Kieren Yeatman 11 Ben Donohue 8 Callum Albin 7 Jay Briggs 4 Niall Instone 1
Footnote: Victories in their last 2 matches in D1 & D2 will see the teams crowned as champions! Match highlights of the D1 match against Horspath can be seen using Rob Haywood's Vimeo page or use this link -
(Judging by Robs film evidence of heat 18 and the excellent heat 12 action shot in the Evening Echo, the vociferous crowd reaction to the exclusions suffered by Arek and Thomas seem more than understandable!)
Defending champions Poole in action at Sheffield - facing East Park, Stockport and Exeter in their semi-final at 1.30pm. Top two will qualify for the final where they meet the top two from the first semi which features Wednesfield, Sheffield, Bury and Ipswich.
In the other semi-final Ipswich and Wednesfield were the two qualifiers as expected. The final went down to the wire with Ipswich just edging home by 2 points - scoreline Ipswich 43 Poole 41 Stockport 37 Wednesfield 37. Scorers - Aaron Smith 14 Leyton Glover 12 Arron Morgan 11 Oli Sidwick 3 Wil Bristowe 1.
After the break, Poole turned on the style to stretch their lead despite two more exclusions. Phil Howells came back well on borrowed equipment and Aaron Smith turned in a fine performance from the reserve berth. Once again a fine all-round team performance which sees Poole keep their unbeaten record at the top of the table. (Match report on British Cycling website....Spokesman online is on holiday!)
With a full 7 rider line-up, Poole's top of the table Division 2 team recorded a handsome victory with Fraser Garnett and Jay Briggs joining the match after a stopover from yesterdays' BYJL racing at Leicester. Great enthusiasm or what!!!
Poole steadily built up a half time lead of 12 points with 3 heat maximums but that advantage was halved in heat 13 when first Arek Szymanski then Leyton Glover were excluded leaving the visitors with a 7-0! The scores were kept close in the second half with the Lions making full use of tactical rides for their top three riders and claiming inside gates.
Neil Hollebon reeled off four wins but his colours were lowered by fast gating Aaron Smith in heat 17 and again by Arek Szymanski with a well judged pass in the final race. Once again a healthy crowd assembled for this one and enjoyed a lively match which both sets of riders contributed to.
The quintet of Steve Harris, Pete Young, Chris Shylock, Rob Haywood and Colin Rowles will be in action at Norwich today in the BCC 40+ competition. Details from their 2pm qualifying round will be posted here first....Poole qualify for final......scores Poole 50 Kesgrave 45 Northumbria 40 Astley 25.
A good result for the Poole Vets team with Pete Young proving to be the stand out rider of the day with 5 race wins. Only two exclusions at the beginning and end of the match prevented the team from going one better. Steve Harris got his marching orders in his opening ride but the team rode back into contention and were set to draw level with Leicester in the final race with Chris Shylock leading until he found himself unluckily excluded for a racing infringement.
The old sporting cliche about a match of two halves certainly applied to this sporting encounter as top of the table Poole scorched to a 24 point interval advantage only for the Suffolk club to hit back in the closing stages to take the second half by an 8 point margin.
Poole provided every race winner before the break with two apiece for Arron Morgan and Leyton Glover pleasing the home crowd while Marcin Paradinski and Thomas Reed showed some deft team riding skills.
Exclusions to Adam Peck and Jordie Stant did not help the Eagles' cause in the opening exchanges but after the interval their fortunes were transformed. With the added advantage of gates 1 & 3 they launched something of a fightback which started in heat 11 when Lewis Osborne became the first rider this season to head home Poole skipper Greg Gluchowski. Lewis Roberts followed his example with a win in a drawn heat 12 and Adam Peck took a win in the following race which saw Arron Morgan take a heavy tumble.
The all Polish pairing of Gluchowski and Paradinski were a class act in heat with a 7-3 ahead of Lewis Osborne but from that moment onwards, the visitors won all four of the closing races. Heat 15 was re-run after Pete Young picked up a rare exclusion leaving Steve Harris to split the Fellgett/Rumbold combination. Lewis Roberts hit the deck hard in heat 16 after tangling with Thomas Reed and again it was the home man controversially adjudged the guilty party leaving Roberts the clear winner of the re-run for another 6-3.
In the penultimate heat, Richard Fellgate added an impressive second win to his scorechart ahead of Wil Bristowe who well justified his two senior races from the number 9 slot. More drama in the final race when Arek Szymanski moved on grid 1 leaving Steve Harris to fend for himself once again as the Eagles wrapped up with another 6-3, giving a respectable look to the final scoreline.
Although there was only ever going to be one outcome, Ipswich must be credited with playing their part in an entertaining match before an excellent holiday crowd which included World Speedway champion Chris Holder who was bowled over by the quality of the racing and especially the physical nature of the sport! Chris's young son Max enthralled the crowd when he took to the track for a cameo "start" on his strider bike. Another Clubnight recruit maybe?
A depleted team line-up put up a great battle at the village circuit but fell short by just a single point after trailing by 7 at the interval. A timely 7-3 by Arek Szymanski and Wil Bristowe brought the team within a point of the Hammers in heat 17 but with Mark Boaler off gate 1 in the final heat, a share of the spoils from Chris Shylock and Leyton Glover was the best Poole could hope for.
After their victory at Hull in round 1 of the British team championship, Poole travel to Leicester today for their round 2 match hoping to win a place in the semi-finals which will be staged at Wolverhampton (East Park) on 8th September.
The hot conditions did not deter Poole from scorching through to the semi-finals of the British KO cup....effectively the FA Cup of cycle speedway! An eventful heat 8 saw the home side pick up a 7-0 after Steve Harris moved at the tapes and Aaron Smith picked up a racing exclusion, much to the surprise of most of those present!
This setback did not deter Aaron who went on to complete 4 wins from his other 4 rides as the Comets piled on the points. Arron Morgan was unbeaten by a home rider but essentially this was a day for team racing and Poole had all the answers from 1 to 8!
Trailing by 13 at the interval and with the middle order riders looking decidedly second best compared with their opposite numbers, Poole pulled out all the stops in the second half to force a last heat decider which seemed most unlikely given earlier events!
Arek Szymanski justified his inclusion as one of two A graded riders and almost went throught the card from 6 starts with only Jack Harrold able to better him. Tactical moves after the break spawned the recovery back to 86-83 after 17 races and when Arron Morgan lead heat 18, the improbable looked possible until Mark Carmichael seized on a momentary slip while Wil Bristowe was anchored at the back.
Good fight back but the team gave themselves too much to do after earlier schoolboy errors! Unluckiest rider? Pete Young.....dont see his name in the scorers? Correct...he couldnt ride because of unecessary and prejudicial rules! More of that later in an editorial note (Below).
Imagine Murray having to play Djokovic with one hand tied behind his back. This match was something akin thanks not to what happened on the track but at the January S.West League meeting. Here's why - A proposal to apply the rider grading system only to matches between the top clubs and the lower order clubs had been passed by a majority (email) vote but the outcome was not accepted by the League chairman. When it was re-proposed, "dire consequences" were threatened and the vote was then lost meaning that gradings applied in all matches.
Bear in mind Poole is always harshly dealt with by system and is the only club where riders are regularly prevented from racing as a result. Such was the case today with Pete Young having to sit on the sidelines. Newport were able to track their top 8 available riders for the big match, and Poole were not. On track, to be fair they were the better team and deserved their win but do remember they are effectively a combination of 2 successful 2012 SWL teams and yet unaffected by gradings so maybe on reflection the victory was a little hollow. As for the grading system itself? Taxi!!
Any fears that this top of the table clash would not live up to all the pre-match hype were quickly dispelled in a series of breathtaking opening exchanges which kept a healthy sized Harbourside crowd on the edge of their seats.
Thomas Reed opened up procedings with an impressive win while partner Gav Wheeler battled with Andy Angell for four laps before they tangled allowing Ryan Hoyland to slip past them and snatch second place. Marcin Szymanski trailed Jamie Ball for a lap in the next before completing a trademark turbo-charged pass with his namesake - new boy Arek handily placed ahead of fellow countryman Izdoriak for another 6-4.
Bartosz Giezma led heat 3 from the tapes but Comets captain Gluchowski powered by for an impressive win with partner Steve Harris riding a sensible third to split the two Stars. A classic Gavin Wheeler first bend saw him outfox the Hoyland/Stephenson pairing for a drawn heat 4 while heat 5 was similarly split after Andy Angell could get nowhere near Thomas Reed in heat 5. Scoreline 28-22.
Heat 6 was a classic with Idziorek fast away from the tapes and Gluchowski in hot pursuit until he saw the smallest of gaps on the final bend to squeeze through and in the process creating just enough space for team partner Harris to join him for a loudly acclaimed 7-3. Gavin Wheeler was ruled out at the tapes in heat 7 but Thomas Reed made short work of the Stars duo in the re-start to notch his third staright win. Poole now held a nine point lead and had supplied every heat winer but in heat 8, Andy Angell unveiled his British Champion credentials with an exciting win ahead of Marcin Szymanski.
The margin remained at 9 points at the interval after another share of the spoils with Arron Morgan capitalising on a gap created by team partner Phil Howells who was unlucky not to split the fiesty Idziorek/Stephenson pairing. Comets captain Gluchowski opened up the second half with another win in a shared heat 10 before a startling heat 11 saw a sudden changed in fortunes for the visitors in a race where the home side held a 7-3 until Arek Szymanski picked up an exclusion when Adam Stephenson hit the deck while challenging for second place.
Matt Smith won the re-start and try as he might Marcin Szymanski could not find a way past Stephenson who, lets just say, used every inch of the track to ensure a morale boosting 7-2 win and an altogether different scoreline of 56-52! The pendulum swung back the other way in heat 12 when Jamie Ball got his marching orders after an unfair challenge on Wheeler just as he was settling into a 7-3 with partner Reed. As so often happens, the Poole pair fared less well in the re-start as Idzoriak sped away impressivly but Devon Express Reed reeled him in and was roundly applauded for his scintilating fourth win of the day.
Greg Gluchowski matched Reed for race wins in heat 13 while partner Harris earned his corn with a well judged third place ahead of Angell. Bartosz Giemza rounded off his afternoon with a win ahead of hard charging Arek Szymanski in a shared heat 14 and with the scoreline 73-64, the Stars had an urgent need to shine in heat 15 if they were to get anything from the meeting. However, it was the home duo who were fired up, none moreso than Marcin Szymanski who levelled his private score with Stephenson and shepherded team partner home for a match winning 7-3 into the bargain.
Thomas Reed duly completed his 20 maximum in heat 16 and Pawel Idziorek rounded off an up and down performance with an excellent win in the penultimate race of the day. With the destiny of the Elite points now beyond question, there were still two pressing issues to resolve with Gluchowski just a race win away from matching Thomas Reed's tally while Euro champ Szymanski had a score to settle with British champ Angell. Both issues favoured the Comets as they surged passed the Sheffield captain to generate another big response from an appreciative crowd who had just witnessed another Harbourside epic!
Poole maintained their 100% record in the South West League with a comprehensive victory at the expense of Swindon who battled gamely for the first half of the match but wilted under relentless pressure in the closing heats. After 13 heats, the scoreline stood at 72-57 but Poole hammered in four 7-3 maximum wins in the last five heats.
A visiting rider was only able to win one of the 18 heats while seven of the home side shared the remainding race wins to underline their supremacy. There was an encouraging performance from Chris Blundell who made his first team debut after just 3 months of competitive racing.
Another long distance trip sees the Poole Under 16 team in action at Ipswich in Round 3 of the BCC. The semi-final draw pitched our team against South Coast rivals Hellingly and Exeter plus East Midlanders Leicester. After taking an early lead, the interval score stood at Poole 26 Hellingly 23 Exeter 15 Leicester 15.
In the second half, Poole continued to hold a slender advantage until hit by a double whammy when first Callum Albin took a tumble and then Aaron Smith picked up an exclusion in the final race to let Hellingly in as round winners by two points. Fortunately, the top 2 teams go though to the final so the ill-fortune did not impede our progress!
Poole arrived at Hessle, for the first round of the British knockout cup, well refreshed after their overnight stay in nearby Doncaster. On a fine day Hull started well and the first four heats were drawn with Poole accustoming themselves to the raceway. The visitors made a breakthrough in the next two heats with maximums to Aaron Smith/Sam Hearn and then Aaron Morgan/Will Bristowe before Hull steadied the ship with three more drawn heats before the interval.
Poole extended their eight point lead when Hull's Dominic Bent split Will Bristowe and Sam Hearne and then Leyton Glover just held off Andy Angell in a classic heat 11 encounter. The following race gave the home side some hope when a fall to Aaron Morgan let Adam Stephenson/Sam Schofield in for a 6-4 in what was to prove their only heat advantage of the day.
Poole then took complete control as firstly Dominic Bent picked up an ankle injury at the start of heat 13 then Andy Angell and Sam Schofield received tape exclusions in heats 15 and 16 respectively. This signalled the opportunity for four successive maximum heat wins for the visitors and the pathway to the second round. Hull finished well with wins for Adam Stephenson and Andy Angell to keep the score line respectable.
Hull relied on Andy Angell and Adam Stephenson heavily but will be pleased that their young riders shaped up well at this level, especially in the first half. Poole will be pleased with a professional job that showcased Leyton Glover in an all-round team performance. The match was raced in a good atmosphere in front of an enthusiastic crowd and was well refereed by Mick Knowles from Sheffield.
If ever there was an advert for the benefits of our Tuesday "Clubnight" - this was it! Our BYJL squad took to team racing like ducks to water and enjoyed a great match against a lively and talented Coventry side. With our "older" junior team members Jay, Niall and Krissie restricted to 2 riders each and our three reserves, Danny, Nathan and Jasmin also lining up in two apiece, the scoreline was always going to be close. Racing was entertaining and competitive and warmly acclaimed by the Harbourside crowd.
Scorers - Callum Smith 13 Macey Schmidt 12+1 Kieren Hoare 12 Harry Hiscocks 10+2 Fraser Garnett 10+2 Niall Instone 8 Cameron Hoff 7+3 Jay Briggs 6+1 Danny Reeks 5 Krissie Mines 4+2 Jasmin Oddie 3 Nathan Goulden 3.
With heat wins in three of the four opening races, Poole soon found themselves 12 points ahead and when Matiej Ganczarek and Marcin Szymanski added another 7 - 3 in heat 6, the match was already looking to head in only one direction! Gavin Wheeler broke a chain at the start of heat 7 which allowed the Aces to pick up their only race win of the first half as Poole lead by 15 at the break with Wednesfield claiming inside gates for what was to be the remainder of the match.
"Martinez" took his third race win in heat 10 before Gavin Wheeler pulled off a stormer from gate 2 round star man Heard with Thomas Reed teaming up for a 7 - 3 which spelled the end for the Aces as far as any realistic comeback hopes were concerned and when Matiej and Marcin knocked in another 7 - 3 it was well and truely game over. To their credit, the home side replied with two max races but with the destiny of the Elite League points well and truely with the league leaders, Poole were content to share the remaining heats.
Not only was it a good day for the Poole "heavy hitters", encouragingly Arron Morgan and Leyton Glover really shone with four excellent rides apiece. With Sheffield surprisingly losing at Ipswich, Poole are now the only side with a 100% record in the league as we approach the mid-way point of the 2013 season! Sheffield are Poole's next opponants at Harbourside on June 30th.
(One important footnote to the match was the generous praise from the riders aimed at the highly accomplished performance of referee Bob Prince. It did much to restore faith in the role after the disappointment experienced in an earlier key match.)
In the Division 2 match, Poole carried on where their senior colleagues left off and added another 2 league points to their season's tally. Pete Young kept his hand in with a couple of unbeaten rides while there was good experience gained for Niall Instone and Jay Briggs which will stand them in good stead. The talented quartet of Hayden Chant, Oli Sidwick and unbeaten duo Wil Bristowe & Aaron Smith provided the backbone of an accomplished victory.
The dry and sunny weather was welcomed by spectators but track conditions were tricky for the riders and the Hammers lined up a competitive side with four Stoke riders in the team including Elite first teamer Lewis Bates.
Poole had patiently built up a 9 point lead by half time but needless exclusions in heats 10 and 11 moved the scoreline to 61- 56. Three drawn races later and the nerves were beginning to jangle until an inspiring ride by Steve Harris in heat 15 to pass his opponant and inspire a 6-4 race win which was repeated by Aaron Smith and Wil Bristowe in heat 16 to create some breathing space.
A great ride from Arron Morgan earned a 7-3 in the penultimate race by which time the league points were in the bag. Steve Harris once again worked hard in the final race to find a way past his opponant, with Sam Hearne in the right place to capitalise, rounding off a good personal performance.
In the Div 2 match, the Hammers conceded 18 points by using 3 first team riders but soon pulled all these back to go 5 up on aggregate after 8 races - seemingly on their way to a comfortable win. Then the match literally turned on its head as Callum Albin put two disappointing tumbles behind him to provide Poole with their first heat winner of the match with Callum Smith taking a valuable 3rd place.
Then Niall Instone and Chris Blundell came together to raise victory hopes even further with a fine 7- 3. Horspath hit back with a 6-4 in heat 11 so it was all-square with one race to go! Step up to the line new 2013 recruit Chris Blundell to ride a stormer and take the win and full marks to Callum Smith for keeping his head for the all important 3rd place. An unlikely but very welcome victory nevertheless.
After 20 races, Arron and Leyton finish on 16 - both from two gate 4's. In a run-off for 2nd and 3rd places with Richard Fellgate. Ricky Johnson winner with 17 - two gate 1's, despite throwing his bike away.
Poole had three rostrums positions in the 2013 Laurels with Callum Albin in the Junior and Greg Gluchowski in the coveted Senior events taking firsts and Arron Morgan clinching a third in a tough Youth line-up. A full report will appear on Spokesman online. Huge thanks to all those who worked hard behind the scenes to make sure this was a brilliant day for the club...they were winners too!
Lauren Davis 16 Lauren Jacobs 15 Lauren Hookway 13 Michelle Whitehead 13 Sandra Tambourska 11 Lucy Whitehead 10 Vicky Brown 8 Charlie Jane Herbert 8 Jenna Whitehead 7 Rebecca Davies 7 Krissie Mines 6 Chloe Albin 4.
Poole almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the closing stages of this match after leading by up to 10 points at one stage. On the expected tricky circuit, the lead was down to just 3 points with a race to go but when Ben Donohue picked up an exclusion, it left Wil Bristowe on his own to face the strong home pairing of Jesse Moore and Martin Hollebon.
Fortunately, Wil had his gating shoes on and sped away for the vital win which keeps the unbeaten run going. This was once again a solid team effort with everyone contributing. Special praise for Aaron Smith who lowered the colours of home star Neil Hollebon on the way to an impressive 20 point max. Good performance too from Sam Hearn who is concentrating on SWL this season. After last week, it looks like close results are the order of the day!
Both teams called upon 1st team riders in the D2 match but Poole won the match on the tarck and on corrected scores with Chris Blundell having his first taste of the Lower Dicker circuit! He survived.....
After the drama of their 2012 clash which went down to the final lap of the final race, Poole had the luxury of wrapping up the league points in the penultimate race when Matiej Ganczarek and Thomas Reed teamed up for a massive 7-3 in 17 to make the scoreline 81- 86. Both riders had endured an afternoon of mixed fortunes with Thomas picking up a tapes exclusion in heat 15 and Matiej suffered a mega dose of ill luck with 6 from his first four starts.
In heat 6, he was felled by a flagrant ram from a desperate Mark Boaler which went unpunished!! He put that all behind him in the vital ht 17 as he gated 2 to 1 on ace starter Rudman and created the opportunity for Thomas to drop under for a match winning 7-3. Very much a case of having the last laugh.
It was nip and tuck in the first half and the interval scoreline of 44-45 gave a hint of what was to come! World champion Nowacki can consider himself lucky to escape exclusion in heat 8 when he crossed the inside line entering turn 1 lap 2 and fenced skipper Greg who was fortunate to escape injury. In the re-start, Lukasz anticipated the start....just as the tapes went up. Lucky, lucky boy remarked Steve Harris who was in the next door grid.
A 6-4 in heat 10 gave Poole a 3 point lead and then Sean Rudman was excluded for legging giving Thomas Reed and Gav Wheeler the chance to knock in a 6-3 over World Champion Nowacki. Euro Champ Marcin Szymanski took his fourth race win in heat 12 to make it 57-63 but partner Maciej was rammed by Mark Carmichael and lost his chain as a result -another unpunished offence. Poole were settling for shared heats until disaster struck at the tapes in heat 15 leaving Leyton Glover little chance with Nowacki shielding Morgans for a Hammers 7-2.
All was well in the end however as the Comets ignored all the usual goading to consolidate their place at the top of the table with a 100% record while reigning champions hopes were dealt a Hammer blow! Once again, every Seaview rider played his full part in this memorable victory which should really have been greater. (77-96 if the rules had been strictly applied.....according to the video evidence!!)
The Division 2 match was even more nailbiting than the D1 event, going right down to the last heat and ending up as a 65-65 draw. Horspath tracked a team stronger than most regional league first teams and maybe even one Elite first team but once Poole re-acclimatised to the track, they recovered from a 6 point deficit to square it up in the closing stages with oli Sidwick's last bend dash to the line proving decisive. Pete Young sat in for one of Dave Murphy's four scheduled rides while for Michal Nowak, this was his last match in Poole colours before he returns home to Poland.
After the excellent 3rd place by Poole Under 10's at Poole two days previously, the Under 13's step up to the plate at Exeter in a field of 8 teams arranged into 2 semi-finals. Unsurprisingly, Exeter romped home in the first semi ahead of Sheffield while pre-event favourites Ipswich won semi number 2.
The good news is that despite the absence of potential top scorer Shane Hamner, the Poole quartet made it through to the final in second place to guarantee a minimum of 16 club championship points! Scorers - George Newman 12 Callum Smith 11 Macie Schmidt 10 Kieren Hoare 10.
In the final, Exeter fulfilled their early promise by winning in fron of their own supporters ahead of Ipswich. Poole trailed Sheffield by 4 at the interval after a tapes exclusion but couldnt quite pull the points back at the end - finishing just a single point short.
Congratulations to Macie Schmidt and Chloe Albin for finishing on the rostrum at the national Under 13 Girls championship at Swindon. Reigning champion and hot favourite Elle Sullivan from Sheffield held on to the title with maximum points and runner-up Macie took the silver medal, dropping her only point to Elle. Chloe took third place and was only beaten by the top two. Both girls have been training hard - twice a week and their successes are well deserved.
Nathan Goulden, Fraser Garnett , George Newman and Callum Smith were all in action in the Boys event with George and Callum coming through the rounds to reach the final. Unfortunately Shane Hamner was forced to withdraw due to an injury sustained in a school football match.
The Poole Under 10 team picked up 18 BCC points from their creditable 3rd place in the first round with birthday boy Nathan Goulden leading the way with two race wins and a 13 point total. With only two recent practises, Will Cavanagh picked up 9 points and Danny Reeks was good value for his 7. Scott Pierce and Jasmine Oddie shared the other 4 rides and Jas came up trumps in the final race with a fine 2nd place which ensured that Poole finished up ahead of Exeter at the close!
Greg Gluchowski reeled off four straight wins and Aaron Smith did likewise from his 3 reserve races. Having suffered the minor indignity of colliding with his own team partner in heat 3, Thomas Reed was unbeaten by an opponant and executed a couple of brilliant passes to liven up the crowd on a freezing cold afternoon.
six of the team managing this feat. Callum Albin continues to make steady progress back to fitness after his injury ravaged 2012 season. Hayden Chant made an accomplished home debut with three race wins. Scorers: Oli Sidwick 13 Hayden Chant 12 Kyron Yeatman 11 Dave Murphy 11 Chris Shylock 10 Niall Instone 9 Jay Briggs 8 Callum Albin 6.
With East Newport renamed Underwood and just entering the U.16 Conference, a small, single team Poole contingent made this trip and was reduced further by the late non-availability of Shane Hamner. In the circumstances, a draw was a very good result for the depleted side on the tricky Welsh circuit.
Poole got off to a winning start at Ipswich as the new look team including British champions Steve Harris, Phil Howells and the returning Gavin Wheeler provided a core of racing experience alongside home grown talents Leyton Glover and Arron Morgan and a trio of Polish stars.
Unfortunately the home side were missing a couple of their new experienced signings so the anticipated close call did not happen but the match was lively throughout and gave the 2013 Comets a good workout in readiness for harder encounters to come in the next 4 or 5 months!
In the Division 2 match, Poole could not match the performance of the seniors, losing by 71-57. This was a reasonable result against probably the strongest team in this league in 2013, especially as both Aaron and Oli picked up exclusions.....Oli's was a complete mystery!!
Poole promoted Kieren Yeatman and Niall Instone to the first team at short notice after a late call from Swindon advising that they would be missing two of their regular seniors. However, this was still a mismatch as the scoreline indicates but nevertheless the win keeps the 100% record intact as the senior team seeks to regain their SWL D1 title.
After a disastrous opening race where they conceded a 7 - 2, Poole hauled themselves back to another league victory but faced stubborn resistance from the Saints for whom Gavin Wheeler, Hayden Chant and notably Dan Miller excelled. Gavin was the only rider to head Steve Harris but the new Poole signing got his own back with a well judged pass in the final heat.
Only 8 points separated the teams with 4 heats remaining but a 6 - 4 and two 7 - 3's gave the final score a more respectable look. Poole made 4 changes to the team which raced at Exeter, giving Sam Hearn, Luke Armes and Chris Shylock their first matches of the season and Niall Instone had some valuable first team experience. Despite the cold conditions, the match was keenly contested and every home rider played his part.
Newcomer Chris Blundell made a promising debut in his first D2 match and showed a fair turn of speedway against an experienced Saints team. Poole had a 23 penalty point advantage and the match came down to a last heat decider with Niall and Chris notching the 5 - 5 to win the match by 3 points
Poole started the season with a bang against 2012 league champions Exeter, coming out with a convincing 35 point victory where every rider played his part. Steve Harris opened his account with a classy maximum while Chris Roberts surprised everyone including himself with a battling 18 in his first match since a string of injuries sidelined him for the whole of last season.
To be fair to Exeter, they were missing a number of experienced riders from their title winning team and when virus suffering Thomas Reed had to withdraw after 2 rides, the writing was well and truely on the wall for them. Hard winter training put in by the likes of Aaron Smith, Arron Morgan, Wil Bristowe and Leyton Glover yielded convincing performances and hats off to Ben Donohue for racing the day after his stag night (!) and to Pete Young for stepping in after very little notice....or practise.
Reigning Conference champions Poole won a nailbiting U.16 match-up by an 8 point margin with the heat leader trio dropping just one point to an opponant between them and the second strings Callum, Shane and Frazer scoring the vital 2nd's and 3rd's which made the victory possible.
December 8th & 9th: Poole were crowned British Junior Team champions in the "indoor" nationals staged in Manchester. This was a nailbiting final on the incredibly fast and spectacular Eccles raceway with Stockport and Poole tying on points at the end of the alloted heats. Step up that man for the big occasion, Thomas Reed to seal the win and get the hat trick!
November 4th: Yes that's right, racing in November! The decision to race a "top three" end of season finale seemed like a good idea at the time it was made but a wet November day in Exeter and some rather depleted team line-ups tells a different story. Poole had the added challenge of finding a team on the morning after the night before but fortunately, the Conference League winning team - reinforced by Leyton Glover came up trumps to keep the club flag flying. Well done to every one of those riders - the club is rightly proud of you.
October 28th: Poole scorched to an 11 point victory in their final BCTG Elite League match of the season at Leicester - who had all their top stars on parade including World Champion, Lukas Nowacki. With Horspath winning at Sheffield and therefore retaining their title for another season, Poole have finished as runners-up.....their best ever position in the league and maybe a sign of things to come after home and away wins against the league champions!!
Trailing by 46 - 43 at the interval, Poole turned the match around with a strong finish as Thomas Reed, Marcin Szymanski and maxi-man Maciej Ganczarek all had 3 races apiece and Michal Nowak put in his best performance yet in a Seaview shirt.
Most of the Poole D2 team were wiped out by half term holidays so full marks to Callum and the 2 Hanmer brothers for making the trip. Poole won the match by 2 but lost it after the penalty points were added in for Leyton and Arron.
October 21st: Despite the margin of victory, there was plenty of lively action against the Wiltshire club as Poole took two more league points to consolidate their second place in the league table. Michel Nowak had his best match since signing for the club and dropped his only point to Sean Rudman in an excellent heat 10. Arron Morgan made an excellent return to the saddle after his seven week lay-off, recording two race wins
By finishing in the top three in the League table, Poole have qualified for a place in the SW Gold Cup - a 3 team, 27 heat finale to the season which will also feature Exeter and Newport - venue to be arranged, date November 4th.
There was a thrilling finish to the Conference League between the top two teams in the league as Poole only made sure of victory with one race to go. Jay Briggs win in heat 11 secured a hard fought win in a match which was a credit to the region's U.16 league competition. Every Poole rider from 1 to 8 played a part in the victory.
October 14th: Poole have never completed the double against Elite powerhouses Horspath.....until today, when they chalked up a memorable victory against the reigning league champions. The Oxford club needed only a single point to celebrate yet another league title but they were denied on the final lap of the final race....just when they thought they had it in the bag!
The scores were level at 84-84, going into heat 18 and Marcin Szymanski was leading the race but Tom Reed was struggling at the back on the early laps before summoning a super-human effort as the riders started lap 4, to pass Lewis Bates for the vital 3rd place which gave Poole a match winning 6-4. Ride of the season? A strong contender surely.
The win looked to be in the bag after 14 races with Poole ahead by 8 points but then conceded 3 wins 6-4. 6-4 and 7-3 to set up that nailbiting finale. Every single rider did what was expected of them and this was a brilliant team effort....they pulled off a victory where every other team has failed. After the win against the Hammers at Harbourside, it was a famous double and both matches will be screened on Sky Sports....details later!
PS There was a slight hiccup at the start of the match - not helped by the TV filming preparations - when 3 riders (from both clubs) were not ready to race in the pits until 2 or 3 minutes after the scheduled start. Momentarily there was mention of the match being claimed...or riding without the 3. Fortunately common sense and sportsmanship prevailed, as they always should!
The twin spearhead of Thomas Reed and Greg Gluchowski once again paved the way for victory with Thomas unbeaten from his 4 starts and Greg dropping just one point to an opponant. The rest of the team were solid from top to bottom and provided 12 of the 18 race winners.
The margin might have been even wider but for a couple of exclusions late in the match but by that time the two points were in the bag and Poole were celebrating their first 100% home record in this competition since it first started!
Poole look to have cemented their 3rd place in the Elite Division 2 table with two points from an entertaining match against a Leicester team that included 4 of their British championship winning girls team. Luke Armes and Ben Donohue added experience at the top end but it was the team debut by 10 year old Murphy Hanmer that caught the eye scoring 5+2 from two starts! Watch out older brother Shane....there's a new kid on the block threatening stardom.
September 16th: Visits to Ashmore Park have seldom been productive over the years and once again Poole suffered a loss at the hands of Wednesfield with former Seaview riders Ben Mould Mould and Gav Wheeler teaming up to help do the damage! The Aces were rattled in the early stages and as late as heat 10 Poole held a 2 point lead as Greg Gluchy and Thomas Reed lead the attack with 3 race wins apiece.
A strong run-in predictably gave the Aces the points to avenge their defeat at Harbourside but the young Poole team can hold their heads high. With our Polish based big guns in Extraliga action back home, this was in truth always going to be a tough one and the current injury list made matters worse with Pete Young and Arron Morgan still unfit and Leyton Glover unavailable. Hats off to Tom Colling for racing against doctors orders after being literally knocked out at rugby 24 hours earlier.
First team racing finished on a high note as Thomas Reed successfully challenged Gavin Wheeler for the Elite League match race and he will now defend it in the next match - against Leicester on September 30th.
There was something of an age mis-match in the Div 2 match and the significantly younger Poole side had a tough time against their more experienced counterparts. But with Alex Lane taking a couple of race wins and Jay Briggs back in action, the team battled hard.Score 83-46.
September 9th: This was a match to forget as hopes of challenging for the SW League title nosedived against a stronger and more determined Exeter side. Poole had a much stronger team of riders unavailable through injury, work and other commitments and could not cover the gaps when it mattered most. There was some spirited riding by the likes of Arron Smith and Matt Mildon but others were rather lack lustre and the destiny of the title now rests with how Newport and Exeter fare in their last 3 or 4 matches.
September 2nd; The return match between Poole and Birmingham was expected to produce a comfortable away win with Greg back in Poland and our big two Wroclaw boys on duty for Leszno. Add to that the injuries to Pete Young and Arron Morgan and the door was wide open for the Brummies who promptly slammed it closed....in their own faces!
Although on paper, the Seaview line-up was somewhat makeshift, there was nothing makeshift about the performance which was 5 star, especially Arron Smith who outscored three of Britain's top riders in Waddams, Timms and Heard. The match was nip and tuck all the way but Poole kept cool heads in contrast to the other side of the pits.
There was an emphatic 77-49 victory for the Poole combination team in Div 2 with Alex Lane once again racing impressively with his racing head firmly in place. (Alex Lane 18 Shane Hanmer 14 Niall Instone 12 Callum Smith 12 Jay Briggs 9 Sam Lane 7 Kristina Mines 5.
August 27th: The Bank Holiday weather lived up to predictions as the heavens opened for the senior final with Andy Angell the deserved winner once again. Leyton picked up 2 racing exclusions in his last 2 rides which restricted his debut total to 3. Unbelievably he will not be able to race in the British Open now for 24 months as a result, as 2 exclusions = a match ban which carries an automatic ban from the next event - surely a totally disproportionate punishment! Many things - far worse than this - routinely go completely unpunished. On a happier note, the rain stayed off for the Womens final which allowed Krissie Mines (8) and Cerys Glover (6) to stay dry and enjoy their day!
In the U.16 final Aaron Smith finished on the rostrum in 2nd place after finishing on 18 points - tied with Jake Read from Stockport. Unfortunately he lost the toss for gate positions in the run-off, which is as good as losing the race at that particular venue! Nevertheless it is a great performance from Aaron who still has another year in the competition.
Especially noteworthy as he has only had minimal racing in 2012. Unfortunately the shape of the track does not favour racers and chances are that both Poole riders would have finished even further up the finishing order had a different venue been used! Well done to both of them for keeping the club flag flying and congrats to Jake on his win.
August 19th: On the hottest day of the year, two evenly balanced teams fought out another close and exciting Elite match at Harbourside in front of a very good crowd as Poole and Ipswich locked handlebars over 18 heats. The East Anglians found themselves gridlocked in beach bound traffic causing the match to be delayed by 45 minutes and the journey seemed to take its toll in the early heats as Poole snatched two 7-3's.
Exclusions to each of the Poole reserves Oli Sidwick and Ben Donohue in heats 4 and 5, halved the deficit and race wins for Ashley Hill and Lewis Roberts maintained that margin until heat 9 When the Sidwick/Nowak pairing clinched a 6-4 to make it 47-41 at the interval.
Thomas Reed picked up an exclusion for impeding Leon Mower in heat 11 but Sam Hearn limited the damage with a fine winning ride. The margin was up to 7 points in the next with a 6-4 from the Gluchowski/Glover duo and then it moved up to 8 after an Ipswich exclusion in heat 13. Three drawn races moved the score to 82-74 with two races remaining and when Greg took the chequered flag in heat 17 the points were secure although most of the attention was focussed on man of the match Sam Hearn who pulled a brilliant pass to take third place. There was a clear case of mistaken identity in heat 18 when Tom Reed inexplicably picked up another exclusion when clearly rammed but by then the outcome was assured although exasperation still very much in evidence!
The Division 2 match was even closer and only a 7-3 in heat 13 rescued the match for Poole who became the first side to lower the colours of the Anglians in 2012. Twice Poole let a comfortable lead out their grasp as Wil Bristowe got his marching orders in consecutive outings and when Ipswich took the lead after an Aaron Smith first bend tumble in heat 10, the prospects seemed grim. Trailing 58-60 into the nominated heat 13, The Bristowe/Smith pairing redeemed themselves big time with a match winning 7-3 to make the final scoreline 65-63.
August 18th: The visitors arrived with their talisman Steve Harris but minus several of their more experienced SWL names which allowed Poole to go two points clear of Newport and Exeter at the top of the table. Arron Smith was rider of the match with three race wins including a heat victory over Harris - his only defeat of the match in 6 rides. Solid scoring throughout the team paved the way for victory in a fixture which was ridden in excellent spirit thoughout.
A clean sweep of the points saw Poole race home to victory in Div.2 with Alex Lane once again heading the scorechart. His brother Sam had mixed fortunes however with tapes exclusions in each of his first two rides but bouncing back to a fine race win in heat 12!
August 12th: Poole continued their challenge for league honours with a convincing victory against Hellingly at Harbourside. Once again the Lions leaned heavily on their talisman Neil Hollebon who was headed only once in 6 rides by a brilliant pass from Arron Morgan. Well done Kieren Yeatman - he won his first evet D1 race in heat 15.
August 5th: Three days of racing produced some classic action at 2 Sufflok venues as Poole's Elite League star man Marcin Szymanski was crowned European champion after a 3-way run off for the title. Arron Morgan could easily have joined him as Junior champ but for a costly slip in his opening ride after the track had just suffered a 40 minute downpour. He was comfortably leading eventual champion Ricky Johnson at the time!
Leyton, Aaron, Oli and Wil all competed in the Junior event but just fell short of the qualifying score for the final. Arron and Leyton also starred for the England junior squad as they took runners up spot in the Euro nations event while in the senior nations final, Ben lined up for Ireland and Kev Lowman came to the rescue for Scotland at the 11th hour as he joined Pete Young to race for the boys in blue!
Finally congratulations to Pete Barnes and Colin Sutton whose team management skills are unequalled in the sport .......they steered the England senior team to victory against the hard charging Poles in the Euro nations final after an epic 25 heat battle! That took some doing, make no mistake.
The top home riders had extra tactical rides but there were no maximum returns as Neil Hollebon was headed home by Arron Morgan in the opening race. The slippery track caught riders from both teams out in a match which was fair and well contested. (Arron Morgan 19 Greg Gluchowski 18 Ben Donohue 15+3 Leyton Glover 15+2 Luke Armes 12+2 Sam Hearn 10+3 Wil Bristowe 4 Aaron Smith 4).
Poole rounded off a good day with a 49-69 win in the Division 2 match with Callum Smith showing pleasing form. (Wil Bristowe 15+1 Niall Instone 8 Arron Smith 10 Callum Smith 11 Kieran Yeatman 16 Jay Briggs 9+1)
July 28th: Congratulations to Oli Sidwick on top scoring for England in their Junior Home International victory at Horspath. In a busy day for Poole riders, Pete Young and Chris Shylock were in action for Scotland in the senior event and Ben Donohue lined up for Ireland.
July 22nd: After two previous Harbourside Elite League epics against Horspath and Wednesfield, it was surely too much to expect another in the clash with Northern giants Sheffield....or was it! With both teams packed with international riding talent another healthy crowd was treated to race after race of sheer quality, with British Champion Andy Angell leading the Stars attack superbly.
Having seen a masterclass display from ex-World Champ Marcin Szymanski in his previous home match, this time supporters had a chance to see Wroclaw based Matiej Ganczarek in action after he had twice turned out in away fixtures. He did not disappoint and like his colleague Szymanski, is highly professional in his approach to racing.
The match was nip and tuck throughout with the Seaview boys always just in front until late 7-3's from Tom and Greg followed by Marcin and Sam finally shook off the Stars so avenging the defeat up at Cookson Park on the opening day of the season. Once again this was a team effort with every rider playing his part in the victory which keeps Poole at the right end of the table behind leaders Horspath and challengers Birmingham.
July 8th: Another epic last heat decider saw Poole just miss out on the league points in a match they really should have won, but for a succession of mistakes before the break. These allowed the home side to build up a 48 - 42 lead and after the break, the fight back began. By the time they lined up for heat 18 the scoreline stood at 85 - 84 but with Birmingham top two pairing of Heard/Timms off inside gates, the writing was on the wall. Marcin Szymanski did his best from gate 4 but slipped off whilst challenging and hopes of a successful comeback were dashed.
It was not a good day for skipper Greg Gluchy who got off his sick bed to race while Thomas Reed with two tumbles and Tom Colling were also down on their usual points tallies. On the plus side, Leyton Glover rose to the occasion and had an excellent match as he teamed up with Marcin Szymanski while Arron Morgan gave good backing to team partner and top scorer Matiej Ganczarek. Overall Birmingham cashed in on their home track advantage and good luck to them.
Poole could easily have won the match by eight or ten points had it not been for errors but with Pete Young, Sam Hearn and Michel Nowak all unavailable, the sense of two points "lost" was all the more frustrating.
Poole were able to come away with a degree of consolation with a 78 - 51 win in the Division 2 match (Arron Morgan 16 Oli Sidwick 15 Wil Bristowe 14+1 Aaron Smith 12+3 Jay Briggs 11 Shane Hanmer 10+1).
July 1st: Poole 72 Horspath 103 With such a depth of riding talent to draw on, the outcome of this match was probably never in doubt although the margin of victory undoubtedly flattered the visitors as Poole suffered three exclusions and a series of racing situations where the luck and decision making all seemed to be heading in the same direction!
June 24th: Yet another epic involving these two giants of cycle speedway who have been dishing up matches like this for four decades or more! Never more than four points between the sides at any time, the Aces banged in an emphatic 7-3 in heat 16 to square the match up at 79-79 with two races remaining. A dramatic tapes exclusion to Lee Aris in the penultimate heat enabled the Reed/Morgan pairing to capitalise with a match winning 7-2 with Thomas completing a bonus max in the process.
With Tom Colling and Pete Young unavailable, it was vital that every rider play a full part in the victory and so they did. Artur Poprawski was happy to accept the call to stand in and this proved vital as he lowered the colours of both Gavin Wheeler and Lee Aris on the way to his 15 point total - not bad for a rider with just a handful of matches in Poland so far in 2012. Thomas Reed was at his very best - passing the top Aces names - Mould, Wheeler and Aris with consumate ease! Typifying the part played by all 8 Poole riders was Leyton Glover who beat a visiting rider every time he raced!
The track was very heavy after continuous overnight rain but the home side looked happier in the leg sapping conditions. Both sides could point to incidents where they were hard done by but in the end, the luck probably evened itself out. Two hard earned league points take Poole to the top of the British League table along side Sheffield....early days yet however and a really tough away match at Birmingham in 2 weeks!
In the Division 2 match, Shane Bentley donned his Seaview colours for the final time in 2012 with three unbeaten rides before returning to Adelaide as Poole wrapped up the points with an eleven point victory. Poole 69 Wednesfield 58
June 17th: Reigning cup holders Poole were in no mood for compromise as they notched up a succession of 7-3 race wins against a Devon side who were short of one or two first team regulars. Captain Pete Young was one of five home riders unbeaten by an opponant with Thomas Reed, Arron Morgan, Leyton Glover and Oli Sidwick joining Pete with bonus maximums. The next round will see Poole at home again but the opposition could not be more different - Horspath Hammers who are probably the strongest line-up in the competition. Another epic on the cards and just two weeks to wait for the fireworks with Poole starting this one as the underdogs!! Make a note of the date - JULY 1st.
In the Division 2 match, the scores finished level but Swindon conceded 21 penalty points - Swindon 59 Poole 80 (Shane Bentley 16 Niall Instone 13 Jay Briggs 11 Krisina Mines 7+3 Shane Hanmer 7+2 Callum Smith 5).
June 4th: Congratulations to Dave Murphy on his 3rd place in the British Over 50's final at Birmingham. Dave was competing in his 3rd race meeting in 3 days but summoned up the energy to score 18 points - a mature achievement by any standards!
Scorers: Ben Mould 16 Gavin Wheeler 16 Neil Hollebon 16 Andy Angell 16 Chris Timms 14 Mark Boaler 14 Greg Gluchowski 12 Paul Heard 12 Lee Aris 12 Arron Morgan 11 Ryan Hoyland 11 Craig Marchant 11 Chris Jewkes 10 Mark Carmichael 9 Michel Nowak 9 Sam Hearn 8
1st Ashley Hill 16 2nd Arron Morgan 16 3rd Jack Harrold 16 Wil Bristowe 15 Matt Smith 15 Ricky Johnson 14 Leyton Glover 14 Lewis Roberts 13 Oli Sidwick 13 Matt Mildon 12 Aaron Smith 10 Shane Bentley 10 Aiden Owen 10 Hayden Chant 9 Jesse Moore 8 Kieren Yeatman 5
Sandra Tamborska 15+4, Charlie Jane Herbert 13+3, Livvy Horsley 13+2 Vicky Brown 15+1, Laura Watson 12, Lauren Hookway 11, Tiffany Collins 9, Rebecca Davies 9, Kristina Mines 9, Cerys Glover 6, Kayleigh Clarke 4, Holly Morgan 4.
Lee Kemp 13+4, George Horsley 13+4, Jake Neighbour 14+2, Wil Tidball 14+1, Adam Bennett 12, Adam Watson 11, Jay Briggs 9, Connor Wilson 9, Jack Herbert 9, James Colling 7, Niall Instone 4, Callum Smith 4.
Sheffield 33 ( Ryan Hoyland 19+1, Andy Angell 14+3) Southampton 31 (Gavin Wheeler 19+1, Tom Colling 12) Gniezno 29 (Greg Gluchowski 18+1, Michel Nowak 11+1) Wednesfield 29 (Ben Mould 14+2, Chris Jewkes 9, Lee Aris 6) Brirmingham 28 (Paul Heard 20+2, Chris Timms 8) Horspath 27 (Shaun Rudman 16, Steve Harris 11+3) Poole 12 (Arron Morgan 6, Luke Armes 4, Shane Bentley 2)
Round 5 of the BCC at Leicester - Poole through to final with Leicester, East London and Wednesfield finishing overall 4th and picking up 16 BCC points to go level with Ipswich at the top of the table on 88 points.
May 27th: Round 4 of the BCC was staged at Harbourside Park, a fitting venue for our Under 19 team to chalk up a hat trick of wins, having won the youth cup in 2009 and 2010. All 5 riders played an important part in the battled against some of the best U.19 stars in the country with skipper Leyton Glover top scorer on the day with a full max. The track rode well despite the very hot conditions and by the half way stage, Poole were 10 ahead of their nearest rivals. It was left to Arron Morgan to contest the final race with the title in the bag and he duly picked up a fine win. Sam, Wil and Thomas all won races and can be proud to have chalked up another milestone for Poole in top level events.
May 26th: Round 4 of the British Club Championship saw the Under 16's in action at Newport. Red hot favourites Ipswich duly romped away with the title while 2011 winners Poole managed a very creditable runners up position and in the process banked a useful 20 championship points. Trailing the leaders by 9 after 12 heats, Poole had a great opportunity to narrow the gap when the Ipswich rider moved at the tapes, but Aaron Smith went and did the same thing and any slim chance of a comeback receded. Aaron was in good form and scored 11 out of 12 in his other 3 races. Matt Mildon also chalked up 3 race wins and was probably the classiest rider on show - remarkable when considering he has only been back on track for a week. There were useful points from Jay Briggs and Alex Lane in their first major British Junior event and Niall Instone had 3 rides in the qualifying semi-final.
May 20th: The stage was set perfectly for a great days racing with a big crowd and two star studded teams. 18 heats of pulsating action saw Poole defeat the league champions for the first time in 11 seasons with new signing Marcin Szymanski heading the scorechart and thrilling the crowd with some world class action. Marcin was headed only once when he was ridden off the track - a fate also suffered by Greg Gluchowski in his final ride. When Tom Colling and Thomas Reed clinched a vital 6 - 4 in heat 16 to give Poole a 3 point lead, hopes of a victory were raised. Star man Szymanski kept his nerve in the final race to win the final heat and the victory was sealed. This match was every bit as tough as expected especially for our young guns but all eight riders played their part in a brilliant team performance.
May 13th: The Seaview Coaches team picked up their first away points of the season in the South West League with a convincing win at East Newport - which is never an easy place to win. However, with a solid 1 to 8 line-up, and a strong first half performance, defeat was never to be an option in this match. Arron Morgan and Leyton Glover picked up unfortunate exclusions but otherwise raced soundly. Pete Young added a measure of experience while Wil Bristowe justified his inclusion in the top six with another outstanding performance. Once again every rider played an important part in the victory. After the interval, the home side were able to keep the margin respectable by claiming the inside grids - always an advantage around the "polo".
The Conference League points looked to be in danger of slipping away until the closing heats when reserve ace Aaron Smith was drafted into action. He teamed up with Kristina Mines to pick up an all important 6-4 in heat 12 for a narrow two point victory. E.Newport 59 Poole 61 ( Alex Lane 15 Jay Briggs 12 Arron Smith 12 Kristina Mines 10 Sam Lane 6+1 Niall Instone 3 Callum Smith 3).
May 12th: The SSWL Womens championships staged at Harbourside saw 7 Seaview girls in action - points scored as follows; Kristina Mines 11, Holly Morgan 10, Macie Schmidt 7.5, Cerys Glover 7, Jess Lundon 6, Jess Drane 4, Chloe Albin 3.5. In the Best pairs event, Poole A finished on 31 points in 4th place and Poole B scored 23. Full details are on Spokesman online.
May 6th: After the recent away victory at Winchester Road, Poole once again gained two more league points at the expense of the Saints who sorely missed the services of Tom Colling leaving Gavin Wheeler to shoulder responsibility for their attack. The ex-British champion got a shock in heat 3 when Leyton Glover sprung a surprise pass on him, making room for Wil Bristowe to chalk up a notable 7 - 3. These 2 home riders remained unbeaten throughout as the wearer of every Seaview shirt collected at least one race win with Kieren Yeatman picking up two from the reserve berth.
Southampton tracked 2 unbeaten riders in the Conference league match but Poole packed in the strength in depth in what was a competitive encounter. Poole 63 Southampton 53 (Jay Briggs 13 Alex Lane 12+2 Shane Hanmer 11+1 Niall Instone 10+2 Kristina Mines 10+2 Hayden Rowles 7+1)
May 6th: Round 2 of the BCC saw the Under 12's in action at Bury and as with the Under 10's, the long distance robbed us of one or two likely team contenders. Our young riders did give a good account of themselves and Callum Smith was one of the best riders on show despite the fact that this is his first year at this grade.
May 5th: In the first Round of the British Club Championships, the long journey North to Astley delivered 13 valuable competition points for 6th place. Hats off to our very young team of Nathan Goulden 10 pts, Shannon Hanmer 5pts and William Cavanagh 5 Pts. Rather a shame that the very long journey took its toll on so many of our Clubnight Under 10's but if the 13 BCC points proved decisive in the 2012 overall championship, then those 3 riders will surely be the "heroes" of the season!
April 29th; This match was ridden in diabolical conditions and a similar description was being directed towards the match official on more than one occasion from the Seaview side of the pits as similar racing incidents received contrasting decisions, none more obvious than 2 races featuring Leyton Glover. First excluded for slowing without any warning, he was then on the receiving end of similar tactics causing him to fall and amazingly excluded in the process! Under different circumstances, this would have been a winable match - maybe even a last heat decider! The real winner was the weather and with a less congested fixture list, this match would have been better staged in less trying conditions. Unfortunately, Cycle speedway does not go well with cold, wet and windy.
April 22nd: Boosted by the inclusion of Marcin Szymanski and Maciej Ganczarek, Poole overcame a strong challenge from the East Anglian club who raised eyebrows with a close result at Leicester in EL week 1. The match opened with Tom Colling breaking a chain whilst leading but Maciej came through superbly to win the re-run. Marcin won his first race for Poole in fine style as the first half was nip and tuck as Ipswich confirmed their lively early season form.
With a narrow 4 point interval advantage, the Seaview boys turned up the heat after the break to win by 14 with Tom and Marcin rounding the match off with a classy 7 - 3. The margin would have been greater but for a strange exclusion for Maciej when taking the lead in heat 16. Video evidence shows that Ipswich top scorer Lewis Roberts fell off of his own accord in a vain attempt to stop the pass leaving the Poole side of the pits to believe that Maciej's offence was that he was bigger than his opponant! This was a great all round team performance with every rider once again playing his part and improving as the match progressed. The new signings made a sizeable difference - just a shame that clashes with Leszno matches will prevent them from racing here together again until later in the season!
There was less joy for Poole in the Division 2 match which ended in a 5 point home win with newcomer Michel Nowak and Arron Smith each suffering two exclusions. Nowak showed enough in his two completed races to suggest that he will be a great addition to the riding squad when he moves to Poole later in the season.
April 15th: Depleted East Newport battled bravely but were no match for a full strength Seaview line-up so for the second day running Poole scooped all the league points in a one sided affair. Sam Hearne started off with a tapes exclusion and then returned 4 excellent unbeaten rides, a return matched by Wil Bristowe who saved up his error until his last ride! Team colleagues Pete Young, Arron Morgan and Aaron Smith were also unbeaten while Leyton Glover returned to action with a couple of impressive races.
There was some excellent racing in the Conference League match with Callum Albin leading the young Poole team to victory while Callum Smith featured in the race of the day with Adam Bennett in heat 7.
April 14th: Poole picked up their first away points of the SWL season with a convincing local derby victory at Southampton on a cold and wet afternoon. To be fair to the home side, they sorely missed Tom Colling and it was left to Gav Wheeler to ensure that no Poole rider finished the match unbeaten....all that is except Greg Gluchowski who twice got the better of the home star. Every Poole rider performed well despite the conditions and seven of the team won at least one race.
April 8th: The Yorkshire club used their sharp gating and home track to good advantage as they sped to a 9 point interval lead in the slippery conditions. It looked as if Poole were right back in the match after heat 11 when Sam Hearn teamed up with Thomas Reed for a 7-3 over British Champion Andy Angell and the margin was down to 4 points. However, it wasnt to be as the lucky breaks continued to favour the hosts while Poole slipped up literally when holding good positions. Oli Sidwick raced in his first ever Elite match and ended his account with a fine race win.
April 1st: After tasting defeat in their opener, Poole chalked up their first win of the season with a convincing display against last years' SW league runners up. A tough match was expected and in the opening exchanges, there was little to choose between the sides. But suddenly the home side rammed in 4 consecutive race maximums before the break, moving the interval scoreline on to an unlikely 55-31 and both team managers scratching their heads!! In the second half, the Welsh side were able to nominate their top three riders for additional tactical rides and lined up on grids 1 & 3 for the remainder of the match, allowing them to narrow the gap from 24 to 18 but by this time the Seaview boys were in cruise control with Arron Morgan leading the way with Sam Hearn once again and the rest of the side all contributing their part to a deserved victory and providing 11 of the 18 race winners.
There was plenty of lively action in the Division 2 match and skipper Kyran Yeatman led the way with a well taken maximum while Dave Oddie contributed 10 points and plenty of fireworks! Poole 73 Newport 54
Shane Hanmer lead the way with 13 in an equally competitive Conference League match for U.16 riders - all of whom were in action in the BYJL 24 hours earlier. Poole 70 Newport 50 (Shane Hanmer 13 Callum Albin 12+2 Jay Briggs 10+2 Kristina Mines 9 Arron Smith 8 Niall Instone 7 Callum Smith 6+2 George Newman 5+1)
March 25th: Poole raced at Horspath in their first match of the season and found it tough going against the 2011 SWL champions who tracked five experienced riders including Elite stars Steve Harris and Mattie Szymczak. Trailing by 14 at the interval, the younger Seaview team made a second half recovery but were no match for the Oxford club on the tight village bowl. There were encouraging performances from Arron Smith and Wil Bristow. With several squad members unavailable, the opportunity was taken to blood Kieran Yeatman and Callum Albin who understandably found things rather hard!
In the Division 2 match, Poole lost by 4 points with 3 pen.pts added after Callum Albin was pressed into first team action. This was a good performance by the young Seaview team. Score Horspath 70 Poole 63.
March 10th: The season kicked off with three Poole riders in action at Wednesfield at the Midland Grand-Prix. Arron Morgan notched 13 in the first semi and Leyton Glover scored 8. Thomas Reed made it through to the final with 14 in the second semi - a score he repeated in the final to put him in 7th place behind eventual winner, British Champion Andy Angel.