Congratulations to our talented Youth & Junior squad on their performance at Hellingly (Eastbourne) in the final round of 6 in the GP series which saw the squad crowned S.West Regional champions and presented with the Brian Maunder trophy to mark the victory.
In the Individual GP series, Poole provided all 7 age category champions with Scotty Rowles U.8 Joe Hurren U10 Nathan Goulden U12 Danny Byrne U14 Ben Tinsdale U17 and Macie Schmidt Girls all carry the club colours with pride.
POOLE 1793 42
EXETER 1018 36
HORSPATH 453 29
SOUTHAMPTON 199 19.5
NEWPORT 153 16
SWINDON 118 13.5
HELLINGLY 93 8
BYJL 10.9.2016 REGIONAL ROUND 6 at Hellingly
POOLE 282 EXETER 89 HELLINGLY 61 HORSPATH 60
SOUTHAMPTON 37 SWINDON 10 NEWPORT 10
Under 8's: Scottie Rowles 16 A1st Max Parry 15 A3rd Natalie Goulden 12 A3rd Ben Baker 10 B1st.
Under 10's: Joe Hurren 15 A3rd Oli Saunders 12 B1st Gethin Powell 11 B3rd
Sam Oddie 10 B4th Daisy Sherwood 9 C1st Rosie Baker 9 C4th Oliver Johnson 7 D1st.
Under 12's: Maddie Saunders 15 A2nd Nathan Goulden 16 A3rd Jasmine Oddie 11 B1st Mack Briggs 11 B4th Izzy Byrbe 5 C3rd
Under 14's: Danny Byrne 14 A1st Ryan Bollom 12 A3rd
Under 17's: Fraser Garnett 9 A1st Ben Tinsdale 10 A2nd Callum Smith 15 A4th
Girls: Macie Schmidt 16 A1st Bethany Briggs 14 A3rd Anna Tuttle 9 A4th
British Individual Championship Medal Updates
Girls Under 10 Final at Horspath
1st Daisy Sherwood
2nd Natalie Goulden
Boys Under 10 Final at Horspath
2nd Joe Hurren
Girls Under 13 Final at Horspath
3rd Maddie Saunders
Girls Under 16 Final at Poole
1st Macie Schmidt
3rd Chloe Preston-Albin
Womans Final at Exeter
2nd Macie Schmidt
Bethany, Anna, Maddie and Jasmine all put in good performances in the U16 girls final.
In the U16 we had 3 riders in the final with Ben, Callum and Fraser all riding but missing out on a podium finish.
Danny was really unlucky to just miss out on a place in the final.
Krissie just missed out on a podium by a couple of points in the Womens final on Monday with Chloe and Bethany also in action.
Oliver put in a strong performance in the U10's finishing 4th with Sam also in the action.
Anna and Jasmine competed well in the U13 Girls despite the atrocious conditions.
Nathan did well in a strong U13 field finishing 5th.
Pete missed out on a podium finish in the waterlogged over 40's and Colin was the same in the over 50's.
Will missed out in the Open at Southampton by 2 points while Jay was in the action at Poole.
This Thursday is the local league first race at 6:30, register by 6:15.
This weekend sees a double header at Harbourside as Horspath come down for an Elite League match, followed by a South West Div1 and Div2 match. Plenty of racing to come down and watch. Tapes up at 2:00pm
We are looking to run a end of season fund raiser night on 28th October - details to follow keep the date free.
BYJL 20.8.2016 REGIONAL ROUND 5 at Poole
Poole 380 Exeter 180 Horspath 72 Southampton 34 Hellingly 32 Swindon 14 Newport 8
Despite the windy conditions, there was a great turnout for the Regional BYJL at Harbourside with Poole/Briggs Transport riders taking 5 of the 6 A Final winners trophies and 10 Clubnight regulars making their competition debuts....Harley Simpson, Daniel Shylock, Bobby Baker, Eli Lamb, Rosie Baker, Oliver Johnson, Feroze Langoo, Reece Butcher, Lauren Compton and Ellie Way. A special well done to those riders who put in a great combined total of 71 points!
Under 8's: Scott Rowles 16 A1st Max Parry 15 A2nd Natalie Goulden 14 A4th Harvey Newton 12 B2nd Max Collins 10 C1st Harley Simpson 10 C2nd Daniel Shylock 8 C3rd Bobby Baker 8 C4th Eli Lamb 6 D1st
Under 10's: Joe Hurren 15 A2nd Oli Saunders 15 A3rd Daisy Sherwood 11 B3rd Sam Oddie 10 B4th Gethin Powell 8 C1st Charlie Collins 7 D1st Rosie Baker 6 D2nd Oliver Johnson 4 D3rd
Under 12's: Nathan Goulden 16 A1st Maddie Saunders 15 A2nd Mackenzie Briggs 12 B3rd Jasmine Oddie 10 C1st Izzy Byrne 8 D1st Feroze Langoo 9 D3rd Reece Butcher 6.
Under 14's: Danny Byrne 16 A1st Ryan Bollom 15 A2nd George Wood 7 B2nd Morgan Webb 4 B3rd
Under 17's: Callum Smith 14 A1st Fraser Garnett 10 A3rd Ben Tinsdale 15 A4th
Girls: Macie Schmidt 16 A1st Anna Tuttle 11 A3rd Bethany Briggs 11 A4th Lauren Compton 8 B2nd Ellie Way 6 B3rd.
36 Poole riders out of a total of 67 competitors. Well done everyone!
Maciej Ganczarek 20 Zac Payne 17 Dean Hook 16 Aaron Smith 15 Wil Bristowe 14 Aaron Herbert 14 Callum Smith 14
Chris Davies 12 Ben Tinsdale 12 Jay Briggs 11 Wil Jeffrey 11 Danny Byrne 10 Fraser Garnett 10 Colin Rowles 8 Jim Collier 6.
Grand Final –
1st Zac Payne 2nd Aaron Smith 3rd Dean Hook 4th Maciej Ganczarek (Exc).
Macie Schmidt 15 Chloe Albin 12 Lauren Hookway 12 Maddie Saunders 11 Alice Neighbour 10
Bethany Briggs 8 Daisy Sherwood 7 Lauren Compton 4.
Grand Final –
1st Macie Schmidt 2nd Chloe Albin 3rd Maddie Saunders 4th Lauren Hookway (Exc).
British Womans League - Aug 7th (Ipswich)
Well done to our riders, Krissie, Macie, Bethany and Maddie, at Ipswich today riding in the National Women's League. In the team event South and South West beat the East region 63-57.
In the individual event Macie won the Expert A final and Krissie came 4th in the same final.
In the Intermediate class, Maddie came 4th in the A final and Bethany came 1st in the B final.
Poole CSC Weekly News Circular by Russ T 1st August
Firstly a massive thankyou to everyone that helped and supported for the Euros weekend. It was an absolutley exhausting but extremly enjoyable weekend.
An extra big thankyou to my fellow kitchen crew.
This Thursday 4th August is the 4th local league event, first race at 6:30.
On Friday morning Ben Tinsdale and Jay Briggs qualified for the junior semi-final.
In the afternoon Callum Smith, Callum Albin and a flying Fraser Garnett qualified for the Junior semi-final.
In the open - Greg/Maciej and Dawid all qualified for the open semi-final, unfortunatley Dean Hook missed out by a couple of points.
Saturday morning Ben Tinsdale and Jay Briggs qualified for the Junior final.
Both Fraser and the Callum's battled bravely but did not qualify for the final.
Saturday afternoon Ben `Mc`Tinsdale rode for Scotland Juniors in the Nations cup and top scored for them !
Sarturday afternoon Ben Donohue rode for Ireland seniors who came 4th in the senior nations cup.
Both Ben and Jay put in a strong performance on their GB debut. GB juniors beat Poland juniors 113-84
They both won their opening rides for GB, but my highlight of the weekend came in heat 15 - when our 2 Poole riders were paired together of gates 2 & 4 and powered to a maximum 7-3.
Sunday in the junior final both our riders performed well with Ben finishing the day 12th place and Jay joint 7th place a great performance from both.
In the Womens event we had some good displays, with Maddie (youngest competitor) finishing in joint 12th on 8 points and Anna finishing joint 11th on 9 points, Sandra finished 8th on 12 points. Macie just missed out on a rostrom finish on 17 points. Krissie finsihed 3rd with 18 points after a run off for second with Vicky Brown.
In the open Greg finished joint 5th and Maciej joint 6th and Dawid Bas finished second after a run off.
Well done to all riders, you all rode brilliantly and made us very proud.
I hope I have not missed anything or anyone !
This weekend sees a challenge match away at Birmingham, and no fixtures at Harbourside.
National Womans League - Cookson Park Sheffield
After tasting defeat in the first round match against defending regional champions "Midlands" our young up and coming South West side travelled to Sheffield where they eased home to a comfortable 21 point victory against the host region with all 4 of our Poole riders playing an important part. The battle for 2nd place in the table behind the MIdlanders goes next to the Eastern region before the final round comes to Harbourside Park on September 25th.
North 49 South West 70 (Lauren Hookway 13 Bethany Briggs 12 Macie Schmidt 12 Maddie Saunders 11 Krissie Mines 11 Alice Neighbour 11).
Grand Prix (Experts)
Macie Schmidt 11 B final 3rd Krissie Mines 10 B Final 4th
Grand Prix (Intermediate)
Maddie Saunders 14 A final 2nd Bethany Briggs 10 C final 1st
BRITISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND UP
Whit weekend was a busy one for the clubs riding squad with participation in all 7 British Club Championships staged at Leicester, Wednesfield and East Park in the MIdlands.
Day 1 got off to a good start with a bronze medal for our very young Girls team - a great effort against the vastly more experienced Leicester and Ipswich sides. The age disparity was even greater in the U.19's but the team did not disgrace themselves finishing 5th.
Day 2 saw two more medal performances with a silver in the U.16's final and a silver in the U.10's after a run-off for first place. In the stronger of two Vets semi's the Poole 40+ quartet controversially lost out on a place in the final.
Day 3 saw our U.13 and Senior quartet's take 3rd places in their semi's to miss out on final qualification at East Park. Had the draw been a little kinder in both events, Poole would have made it to the final and highly probable bronzes but in each case we were in semi's against the ultimate gold and silver finalists!! Luck of the draw....or not.
In the overall race for the British Club title, Ipswich deservedly held on to the trophy but good all-round results across the board enabled Poole to finish as runners-up with the promise of better to come down the line!
FINAL BCC TABLE
EAST PARK 72
ASTLEY & T 32
THE LAURELS 2016
Former European Champion Matiej Ganczarek lifted the Ade Gale Laurels proudly on a day of top class racing and a dramatic finale in front of an appreciative Harbourside crowd. This was a victory which few would have predicted after 8 heats which saw the Polish star collect just 3 points from his first two outings. However he got his act together with three straight wins to finish on 15, level with Paul Heard and Myke Grimes but some way short of the leading scorers 2015 champion Greg Gluchowski who finished on 18 and Ben Mould and Cody Chadwick with 17 apiece.
However, a place in the top 6 was all that it took to leave the door open for all these riders to top the rostrum with the newly trialled format which saw the top two scorers through to the “Grand Final” and riders 3rd to 6th contesting a semi-final for the remaining two places. Just to increase the uncertainty factor, gate positions were drawn by the riders which saw Ganczarek on the inside grid in the semi, Heard on two, Mould on three and Grimes off four. Heard gated across to lead into the first bend and Grimes powered off four seeking to join him but Ganczarek took advantage of a tighter line and settled in behind the England captain.
So to the final itself and first to draw was trophy holder Gluchowski whose smile quickly disappeared when he drew the outside while Chadwick looked happier with two. Heard looked happier still with the inside leaving Ganczarek wondering what to do with his gate 3. The crowd were soon to find out as Aussi star Cody Chadwick got his marching orders for anticipating the start leaving just three riders to compete for the three rostrum positions. Heard trapped well in the re-start and came under pressure from Gluchowski creating just enough space for Ganczarek to burst powerfully under the pair for victory.
Outside the top six, Aaron Herbert and Dean Hook lowered the colours of other more fancied contenders while Ty Geertson also caught the eye despite still being somewhat jet-lagged having landed in the UK just 36 hours earlier. A healthy crowd, perfect weather and full blooded racing from a top class field – all the ingredients for a perfect cycle speedway meeting. That was the real story of the 2016 Ade Gale Laurels kindly sponsored by Precision Engraving of Weymouth.
Scorecard - Greg Gluchowski 18 Cody Chadwick 17 Ben Mould 17 Myke Grimes 15 Paul Heard 15 Matiej Ganczarek 15 Aaron Herbert 14 Dean Hook 12 Dan Chambers 11 Mark Carmichael 11 Ty Geertson 10 Mark Carmichael 10 Steve Harris 10 Neil Hollebon 9 Corey Drewett 7 Ben Donohue 6.
Semi-final - 1st Paul Heard 2nd Matiej Ganczarek 3rd Myke Grimes 4th Ben Mould
Grand Final – 1st Matiej Ganczarek 2nd Paul Heard 3rd Greg Gluchowski 4th Cody Chadwick (exc)
Referee – Colin Simmons
In the Ladies event, Lauren Hookway was in a dominating mood, sailing through to claim another first place.
The A-final featured Poole rider Krissy Mines joining Hookway, along with Leicester duo Lizzie Rigley and Chloe Whitehead.
In an eventful A-final, Hookway raced away from the tapes to claim victory, but Rigley had it all to do off grid four, finding her way past Whitehead, before making chase on Mines.
A last ditch dive almost secured second for Ridgley, but it was well defended by Mines, however Whitehead saw her opportunity and came underneath both riders to claim second place, while Mines managed to secure third after the dramatic last bend tussle – Rigley having to settle for fourth and probably deserving more.
1st Lauren Hookway 2nd Chloe Whitehead
3rd Krissy Mines 4th Lizzie Ridgley
Meeting highlights from South Coast Journalism here -
Poole CSC aims to replicate the exciting flavour of the 2015 World Team final at Harbourside on Sunday by lining up the cream of Welsh, Australian, Polish and
English cycle speedway for the annual Ade Gale “LAURELS”. Amongst the star studded line-up will be the Aussie pair of Cody Chadwick who has made such a
big impact in the Elite league with Ipswich this season and Ty Geertson who landed here yesterday for his first taste of British racing. 2015 Laurels champion
Greg Gluchowski has a limited racing schedule this season due to work commitments but has made time for the Laurels and will head the Polish challenge for
more honours along with fellow compatriot and club mate Maciej Ganczarek who is rapidly recovering the form which earned him the European title 8 years ago.
Wales were close to causing an upset in the 2015 Worlds and their top duo of Ben Mould and Mark Carmichael will be strong contenders for a rostrum place
based on regular performances at the Baiter circuit. Last minute injury problems for World number two Chris Timms might limit his role to onlooker which will be a great
disappointment for Chris and the local crowd who enjoyed his two classic encounters with Matiej Ganczarek a fortnight ago when honours finished even.
Fortunately, fellow international Myke Grimes has stepped in and provides an able replacement and joins his England team-mate and captain Paul Heard who
currently commutes between Wednesfield and Swietochlowice for his Elite racing.
While it would be no surprise to see this gilt edged international octet battling for the coveted rostrum places, the line-up is completed with eight talented
Brits, any one of whom is capable of springing a surprise with Ricky Johnson and Steve Harris currently knocking up good scores and Josh Brooke and Dan Chambers
an important part of the Ipswich resurgence. South Coast stars Aaron Herbert and Neil Hollebon get the chance to shine and Poole Elite squad members Dean
Hook and Ben Donohue complete the 2016 Laurels which is this year sponsored by Precision Engraving of Weymouth.
The good news for those travelling to Poole on Sunday is that the A338 Ringwood-Bournemouth Spur Road has just re-opened after 9 month closure although
the good weather forecast could see the usual Whitsun rush to the coast! The Laurels is scheduled for a 3pm start but the day’s events get under way at 1pm
with the Woman’s Laurels and with Vicky Brown away on holiday, it’s a chance for the likes of Lizzie Ridgely, Lauren Jacobs and Lauren Hookway to step up to
the top of the rostrum.
ON THE ROAD 2016
17th April: Five Poole Girls in action in the British Woman's League
competition in Wednesfield - West Midlands.
Yes, Poole provided no less than five of the 8 girl SW team that raced against the crack Midlands team, losing by just 7 points, a massive improvement on their big defeat 12 months ago.
Both Krissie Mines and Macie Schmidt recorded race wins in a hotly contested match with Maddie, Bethany and Anna gaining valuable experience of top flight team racing which augurs well for the future .
South West 56 Midlands 63 (Poole scorers - Krissie Mines 9 (3r)
Macie Schmidt 9 (4r) Maddie Saunders 5 (2r) Anna Tuttle 4 (2r) Bethany Briggs 4 (2r).
In the Junior Grand Prix Maddie Saunders shone with a fine runners up place to notch 20 GP points in the A final. Bethany Briggs made it to the B final where she finished 3rd with Anna Tuttle winning the C final in her GP debut.
Despite being age-eligible for Junior competition, Macie Schmidt was promoted to the Senior group, lining up with Britain's best including World Champion Vicky Brown. She raced well to take 2nd place in the C final behind clubmate and fellow world finalist Krissie Mines.
*The final round of this 4 event series will be staged at Poole at the end of September.
16th April; Ben Tinsdale (7th) and Jay Briggs (6th) were in action at Newport in the Welsh "Open". Good performances but just short of the rostrum.
2015 AWARDS NIGHT PREVIEW
Poole stage their annual Awards Evening this coming Saturday evening (November 21st) at “Champs Bar” in Poole Stadium with doors opening at 7pm. Entry on door £2.50.
High on the list of priorities will be the presentation of trophies for Clubnight riders and the Youth & Junior squad who swept the board
In both the regional and national BYJL competition categories.
With such a successful season to reflect on, the judging panel were set a hard task in making their nominations for the six coveted
Club Rider of the Year awards which will be made to U.8 U.10 U.12 U.14 Junior and Senior riders. An equally tough decision faces
the nomination for the Clubman of the Year award with so many contenders following the highly acclaimed World Championship events staged at Harbourside back in August.
With trophies duly in the hands of their worthy recipients, guests will again be entertained by GJ Cabarets, who are back by popular demand after their brilliant performance at “Champs” twelve months ago and cameo appearance on World Cup day at Harbourside.
Remember that edited highlights of the World Team Final will be shown on Sky Sports 3 this evening at 6pm in “Sports Unlimited”
while the club’s media profile receives another boost today with great coverage of the BYJL successes in the Bournemouth Echo.
WORLD CUP VIEWPOINT
Cycle Speedway picked up a new fan at the World Team Cup event at Poole - none other than four time World Speedway Champion Barry Briggs. Briggo had been invited alongside another shale legend Brian Crutcher, as special guests for the event.
And he was mightily impressed by the set-up at Harbourside Park and the racing. Poland ran out winners from England, Wales and Australia.
Enthused Briggo “I thought it was absolutely fantastic. I’ve done a few in England over the years because when he first came over, Ivan Mauger used to ride for the Wimbledon team, just round the corner from the stadium”.
And Barry himself has been known to try his hand at pedal power too. “That’s how I first met Ronnie Moore. I was in the same cycle speedway team in New Zealand.
The facilities down at Poole were just unbelievable. A great crowd and the track was better prepared than most speedway tracks!
They have open practices down there, kids from about 4 years old go there with their pushbikes keeping them out of trouble.
(Article extract reproduced courtesy of Speedway Star)
British Individual Championships 2015
Good luck to these Poole riders in the BIC's..............
Sat August 29th
11am Kesgrave Under 10 Girls Final Natalie Goulden 4th
12am Gt Blakenham Over-50 Final Dave Murphy 4th
12am Kesgrave Senior Mens Qual 1 Steve Harris
1pm Gt Blakenham Under 13 Boys Pre Qual Nathan Goulden
2.30 Gt Blakenham Senior Mens Qual 1 Gavin Wheeler
3.30 Kesgrave U10 Boys Final Ollie Saunders 2nd
5pm Gt Blakenham Vets 40+ Pre Qual Steve Harris & Pete Chant
Sun August 30th
10am Gt B'ham U13 Girls Final Maddie Saunders 4th Anna Tuttle 5th
12am Gt B. U16 Boys PreQual Ben Tinsdale Callum Smith - Qualifd
12.30 Kesgrave Vets 40+ Final Steve Harris 3rd
2.30 Kesgrave Senior Qual 4 Gavin Wheeler & Steve Harris non-qualifd
4pm Gt Blakenham Under 13 Boys Final Nathan Goulden 6th
4pm Kesgrave Womens Pre Qual Krissie Mines & Macie Schmidt Qualfd
5.30 Gt Blakenham Under 19 Final Aaron Smith & Callum Albin unplaced
Mon August 31st at Ipswich
11am Under 16 Boys Final Callum Smith and Ben Tinsdale
1pm Womens/Under 16 Girls Final Krissie Mines and Macie Schmidt
3pm Senior Mens Final
DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE WORLD CUP
Dolphin Shopping Centre sponsors 2015 World Team Cycle Speedway Cup
To mark its commitment in sponsoring the 2015 World Team Cycle Speedway Cup, the Dolphin Shopping Centre will be holding a Poole Cycle Speedway event on Saturday July 18.
Poole has become home to a hotbed of cycle talent, and with the World Team Cycle Speedway Cup returning to Poole for the first time in 20 years, the Dolphin Shopping Centre is keen to support what has been a popular sport in Poole since the 1940s.
At Saturday’s event, shoppers will have the chance to meet with riders from the team, learn more about the history of Poole Cycle Speedway and even have a go their very own speed trial cycle thanks to Everyone Active bringing two static bikes into the shopping centre.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Dolphin Centre manager John Grinnell said: “Poole has become known locally and internationally for the success of its Cycle Speedway and we’re thrilled to be associated with the prestigious 2015 World Cup.”
Riders from across the world will be heading to Poole for the four day competition which takes place at Harbourside Park on Thursday July 30 to Sunday August 2.
The World Cup takes place every two years, where five world class riders compete in teams for their respective countries, including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Poland and Australia.
Poole’s two time British Champion Gavin Wheeler will be lining up for England alongside 2013 British under-16 champion and regular Poole first team rider, Aaron Smith, the son of former Poole Pirates speedway rider Kevin Smith.
For more information on Poole Cycle Speedway and the 2015 World Team Cycle Speedway Cup, please visit: http://www.poolecsc.com/.
LEAGUE SQUADS NAMED
Poole Tigers - Callum Albin, Luke Armes, Chris Blundell, Wil Bristow, Leyton Glover, Arron Morgan, Aaron Smith, Gavin Wheeler.
Poole Comets - Jay Briggs, Hayden Chant, Pete Chant, Ben Donohue, Greg Gluchowski, Dean Hook, Niall Instone, Arek Szymanski.
BACK ON TRACK
Very wet ground conditions have not helped in the quest to finish track re-laying but the good news is that we are now just days away from our first practise session - but again the weather will be the deciding factor! Two sessions are provisionally planned for Sunday March 1st with juniors in action from 1030 and seniors due to stretch their legs from 1pm. Club captain Greg will checkout conditions with a few trial laps towards the end of the week and confirmation of the sessions will be posted here and on our Twitter & Facebook pages.
GOOD NEWS WEEK
A double helping of good news was served up to Poole club members in a busy pre-season event at Harbourside when details were revealed of valuable financial support ahead of a mouth-watering season down on the South coast. An improvement grant of £10,000 from Poole Borough will ensure that the facilities will be in tip top condition as plans are made for the World team and individual events in August. Work is already underway on a series of track and clubroom projects as efforts will now accelerate ahead of the 2015 season.
A further boost comes with news that a major national company will be supporting the World team events with a four figure sum. Final details will be announced in a press statement in a few week's time. British Cycling's Regional Manager Mark Adams hailed the efforts of club members in achieving both these pieces of good news and was on hand to make a special presentation to the club in recognition of their membership increase in 2014 which surpassed all other Clubmark cycle clubs in South Region. Formalities over, action swiftly moved upstairs to the new gym which is already proving a big hit with the riding squad.
BIG CHANGES IN THE SOUTH WEST LEAGUE
The South West League will operate a three-team format for its first Division in 2015 in a bold experiment designed to inject some new interest in the competition after a disappointing year which saw a number of match defaults. The change will be doubly exciting for Poole as it creates the opportunity to run 2 teams in the League which will provide first team experience for 12 - 16 riders on every match day.
There will be 10 rounds of matches between 29th March and 27th September with the top three in the table contesting the play-off final on 18th October.
Traditional Division 2 and Conference leagues are scrapped in favour of a 3 tier Grand Prix style competition with separate categories for U.14 U.19 and Open riders. The great advantage of the new format is its flexibility as every rider who wishes to compete will be catered for. Match details will be posted on our fixtures page shortly with Round 1 at Exeter on March 29th with both the new style Poole teams in action against the Devon club.
EXCITING YEAR IN PROSPECT
2015 promises to be another exciting season of cycle speedway racing at Harbourside Park with the usual blend of top level senior competitions alongside our talented "Blue Army" of young girls and boys regularly in action in our Tuesday Clubnights and the British Youth & Junior League. To cap it all we have been selected to stage the World Team Cup final on August 2nd.....what a mouth-watering prospect that is.
Winter has rarely been a time for our hard working volunteers to sit around idly and this year has been no exception. A programme of improvements has been underway since late October and more are planned so that by the time the of the World Cup, our circuit will be in its best shape ever! To unveil stage 1 of this project and to announce details of stage 2, the Club is staging a pre-season "Presentation" at the clubroom on Thursday January 29th at 7.30pm to which all members, families and supporters are welcome.
Presentation Night Report
It proved to be a bumper night at Champs Bar on Saturday evening when more than 170 guests got together for the 2014 Poole Presentation Night which this year coincided with the Club's 40th anniversary. Buffet and raffle formalities over, four members of the 1975 Comets squad, John Bryant, Rob Haywood, Pete Ross and Colin Sutton were first to be introduced as they ceremoniously donned original body colours for the occasion.
Club President Dave Lanning and Poole Cycle Speedway's "godfather" Jimmy Gale teamed up to present the 50 trophies lined up in readiness starting with some of the "Clubnight" awards to newcomers and younger riders most of whom are yet to race competitively away from Harbourside Park. Next in line was the 29 rider squad which competed in the Wosskow Brown BYJL grand prix, finishing overall runners up in the National and winners of the Regional event.
Six categories for the Rider of the Year awards saw regional BYJL winner Joe Hurren receive the Under 8 trophy and British Champion Nathan Goulden step up to receive the Under 10 award. Anna Tuttle was the popular winner of the Under 12's category and perhaps the biggest cheer of the night greeted British Champion Macie Schmidt when she was named Under 14 Rider of the Year.
The selection panel was evenly divided in their verdict for the Under 16 award so two trophies were on the table, one of which went to Jay Briggs and the other to Macie Schmidt who made a swift return to the stage. The final award category was for Senior riders with plenty of worthy contenders for the panel to chose from and once again another big cheer went up to greet the winner, Dean Hook.
In 2013 the Chairman's award went to its oldest ever winner, photographer John Burge and in 2014 by contrast, the coveted trophy was awarded to its youngest ever recipient Katie Garnett who acts as the Club's principal receptionist on the all important Tuesday Clubnights.
There were surprise presentations in store for long serving founder members Colin Sutton, Pete Ross and Graham Sutton in recognition of their contribution to the club and Lewis Barnes stepped up to receive a similar award on behalf of his grandad Pete Barnes who is currently in Australia.
Many riders who have raced for the club over the last 40 years swelled the guest-list as old times were recounted and prompted by archive video footage and a "Forty Years" slideshow to stir memories courtesy of Rob Haywood. Reminiscences came to an abrupt halt however when G J Cabarets took to the floor for a spectacular dance act which drew full attention and appreciative applause all round. Completing the evenings' entertainment, Chris Shylock manned the decks with a selection of floor-filling dance tracks.
Elite league averages for 2014
Although race averages are not the complete guide to a riders contribution to team based events, they are always published at the end of the season by the league recorder and inevitably attract attention! Here are the stats for the Poole Elite squad for the season just ended. Minimum of 3 matches required to be listed.
Division 1: Greg Gluchowski 3.41 Gavin Wheeler 3.15 Arek Szymanski 2.88
Steve Harris 2.87 Aaron Smith 2.41 Dean Hook 2.39 Ben Donohue 2.31 Arron Morgan 2.26 Luke Armes 1.67 Hayden Chant 1.62
Division 2: Hayden Chant 3.11 Callum Albin 2.95 Pete Chant 2.92 Luke Armes 2.91 Jay Briggs 2.54 Wil Bristowe 2.38 Brandon Hague 2.36 Callum Smith 1.82 Caris Glover 1.20
BRITISH TITLE FOR MACIE
12th July - Poole Seaview rider Macie Schmidt is the newly crowned British Under 13 Girls champion after racing unbeaten in the final at Edinburgh. Her toughest race was against clubmate and friend Chloe Albin who dropped her only point to Macie to finish up in the silver medal position.
There was also a rostrum place for Callum Smith who took third place in the Boys final after scoring 17 points from his five races. Poole riders Fraser Garnett and Nathan Goulden also contested the final scoring 7 and 6 respectively.
All five riders were recruited into the sport at the popular Clubnight sessions staged every Tuesday evening at Harbourside Park. "Our Under 13 squad have trained hard for this event for several months and by taking three of the six rostrum positions available, their efforts have clearly paid off" remarked club coach Ben Donohue.
SW Championships at Swindon
13th July - Greg Gluchowski was crowned SW Senior riders' champion at
the Oasis in the toughest of Britains 4 regional finals. He notched 19 points to top the rostrum with fellow countryman Arek Szymanski just off the rostrum in 4th place with 15 after a costly slip in his opening ride. Dean Hook and Aaron Smith gave a good account of themselves with 13 and 12. In the U.16 event Callum Albin finished runner up while Caris Glover took third place in the Girls competition.
First Elite League Victory for Poole Comets
Poole belatedly kick started their Elite League season with a convincing win against a weakenedNewport side in front of a healthy sized crowd at Harbourside Park.
Two of the World's top juniors clashed in the opening race with Adam Bozejewicz getting the verdict over Arek Szymanski before the Dorset side reeled off three 7-3 wins in the next 5 heats to lead by 11 points only for Szymanski to move at the tapes to gift the visitors a 7-2, reducing the deficit back to six. Race wins featuring Greg Gluchowski and Ben Donohue moved the interval scoreline to 50-37 as Poole moved firmly back into the driving seat.
With the advantage of inside grids after the break, Newport were able to share the next four races with heat 11 the pick as Mark Carmichael just held off the strong challenge of Gluchowski. Mindful that they could move off the foot of the table with a 25+ margin of victory, Poole turned on their
trademark strong finish with three maximum heats with Dean Hook taking his third straight race win from reserve in heat 15 when he teamed up with skipper Greg Gluchowski to lower the colours of Mark Carmichael.
Despite their absentees, Newport kept fighting right down to the final race when Bozejewicz held off a determined challenge from Gluchowski for his second race win of the day. In truth however, their tactic was largely one of damage limitation while the home side were looking for a morale boosting win before their home clash with Wednesfield in 4 weeks time.
While the visitors relied heavily on their top two of Carmichael and Bozejewicz, Poole were solid from top to bottom typified by Gavin Wheeler who picked up bonus points in 4 of his 5 races and Ben Donohue who raced unbeaten.
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.
Mark Carmichael 15+1 Adam Bozejewicz 15 Adama Bennett 10 Aaron Herbert 10 Colin Smimmons 7+1 Nicky Evans 7 Oli Sidwick 5+1 Joe Sidwick 3
Referee - Robin Spicer
In the Elite match race, Greg Gluchowski won the toss for grids and headed Mark Carmichael home after 4
tactical laps of racing.
Poole 114 Luke Armes 14 Hayden Chant 13 Callum Albin 12+1 Jay Briggs 10 Jake Williams 8+1 Chris Blundell 7+2 (+50 p/pts)
Newport 66 Aaron Herbert 17 Oli Sidwick 14+2 Adam Bozejewicz 13+1 Colin Simmons 9 Adam Bennett 8 Joe Sidwick 5
Gluchowski looking for Laurels Double by Gordon Day.
Poole Comets cycle speedway team captain, and Polish international racer, GREG GLUCHOWSKI, will be looking to make it a winning ‘ double’in the Ade Gale Laurels individual championship meeting at the Harbourside Raceway this coming Sunday.
But it will not be an easy task for the defending champion who will have his work cut out if he is to win this prestigious individual crown for a second successive season, a championship which has attracted the very best riders from across the cycle speedway globe.
“ It would be the highlight of my season to win for a second time “ said GLUCHOWSKI “ I was not fully aware of the outstanding commitment Ade Gale made during his years with the club before I left my home in Poland to live in Poole, but I now realise that it would be a great honour to again be the victor on the day”
Among the pre meeting favourites in the race for the title is double British Champion ANDY ANGELL. The Hull based racer has shown his liking for the Harbourside circuit in previous visits and will be a hard man to beat whatever the conditions.
Wolverhampton’s LEE ARIS is a four times British Champion who is certain to be among the pacesetters, as will Southampton’s GAVIN WHEELER. A former Poole teamster, WHEELER has a vast amount of experience of racing at the Harbourside track which could prove to be a huge bonus for the championship honours.
All eyes will also be on South Australian ‘ wonder from down under’ BOBBY McMILLEN who is making a rare appearance at the South Coast track. A member of the Australian international squad, McMILLEN is an experienced racer who could upset the form book and spring a few surprises throughout the afternoon’s racing.
This will be the tenth running of the Laurels championship event, raced in memory of former Poole captain, and English international star, Ade Gale, who died in 2004 after losing his brave fight against leukaemia.
Raced over a twenty race format, the Laurels is considered to be one of the top individual championships on the British cycle speedway calendar which always produces some hard fought and competitive racing.
“ This is a championship that everyone wants to win “ said Poole club secretary PETE BARNES “ And every rider will be going all out to add this title to his racing cv.” “ The event has always attracted the very best competitors in the sport, which is a great mark of respect to the late Ade Gale, who was a fine rider and sportsman.” “ We were fortunate to have Greg Gluchowski win the title in 2013, and we will be hoping for another ‘home’ winner this year to keep the title in Poole. One thing is for sure and that is whoever is crowned champion after the final race on Sunday will have really earned the winners laurels.”
The prestigious meeting always attracts a large Bank Holiday crowd and this year’s event looks to be no exception with the tapes going up on the first race at 12 noon with the Girls in action followed by Junior and Youth age categories before the Senior stars take to the track around 3pm.
SPONSORS of The LAURELS
DAVE WYNN ENGINEERING
While the Poole "magnificent seven" were preparing to take off for their flight to Aus for the 2013 World Championships, the rest of the club made their annual pilgrimage to Champs Bar at Poole Stadium for the important end of season diary date where trophies
are at the top of the agenda.
Opening up the procedings were the awards for the most important team of all - the canteen team without which the smooth running and success of the club simply would not happen. Unsung heros they certainly are and big, big thanks to them all.
A new innovation for this year saw trophies for Clubnight "Improvers" kindly sponsored by Bay Leaf Cafe. These were awarded to younger riders who regularly attend the Tuesday evening events, but have yet to graduate to the BYJL. The South West regional
BYJL is the most competitive in the sport and most of the 28 riders who elevated Poole to the title were on hand to receive their winners trophies.
The perpetual trophies for the South West BYJL and Club Championship were next on the table with Club President Dave Lanning on hand to endorse these fine achievements and make all the trophy presentations. A certificate from British Cycling was awarded in recognition of being the best presented Club in the Elite League based upon a season long assessment which covers the full spectrum of match presentation criteria.
Medals for the Elite League Division 1 and 2 were presented to members of the riding squad against the backdrop of the League champions trophy which has finally found its way to the Harbourside trophy cabinet where it will take pride of place for the next twelve months - and maybe longer?
The eagerly awaited rider of the year categories presented the judging panel with a tougher job than ever this year with so many fine team and individual performances.
The Under 8 award went to Danny Reeks who was top of the SW BYJL rankings while Jasmine Oddie got the verdict in the Under 10 group. The Under 12's is probably the strongest age group currently, and the deserved winner was Fraser Garnett.
The Under 14 award was won by Jordon Brandon, a newcomer to the sport this season and a rider who has made an immediate impact in terms of his racing and enthusiasm.
Another hard to judge category was the Under 16 group with a number of worthy candidates with British U.16 champion Aaron Smith coming out on top.
Success in the Elite League made the choice of senior rider of the year equally difficult with so much talent amongst the seven nominations. One of the biggest cheers of the night greeted the announcement that "Captain Fanastic" Greg Gluchowski was the award winner.
The Clubman of the Year award has often found its way to recipients who work quietly and reliably behind the scenes and these qualities were foremost in 2013 when octogenarian John Burge who having spent the whole evening snapping the achievements of others, found himself handing his camera to Rob Haywood to press the shutter while he stepped up to receive a well deserved award of his own!
POOLE ARE DOUBLE ELITE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
Poole Comets are the 2013 Elite League champions after romping to a stunning 20 point away victory at Sheffield in their final match of the season. Inspired by a faultless maximum from European Champion Marcin Szymanski, every rider from one to eight played a full part in the hard fought encounter with the Yorkshire team which was defending a 100% home record.
Early races were tense affairs with the points shared in three of the four opening exchanges before British U.16 champion Aaron Smith took a win in a 6-4 advantage to make the scoreline 23-27. Even better was to follow as Greg Gluchowski skillfully passed home star Radek Hanke creating just enough of a gap for his team partner Steve Harris to follow through for a vital 7-3 to double the advantage.
When Polish supremo's Szymanski and Ganczarek teamed up with another maximum return in heat 7, the Comets opened up a convincing 13 point gap which was pegged back to 11 at the interval after Steve Harris was shaken up after a high speed tumble.
Sheffield had no answer to the Poole firepower in the second half as the Comets provided seven of the nine race winners and another text-book 7-3 from the Szymanski/Ganczarek pairing. Team manager Pete Barnes summed up the feelings of the club when he saying " we have competed in the top league for eighteen seasons and this is our first title success so it means a great deal to everyone concerned.
Added to their Division 1 title, Poole juniors won the Elite Division 2 trophy to make it a doubly successful season for the club.
BRITISH FINALS WEEKEND UPDATE.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend Poole riders will be competing in all the national championship competitions covering U.10's - boys and girls, U.16 - boys and girls and the sports "Blue Ribband" event, the British Senior Championships. Results will be posted on Spokesman online with match reports plus results as they happen from Spokesman via Twitter (@EditorSpokesman).
Day 1 started well for Poole in the U.10 Girls, as Jasmine Oddie picked up 14 points and a rostrum (3rd) place. While Jas has one more year at this age level, the top two girls will be over age! In the boys U.10's there was fierce competition for places and Scottie Pierce fell short of the cut while Nathan Goulden did enough to make the final where he notched up a creditable 10 points.
In round 1 of the Senior competition at Birmingham, there were 3 qualifying events with just the top 3 riders from each going through to Monday's coveted final at Coventry while the rest of the competitors face difiicult semi-finals on day 2 at Leicester. Brilliant performances from Arron Morgan and Steve Harris saw them both qualify with 17 points....Arron beat Chris Jewkes (Wednesfield) in a race off and Steve Harris headed home Mark Carmichael in similar fashion.
Day 2 at Leicester started well for Aaron Smith (19) and Callum Albin (14) who both qualified for the U.16 final.....good luck lads.
It just got better....much better. Arron who drew number 13 in the draw, made the most of his two inside starts in heats 4 and 5, to take a full 8 points from his first two races. Next up he takes 3 points from a well worked second place off grid 4 in heat 12 which puts him on 11 points and joint leader.
He stays at the top of the scorechart with a well judged race win in heat 14 so another win in his final race will see him crowned champion. Pressure time in heat 19 when he lines up from gate 2 with Hill of Ipswich on one. All 4 back after first bend melee but no mistakes with a clean getaway at the second attempt. Fresh air for Aaron this time and the champions jersey awaits! Nice one.
Callum Albin finishes with a creditable 7 points and is pleased as punch to collect his finalists' medal especially after all the injury issues he has had to endure. Could it be a rostrum in 2014???
Day 3 at Coventry started on a good note for Krissie Mines who earned a rostrum place in the British Girls U.16 championship, joining Jasmine Oddie, Macie Schmidt and Chloe Albin who have all attained that status at their respective age groups this season.
Making his debut in a British Senior Final, Arron Morgan earned himself a place in Britain's top ten rankings with a well taken 11 points. Steve Harris scored 8 points while Elite League team mate Thomas Reed delighted a capacity crowd by taking the title for the first time. Thomas makes his first appearance on track after being crowned British Champion next Sunday here at Harbourside Park in the big league clash between Poole and Horspath!
STEVE HARRIS IS BRITISH CHAMPION
Poole's former World champion Steve Harris has long rated the Astley circuit as one of his favourites and he raced to the O-40 British individual title, winning all his five races to score a maximum 20 points. He showed his class with two excellent wins from the back in his opening two races, before making perfect starts to win his last three races convincingly.
British Over-40 Individual Championship Scorechart
Steve Harris (Poole) 20, Mark Griffiths (Wednesfield) 19, Andy Stone (Exeter) 17, Lee Lawrence (Edinburgh) 16, Chris Turner (Sheffield) 15, Terry Norman (Stockport) 15, Dave Meanley (Wednesfield) 14, Paddy Wenn (Norwich) 13, Peter Chant (Southampton) 11, Mick Knowles (Sheffield) 9, Martin Glover (Swindon) 8, Richie Pawson (Hull) 6
BIG WEEKEND FOR POOLE RIDERS
As the summer sun makes a welcome appearance, Poole riders will face the heat on the track at two major events. On Saturday 6th July, six of the best will be in action in the £1,000 Westernapolis at Exeter - an event to celebrate 50 years of racing at the Devon club. Greg Gluchowski, Steve Harris, Arron Morgan, Wil Bristowe, Aaron Smith and new boy Arek Szymanski will all be in action.
UPDATE>>>>>>Greg Gluchowski takes 2nd place on rostrum and Steve Harris finishes 4th after a run-off. Event won by world champion, Lukasz Nowacki. Arron Morgan (11) and Arek (10) also made it to the grand final.
On Sunday 7th, our unbeaten South West League team go head to head with top of the table Newport at the South Wales circuit in what could be a title decider. Good luck to our riders.
INTERNATIONAL HONOURS FOR POOLE RIDERS
News of Poole riders progress in the Home International at Wednesfield coming soon!
Aaron Smith scores 13 for the England Junior team in their victory and Leyton Glover gets 14 for the senior team in their victory!
NEW POLE STAR FOR POOLE (Article from Seeker News)
Elite League title favourites Poole Comets have strengthened their squad with the signing of Polish junior international Arek Szymanski. The 18 year old, completed his signing for the club after flying in to this country on Monday, and will make his debut for Poole in the weekend’s top of the table clash with Sheffield.
Poole team manager, Pete Barnes, is delighted to have the young racer at the club. ‘ He first came to our notice last year when he competed in the European Championships’
‘ I met up with him again when I was in Poland at the end of last season and sounded him out regarding the possible opportunity of racing for us this year. We monitored his performances in Polish league racing and as a result decided to make our move to get in on board. ’
‘ His signing gives us a lot more all round team strength in our quest for the Elite League championship. He is determined to do well for us and has already put in several hours of practice around the Poole raceway. I’m sure he will be a great addition to our squad.’
Szymanski, who rides for Gniezno in the very competitive Polish League, is more than excited about joining the South Coast club. ‘ I think Poole are the best club in England’ he said ‘ It’s a dream come true for me to race for them’
‘ I am on a summer break from my educational studies at present, and this gives me the opportunity to join the club on a two month contract. It’s a chance I couldn’t turn down.’
Poole will be hoping that Szymanski shows his best form to help the Comets maintain their unbeaten run and stay on top of the Elite League standings.
WIL RIDES IN POLAND!
While his team mates were battling against Swindon on June 23rd , Wil Bristow was having his first taste of Polish League racing which turned out to be something of a baptism of fire! He is currently signed on for Gniezno which is the home club for Greg Gluchowski and he travelled to race against the formidable League leaders Torun who wer 93-63 victors. Wil managed a creditable 6 points from reserve berth.
CHLOE ALBIN INJURY UPDATE
Following her racing crash at Southampton on 8th June in the BYJL, Chloe was discharged from Southampton hospital on Sunday 9th with a full plaster from shoulder to hand. There is damage to her elbow and heavy swelling but fortunately due to her young age, no bones were broken. Chloe's biggest problem seems to be how long before she can start racing again. Everyone wishes her a speedy recovery....thats for sure!
Update....Chloe was at the track for Clubnight on June 11th as usual, but despite protests, was not allowed to race with her arm in a plaster and sling. Still as happy and chatty as ever!
ELITE LEAGUE ON TWITTER!
A new results service for the Elite League has now been set up on Twitter which gives a heat by heat guide to matches. For the first match of the season when Poole were at Ipswich, followers were able to keep up with match developments - race by race. To access, go to @eliteleaguecs
- you dont have to be be "signed up" to twitter to get the info, as it is all available on the home page. Wherever you are, keep in touch!
LATEST...June 8th....get regular updates on the big Elite clash at Wednesfield tomorrow via Twitter...can Poole keep their 100% record? Full match details on this website first.
Whit weekend will be busy at Harbourside Park with activities spread over 2 days starting on Saturday 25th May with a Great Britain training camp for members of the squad preparing to compete in the Worlds in Australia in November. Then on Sunday 26th, we stage Britain's top invitational individual event.....the "Ade Gale Laurels" which this year is split into four categories - Girls/Juniors, Youth and Senior. As always, their will be a top class field in each event. Check back for full details soon.
NEW BIKES IN DEMAND
Now that Tuesday Clubnight sessions are in full swing, the newly arrived Du Vivo junior bikes are proving very popular with the younger brigade. In addition to the four 20" wheel versions, the latest arrival is a 16" model suitable for the very youngest of our gang!
As the word spreads around the sport, the supplier - European champion and Poole elite team member Marcin Szymanski - could find himself busy. Already young Ben Ives has taken delivery of a very smart blue version for his 5th birthday....and what a smile that brought to his face when he was presented with it in the Harbourside pits! Word is that another top club is about to place an order for a set of "D.V.'s"...watch this space.
BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS;
The first two rounds of the 2013 British club championship take place over the May bank holiday weekend with our Under 10's and Under 13's in action.
Here are the details:-
Saturday May 4th at 2pm - Under 10's at Poole.
Final - Astley (Manch) Ipswich, Kesgrave, Underwood, Exeter & Poole.
Monday May 6th at 1pm - Under 13's at Exeter:
Semi-final 2 - Poole, Astley, Ipswich & Wednesfield
The British Under 13 Individual Championships take place at Swindon on May 5th.
Boys qualifying round is at 12 noon and Poole riders George Newman Shane Hamner Fraser Garnett Callum Smith & Nathan Goulden line up in a field of 27 riders. The top 16 will go through to the final at 2.30pm.
The Girls final is at 1.30pm and includes Macey Schmidt and Chloe Albin.
WELCOME ABOARD DAVE;
Dave Lanning accepted the position of club President it was announced at our Pre-season Presentation Evening.
See Spokesman online for a full report in Club call.
The track is now back in use after the exceptionally wet winter and cold spring there is now an opportunity for members of all ages to get some laps in. These are the times -
Tuesday Clubnights - Juniors from 6.30....Seniors to follow.
Thursdays from 5.00 for Juniors....Seniors to follow.
Club bikes available.
(Please contact one of the club officials if there is wet weather....or check the website)
BIG CHANGES IN BYJL COMPETITION FOR 2013
At the Cycle Speedway Commission meeting yesterday, it was decided to revert back to a single venue in the national rounds of the Youth & Junior league following strong petitioning from the South West clubs. These rounds will start at 10am and there will no longer be an Under 18 competition - an event which has always struggled to attract riders.
Sponsorship has been curtailed after a very generous and long running deal with Wosskow Brown which means that entry fees for national rounds will be fixed at £5.00
More good news on the BYJL....it reverts back to a single club competition with the overall club winners based on an aggregate of all events rather than separation of Youth and Junior. Congratulations administrators....you got it right!
Poole have been accepted for the 2013 Elite League along with 5 other clubs - Birmingham, Horspath, Ipswich, Sheffield and Wednesfield. Leicester will not be racing at this level for the first time. Two important changes suggested by the Poole could be adopted for Elite racing for the benefit of young British riders (15-18 yrs) by having up to three races in any match from the number 9 and 10 positions. There will be no programmed rides and races will be at the discretion of the team manager. Points scored will not carry any penalty points in Division 2 matches. Division 2 teams would also be able to use secondry licenced riders - maximum 2 - something that has previously been disallowed.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS TO ELITE SQUAD FOR 2013:
Poole have made two important additions to their Elite squad for 2013 with the arrival of accomplished British International riders, Steve Harris and Gavin Wheeler in an otherwise unchanged line-up. Steve, who arrives on a full transfer from Horspath, brings a wealth of experience from his eleven years with the Oxford club where he has played a pivotal role in their racing successes. Now racing in the Vets section, Steve holds the record for the most british Senior final appearances.
Gavin returns to Harbourside on a secondary licence hoping to recapture the form he showed here between 2008 and 2010 which saw him crowned British Champion. Most recently in action with Wednesfield, Sky viewers will have had an opportunity to see him in action. Both Steve and Gavin see their Elite action for Poole as a key part of their preparation for the World championships next November!
To complete the Elite squad for 2013, Poole made another important signing just as the transfer deadline was about to kick in so we extend a very warm welcome to Phil Howells. Phil is a top quality rider who has twice been crowned British Champion - in 2000 and again in 2003 with a further rostrum place in 2011 from a total of 6 final appearances.
Most recently, Phil has raced in the Elite league for Leicester but their withdrawal has allowed him to realise one of his previously unfulfilled racing ambitions to ride for Poole.
Based in Norwich, he is sure to add valuable experience to the Poole Elite squad - along with Gavin and Steve - as they prepare for the 2013 campaign.
POOLE SPORTS COUNCIL AWARD:
Pete Ross was presented with a certificate of commendation for outstanding services to cycle speedway by the Mayor of Poole at the recent annual Sports Council awards ceremony. A founder member of the club back in 1974, Pete is one of the unsung heros who can always be found helping out on Clubnights and on match days throughout the season. Equally importantly, away from the racing action, Pete has lent his practical skills to many of our improvement projects which helps to keep us right at the top when it comes to facilities. If ever an award was thoroughly deserved, this was surely it!
CYCLE SPEEDWAY MASTERCLASS:
Not only is European Champion and 2012 Poole signing Marcin Szymanski the best of the bunch when it comes to action on the track as he has demonstrated in his Elite League matches with the club, he is also setting the pace with cycle speedway equipment. The bike he is currently using employs a host of high end specifications which sets it apart from those more regularly seen here in league racing. Marcin has been keen to explain some of these to his new Poole team colleagues in terms of performance potential. Checkout his new website (www.speed-rower.pl) for more info.