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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!
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.