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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.