Ice Hockey: Manchester ‘STORMS’ back to beat Nottingham in Shoot out

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MANCHESTER   STORM                          5 – 4  (AFTER PENS)                NOTTINGHAM PANTHERS

                                                            

This past Saturday evening witnessed the Manchester Storm hitting the ice after a long 13 year absence from the game, and saw the new franchise picking up a opening night win for their troubles against a tough Nottingham Panthers side, taking a 5-4 victory in a shoot-out.  A healthy crowd at the Altrincham Ice rink watched on from the stands, with a large contingent of the ‘Panthers Nation’ making the trip up North from M1 in Nottingham to come and support their side.

Both sides were still missing some key imports towards their rosters ahead of the game, and had them calling up players from the Nottingham Lions NIHL side for the visitors and had the home side drafting in four players from their affiliate side the Altrincham Aces. 

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After all the pre-game festivities were all out the way, it saw the opening puck drop to start the brand new era for the Storm, and It didn’t take to long for the opening goal of the game to come either. As just 33 seconds gone in the contest, it saw the visitors taking the lead from a Steve Lee rebound after David Clarke blast from in slot fell to the Panthers man and he put them one up.

Manchester’s defending in the opening period left a lot to be desired, though with only one training session with the team, it was always going to be a case of trying to hit the ground running for this pre season game. Nottingham then went 2-0 up at 3.36, as a short-handed goal was put away by debutant for the Panthers in Juraj Kolnik, as the Slovakian capitalised on a slip by a Storm defenseman down the wing and that gifted the Panthers man a one-on-one and had him slip the puck under the goalie for a two goal lead.

Manchester cut the deficit in halve mid way through the period with a lovely goal by Vinny Scarsella, after a quick break up ice saw the American forward latch on the pass up ice and had time to compose himself and fire it over the blocker of Miika Wiikman for a 2-1 score.  In the 15th minute of this challenge game, we then saw the first ‘fight’ of the season, though to be honest it was more a cuddle with Robert Farmer taking exception to the Storm’s Mike Folkes hit on his team mate on the blue line and had them had just holding on.

Panthers then made 3-1 towards the end of first period, with the Storm being caught out on a bad line change and that gave Evan Mosey the opportunity to beat Zane Kalemba in the Storm goals and see the hosts opening night not getting off to the best of starts.

The Second period and it saw a much better one for the Storm, as they battled their way into the game and were far more defensively sound than compared to their opening period display.  Nottingham had the majority of the puck and just couldn`t find many shooting lanes in the hosts defences, despite having a couple of powerplays their way.  Manchester nearly made it a 2-3 game, when Matt Paton’s effort just didn’t have enough on it and saw a good save from Wiikman to still keep it out.  

Storm’s netminder Zane Kalemba was then called upon to make a good stop from an oncoming Panthers man and gave him some confidence moving on in the game, after a shaky first period.  The players from the Altrincham Aces in John Murray, Joe Greaves, Andy Dunn and former Phoenix man Jared Dickinson, all saw them all getting decent ice time in the game and none of them looked look out of place either on the ice.

Nottingham changed goalies with Dan Green replacing Miika Wiikman in the third period, and saw the first action that Green was forced into doing, was to get the puck from the back of his net. After a Matt Paton wrist shot flew in over the shoulder of the netminder, with Mathew Sisca assisting on the goal. Storm then tied the game up at 45.44, with a shot fired in by Omar Pacha near the blue line and despite the puck being stopped by Green, the rebound was turned in by Matty Davies and had the fans in the Altrincham Ice rink celebrating the tying goal.

The hosts then had a great chance falling their way minutes later, when the Panthers were caught on a line change and forced Dan Green into making a big save and denying the hosts a lead. With the home side getting the better of play and looking very dangerous and in the ascendency, it saw the Panthers retaking the lead at 55.30 through a David Clarke effort on the blue line and that looked like it maybe the winner.

However as Omar Pacha said about how he wanted his team to play, in which speed and lots of grit and battling qualities would be the make up of his side and his words rang true. It saw the hosts equalising in the 57th minute of the contest, after they ploughed forwards on a quick break and had Mathew Sisca forcing in a rebound at the second attempt for a 4-4 game.

With the game all tied up after an entertaining sixty minute game, it led to a penalty shoot out to KORENdeciding the outcome of the match.  Nottingham failed to find the twine with any of their three efforts on Kalemba in the Manchester goals and had the home side picking up the victory, with Grant Toulmin and a beautiful move by Gal Koren giving the Storm their first win back on the ice and an impressive one too.

Sunday evening saw the Storm travelling down the A1 to the home of the EPL Play-off champions the Peterborough Phantoms, and saw the Manchester side making it two wins from two in a 7-3 game. Goals went to Matt Paton, Davey Philips, two for Mathew Sisca and hat trick by the very impressive Vinny Scarsella on his opening weekend in a Storm shirt, to complete a fantastic opening weekend for the new team.

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SPEEDWAY: Nicholls Keeps Aces Playoff Hopes Alive

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Belle Vue Aces  57  –  33  Wolverhampton

Monday night saw Belle Vue keeping their slim playoff hopes alive with a thrashing of Wolverhampton at Kirkmanshulme Lane winning 57-33. Captain Scott Nicholls proved to be a thorn in the Wolves side once again, as Nicholls joint top scored for the Aces making 12+1 and was denied a deserved paid maximum in the final race of the night.

Belle Vue team manager Mark Lemon drafted in Chris Harris as guest from the Coventry Bees for the match, as he replaced the injured Matej Zagar in the lineup with the Slovenian unable to ride after crashing out last week against Swindon and struggling with a shoulder and neck injury. Following recent results around them in the table in the last week, it made this match a ‘must win’ for the Aces prior to tapes up.

Things didn’t start off well for the home side though in the opening heat, as the Wolves claimed an easy 5-1 maximum with Freddie Lindgren and Jacob Thorssell gating ahead of Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris and Max Fricke to take an early lead. Heat 2 saw a reversal of fortunes in the reserves race, to which a little rolling start by Wolves guest Max Clegg went unpunished and saw him quickly caught on the first bend by Steve Worrall and his racing line forced the Wolverhampton pair to move over and had Stefan Nielsen blast up the inside of them to join his team-mate for a 5-1.

Belle Vue then went ahead for the first time in the match, through the brilliant riding of Scott Nicholls, after the former GB international rounded Peter Karlsson on the second bend to see a 4-2 heat advantage for the hosts, with Craig Cook finishing in third place despite trying everything to pass Karlsson in the race. Two successive shared heats moved the score on to 16-14 for the home side and had the Wolves top pairing of Lindgren and Karlsson facing the Belle Vue duo of Cook and Josh Grajczonek in heat 6.

What looked like an advantage for the visitors on paper, turned into a 4-2 for the Aces as Craig Cook put severe pressure on Lindgren for the whole race as the Swede had managed to get ahead of Cook on the opening lap. No matter what ‘fast Freddie’ as he nicknamed did, Lindgren just couldn’t shake off the Cumbrian rider on his tail and saw Cook locking up tightly on the final bend to cut back and blast under him to see the Aces move two more ahead, with Grajczonek keeping third spot.

An old Coventry link came up big for the hosts in Heat 7, when Nicholls and Harris team rode round for 5-1 for the Aces, after firstly Nicholls got the drive to pull him forward of Ricky Wells, and then on the final bend of the opening lap it saw ‘Bomber’ put his back wheel in the dirt and blast his round Wells to relegate him from first to third on the opening lap. In Heat 8 Josh Grajczonek picked up the race win for Belle Vue, as the Aussie beat Jacob Thorsell and Max Clegg, but saw his team mate in Stefan Nielsen struggling at the back with bike problems.

Czech rider Tobiasz Musielak shown his liking for the Kirkmanshulme Lane circuit once again, as Musielak won with ease and had Max Clegg holding off the advancing Max Fricke for third place to see the first advantage going the way to the Wolves since heat 1. Belle Vue then moved ten points clear of their opponents in the Heat 10, as Craig Cook did a great job of clamping Lindgren round the first bend and that allowed Scott Nicholls to come by and join him at the front of the field to have the Aces pull away from their rivals in the race.

Wolverhampton boss Peter Adams, then nominated Peter Karlsson to go for double points in the Heat 11 and saw the Swede nowhere to been seen in the entire race. It didn’t that the Swede made a poor start from the gates and that then forced Ricky Wells into allowing him through to try and launch a challenge on the Belle Vue riders, but none was forthcoming for the veteran. Max Fricke rode a simply brilliant race and had Chris Harris helping him round for an easy 5-1 for the Manchester club and all but seal the win.

The Aces reserves failed to make it back to back maximum heat advantages in the meeting, as in Heat 12, Steve Worrall rode a lovely line to pass Josh Bates to take the lead and then had his partner in Stefan Nielsen trying his very best to get by Bates in the final lap, but almost allowed Clegg to pass him near the line.

The meeting of the big guns in Heat 13 had a kind of old school Midlands rivalry to it, as it saw the Wolves riders of Lindgren and Karlsson, facing off against the old Coventry Bees connection of Nicholls and Harris. Much like the battles between the Wolves and Bees at Coventry or Wolverhampton in the past, it saw the British duo getting a heat maximum and condemning Wolves to defeat as they led 49-29 with still two heats left to race.

Another great race saw the Wolves riders getting out ahead of the home riders and that then saw Josh Grajczonek going to the fence and stopping the run of Musielak and also allowed Cook through too in third. With American rider Ricky Wells nervously checking over his shoulder for the oncoming Aces riders, Cook made one last attempt on the final bend to pass him and he managed to catapult his way to the front and take the race win with a swoop by the fence and had the home crowd going wild.

Heat 15 saw Scotty Nicholls missing out on his paid maximum in the final heat of the night, as Lindgren blocked all attempts from the former Seven times British champion, while Cook took the race win and saw another 4-2 heat advantage going the way of the Aces and broke the captain’s streak of not losing to an opposing rider.

Belle Vue now need maximum points from their final two league matches, to put the pressure on their play-off rivals in the Swindon Robins and King’s Lynn Stars, as they face the Leicester Lions at home on Sunday and then the night after, travel down to Wolverhampton to complete their league programme and where they hope to make the play-offs for the first time in 10 years.

AS IT STANDS:

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Belle Vue = 57

1. Chris Harris (G) 1, 2′, 2′, 3 = 8+2
2. Max Fricke 0, 3, 0, 3 = 6
3. Craig Cook 1, 3, 2′, 3, 3 = 12+1
4. Josh Grajczonek 1′, 1, 3, 1 = 6+1
5. Scott Nicholls 3, 3, 3, 2′, 1 = 12+1
6. Steve Worrall 3, 0, 2, 3 = 8
7. Stefan Nielsen 2′, 2, 0, 1 = 5+1

Wolves = 33

1. Freddie Lindgren 3, 2, 1, 0, 2 = 8
2. Jacob Thorssell 2′, 1′, 2, 0, 0 = 5+2
3. Ricky Wells X, 1, 0, 2 = 3
4. Tobiasz Musielak 3, 0, 3, 0 = 6
5. Peter Karlsson 2, 0, 1!, 1 = 4
6. Max Clegg (G) 1, 2, 1′, 1, 0 = 5+1
7. Josh Bates 0, 0, 2 = 2

Sledge Hockey: Booth Trebles Secures Third Place For Phoenix

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Manchester Phoenix 6 – 2 Kingston Kestrels

A hat trick from Anthony Booth helped the Manchester Phoenix seal a second successive third place finish in the Planet Ice Sledge Hockey League (PISHL) with victory over their rivals for third place in the Kingston Kestrels, as the Phoenix thrashed them 6-2 with Booth netting twice at vital stages of the game for the home team.

This contest was pivotal in determining who would finish the highest up in the table, with the Phoenix holding third at the start of the contest it had their opponents in Kingston knowing that a win would leapfrog them above Manchester and inflict a little early blow of their playoff opponents.

Some crunching hits came in from the Kestrels early on, as they adopted a physical element to their game to start with despite having only one spare player for their line changes compared to Manchester. Dave Blakeston landed a huge hit into the boards on Graham Wilson at start, as the Kestrels tried to slow the stem of Phoenix attacks at the beginning as it seemed like that was how the home side set up to play.

Both sides enjoyed spells of possession and saw the defenses coming out on top in the open half of the first period with neither side gaining in any advantage. Matt Clarkson then intercepted a loose pass at the back from the Phoenix defence and with the GB International bearing down on goal and with just Steve Midghall to beat, the Kingston man fired high over the bar and had him angry with himself for not hitting the target at least.

That miss was their wake up call in the period, as the Phoenix began to use their depth of players on the bench to try and tire the Kestrels out while they made some clever quick fire changes. Ian Houliston in the Kingston goals was making some excellent stops from the Phoenix forwards and then at 10.53 gone in the match, Anthony Booth got crowded out at the front of the net and when the puck from a tame shot of his cam loose, he backhanded it under the goalie for a deserved 1-0 lead to the Phoenix and it looked like they would kick on there.

However with the opening goal of the contest being scored, there is that old phrase that goes ‘a team that scores is always in danger of conceding straight away’ and on this occasion it was bang on. Another mishap at the back for the home side let in Matt Clarkson and one thing that you don’t do, is let someone with the quality of Clarkson all alone and the forward broke away on another one on one with Midghall and this time the Kestrels man found the twine to level the game up.

With the Phoenix having been caught out horribly for the first Kingston goal, they were to concede a second goal literally straight away a minute later. For Matt Clarkson’s second goal, the Kestrels man found himself picking up the puck and dodging round the defence to then lift it over the netminder and give the massively short benched Kestrels side a 2-1 lead against the run of the play after 14.24.

In the second period and Manchester tried to get the puck on Houliston early on and they managed to do that, but they just couldn’t break his defences much like back in Humberside in the first meeting of the two teams. Kingston was then penalised with Sam Fitzgerald picking up a roughing call on the play and gave the hosts a 5 on 4 power play opportunity and a chance to strike back.

From the following powerplay it saw the Phoenix tying the game through Anthony Booth’s second goal of the game, as Booth just threw the puck on net and somehow found it’s way into the back of the net for 2-2 at 21.50.

With Phoenix getting some luck with the Booth shot going in from a tight angle, it saw the home side netting twice more in quick succession with firstly Karl Nicholson grabbing his 14th goal of the campaign, after the Manchester utility man broke forwards and flipped the puck high up into the net for a 3-2 lead for the hosts. Goal four soon followed through Pat Bailey, as Bailey put the puck in the back of the net for 4-2 score and opened up a little two goal cushion with the strike.

Kingston were getting extremely tired and their play stagnated towards the back end of the second period with the lack of bodies in their lineup and that was really hurting them, which then led to mistakes and allowed the Phoenix to get more attacks coming in. When the period came to a close and saw the teams going through their final period team talks in the match, it saw a much more different feeling on the benches than in the previous period.

After the first period the mood in the Manchester camp was one of frustration and rueing the missed chances that they had missed in the opening period of play, while the Kestrels were buoyed by the fact they were leading. So fast forward to the second period break and the team benches were completely flipped round, with the hosts now riding on a crest of a wave with those three goals in the middle period.

With the final 15 minutes of the game left to play, it had the Phoenix carrying on from where they had left off as the hosts continued their fast hockey and working the puck into dangerous areas on the ice and were stretching the play. Rob Allen converted a pass out in front to make it 5-2 for Manchester at 32.43, and that goal had basically sealed the win for the home side.

Just over a minute later and the celebrations were well and truly going now, as Anthony Booth completed his hat trick by getting clear of the last man and then lured the goalie out of the nets before rounding the netminder to put home for 6-2 and avenge their 7-3 loss earlier in the season. The scoring may have dried up, but the action certainly hadn’t, as Manchester looked in search of more goals and had Karl Nicholson robbed at the front of the net by Ian Houliston, to which saw an out of this world save to deny what would have been a certain goal for sure.

Matt Clarkson came agonisingly close to grabbing a hat trick himself towards the end, after the forward got into a great position and saw him lifting his effort over Steve Midghall, but he could only watch his effort ping off the crossbar and away from danger. Anthony Booth then found himself one on one with Houliston at the game of the game and yet again it saw another brilliant save by the netminder to stop the Phoenix man making it four goals in the game.

The win for Manchester sees them retain third place in the league and will now face the Kestrels again in two weeks time in Milton Keynes in the PISHL Playoffs.

Speedway: Rampant Kurtz leads Tigers past the Champs

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SHEFFIELD TIGERS  51 – 39  EDINBURGH MONARCHS

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Sheffield Tigers put in a sensational performance at the Owlerton Stadium on Thursday night with a ‘royal’ beating of the top of the table Edinburgh Monarchs, thanks mainly to Brady Kurtz, who guested for the South Yorkshire side from the Somerset Rebels, as the Australian rider top scored with 17 points and helped make it 11 home victories on the bounce for the Tigers.

Both teams were missing key riders in their line-ups for the clash, as for the reigning champions in the Monarchs, they had Sam Masters still sidelined with a hand injury after his crash at Leicester a month ago and had the Scottish club utilising Rider Replacement for the missing Masters. Sheffield meanwhile, had Birmingham Brummies rider 17 year old Zach Wajtknecht at reserve for them instead of Ashley Birks and also had Rider Replacement themselves for Jason Garrity, after his crash for Coventry at King’s Lynn the night before.

Brady Kurtz was guesting once more for the Tigers, after previously helping the Sheffield side out in recent meetings and had seen getting some pretty good scores for them too. Kurtz kept that good run going in the opening race, as the Rebels rider pulled a tough move on Edinburgh’s number one rider Craig Cook, which saw the home rider clocking the quickest time this season at Owlerton with him timed at 60.2.

Sheffield then moved 8-4 ahead in Heat 2, when the Tigers pairing of Josh Bates and their guest at reserve in Zach Wajtknecht pulled off a couple of brilliant rides between them, to see them pushing the Monarchs reserves in the race. Josh Bates moved Rob Branford right out by the fence and into first, that then forced the Edinburgh pair to try their best at closing the door on Wajtknecht, and with Max Clegg and Branford looking to have succeeded in their task, it saw Branford’s bike packing up near the line and allowed the Sheffield man to come through for a 5-1 and delight the home crowd.

Kevin Wolbert became the first opposing rider to take the chequered flag for the visitors in Heat 3, before Craig Cook followed suit in the next race, as he came 0.8 seconds from tying the track record as the Cumbrian man flew round the Owlerton circuit ahead of Kurtz. Rob Branford made sure this time that Bates wouldn’t get by him, as he held onto third place for a 4-2 advantage for the Edinburgh side.

Heat 6 saw Kurtz once again being the man of the moment, as just before the race his bike packed up with less than 30 seconds to go and had to jump on his spare bike, but even that bike was too powerful enough to see the Aussie blast round Wolbert on the third bend and onto victory. His partner in crime in Paco Castagna, saw the Italian Tiger trying his heart out to pass Wolbert, after Castagna had come under pressure from Clegg himself in the early stages of the race, but Sheffield picked up a handy 4-2 heat win.

Josh Bates then produced a stunning ride in Heat 8 to see him go from the back of the pack to then the front in just under three laps. Firstly Bates dealt with Branford coming off the second bend, and saw the Monarch reserve bouncing off the air fence and relegated to the back. The move helped Castagna then move into third place and had Bates challenging Justin Sedgman next for pole position. Just before the final lap Josh Bates steamed under Sedgman on the final bend and had the crowd going wild as he move into first and held on for the race win.

Brady Kurtz made it three wins from his first four rides with another quick get away from the traps, while Kevin Wolbert was left for dead at the gates and eventually saw the German retiring at the back, with the Tigers registering another 4-2 advantage. Heat 11 saw Craig Cook keeping up his trend of finishing in either first and third place, as the Monarchs rider took an easy race win in truth and saw the champions now trailing by 8 points as we headed into the business end of the meeting.

Sheffield then scored an easy 5-1 in Heat 12, with the Tigers duo of Josh Bates and David Bellego miles clear of the Edinburgh riders and moved 12 points clear in the match with the maximum. Brady Kurtz picked up another race victory with Erik Riss and Craig Cook packing the minor places for a shared race in Heat 13, as the Tigers secured the meeting on the night.

Riss then followed up a good ride in the previous race to take the following heat win ahead of the impressive Josh Bates, of which he looked like he could beat anyone on the form that he was in during the match. As it was, Bates had to settle for second and saw Nicolai Klindt making a nice little cut back on Rob Branford to see him moving up into third position and see a shared score line.

The final race of the night saw Brady Kurtz finishing off what he started at the beginning of the meeting, as he once more raced away to make it five races win and fourth win on the spin, to see the Somerset rider scoring 17 points in the meeting and give the Sheffield Tigers a resounding win over a strong Monarchs side in the match and possible psychological blow, if they meet in the Premier League play-offs.

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1. Brady Kurtz (Guest) – 3,2,3,3,3,3 = 17
2. Paco Castagna – 0,1,1,1 = 3
3. David Bellego – 1*,0,2,2,2* = 7+3
4. Nicolai Klindt – 2,3,3,1*,1*,R = 10+2
5. Jason Garrity R/R- ( BK-2, NK-3, DB-2, ZW-0 = 7 )
6. Zach Wajtknecht (Guest) – 2*,0,0 = 2
7. Josh Bates – 3,0,3,1*,3,2 = 12+1

Monarchs = 39

1. Craig Cook – 1*,3,1*,3,1*,2 = 11+3
2. Justin Sedgmen – 2,2,2,3,0,1* = 10+1
3. Kevin Wolbert – 3,2,2,0,0 = 7
4. Erik Riss – 0,1*,2,2,3 = 8+2
5. Sam Masters R/R – ( CC-3, KW-2, JS-3, ER-2 = 10 )
6. Max Clegg – 1,0,0 = 1
7. Robert Branford – 0,1,0,1,0 = 2

Speedway: Belle Vue Win the Battle, But lose the War

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BELLE VUE ACES  48    –     42   SWINDON  ROBINS 

                     

Belle Vue Aces inflicted a body blow upon one of their fellow play-off challengers in the Swindon Robins on Monday night after they overcame the Wiltshire side 48-42 win at Kirkmanshulme Lane. It was an action packed meeting full of drama and controversy in the high stakes match between the sides.

The huge meeting drew the biggest crowd of the season as hundreds of supporters filled the stadium, with a fair number of Swindon fans having made the trip up North to support their side. One of the things that the riders all picked on, during the clash was how loud and tense the crowd made the meeting, with Steve Worrall saying it was like being at a ‘World Final’ due to the atmosphere.

Darcy Ward took the opening race with Matej Zagar tracking him down for the whole race, after the Aussie rider had powered his way under Zagar coming off the second bend to lead the race.
Belle Vue’s reserves of Stefan Nielsen and Steve Worrall picked up a big 5-1 in Heat 2, that was then cut in half with a 4-2 for Swindon in the next race with Troy Batchelor holding third while team Nick Morris, took the race win.

It didn’t help the home side cause that Craig Cook one of their main riders had failed to make the starting gate in his opening ride, but it saw Nielsen having to take the place of Cook in Heat 3. The Aces hit right back in the next race though through Josh Gracjzonek and Stefan Nielsen, as they pulled clear of the Swindon duo Grzegorz Zengota and Rob Branford, to secure a 5-1 advantage.

Aaron Summers was the second rider from the Robins to pick up a race win, after the young Aussie rider caught a lucky break with the referee letting the race go when Summers had jumped at the start and had Max Fricke unable to displace him as victor. A 5-1 for the visitors then moved them to within two points of the Aces after six races gone, when Ward and Batchelor team rode to the maximum heat advantage and made the score 19-17 in favour of the home side.

Both sides as you would expect in a high stakes match tried to push their luck at the starting gates, and this forced the referee in Darren Hartley to start clamping down on it and issued the team manager’s to tell their respective teams riders to stop moving at the gate. Despite Matej Zagar’s ruthless move on Nick Morris and taking him out towards the fence, it saw Zengota unchallenged and race to victory in Heat 7 with the two point gap in tact.

A 4-2 by the Aces in Heat 8 from Grajczonek and Nielsen, put the hosts up by four points in the match and that was increased a bit further in the next race, with Max Fricke and Steve Worrall combining for a 5-1 maximum to move the score onto 31-23 in favour the hosts. Darcy Ward shown his class once more, when the Robins number one motored by Craig Cook into pole position and seen him leaving his rivals eating dust.

Heat 11 saw the beginning of what became a rather dragged out affair towards the back end of this crucial meeting, to which the final five races took over an hour and twenty minutes to complete, due to bizarre circumstances and racing incidents.
The carnage all started though when Fricke and Zagar both got out of the traps for the home side, but the Slovenian rode into Fricke and brought both him and his partner down and left Zagar down on the deck as he seemed to land awkwardly on his head.

That incident saw the Aces going down a man and would miss their key man too for the crunch races later in the meeting, after the doctors withdrawn Matej Zagar from the match with a neck injury. With Belle Vue missing their top rider now, it was up to youngster Max Fricke to try and secure three important race points for the home side and the Aussie did just that with a great ride, to which he blocked out the advances of Troy Batchelor and Nick Morris in the process.

Belle Vue’s reserves then pulled off a couple of sensational individual rides in Heat 12 to go from being on the back end of a 5-1 to then take a 4-2 heat win themselves, through Nielsen and Worrall. Both the Swindon riders in Charles Wright and Rob Branford made the initial gate for the visitors and that was till Stefan Nielsen managed to get past Rob Branford into second place and then battled his way to the front ahead of Charles Wright on the back straight. With the home crowd who was arguably influential in roaring their side to victory, it saw Steve Worrall getting the drive ahead of Branford for a unlikely heat advantage off the final bend.

Heat 13 saw a bizarre occurrence taking part in which the first running of the race finished a lap earlier than it should have done and led to a bemused Darcy Ward looking up towards the referees box and holding up three fingers to signal that only three laps had taken place. Swindon were fuming from the pits and when Cook and Wright had come to tapes for the start of the next race, it saw the rare decision to re run the heat once again.

It took three attempts to get the right result in the end, four if want you count the three lapped race. In the the first three efforts to get the race on it saw the sight of Stefan Nielsen getting out ahead of Darcy Ward and on every occasion the race was pulled back. Sadly for the Belle Vue reserve, the one that mattered saw Ward proving why he is one of the best riders in speedway as he blew away the opposition from the gate and team rode with his team mate in Troy Batchelor for a 5-1 for the Robins.

If heat 13 wasn’t crazy enough, we then headed into bizzario world for the next race, as the first attempted run of the heat saw Grezgory Zengota jumping at the start and led to Craig Cook breaking through the tapes and led to the referee excluding both riders for two separate incidents. Firstly, Cook was disqualified due to breaking the tapes and saw Worrall coming in to replace the Cumbrian for the offence, while Zengota was deemed to have ignored earlier orders from the referee to stay still at the tapes and saw the Polish rider kicked out of the race.

Charles Wright then came in for the Pole and after a first bend bunching in the first re-run, the red lights sounded and signals towards Worrall were made from the box, after it was pointed out to them that Cook had not ridden his mandatory three programme rides, and so must take part in the heat. By this time though, Cook was apparently in the locker room always getting changed and so had to be quickly told to get his gear back on and had the referee allowing him time to get changed again.

With Cook now out on the track, he was informed by the starting crew that he had to start 15 metres back after he had hit touched the tapes. The second run of the heat saw Nick Morris getting a rush of blood to the head, and in doing so took everyone out in the race and subsequently saw the Robins man excluded. At the third time of asking though it saw Charles Wright getting the better gate and with Craig Cook stalking Wright for the first two and a half laps of the race, it had the Aces man finally making his move and rounded his rival on the final bend of lap three to take the race win.
With a 4-2 and the meeting in the bag for the home side, it still wasn’t fully over as a contest though, as the the Robins could still pinch a losing bonus point if they took a heat advantage in the final race. Alun Rossiter predictably went with Troy Batchelor and Darcy Ward in the finale, while Belle Vue boss Mark Lemon picked Scott Nicholls and Max Fricke to try and foil the Swindon efforts and stop them getting anything from the meeting.

In the end though it saw Swindon prevail with a 4-2 and claiming a point, with Darcy Ward collecting a paid maximum for his efforts along the way, with the Robins man taking the win ahead of Scott Nicholls who battled hard, but just lacked power to get up with him. The end result was a win for the Aces and also a crucial losing bonus point for the Robins and what could also prove pivotal come end of season.

ACES = 48

1. Matej Zagar 2, 2, Fx = 4 Withdrawn
2. Max Fricke 1′, 2, 3, 3, 0 = 9+1
3. Craig Cook M, 1, 2, 3 = 6
4. Josh Grajczonek 3, 0, 3, 1 = 7
5. Scott Nicholls 2, 1′, 1′, 1, 2 = 7+2
6. Steve Worrall 2′, 1′, 2′, 1 = 6+3
7. Stefan Nielsen 3, 0, 2′, 1, 3, 0 = 9+1

ROBINS  = 42

1. Darcy Ward 3, 2′, 3, 3, 3 = 14+1
2. Aaron Summers 0, 3, 2, 0 = 5
3. Nick Morris 3, 0, 1′, X = 4+1
4. Grzegorz Zengota 1, 3, 1, X = 5
5. Troy Batchelor 1, 3, 2, 2′, 1 = 9+1
6. Charles Wright 1, 0, 0, 2, 2 = 5
7. Robert Branford 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0

Speedway: Belle Vue ‘Hammer’ home playoffs intent

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BELLE VUE ACES  52   –   41 LAKESIDE HAMMERS


The race is well and truly on for a top four finish in the Speedway Elite League, with both Belle Vue and Swindon strengthening their claims for the end of season playoffs with victories ahead of their huge clash at Kirkmanshulme Lane next Monday with the Aces beating the Lakeside Hammers 52-41.
 

After last week’s couple of victories over the Poole Pirates and Wolverhampton, it saw the Aces welcoming back Lakeside to Manchester for their second visit in less than a fortnight. Belle Vue team manager Mark Lemon sounded out that nothing less than three points in their remaining home matches would do for the Aces, as they head into the run-in for the playoffs for the final month of the regular season.
 

Max Fricke and Matej Zagar got the home side going in the opening heat with a 4-2 advantage and saw the home side wanting to kick on after their brilliant performances last week. Adam Ellis had a clue just how disastrous his night was going to be for the visitors prior to heat two, when the Lakeside reserve had his bike packing up within the two minute allowance and then saw him clipping his bike off the pits gate and falling off to which saw him being excluded.
 

Ellis would take his place in the race, but would see the Lakeside man having to start off from a 15 metre handicap and had no impact on the race with his bike breaking down on the opening bend and saw Steve Worrall and Stefan Nielsen racing away to an easy 5-1 for the home side.
 

Dakota North who seems to be making a habit of always riding against Belle Vue this season and saw the Australian making yet another guest appearance at the circuit, this time with the Lakeside Hammers. Heat three saw Lakeside getting a good start initially and on for a 5-1 advantage, however that was before Scott Nicholls split the pair down the back straight and settled for a 2-4 for their opponents.
 

Josh Grajczonek got the better of a fast Mikkel Bech in heat four as his win saw the Aces lead by six point in the match with another 4-2 for Belle Vue. Australian under 21-champion Max Fricke saw him making it two wins from two from his outing, as the youngster took heat five ahead of Richard Lawson in what was an awarded race after Richard Hall crashed out in the race.
 

Dakota North made it two wins from two himself when he outpaced Craig Cook and had his team mate for the night in Swedish rider Andreas Jonsson, with the Swede riding the boards to get by Josh Gracjzonek on the final lap to secure a 4-2 win for the visitors. Belle Vue then restored their eight-point advantage through Matej Zagar in heat seven, after a tussle betwen Dakota North and Scott Nicholls had them racing hard for second spot in what was a thrilling race to watch, and one where North just narrowly held on to deny the Aces a maximum score.
 

Two heat advantages by Belle Vue put the Aces up even further ahead as they led by 14 points in the meeting prior to heat 11. This then brought Andreas Jonsson out on the tactical ride to try and get the Hammers somehow closer to the hosts, and saw the Lakeside riders getting out ahead of the Belle Vue pairing on the first turn but had Nicholls moving Lawson out wide to allow Cook to follow him through with him, while Jonsson rode an inch perfect race to score six points.

After the interval the Aces put the final nail into the Lakeside coffin with two more heat wins and had both Jonsson and North picking up race wins in their respective heats for the visitors as they failed to back the two riders up in the meeting. The Hammers did finish the meeting on a high note though, with both Jonsson and North comfortably taking a 5-1 in heat fifthteen and didn`t make much difference to the outcome with the Aces taking another step towards the playoffs.
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Belle Vue = 52 

1. Matej Zagar 1, 3, 3, 2 = 9
2. Max Fricke 3, 3, 3, 1, 1 = 11
3. Craig Cook 0, 2, 1′, 2 = 5+1
4. Josh Grajczonek 3, 0, 3, 1′ = 7+1
5. Scott Nicholls 2, 1, 2, 1′, 0 = 6+1
6. Steve Worrall 3, 1, 2′, 3 = 9+1
7. Stefan Nielsen 2′, 1, 1, 1 = 5+1

Lakeside = 41 

1. Andreas Jonsson F, 1, 6, 3, 3 = 13
2. Richard Lawson 2, 1, 2, 2, 0 = 7
3. Dakota North (G) 3, 3, 2, 2, 3, 2′ = 15+1
4. Mikkel Bech 2, 0, 1 = 3
5. Edward Kennett R/R = 4)
6. Richard Hall (G) 1, Fx, 0, 0, 0 = 1
7. Adam Ellis R, 0, R, 2, 0, 0 = 2

Sledge Hockey: Swapping the Bench for the Ice; an insight on Sledge hockey

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This past week I took a little trip down to the Silver Blades Ice Rink in Widnes, where I was lucky enough to join in on a Sledge Hockey training session with the Manchester Phoenix Sledge team. Normally I tweet and podcast on the sport, but I thought to myself why not have a go and find out myself just how difficult it is to play the game. Once I was kitted up and given some vital pieces of equipments for the sport such as lightweight shoulder pads, a helmet with a face cage and of course the main bit of equipment in a sledge, was I had everything and had my sledge measure for me the session was good to go.  

Akpfc95xFNE_D76Iu_y2Y6aWHH8lhbbEWbwEJsrxGcGR The session was run in a joint effort by the Great British Paralympian  Karl Nicholson and also head coach of the Phoenix in Pete Hagan. It  took me some getting used to, to be sitting down in the sledge as that  was my first challenge I had and if I’m honest I seemed fine in the  borrowed equipment at first.  Prior to hitting the ice I’d made it my sole mission to not fall over, or at least not topple over too many times during the session.

 Once I was kitted up and I was ready to rock and roll (though rolling  over more like it!) Eventually I got on the ice surface at the Widnes Ice  rink and had a bit of a skate round to get use to feel and handling of  the sledge I was using and found it at first very pleasant.  At the  beginning I found myself able to push off without too much trouble  and thinking this was easy, that was till one of the problems I encountered kicked in first though, as I turn into ‘Luis Mendoza’ from the Mighty Ducks films as I had a great deal of difficulty stopping the sledge from moving.

My only way to stop myself was either falling to the side or going into the boards to stop my momentum. I did have problems too with staying upright in the sledge  as well, as that drew a fair few laughs from the players on the ice as when you first try the sport you do realise it isn’t as easy as it looks.  While the Phoenix guys went through their routine of warming up the goalie in Steve Midghall with some shooting, in my case it was still trying to deal with turning in the sledge as my ability to turn was equal to the QE2 ship in quickly turning.

Eventually I thought I’d have a go at trying to join in and test the goalie out with a shot or two, so when I skated in on goal I tried to take a pass from the corner boards and had the puck go right under the stick and away from me.  The fact that I forgot the stick blades are nothing like they are on the proper hockey sticks didn’t help me, but to have a puck then bounce off me near the nets from a stray shot from Anthony Booth (thanks mate) I then had a lesson as well on gravity.

So when I skated towards the side of the net to retrieve a loose puck I felt my body weight starting to pull me to the right hand side and where I continually fell over throughout. However this time I avoided falling over on my right and I felt like a huge battle had been won over gravity, though Sadly my joy was short lived, and as the video clip shows I fell almost immediately on my left side instead.

With the fun and games of the warm up out the way, we then had a mini chat and talked through the drills that we were about to be working on.  One was to skate with the puck towards the net and then clear it away before the oncoming forward  came to you and so when I watched other try this out and completing the task I thought to myself I can do this as it looked simple and easy.  So of course when i got the go ahead from Karl Nicholson to start my skate and movement the puck, I moved a massive five foot with the puck and then fell over to the right hand side and was left looking like a turtle on it’s back struggling to get up.

One thing that you do tend to find or did in my case at least, was that when you fall you have to try and laugh at yourself when it occurs as i can promise you now IT WILL HAPPEN.. A LOT!  Also when you have fallen for heaven knows how many times, the more you do it the more you become tired and struggle with getting the energy to push yourself up into an upright position and will eventually collapse back down on the ice with tiredness.

Needless to say though, that exercise for me was quite challenging at best and i did manage to at least once or twice get behind the nets with the puck, but I just wasn’t quick enough to get there ahead of the oncoming forward.  My dashing ability when going forward was pretty good i thought and I was quick too, but I just wasn’t able to move in any other direction that straight in a burst of speed and found it hard to control a puck at the same time.20150807083429 (2)

We then did another drill with two defenders against two forwards, this time it had me defending with Graham ‘Pain Train’ Wilson and had me just basically following him round as he did all the work.  After that drill we moved to a 2 on 2 scenario, where the defence men had to clear the puck over the blue line and away from danger before the forwards could get the puck and score.  

This as most of what I have said already, kinda saw me struggling with being upright on the sledge and after numerous attempts at trying to push myself back up, I found myself laughing to myself in a kind of weird way and through the miracles and miracles I somehow managed to pinch the puck off the forward while lay out on the ice on my side and cleared the puck away over the blue line to a big cheer by the rest of the team.

We ended the session with a 3 on 3 drill and involved having one side picking the puck up and then having to pass back to the man on the blue line, who would then play it back to you and your side had to score.  This was basically a 3 v 2 exercise in all honesty, as I spent it either down on the ice or was battling myself with the turning aspect.  Once I kind of got some rhythm going and getting my balance sorted out, I was able to try and stop the passes going between the other side and i noticed that they had really developed and were on the same brain wave at times and that has helped them in the games I’ve reported on and watched this season.

Even when trying my best and having fun and enjoying myself during the session, you do get a real appreciation of how difficult it is and how well that these guys can play this game and you see it with a better perspective and through a different set of eyes too.  From watching in the stands and the bench too, you just can’t see how tough and difficult it really to play this sport.  If you have ever fancied having a go and see if you can do better than I did, then be my guest as it is extremely hard but once you have done it a few times it would be easier. It is important to have a good body core as the weight transferred by you can affect your balance on the sledge.

Once the session ended it was almost like it had gone to quickly, it really was an enjoyable time and my Thanks goes again to the Manchester Phoenix Sledge team and especially Karl Nicholson and Head Coach Pete Hagan for allowing me to join in on their session. Well worth trying just once, as I can vouch for that.

Video of my first taster sessionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PHS0wa4USM

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ManchesterPhoenixSledgeHockey

@MP_SledgeHockey

http://www.sledgehockey.co.uk/

Speedway: Cook serves up Belle Vue victory!

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BELLE VUE   54 – 39  WOLVERHAMPTON

Belle Vue roared back into the Elite League play-off picture on Wednesday night with a 54-39 win over the Wolverhampton Wolves and saw them leap frogging the Swindon Robins into fourth position in the process.  With a late downpour an hour before the meeting started, it saw the meeting going to be a very trickier one than normal with the track conditions playing their part.  For the first few races it was pretty processional stuff with riders getting covered in dirt on the opening turn and having visibility becoming a problem early on.

Heat one seen Belle Vue’s Matej Zagar blasting out the traps for the opening race win of the meeting in a time of 59.3 seconds, and as the match went on the difference in times were being clocked around 61.3 to 64.2 seconds during the match due to the weather.  Steve Worrall picked up his second win in the reserves race in a week to see the score line still deadlocked after two heats gone with the Wolves pairing packing the minor places.

The combination of Belle Vue duo Craig Cook and Scott Nicholls, saw the Aces pairing putting the home side ahead in the contest early on with a 4-2 heat advantage and never looked back from then on.  Track work took place after a little shower came down and led to Josh Bates straightening up on the third bend and bringing down his teammate in the process.  In the re-run of heat four it saw Josh Grajczonek who returned to the line-up after compassionate leave on Monday night’s meeting finishing in third behind team mate Stefan Nielsen, with Wolverhampton‘s Tobiasz Musielak taking the race win.

The wet weather caused the track to not be that productive for good racing early on and had the riders not too happy with the surface they were racing on.  Belle Vue’s track man Colin Meredith then bladed the greasy top surface off to try and get a good surface for the meeting to continue and despite a couple of heats after the work had been done, the track held up pretty well and made for some entertaining racing thereafter.

When the racing did finally resume it saw a couple of races being a ridden a bit tentative, with riders having to use their brains a little more in the next few heats just while the track settled down. Belle Vue grabbed a couple of 4-2 heat advantages in their favour during those races and then saw Tobiasz Musielak stopping the trend in heat nine, as the Wolverhampton man took the three race points and avoided the lead being extended by the hosts to move than the 8 point gap they had opened up.  

The visitors top rider in Swedish star Freddie Lindgren, saw him struggling in the whole meeting and with track conditions as they were, it had Lindgren finding it a lot harder from the opposition side to get dialled in to the track and that showed in heat ten when Craig Cook and Scott Nicholls scored a maximum with both Wolves riders left trailing at the back. That then saw the Wolves Team boss in Peter Adams putting his faith in Peter Karlsson to go for double points in the next race with the home duo of Matej Zagar and Max Fricke hoping to thwart his intentions in the race.  

In the first run of the race, a little nudge by the Slovenian rider going into the first bend saw ‘P.K’ falling off and sliding towards to the fence and saw the referee putting all four back in the re-run. Karlsson made no mistake with his gating this time round and saw the Swede getting out first and left Zagar and Fricke trying catch the Wolverhampton man and were unable to.  The Wolves man proved too quick for them both and saw him scoring six points and single-handedly given the away side their first heat advantage in the meeting with a 6-3 heat score.  

Belle Vue then restored their double figure lead in the following heat, when reserve pairing of Steve Worrall and Stefan Nielsen got the better of their fellow opposite reserves, to land a 5-1 to take the scoreline to 44-31 in favour of the Manchester side and see the Aces all but home.  Before heat thirteen took place though there was a bit of controversy involving Matej Zagar and the referee. With riders doing their normal checks prior to the race, it saw all riders at the gates and when Zagar turned round for last minute checks once the Slovenian got back up to the tapes, the referee deemed him to be delaying the start on purpose and kicked him out.  

It didn’t need an expert in body language to know he was fuming with the decision, so Zagar in a way of showing his displeasure at the referee’s decision decided to then drive right through the tapes to brake them and headed to the pits shaking his head. Steve Worrall came out to take his place and gave the Wolves a bit hope in the heat and saw Lindgren and Karlsson taking advantage and getting a 5-1 to give the Wolves a rare heat win in the match.  

Craig Cook then made sure of the win in heat fourteen, as he and Grajczonek  took a 4-2 race advantage to see the Aces lead 49-38 and had Polish rider from Wolves in Tobiasz Musielak impressing on his first time out at the Kirkmanshulme Lane circuit. Matej Zagar then decided to be a bit mischievous and sarcastic towards to the referee in the final race of the night, after his exclusion for delaying the start, the Aces number one was first to tapes and kept looking at the tapes and waiting for the referee to start the race.  It had both sets of fans laughing had the referee in the box not too amused at all by his actions.

The Aces hit the fifty points barrier though through Zagar and Cook, as the two of them raced to a 5-1 in the final race for Belle Vue and saw them moving back into the fourth play-off spot and putting the pressure back onto the Swindon Robins and now the King’s Lynn Stars to which they are only a point away from in the table.

Belle Vue 54

1. Matej Zagar 3 3 2 X 2* =10+1
2. Max Fricke 0 3 2 1* =6+1
3. Craig Cook 3 2 3 3 3=14
4. Josh Grajczonek 1* 1* 1* 1 =4+3
5. Scott Nicholls 1 1 2* 1 =5+1
6. Steve Worrall 3 1 1* 3 0 =8+1
7. Stefan Nielsen 0 2 3 2* =7+1

Wolves 38

1. Freddie Lindgren 1* 0 1 2* =4+2
2. Jacob Thorssell 2 2 2 0 =6
3. Ricky Wells 0 0 0 X =0
4. Tobiasz Musielak 3 2 3 2 0 =10
5. Peter Karlsson 2 3 6^ 3 1 =15
6. Lewis Blackbird 1* 0 0 1 =2+1
7. Josh Bates 2 X 0 0 0 =2

Speedway: Aces Thrash Pirates to Maintain Playoffs Hopes

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Belle Vue Aces  55 – 38 Poole Pirates

Belle Vue kept the pressure on their nearest play-off rivals last night, with a dismantling of the league champions at home as they beat the Poole Pirates 53 – 39 at Kirkmanshulme lane.  Both Aces top guns in Slovenian GP star Matej Zagar and Captain Scott Nicholls, saw them top scoring with 11+1, with Zagar getting a paid maximum for his efforts.  With a rejuvenated Swindon Robins side in recent weeks pull away from the Aces for final play-off spot, it was imperative that Belle Vue took full points in this ‘must win’ contest against a Poole side looking to go top with a win.

The home side got off to a good start in the opening exchanging of the meeting, but it could have been so much better for the Aces too, when Australian Under-21 champion Max Fricke made a blistering start from the inside gate and had team mate Matej Zagar getting out in front with him too, to see a 5-1 advantage for the hosts. Zagar then moved his partner out towards the fence and that allowed Dakota North to come by quickly into second position and saw instead a 4-2 heat win instead of a maximum for the home side.

Belle Vue’s reserves of Steve Worrall and Stefan Nielsen claimed another 4-2 advantage for the home side, with Pirates Kyle Newman splitting the pair up for another Aces heat win. Maciej Janowski became Poole’s first race winner of the meeting in Heat 3, when he proved to be to fast for Scott Nicholls and Craig Cook and had the Pole showing the home pairing the quickest way round the circuit.  The Manchester club then extended their lead over the Pirates in the next race, with Stefan Nielsen riding the perfectly race to see him and stand in for Josh Gracjzonek, former Aces man Kevin Wolbert scoring a big 5-1 for the hosts to lead by 8 points.

Heat five saw Max Fricke taking the race win ahead of a fast and dangerous Dakota North, with the Poole man trying everything to get by his fellow countryman, but Fricke just had enough to hold him back and see the Aces to yet another 4-2 advantage.  With the lead now rising to ten points in favour of the hosts, it led to Poole’s Team Manager Neil Middleditch, putting the tactical double points ride on Polish rider Maciej Janowski, with the Pirates strongest two riders out in the race with Chris Holder as his team mate.

Sadly for the Dorset outfit, there wasn’t to be a replay of the last meeting between the two sides when Belle Vue were forced to use the tactical ride just as early on in the meeting as them,  and this time around saw no repeat of that for the Pirates.  Craig Cook made a jet propelled start for the home side and once the tapes flew up the man from Cumbria was gone and his team mate Kevin Wolbert, did a fantastic job of denying Poole a heat advantage and had them having to settle for a 4-4 instead.  With the champions failing to make the most of the tactical race in the previous heat, it saw the Aces hammer home their advantage even more in heat 7, with Scott Nicholls and Matej Zagar demonstrating team riding to take a 5-1 themselves and increase their winning margain to 14 points.

Dakota North became the second Poole rider to take the chequered flag in meeting in Heat eight, that came during a thrilling race that saw North battling hard from third position to get by Wolbert into second and then stalked Nielsen for first. With the final bend coming it saw Nielsen clipping the fence going wide to block the late charge of North and instead saw him bounce off the fence it the path of the Poole man and Kevin Wolbert, which saw all three doing extremely well to stay on their bikes to the line.  Max Fricke claimed an easy second consecutive race win in Heat nine, that saw the Aussie untrouble for the full four laps.  Poole then tried to launch a mini rally late on, after Chris Holder and Dakota North picked up the Pirates only 5-1 of the meeting, after they got the better of Nicholls and Cook.

Matej Zagar kept his paid maximum alive a win in Heat eleven, after the Slovenian Grand Prix rider left Davey Watt and Maciej Janowski standing still to see him on fire and the Aces too with score reading 39-29.  Paul Starke scored his only points of the night in the second reserves race, when he was awarded the race win after his team-mate Kyle Newman fell off saw the referee stopping the race on the final lap.  The big guns came out in Heat thirteen, and saw Zagar making a brilliant start from gate 3, while Aces captain Scott Nicholls was left at the back before coming through into third and then on the penultimate lap saw him blast round the Pole to move into second and grab another 5-1 with Zagar and see Belle Vue as winners.

Davey Watt’s miserable meeting tailed off well in Heat fourteen, when the Queenslander rider beat Craig Cook and the impressive guest in Kevin Wolbert, who did a fantastic job coming in for Josh Grajczonek, after Grajczonek had been involved in a harrowing accident the night before in Peterborough at the Premier fours and was given compassion leave for the meeting.  Scott Nicholls rounded the night off with a race win and saw the Aces scorch the Pirates by 14 points and should Belle Vue qualify for the end of season play-off’s, then you feel Poole may not looking forward to a trip back up north to face them again.

Belle Vue = 53

1. Matej Zagar 3, 2′, 3, 3 = 11+1
2. Max Fricke 1, 3, 3, 0 = 7
3. Craig Cook 1′, 3, 0, 1′, 0 = 5+1
4. Kevin Wolbert (G) 2′, 1, 1′, 2 = 6+2
5. Scott Nicholls 2, 3, 1, 2′, 3 = 11+1
6. Steve Worrall 3, 1, 0, 2 = 6
7. Stefan Nielsen 1, 3, 2, 1′ = 7+1

Poole = 39

1. Chris Holder R, 0, 3, 0 = 3
2. Dakota North 2, 2, 3, 2′, 1′ = 10+2
3. Davey Watt 0, 0, 2, 3 = 5
4. Kacper Gomolski 0, 1, 2, 0 = 3
5. Maciej Janowski 3, 4!, 1′, 1, 2 = 11+1
6. Paul Starke 0, 0, 0, Fx = 0
7. Kyle Newman 2, 1, 1′, 3 = 7+1