MATCH REPORT: Midlands crowned Women’s League Champions

The Women’s League has gone from strength to strength this season and is a fine example of what the future of Cycle Speedway should look like.

On Sunday Birmingham hosted the final round of the Women’s League, with two competitions at stake. The Midlands raced against the South in the final. The Midlands triumphed with some excellent team racing to take victory 74-46. Birmingham’s own riders Emily Pitt raced to 7 points, which included a win in her final ride, whilst Sammi Marsh opened with a victory to score 8 points. Both girls taking 3 rides.

The third place in the team event was also sorted, with the East beating the North by a single point 56-55. Home rider and Women’s League organiser Natalie Timms guested for the East scoring 9 points. Both teams used a guest.

Round 4 competitors. Photos by Mark Phillips.

Round 4 competitors. Photos by Mark Phillips.

In the individual competition that followed, victory in the seniors went to Exeter’s Lauren Hookway, who beat ladies World and British champion Vicky Brown, whilst in the intermediates victory went to the unbeaten Lizzy Rigley of Leicester, who has come on really strong at the end of this season. Sammi Marsh took second whilst Emily Pitt came third – her first rostrum place of the year.

Over the 4 rounds the senior champion was Lauren Hookway, whilst intermediate champion was Ipswich rider Chloe Pierce. Birmingham’s Sammi Marsh finished as runner up.

Finally, a massive well done to all the girls and especially everyone behind it, with Natalie Timms and Ian Brown creating such a great success story for Women’s Cycle Speedway.