CLUB NEWS: Hethersett finally get their season underway

Hethersett Hawks/Myhill Decorators finally got their 2018 season off the starting blocks following one match cancelled by snow and very little on-track practice time.

Conditions were not ideal for those not at full fitness as a heavy track welcomed Great Blakenham to the Memorial Playing Field.

Both sides had first-team riders absent so called on their second-team squads and the Hawks came away pleased with their efforts keeping the title contenders under 100 points.

The home side had no answer to Lewis Osborne and out-of-retirement Jason Ashford but a solid performance from Leigh Cossey, determined riding from Harley Hamill and tactical awareness from Glyn Morgan kept the match interesting..

(L.Cossey 15 O.Wells 12 H.Hamill 12 L.Webster 12 G.Morgan 9 A.Larter 8 D.Longlands 6 P.Delaiche 3 G.Larter 2)

The respective B teams put on an entertaining Division 2 match with Shaun Kell making his Hawks debut. Great Blakenham built up an eight-point lead after three heats and held on till the end despite the Hawks’ best efforts. Liam Webster drooped just one point to the experienced Jason Ashford and Owen Wells competed strongly.

(L.Webster 19 O.Wells 14 D.Longlands 13 A.Larter 7 S.Kell 6 P.Delaiche 5 G.Larter 5 H.Hamill 5)

The previous day Hethersett had their biggest contingent in a South East Grand Prix round for several seasons at Great Blakenham.  In the British Little League event George Larter (13) Shaun Kell (11) scored enough to put Hawks into fourth place.  In the Under-10 Grand Prix Shaun finished 6th and George 7th. In the tough Junior category Owen Wells scored 12, Daniel Longlands 6 and Paul Delaiche 4 and added to newcomer Josie Kell’s 9 points in the Girls event saw Hethersett take third place in the British Youth & Junior team event. 

Owen finished third in the Grand Prix, Josie 5th, Daniel 9th and Paul 10th. Harley Hamill and Glyn Morgan both competed well in the Senior Grand Prix.

This Saturday (14th April) Owen Wells is contesting the Elite Junior Grand Prix in Sheffield then linking up with the rest of the B team at East London for a Division 2 match on Sunday (15th).