CLUB NEWS: Mixed results for Monarchs in East Midlands
2 visits to the East Midlands this week saw conflicting results for the Monarchs. The Juniors
taking a 2 point victory in Coventry in Division 3 action whilst the opening match of our Gold Cup campaign ended with defeat in Leicester on Sunday.
The Gold Cup formula is new for this season, which sees both Senior and Junior teams points counting as one. Some costly falls and exclusions for the Birmingham seniors proved the difference in the end with the home Leicester side taking a 6 point victory. Their strength was in the juniors who comfortably outscored the visitors which helped to take overall victory.
Leicester Monarchs 102 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 96 – Mark Winwood 12, Jake Steel 5, Ricki Johnson 10+2, Paul Timms 11, Chris Timms 11+1, Carl Winwood 11+1, Billy Winwood 10+1, Bekah Humphries 8+2, Ryan Winwood 9+2, Connor Steel 10+1.
The re-arranged junior fixture at Coventry was raced last Tuesday with only one race victory separating the teams at the end of the match , that being a 6-4 to Birmingham through Bekah Humphries and Ben Heagren. Despite this win the 3 season title winners and reigning champions Birmingham miss out on the title to Leicester this season.
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION 3
Coventry 59 v BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 61 – Connor Steel 16, Charlie Buet Gannon 16, Bekah Humphries 15, Ben Heagren 6+1, Sam Price 4, Issy Buet Gannon 4.
Mark Winwood took a closer step to taking the Eurovets 40’s title over the weekend with victory in Hethersett on Saturday. With one round remaining in 2 weeks time in Leicester he has high hopes of glory. Carl Winwood also rode, taking 2nd place in the B final. Paul Timms also made the rostrum in the over 50’s and 60’s.
Birmingham are next up in action on Sunday against Coventry in the Gold Cup. Action starts at 2pm.
The Monarchs were special guests of the Birmingham Brummies Speedway team on Wednesday (12TH) and we would like to thank Lee Kilby, David Mason and Ryan Guest for making us very welcome. The seniors and Juniors took part in some exhibition races whilst the Brummies and Panthers Speedway teams both had a race which was won by former Brummies star Adam Ellis with Ben Barker excluded for cheating! All riders took part in a one lap dash with plenty of crowd support.Both clubs are looking forward to more exciting projects in 2019.
Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday, U16’s 6PM, seniors 7PM. All abilities welcome.