MATCH REPORT: Whirlwinds set the benchmark in SE1

Ipswich Whirlwinds 120 – 89 Hethersett, South East League 1, Sunday 13th April 2014

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton & Co took their South East Division One 100% record to Ipswich to face the only other unbeaten side, Ipswich Whirlwinds.

Despite an excellent heat one 6-4 win, they were soon given a sharp lesson in powerful team racing as Ipswich won the next seven heats. A second heat win for Leigh Cossey gave Hethersett three shared heats in a row, but it was heat 13 before Lee Grange and Olly Buxton gave the Hawks their second 6-4 win. Superior fitness and sharpness began to show as Hethersett tailed off with four 7-3 defeats in the last five heats, the only consolation being a 7-3 win in heat 16 from Olly Riley and Dan Chambers.  Ipswich, with four Elite League riders have certainly set the benchmark for Hethersett to aspire to.

L.Cossey 15 D.Chambers 15 L.Grange 14 O.Riley 14 O.Buxton 10 D.Riley 6 (plus 15 penalty points)

This Saturday Katie Adams will be in the Eastern Region ladies team for the first British Women’s League event at Great Blakenham. While on Monday, Dan Chambers, Olly Riley and Danni Riley will be in an invitation event at Wednesfield.  On Wednesday 23rd the first midweek Norfolk Grand Prix takes place at Harford Park (7 pm).

Match report by Hethersett Hawks