MATCH REPORT: BYJL South & South Wales Round 3 at East Newport

Report by David Makepeace, Photos by Arthur Lawrence

The East Newport round (#3) of the ‘John-Dig-a-Lot’ backed South & South Wales British Youth & Junior League saw a total of 78 riders competing, providing, yet again enthusiastic, competitive racing in, mainly good weather, dodging what looked like an almighty thunderstorm mid afternoon, on the Polo.

A field day for Poole who provided 5 of the 8 age category winners with Horspath, Newport & Southampton each claiming one – with just under 100 heats of racing, a great days sport successfully hosted by the East Newport club which was thoroughly enjoyed by riders, helpers, parents and supporters alike.

In the National Qualifying (excludes U8s & U10s) team competition Poole lead the way with 124 pts ahead of the Newport by just 4pts, Exeter third on 55pts, pipping Southampton by a point, East Newport with 43pts and Horspath on 19pts.

Whilst in the Regional team competition it Newport snatched victory from defending Champions Poole by 12pts with 240pts, with East Newport comfortably 3rd on 132pts, Exeter 77pts 4th and Southampton 68pts, 8pts ahead of Horspath.

A reminder the second round at Southampton has been re-scheduled to Saturday 15th June – it still remains one of the National Qualifying rounds with no other scheduled rounds impacted.

The next round (4) will be at Horspath on Saturday 8th June from 11.00am

South & South Wales Youth & Junior 2024 Grand Prix – East Newport A Final results  
Under 8           
1st   Oscar Bartlett (Poole)
2nd   Issac Laing (Poole)
3rd   Jasper Harris (Horspath)
4th   Olivia Reeman (Poole)

Under 10          
1st   Bobby Ross (Horspath)
2nd   Deacon Wicks (Exeter)
3rd   Tom Comben (Southampton)
4th   Adam Palka (Poole)

Under 12          
1st   Tallula Curtis (Poole)
2nd   Kalem Martin (Newport)
3rd   Natalia Palka (Poole)
4th   Sam Comben (Southampton)
Under 14          
1st   Teddy Curtis (Poole)
2nd   Jayden Jenkins (Newport)
3rd   Joe Gillespie (Southampton)
4th   Tyler Davies (Newport)

Girls Under 15          
1st   Esme Lewis (Newport)
2nd   Ellie George (Newport)
3rd   Millie Shear (Poole)
4th   Megan Evans (Newport)
Under 16          
1st   George Whale (Southampton)
2nd   Harry Marsh (Newport)
3rd   Harvey Yard (Newport)
4th   Jake Geach (Exeter)

Girls Under 18          
1st   Nat Goulden (Poole)
2nd   Shannon Tucker (Exeter)
3rd   Lexis Curtis (Poole)
4th   Emma Johnson (Horspath)
Under 18          
1st   Kenzie Bennett (Poole)
2nd   Leon Penketh (Southampton)
3rd   Ollie Saunders (Poole)
4th   Jake Wood (Exeter)