MATCH REPORT: BYJL South & South Wales Regional Round 3

Report and photos by David Makepeace

The Horspath round (#3) of the ‘John-Dig-a-Lot’ backed South & South Wales British Youth & Junior League, saw a total of 68 riders competing, whilst 10 fewer than the previous round there were 4 riders entering the competition for the first time this season, bringing the overall total to 100 in the 3 events to date.

The host club overcame a ‘tapes issue’ with an old-school solution initially, and a determined resolve to restore normal service early afternoon, hats-off Lee Clarke & team – which was rewarded with some excellent, competitive racing from all of the riders across the categories at the Recreation Ground village circuit. In addition the host club provided three of the age category winners, along with Poole, whilst Newport & Southampton claimed one each in just under 100 heats of racing, a great days sport successfully staged by the Horspath club – thoroughly enjoyed by riders, helpers, parents and supporters alike.

In the National Qualifying (excludes U8s & U10s) team competition Poole lead the way with 129 pts ahead of Newport by 44pts, Southampton third on 59 pts, East Newport with 36pts , whilst Exeter & hosts Horspath tied fifth on 32pts.

Whilst in the Regional team competition defending Champions Poole totalled 221pts, ahead of second placed Newport on 137 points, just one point ahead of hosts Horspath with East Newport in 4th on 96pts, Southampton 75pts, ahead of Exeter on 53pts.

The rescheduled second round at Southampton is Saturday, 15th June – it concludes National Qualifying rounds for the clubs – with both Poole & Newport set to be the regions representatives in the National rounds

Under 8           

1st   Oscar Bartlett    Poole

2nd   Issac Laing       Poole

3rd   Jasper Harris    Horspath

4th   Alex Berry      Newport


Under 10          

1st   Bobby Ross   Horspath

2nd   Tom Comben   Southampton

3rd   Deacon Wicks   Exeter

4th   Jake Soloman Newport


Under 12          

1st   Roman Boaler    Horspath

2nd   Sam Comben   Southampton

3rd   Tilly Shear    Poole

4th   Kalem Martin    Newport

Under 14          

1st   Jamie Randall    Poole

2nd   Teddy Curtis     Poole

3rd   Tyler Davies     Newport

4th   Joe Gillespie     Southampton

Girls Under 15          

1st   Esme Lewis   Newport

2nd   Millie Shear      Poole

3rd   Megan Evans  Newport

4th   Ellie George     Newport

Under 16          

1st   Marshall Meade  Horspath

2nd   George Whale    Southampton

3rd   Harry Marsh  Newport

4th   Harvey Yard  Newport

Girls Under 18          

1st   Lexis Curtis       Poole

2nd   Daisy Sherwood Poole

3rd   Shannon Tucker  Exeter

4th   Nat Goulden  Poole


Under 18          

1st   JJ Wildman      Southampton

2nd   Leon Penketh    Southampton

3rd   Ollie Saunders    Poole

4th   Kenzie Bennett   Poole