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  1. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    I've found one ! Alfie Bowtell probably the pick of the 2pt plus riders. 2.38 with Lakeside last season and actually had a 9.24 NL average with Isle of Wight which matched wonder kid Drew Kemp at Mildenhall. Would back him at Reserve as one that might step up in a "watered down" 2019 Championship. We would have two of the best 2018 NL scorers in Bowtell/Bailey (sounds like a Cop TV Series that ?) and plausibly one or both vying for a top 5 place while Jedd List finds his feet ?
  2. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    That's exactly why I'm worried...I'm thinking Sheffield Tigers for starters?
  3. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    "God knows" ? I can't think of anyone ? Does Wilko qualify for a reduction ?
  4. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    Sorry but I'm going to be honest and say that team is going to be "stretched". Cannot see much from away meetings and homes will be close. Baptism of fire for young Jedd and equally difficult for the Reserves to step up. I'll make a prediction bottom 4 !
  5. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    If your right I'm even more concerned !?
  6. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    Steve Worrall & Stefan Nielsen
  7. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    I suspect the two names will leave us just under three points to fill for the 7th man. Jake Allen was a great start to the 2019 team building; but having potentially three riders all quite some distance less able than the top 4 means we will get little on our travels and home meetings will be close run things. 10 out of 15 heats might offer us little more than 3-3 alls. I'm all for giving opportunities to young riders but this looks a real "leap of faith"
  8. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    "Over the moon" to see Jake Allen back in 2019; once Somerset confirmed their switch to the Championship felt sure he would revert to the Rebs ?. Welcome Jedd List at 17 not one I have heard of. But right now there is a great crop of Aussie talent and I'll go with the recommendation of Jake and Ryan. Great start to our team but we will need to have a proper 2pt scorer alongside Jedd at Reserve. Drew Kemp would be my choice for that job. 38pts doesn't go far but how about this ? Josh Auty 8.36 Jake Allen 7.37 Ryan Douglas 6.12 Stefan Nielsen 5.66 Gino Manzeres 4.00 Jedd List 4.00 Drew Kemp 2.00 Total 37.51 As I say building to 38pts you'll be hard pressed to get better out of. Given that we must have 6pts in the Reserve positions. We only have 16pts across 3 riders as Josh & Jake take up almost 16pts themselves. In Ryan; Stefan & Gino we would have three riders who can up their averages with a clear run at it. Kemp would soon be in he main body of the team leaving one of the three as reserve. As I say given what we have to play with pts wise hard pressed to come up with better. Interesting that both "Jake & Ryan recommended" Jedd be good if both could be on hand to offer their experience in his debut season for the Scorpions. No one knows better about making it at Scunny than Ryan. Would be great to see him back "he's one of our own"
  9. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    Somerset dropping down to the Championship and he is their rider and he cannot "double up" with two teams in the same League. Just cannot see Rebels giving way to us on a rider who has all it takes to be the top rider in the Championship ?
  10. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    Agreed Josh is a guaranteed starter. I may not have said that twelve months ago but he's really shown his metal this season. Also isn't 2019 his testimonial year ?. We'll loose Jake as I have said and the deal we did on Garrity was cancelled so he reverts to being a Peterborough rider. I think he won't be back. If we could get Josh; Steve Worrall; and Stefan Nielsen back that would be a good start point. With Ipswich going Premier; Witches starlet Drew Kemp will be on a few wish lists so why not ours ?. Then how about going for a new Aussie rider ? Javon Lydsey is getting a lot of attention and rode in Poland last summer. Reading in the Star that experienced Aussie Justin Sedgeman is heading back to the UK in 2019 he could be one to consider with both Prem/Champ credentials.?
  11. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    If we managed to bring in Pickers it would be a major suprise. Arguably one of the Championships most progressive riders in 2018; cannot see Edinburgh letting him slip they're grasp ?
  12. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    With a 38pt limit (bonkers?!) Gino's an absolute "shoe in" surely !? Cannot see much better for that sort of average ?. It looks a varied fixture list but not much change at all really. Remains to be seen if this tinkering round he edges will be any short to medium term shot in the arm for British Speedway ?. Looks like Jakes out the equation now Zummerset are back at this level. I'd start with three names on my team sheet Josh; Stefan and Gino and build from their. If we need a NL rider at 7 let's give Anders Rowe a go !? (pardon the pun !) Then we need three ...A new Aussie rider ?; Stevie Worrall is a possibility ?; Ryan back ?Lets see what Santa brings ?
  13. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    Anyone seen any white smoke puffing from a chimney in Chepstow yet ?
  14. the outsider

    Scunthorpe 2019

    Do any of the Scorpions management or riders read this stuff Christ I hope not ? Must despair at times. I know its been tougher than tough for Danny Phillips but I'm giving hIm credit for sticking with it. Right now he's not up to Championship standard but I cannot fault his "professionalism" and commitment to his racling. I do think his "sacking" could have been handled better ? thereafter I dont think he posted another point for us ?. That's pretty demoralising working where you feel unwanted. Danny is more than capable at NL level and needs to regroup and go again in 2019. This was always a tough ask after such serious injury in 2017; so he (as all riders do) gets my respect and thanks for his effort's it's unforgiving out there and surely as Speedway people we all understand that or we should ? The team was set up properly at the start to succeed and it would have? but no team can overcome the injuries the Scorpions suffered in 2018. To be fair the only rider not to sustain a season interupping injury was indeed Danny Phillips so he gets my congratulations for sticking with it and in one piece if nothing else. But the injuries pretty much ended our season by June. I'm not going to reiterate them they are well known; and were a massive influence against the teams progress in 2018 and the promotions ambitions on and off track for Scunthorpe Speedway. The team set up as it was should have been a major force in that League and totally capable of running Workington to the wire. As it turned out we did get the chance to deny them a triple crown in the KO Cup Final but after amassing a really workable 18 point buffer in the first leg were given a lesson in the return leg by an irresistible Comet's force ! So that was that in the end. We left Workington saying that this is what we need to be next season! We need to be like the Comets a totally driven machine. They had lost two major riders in Bewley & Proctor yet kept the momentum. Jensen & Campton have been superb and in Nicolai Klindt aside from Tai Woffinden (World No1) for me Nicolai is the British League Speedway Rider of the Year. So we have to strive for that consistency; that standard.There will be dips in form and injuries (Comets had them) but the kept their eye on the prize and just kept keeping on. How we line up in 2019 will depend what comes out of this AGM but I want us to be stepping up to Workington standard ! Not have them stepping down to ours ?!. The points limit should be the total combined averages of the previous seasons Champions and give them the chance to defend it and we to challenge them for it !. Speedway is a "natural leveller" in anycase so we do not need points limits (anti-speedway in my opinion !) curtailing team building. How many times are we left frustrated or riders frustrated by 0.01 of a point forcing some one onto the sidelines ? There are not enough riders anyway !? to have riders who want to race not racing so let's build proper teams and the entertainment ( and mostly it's not so bad now ?) But the entertainment will go up. I have set out my plans for what I want to see in 2019 in another feed on the AGM in Discussions but again; I propose Two Regionalised Conferences North & South (an amalgamation of kind) -this opens the British Speedway 2019 season and the competition runs until June. Home & Away matches. Starting the season with localised matches potentially lowers costs for riders & fans. Also distances are cut for travel and with maybe tickets incentitives for travelling fans can up the atendances ? Also with rain offs at the start of the season distances for travel are reduced. I cannot see removal of riders "doubling up" indeed if you read what Chris Harris says in the Star he woukd pack up without it ! So it's here for now. But I would make it a rule that riders in the Conference North can only double up or guest in the Conference South and vice versa. If only to give the competition credibility !? The Conference leagues are the 'qualifiers" for the "Major Leagues Speedway Series" Top half of N&S Conferences form the Premiership and the bottom half of the N&S form the Championship. That means all teams are racing in the initial weeks of the season to earn their "MLS status". So the Major Leagues get underway in June which should fit in nicely with BT Sport coverage of the British Speedway "top flight" completion. So it should keep them on side with the desire for a "premier product" So what if the Scorpions end up in the Premier League ? Well my reaction is blooming great ! Let's have some ! Its potentially "half a seasons living the dream"! We would either have to add more solidity to the team by recruiting another top rider from a Championship bound club or recruit a higher standard rider from Europe say ?. But this would be potentially for 12-16 weeks and not the usual March-Oct commitment ? I propose an InterLeague Knock Out Cup straight draw for the rounds. Home & Away ties; but with the lower League team staging the Home leg first !. The format needs to be looked at to derive the most competitive meetIngs out of it. If you got this week's Speedway Star you will have read about Super Heat Speedway. This is an idea that splits a meeting into 4 Rounds and involves various "disciplines" from Speedway. Individual races; Pairs Races; Handicap Races. Why not trial Super Heats in the Inter League KO Cup ? I believe we need to increase the number of meetings and make the competitions varied. Each track should have a minimum of one Individual Championship "shoot out" meeting. Across the leagues these could be "qualifiers" for a National Final. Also why not bring back the coverted Golden & Silver Helmet Match Race Series. Have the Bronze Helmet in the National League. Have it "roll over" so as was always the case the holder defends it in his next meeting against the top rider at that track ! I'm not overlooking National League by the way ! -this needs to stay as it is ! Keep doing what it does well arguably at the moment it is the One League that has pretty much got its house in order. If there is scope for the likes of Birmingham or Eastbourne to step up a level then that should be welcomed too. The Premiership and Championship "Major Leagues Series" culminate in Play-offs and Finals. So I started this in defence of Danny Phillips and I stand by that but it's been tough on and off track through 2018 all round. I want to really see something good come from the AGM and I would back my plan against most of the ideas floating around. So let's grasp a moment not to completely tear everything up but to try to make the sport more "joined up" in its thinking and more supporter orientated. The Rules need simplifying when Referees are needing to re-read the Rule Book cover to cover! Before every meeting !. Make things straightforward and stick with decisions that are made. Speedway in its purist form is really really simple. Four riders on bikes riding like "they've nicked em" turning left !! Scorpions 2019 ? ...not sure at all ? My Conference N&S might preclude Steve Worrall as he may revert to Belle Vue (who would be in Conference North with Scunthorpe). But Josh Auty Jake Allen; Stefan Nielsen & Gino Manzeres would be figuring for me. Fingers crossed for Speedway.
  15. the outsider

    AGM November 2018

    Agree "doubling up" is something I can't really overcome. I do like the idea of a early season "regional competition" that forms the "major leagues series" from mid season on ? There's a completion going on for all clubs whether you qualify for the Prem or the Championship. Riders seem to want the "doubling up aspect" and it's something we have to give ground to unfortunately. Unless we can find a way of attracting more riders to the UK from overseas. With the format I suggest "there is change" but manageable change. The regional Conferences starting the season should reduce costs all round. Also if we could bring in "supporter ticket incentives" more fans may travel to local fixtures ? Say Scunny offer £5 off the admission for travelling fans & in return Scunny fans get £5 off when we travel. At the "mid season point" the "major leagues season" "reincentivises" the season for all clubs as the Conferences split to "national competitions" the PL/CL. The transfer window opens and teams then redeclare their line ups. So if Scunny qualify for the PL we would need to consider strengthening maybe at the No1 position? Or just strengthening through the order ?. Ok it sounds fine in principal and do understand there are lots of things I cannot account for here. But I really do think this could work. I don't see a complete amalgamation of the two leagues as there still will be too much self interest. Chris Louis in the Star is open to the idea of Ipswich "moving up" Eastbourne & Birmingham in the NL could elect to step up into "league above" ? So there is an understanding that we really are at "a fork in the road" moment here and all the silly tinkering with helmet colours & starting gate antics has to be put aside in favour of focusing on the fundamental organisation of the Sport. If I was sat in the AGM I would be arguing the case for my plan. It's not a cure all but it could be just the tonic Speedway needs till it finally finds "the cure" ! ?
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