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  1. JamesB

    Ipswich 2018

    If it’s effective from the 15th can’t he ride in the Glasgow meeting on the 16th rather than joining after that meeting?
  2. JamesB

    Ipswich 2018

    Somewhat surprised at the scale of the changes, but you can no longer accuse Louis of not making changes early. As much as I like Mountain, it is obvious that Foxhall just doesn’t suit him and there is no way that he was ever going to get in to the main body of the team based on his home form. He needs a different home track and good luck to the lad. I suspect that Louis saw in Jeppesen a rider who was so slow out of the gate that he has to over try and get ragged. I just don’t see how you can give that much of a head start to the competition. Wallinger is a strange move, but as has already been said there were probably not too many who would want such a short gig. The Wallinger/Kemp scenario feels like getting ready for 2019. When I suggested Kemp for the injured Hume a couple of weeks ago, people who know the regulations far better than I thought this was not possible due to when his birthday falls. Has something changed or has Louis got it wrong again?
  3. JamesB

    Ipswich v Redcar 19/7/18

    I go every week that I can, so you can put me in the Lemming category if you want. I am intelligent enough to recognise and understand that speedway in this country and particularly this season is an absolute mess and that the administrators who run the sport (and I use those last words very loosely) really are shambolic and are potentially killing the sport in this country. As I say, I go to Foxhall most weeks for two reasons: 1. I enjoy it. 2. Most speedway clubs must be on a financial knife edge and I wouldn't expect the Witches to be excluded from that. If enough people stay away from Foxhall then ultimately it must become financially unviable for the promotion. I would rather pay my money in the hope that speedway continues at Foxhall for the foreseeable future rather than lose the club that my father first took me to watch in 1970 (at an extremely young age!)
  4. JamesB

    Ipswich 2018

    I agree. I don't think the play off's are out of reach just yet.
  5. When your 1&5 score 12 points between them from 9 rides away from home, then there is only ever going to be one result. Wallinger was only ever going to score if someone fell off, but the rest can hold their heads up and a thank you to Wethers for a good performance as a guest. Hopefully, that has put to rest any thoughts of signing Worrall as a replacement for King.
  6. JamesB

    Witches v Champions Elect Comets 12/7 Championship

    This is going to be a long one.......... Firstly, I really do have a lot of sympathy for Louis. He has clearly made a real effort over the last two seasons to try and put together a very competitive team only to be hit again and again by injuries. I know it's speedway and injuries happen but I am really struggling to remember anything like we have experienced over the past two seasons in my many years of watching speedway. Secondly, Jeppesen - the lad clearly is a tryer and did look to have some speed when he finally got to the first bend but how can any speedway rider expect to be successful when they are that slow from the tapes, you can't give that type of head start to anyone who is semi decent? This also applies to Heeps. I have never ridden a speedway bike and I am happy to be told by those that have that I am talking out of my rear end, however, certainly in modern speedway the start is extremely important. I would guess that a quick start is all down to your reaction times. I accept that some people naturally have better reaction times than others but reaction times are something you can work on and improve through exercises. Do speedway riders do this? Thirdly, I am sure I read before the season started that IRR would come into effect this season even when a team was already operating r/r. If that's correct, how was it supposed to operate for Jeppesen tonight in H14? Of the riders below his average, Mountain was already in the heat and Hume had already withdrawn from the meeting. The rider with the average above him (Heeps) was already operating as r/r with Covatti able to take one of his rides, which he did. If r/r is operating for the average above the injured riders does that mean that only those with a lower average can take IRR rides or can any of the riders allowed to take the r/r rides also take the IRR rides? Grateful, if anyone can explain how the IRR rule is supposed to operate in these circumstances. Finally, what happens tomorrow night at Edinburgh. I assume that both Hume and Jeppesen will not be fit and we already have a guest for King. I presume we are allowed two other guests plus r/r.
  7. JamesB

    Glasgow 2018

    I wasn't advocating Worrall for us merely speculating. He didn't really perform as expected before and personally I would rather continue with r/r if Worrall is being looked at.
  8. JamesB

    Witches v Champions Elect Comets 12/7 Championship

    If Schlein, Covatti and Nicholls score well, then Witches by 10 but it could very easily be very tight.
  9. JamesB

    Glasgow 2018

    I am not sure that actually strengthens Glasgow. Cook will I am sure score a few more than Worrall but equally Geeaves will score less than Kerr. I like Greaves and he did a great job for the Witches but as a reserve. Effectively, Glasgow now have three reserves. Next stop Foxhall for Worrall as a replacement for King?
  10. JamesB

    Witches v Champions Elect Comets 12/7 Championship

    Witches website now shows r/r for Proctor. Looks like Bach, Klindt, Bewley and Campton can take his rides.
  11. JamesB

    Sheffield v Ipswich 5/7/18 Championship

    Heeps withdrawn! It just gets worse.
  12. JamesB

    Sheffield v Ipswich 5/7/18 Championship

    I don't often say this about our visits to Sheffield, but I think we could sneak a point this time.
  13. JamesB

    Sheffield v Ipswich 5/7/18 Championship

    Oh dear, it looks like Lewis Kerr has had a bad crash at Lynn and has gone to hospital. Hopefully nothing too serious and he is back quickly. It seems like even guesting for us now attracts the Witches injury curse.
  14. JamesB

    Ipswich 2018

    Shame. Hopefully, Danyon is OK.

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