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  1. mauger65

    Newcastle V Leicester 19/5/19

    potential replacements are an issue ..... but something needs to change 2 wins in 11 is poor - and the wins were against Sheffield who were a 4 man team up here and Edinburgh - both sides who look pretty average outfits given results thus far and we are yet to hit 40 away from home ...... another tough season beckons
  2. mauger65

    Newcastle 2019

    Kenneth was rubbish for 3 months ? eh not the Kenneth bjerre I saw - he was new and had some gating issues but everyone could see he had raw talent and pace he had - and he scored enough points at he start of the season to ensure his average wasn't too shabby by the end of year - Kenneth was also riding in a more competitive league Lasse on the other hand is veteran and should be improving his average ............. lets not forgot an average team will score 42 points in 14 heats - some 3.5 points and 9% higher than the team building 38.5 This is a much weaker league ....... the team that had Larsson, bach and lemon would murder any of the current championship sides Lasse has never performed on this track - which is disappointing because I would expect every heat leader to race at any track
  3. mauger65

    Newcastle 2019

    I feel sorry for Lambert .. he's trying but Brough is just not his track Bjerre - no sympathy for .... remains an enigma but in 6 home meetings he has shown no ability to master the track - which we did fear at the start of the season .... Philips - cant fault his heart or effort .... but just aint good enough im afraid changes need to be made - but who is available is another matter
  4. mauger65

    Newcastle V Leicester 19/5/19

    Yes a cracking meeting and fair play to Leicester who did deserve the and will certainly pick up some trophies I see the official excuse for the defeat was ....... bad luck ............. hmmmm ......... when our riders fall its bad luck but not oppositions Bates and Douglas fell in scoring positions and I felt Perks was harshly excluded when Bjerre clearly clouted him going into turn 1 We have problems everywhere .... Our heat leaders are frankly not performing ................ steve excellent when bike working ... but having too many issues Jorgensen is just so inconsistent its untrue (rubbish in heat 4 then brilliant in heat 7 to average in heat 10, excellent in heat 11 and then nowhere in heat 13 !!!) and Bjerre has been awful and his 4 point haul summed it all ... he's not gating and he is slow and certainly has no idea about the quickest way around Brough Lambert and Philips are struggling.... very badly - the former cant ride the track and the latter aint good enough Saving grace - Wethers + Clegg .. riding very well (certainly at home) It is clear now that the team isn't good enough ..... regardless of what the promotion says ....... its 4 home defeats in 6 and I cant recall us ever starting like that I applaud George for being loyal to his riders , but drastic surgery is required and I hate saying it but Bjerre, Lambert and Philips need replacing
  5. mauger65

    Newcastle 2019

    did George and martin say anything after the Glasgow meeting ? they wanted supporters to stay behind for some reason
  6. told you he was poor last year …. he failed to score
  7. Well I think George's words had their desired effect ……. a much improved performance by all and a very good victory especially at 34-32 after 12 Max Clegg was the star of the show but good to see our heat leaders outscore theirs - Sheffield a little disappointing as effectively a 4 man team … impressed with Nicols effort Only gripe, DP at 7 …. he just aint quick enough … and why was clegg and him not swapped in heats 8 and 11 - we need to use Max more effectively
  8. Which Sheffield will turn up ? Sometimes the Tigers are beaten before start (likewise with us down there) rather than just giving it go But with King, Howarth and Proctor … it could be a long night ahead Our 3 heat leaders have been collectively beaten in all 4 matches so far and they need to start providing a platform and leading the team Heart says diamonds 48-42 …. head says 42-48 tigers ………………… key man ….. kyle Howarth …. has been superb around here in the past and get 13+ … but poor last year and may only 9/10 and that could be the difference
  9. much ado about nothing geez ..... starting marshall gets riders to tapes , green light on and tapes go ... race on don't think its anything to do with starting process .... riders last few years have been getting worse each year and are constantly moving at gate this year has started even worse .... and we have been the biggest offenders !!!! - its at least 3 times per meeting our riders have had to stop themselves touching tapes and the ref has started the race leaving them floundering (quite rightly) ..... I wouldn't care but for all the movement we have done at the tapes we have woeful at gating - especially the 1st 4 races where in the 2 away meetings the match was over by heat 4 But the biggest issue will be the crowds and the quality of racing thus far. Brough is a technical track and as such you do see a lot of passing and close racing. Whilst no one likes getting beaten, getting beaten whilst watching boring racing is another matter. The 1st 2 home meetings have been amongst some of the dullest meetings Ive ever seen (redcar had the odd moment) Apart from Jorgensen's superb pass on Wright, we haven't looked likely passing anyone and apart from Jorgensen and Worrall Im not sure the others can pass at Brough. Sunday night I was freezing, bored, deflated at seeing us getting a good whipping off our friendly neighbours and frankly heat 15 couldn't arrive quick enough. Well that's 2 trophies we have failed to win so far. Still the league starts on Sunday where we are currently unbeaten......................
  10. Absolute shocking performance … well done the bandits … very worthy winners and the scoreline was a fair reflection in their superiority to us well ive watched the 1st 4 meetings and we still cant gate we look slower …….. opposition pulls away or catches us ……… even at home 2 of our riders look happy just to survive 4 laps at home ! 3 look short of confidence ………… already apart from bjerre who beat the woeful gappmaier (truly pathetic non effort) ….. every other diamond lost his dual with his counter part ………. and at home that is totally unacceptable our 3 heat leaders have thus far been poor, and of the other 4 only clegg has impressed whilst every team should be increasing their average to 42 …….. we will be lowering ours !! whilst its not time to panic ………………. the alarm bells are ringing …. cant remember the last time we started with 4 defeats but I suspect it wasn't a good season we haven't even reached Easter and it looks like another long season ahead …….there were NO 'positives' about tonights performance
  11. Surely the new starting procedure shouldn't make that much difference Anyway we have long complained about opposition teams moving at the start so rather amusing to see us at it. Redcar were statues compared to us and alas it does not take long for word get out ...... in the 1st 2 meetings we were certainly pushing it with the refs ........ but lets hope its just rustiness
  12. Alas after Friday, less positives. I know the riders are learning the track but even so it was a disappointing home start Well done to the Bears who were certainly the better team over the two legs. Decisions certainly went against the diamonds. I could be wrong but I didn't see Clegg actually touch the tapes in heat 8, the ref clearly stopped the race to early to exclude Greaves and then there was the heat 12 controversy.....tough call for ref.... but the fact that barker also fell would imply some contact with bjerre... in most (BUT NOT ALL) cases the rider diving up the inside is excluded . The most worrying aspects for me over both legs is: apart from a couple of flashes, generally we didn't look quick and the bears when behind were catching our riders in both legs at the gates we were moving all over the place and we've already had 2 tapes exclusions and 2(3) warnings we were beaten by redcar who were thrashed by Leicester !!! Lets hope it is just rustiness but we would all agree we would have preferred to start the season like redcar (or Leicester!)
  13. best meeting ive seen at redcar, lot a bit of passing and a very good crowd lots of positives for both sides too take away it will need a good effort from diamonds to overhaul 12 points as really only Worrall and wethers have a home track advantage atm lets hope for a cracker tomorrow and start the season positively
  14. mauger65

    Newcastle 2019

    Well least see where 2019 takes us .... certainly a more positive vibe to last year With such a points reduction difficult to really forecast how teams will do and to be fair who would have predicted Workington's success last year ! With 3 heat leaders we should be competitive. and we are always going to have a strong 1st reserve whether it be Clegg, Lambert or Wether's Also we should be in with a shout for plrc, pairs and fours ... unlike last year Lets hope the support increases (here and elsewhere) Number 1 wish for season - a good tight competitive league with little between top and bottom and a mad scramble for the playoffs (really my number wish is for us to win everything )

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