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KJ's season review

 

Ricky: the first Kiwi to ride for the club since 19canteen. Added almost a point to his starting average and so, from that perspective, he was a roaring success.

 

Obviously doesn't like heat 1, given that we lost 4 1-5's out of 5 he was involved in. However, he did boast the highest away average by some distance. His most impressive stat was 7 wins and 1 paid win from 11 heat 15's on the road.

 

Back in 2018? Difficult one. Is his average now too high? Who knows? Answers on a postcard.

 

Agree with a lot but a tad hard on wee Mark. Max needs to address his aversion to the bigger tracks. Was woeful at Worky but I would take a punt on him.

 

Sam: a disappointing season for the skipper. Not only did his average fall by almost half a point, his away average was pretty poor (just over 7.50). In many ways he was the polar opposite of Ricky. His heat 1 record was something to be proud of (at home anyway) with 11 wins from 14 but heat 15 was a massive let down - 5 wins out of 20 all season, including only 1 win in 10 on his travels.

 

It's probably worth noting Sam didn't appear in any heat 15 since his return from injury. But while the collarbone break may have affected him after his comeback, his average was already down prior to that crash.

 

His performance at the Australian GP probably summed up his campaign for me.

 

Back in 2018? I guess so. He is our asset. And we all know there's a rider in there somewhere. Just sort out the away form please!

 

 

the superior Riss: the biggest compliment I can offer is that watching him ride reminded me of when Craig Cook was making that move to the next level. Suddenly everything just started to click.

 

Barring the odd meeting, his score charts did tend to slide away at the business end of things but that's to be expected. New territory and all that.

 

Back in 2018? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And, no, that wasn't my Meg Ryan impression!

Sadly, I think the talented German has bigger fish to fry in the future...

 

 

the inferior Riss: achieved the largest increase of any Monarchs' rider in 2017. However, dig a little deeper and there is cause for concern. Yes he started off like a train at reserve, and hats off to him for that, but when he moved into the top 5 he turned into something of a nondescript performer. Once there, he won only 8 races (3 pre-injury and 5 upon return = the same total as the unfairly criticised Max Clegg), averaging only 4.60. You really need a lot more than that from your fourth highest rider.

 

Obviously doesn't handle pressure very well. Whether it be a last place on a TR a Sheffield or his going missing way too often in heat 14, the warning signs are flashing. Oh, and his performance for Wolves in the Premiership play-off final was positively laughable.

 

Back in 2018? For me, it comes down to a choice - who would you rather sign?

A - a second string on a 5.76 average, who could only muster 4.60 during his time in that part of the team; or

B - a reserve on a 4.15 average, who actually achieved 4.82 during his time in that part of the team.

Based on that evidence, there would be no room at the inn for the sunlounger grabber.

 

 

Josh: started off reasonably well, dropped off a bit, picked up again for a fortnight, then went back down again to something more approaching normality. Just a bog standard season for a youngster! It's all part of the learning process.

 

Not much else to say, except I like his kevlars. All hail pink!

 

Back in 2018? We have to. Otherwise, what was the point of signing him this year?

 

 

Max: the entertainer of the team. On 4 separate occasions (possibly even more) at sunny Armadale this season, Max pulled off more successful overtaking manoeuvres than the rest of the riders from both teams put together.

 

It seems a number of people were unhappy with his progress this year. More fool them. Prior to the meaningless end of season fixture at Peterborough, he had maintained his starting figure, despite spending almost two thirds of the season in the top 5.

 

As a reserve, he was much improved on previous years. With the exception of a paid win vs. Newcastle he won every heat 2 at home (6 in total), as well as another 3 victories on the road.

 

Back in 2018? Yes please. I like to stay awake on a Friday night and have no desire to spend my hard earned cash watching 15 processional snooze fests.

 

 

Mitchell: the much maligned Mr. Davey actually boasted the third highest average of all the number 7's in the league (hats off to Connor Mountain and Ellis Perks). Again, prior to the meaningless end of season fixture at Peterborough, he had improved upon his starting figure.

 

His head-to-head stats in the 'protected heats' aren't to be sniffed at either:

Heat 2 at home = 12 'wins' out of 18 against the opposing no.7

Heat 4 at home = 15 'wins' out of 18

Heat 2 away = 9 'wins' out of 18

Heat 4 away = 12 'wins' out of 17 (Jack Smith withdrawn in heat 2 at Glasgow, hence n/a)

 

All in all, an honourable comeback to the second tier of UK speedway. For all your efforts, I say, "thank you Mitchell".

 

Back in 2018? For whatever reason, I suspect he won't be involved.

 

 

Theo: I'll be honest, I would've preferred us to sign Kai Huckenbeck as the injury replacement for the inferior Riss. He would've made his debut one day before his Premiership average increased markedly and I couldn't find any fixture clashes for at least a month. However what actually happened was everyone's friend, Mr. Pijper, came in and lowered his average sufficiently to save his future career. 4.23 was that final figure, only marginally lower than the German's top 5 exploits, which meant we weren't really damaged too much as a team. "win win" as they say!

 

Back in 2018? Depending on rules and numbers, you never know...

 

NB: the stats used above are based on Championship fixtures only and do not include KO Cup ties or Play-offs.

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I would think these would be unrealistic, but hey its silly season haha!

 

1. Sam Masters (8.57)

2. Mason Campton (5.73)

3. Ludvig Lindgren (7.21)

4. Mark Riss (5.68)

5. Thomas Jorgensen (7.10)

6. Josh Pickering (4.62)

7. James Sarjeant (3.33)

 

TOTAL: 42.24

 

Could also replace Campton and Lindgren with Sedgeman and Palm Toft and i think it will fit.

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Do enjoy a wee silly season team suggestion

 

Wells - 8.85
Masters - 8.57
Sedgy - 6.17

Bewley - 5.95
M Riss - 5.68
Pickering - 4.62

2.66 left (Shuttleworth/Hume etc)
Total - 42.5

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Totaly of the subject but thought this might be the place to attract Mike Hunters attention.Mike did you know that Meadowbank sports centre is closing to the public on 3rd Dec .And being demolished.Wondering about the plaque to Peter Craven which is situated in the building ,what will become of it.

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Totaly of the subject but thought this might be the place to attract Mike Hunters attention.Mike did you know that Meadowbank sports centre is closing to the public on 3rd Dec .And being demolished.Wondering about the plaque to Peter Craven which is situated in the building ,what will become of it.

He regularly posts on Facebook if you want to contact him there.

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Totaly of the subject but thought this might be the place to attract Mike Hunters attention.Mike did you know that Meadowbank sports centre is closing to the public on 3rd Dec .And being demolished.Wondering about the plaque to Peter Craven which is situated in the building ,what will become of it.

 

Absolutely vital this is recovered. If only to be -- for instance -- given to Ian Paterson.

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Thanks ,but don't do Facebook.

I will post what you said to Mike if that is OK with you.

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I will post what you said to Mike if that is OK with you.

Just an update,spoke to the Duty Manager at Meadowbank tonight he thinks the Craven Family will be contacted and have first refusal on plaque.Notice it was donated by The Veterans Speedway Riders Ass,That's all from me.
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Bit of track this just a article re monarchs fan trust who in 3 years have donated £50000 time they took over full time.First class from a Glasgow fan I can be nice sometimes Mr Blobby [Your my only dislike now I have spoiled everything I said hope not ]

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It has been said on the wolves thread that masters is only riding premiership and abroad next season. Not sure how true that is though.

 

CVS said that.

 

Wells & E. Riss top 2 very likely for Edinburgh

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see your on here now eh !monarchs closing down are they ?

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